This chapter provides an analysis of a black-owned blues club on Chicago's South Side that is currently undergoing a transformation. How are elite patterns of consumption shaping the decisions of black blues clubs' owners? Located in a two-mile area that is in the core of South Side's black "ghetto," blues clubs are under pressure to "upscale"--to transform their clubs into a more marketable commodity that provides pleasurable experiences for elites. How do the owners of these clubs decide what kind of social milieu they will cultivate as they seek to "produce pleasure and identity-nourishment for themselves and others in the club"? Will they transform their club into "a new playground for reverie and spectatorship for white elites"?
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Wilson, D. (2013). Chicago’s south side blues-scapes: Creeping commodification and complex human response. In F. W. Twine, & B. Gardener (Eds.), Geographies of Privilege (pp. 71-94). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203070833-11