Blues concert to benefit repairing and reopening of Bradfordville Blues Club

Published: Jul. 6, 2018 at 5:52 PM EDT
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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News

July 6, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A blues concert is being held to benefit the Bradfordville Blues Club.

A 250-year-old tree fell on the building on May 29 during subtropical storm Alberto.

The historic club is tucked away on Moses Lane, off Bradfordville Road in northeastern Leon County.

Gary Anton, the club's co-owner, remembers getting a call early in the morning that a tree was blocking the road.

"It was blocking the road, alright. It also took down a good part of the roof," he said.

Anton couldn't believe a tree was on top and inside of his club.

He said, "I walked inside. My heart went into my mouth. There were rafters, tables, ceiling tile, and insulation all over the place. I mean, it looked like we'd never get the place open again."

To help get the Bradfordville Blues Club back open, some musicians and friends are holding the "Keeping the Blues Alive" benefit concert.

Brett Wellman is one of those musicians and organizers of the concert.

He said, "From a personal standpoint, Gary and Kim mean a lot; and the club means a lot. As a matter of fact, as soon as this happened, the news got out, my wife called me and said, 'I don't care what you got to do, you got to help.'"

The roof has been replaced on the club. The concert will help finish repairs and fix the road.

Anton said, "It dates back to the 1880s. People like the club. It's out in the middle of nowhere. There's not many like it. Most of the folks around here recognize that it's really a gem. It's something unique and deserves to be saved."

Wellman says he hopes the concert can raise at least $10,000.

Anton says he hopes to reopen the blues club on July 20. Selwyn Birchwood is scheduled to perform that night.

He says Johnny Marshall will headline the grand reopening on July 21.

"It's really going to be like four bands that are just going to jam kind of all night long; with a lot of great catfish. You can't beat it," Wellman said.

The Keeping the Blues Alive benefit concert is Saturday, July 7, at the Moon nightclub in Tallahassee. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.