Oral History Information
Pastor Dave Brown developed a rich and meaningful appreciation for music when he began playing cornet in his high school band. He attended many concerts as a teen (namely at Cafe Au Go Go and the Fillmore), developing a deep appreciation for the blues music he encountered. As he grew up he also felt the calling to become a pastor. He realized he could use the music of the Blues to help spread his message of faith. As a result, in 1999, Pastor Dave established a program in Seattle, Washington he calls Blues Vespers (vespers is another word for evening prayers). He used the space of the church to invite musicians to play while he would interject a short message during the performance, giving the audience something to think about while they enjoyed the music. Blues Vespers moved to Tacoma in 2001 and continues to grow. These concerts were so successful that he helped develop other such programs around the country.