The Bradfordville Blues Club is in dire straits in need of cold cash to remain open.
Don’t lose the history....
The property where the Bradfordville Blues Club stands beneath the sprawling oaks that was Free Man’s Land in the pre-Civil War days.
Freed slaves used the property as a farm and gathering spot for music. During the early 20th century, a general store was built and the piano was its centerpiece.
After World War II, black musicians who played The Red Bird Cafe in Frenchtown ( Tallahassee) headed north to Bradfordville to keep the party rolling until sunrise.
In 1964, Allen Henry Jr. built the concrete building that still stands today. Legend has it such giants as Ray Charles, B.B. King and Chuck Berry played shows under its modest roof. During more recent times, big names such as Johnny Winter, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Son Seals have packed the shack, which is part of the Mississippi Blues Trail. In 2012, the BBC was singled out by Downbeat magazine as “One of the Top International Music Venues.”
The Bradfordville Blues Club experience is like no other. It combines a truly unique location and atmosphere with the best the Blues has to offer. Hidden in a rural part of Tallahassee, the experience begins when you travel down the winding dirt roads and up the hill that lead to the Club.
Surrounded by fields of tall stalks of corn and old majestic oak trees dripping with moss, the one room cinder block “juke joint” has hosted an impressive list of international renowned Blues acts. The more than 50 original portraits autographed by the “Kings and Queens” of the Blues, which serve as table tops and wall hangings, attest to the quality of our entertainment.
The bonfire burned every weekend under the large oaks and provides a great atmosphere for romance. You can usually meet the artists as they too enjoy the rustic surroundings out by the fire or you can just sit back and relax during the set breaks. So, please come join us for a memorable Blues experience at the Bradfordville Blues Club.
Not unlike other Juke Joints everywhere, The pandemic has given The BBC a fatal punch to the gut.
Owner, Gary Antone, has been airing virtual Shows as often as possible, accepting online donations to help pay rent and utilities.
Hopefully we can raise some cash here to help The Bradfordville Blues Club stay in existence.....
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