Crews work to remove tree from Bradfordville Blues Club

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Wednesday morning, crews were at the Bradfordville Blues Club on Moses Lane, working to remove a large tree that had fallen on the business.

The 250-year-old tree crashed through the roof on Tuesday, bringing down large portions of the club's ceilings and walls with it. No one was injured.

The owner of the club says they hope to rebuild and reopen soon.

By: Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 29, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- No one was hurt when a huge tree came crashing down on the roof of the Bradfordville Blues Club.

A poster of the final band to play inside the historic music venue greets those that walk in, but once inside, you can see the real destruction.

"I knew when I saw the rafters shattered that it wasn't going to be short-term shutdown," said Gary Anton, the owner of the club.

An expert told Anton the tree is 250 years old, but it's not wiping out the memories of the place it damage. The owners says they are hopeful they can pick up the pieces.

Peggy Adair has been coming to the club for 20 years, creating decorative table tops of many of the musical acts that performed there. She says the BBC is more about the spirit than the things inside.

"I mean this is just earth stuff. My favorite term in the world is earth stuff, it can be replaced," said Adair.

She says her table tops are a thank you to those that made up her memories over the last 20 years.

"When I see someone who does something and continues to do it in support, my way of letting them know is visual. I'm no different than a kindergartner giving a picture," said Adair.

On a great night, around 80 patrons pack into the tucked away venue, miles away from Thomasville Road. Anton says this is their baby, and they hope to be back up and running at some point.

"First time a tree has crashed through the place. We've had the trees come down, but they never hit the building. We always thought the blues gods were out here protecting us," said Anton.

He says he has already received a lot of messages and calls from people in support, asking what they can do to help out. The tree is scheduled to be removed from the building Wednesday morning.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 29, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The owners of the Bradfordville Blues Club say a large tree has fallen on the building, causing extensive damage to the historic music venue.

The club is located at 7152 Moses Lane in Tallahassee.

The owners, Gary and Kim Anton, tell WCTV they have operated the club for the last 16 years.

Kim Anton says she was informed about the damage around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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