Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Florida's Bradfordville Blues Club Wins the KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE Award from Blues Foundation

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Blues Club: Bradfordville Blues Club, Tallahassee, Florida
It may be the coolest juke joint experience outside Mississippi. Drive down a secluded dirt road through fields of cornstalks and massive Spanish-moss-covered live oaks until you see the glowing, cinder block juke in the distance and you've found it. Featuring live blues every Friday and Saturday night since 1964, the BBC has hosted blues royalty like Bobby "Blue" Bland, Bobby Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Pinetop Perkins, Little Milton, James Cotton, Nappy Brown, Ms. Lavelle White, Kenny Neal, Big Jack Johnson, E.C. Scott, Maria Muldaur, Son Seals, and a host of others. When the music gets too hot, you can always go outside to join the crowd surrounding the roaring bonfire (a rarity in today's world) or listen to the blues from the bonfire stage. New owners Gary and Kim Anton took over the club eight years ago and have worked hard to change little.

Statement from Gary and Kim Anton, owners of the Bradfordville Blues Club:

"Hey folks-
The Blues Foundation announced that the Bradfordville Blues Club has received the 2010 Keeping the Blues Alive Award in the blues clubs category! Wow! What an honor. It is a tribute to the club's "irregulars", customers, volunteers, benefactors, blues lovers, bands, agents and writers who have supported the BBC over the years. We've always known that the BBC is special and it is humbling to know that others feel that way, too. Thank you for helping keep the BBC alive so we can keep the Blues Alive and Live!


This is the second time in less than ten years that a Florida club has brought home the award. Skipper's Smokehouse (aka Skipperdome) was recognized in 2001 for their contribution to the blues.

Here is the Blues Foundation's description of the KBA Award:

Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world.

The Blues Foundation will present the 2010 KBA Awards during a recognition brunch Saturday, January 23, 2010, at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The KBA ceremony will be part of the International Blues Challenge (IBC) weekend of events. For complete information about the 2010 International Blues Challenge weekend click here.

Unlike the Blues Music Awards, the award recognizing the past year's best in recordings and performance voted on by thousands of The Blues Foundation's members, the KBAs are awarded to non-performers strictly on the basis of merit by a select panel of Blues professionals. Noted educator, author, journalist, and KBA Chairman Art Tipaldi notes "The KBA may be awarded for the recipient's work in the past year but most often reflects a lifetime of work; we don't view the recipient as the winner of a 'best of the year' category. Consistent with this philosophy, the committee generally refrains from awarding the KBA to an individual or organization more than once. Rather, we select a new deserving winner each year, except in rare cases when a significant period of time has elapsed since the first award."

Nov. 20 : The Blues Power Band, benefit for Bryan Lee.
Nov. 21 : Tin Feet
Nov. 27 : Joey Gilmore
Nov. 28 : Delta Moon
Dec. 4 : Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
Dec. 5 : The Rockin' Jake Band with Gabe Butterfield
Dec. 11 : Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones
Dec. 12 : Delta Highway
Dec. 18 : J.B.'s Zydeco Zoo
Dec. 19 : EG Kight
Dec. 26 : The Legendary JC's
New Year's Eve : New Year's Eve With The Johnnie Marshall Blues Band
Jan. 1 : The Swinging Harpoon Blues Band
Jan. 2 : Jason Ricci and New Blood
Jan. 16 : Mikey Jr. & Stone Cold Blues
Jan. 23 : Harper
Jan. 30 : The Randall Bramblett Band
Feb. 5 : The Damon Fowler Group
Feb. 6 : The Debbie Davies Band
Feb. 12 : Ana Popovic
Feb. 13 : Robin Rogers & Her Hot Band
Feb. 19 : Chris Duarte & Bluestone
Feb. 20 : TBA
March 12 : Gina Sicilia
March 14 : The Johnnie Marshall Blues Band
March 20 : Johnny Rawls
March 26 : John Nemeth
March 27 : Smokin' Joe Kubek Band Featuring Bnois King
April 9 : Magic Slim & The Teardrops
April 10 : Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
May 14 : Jason Ricci and New Blood

Bradfordville Blues Club

7152 Moses Lane
Tallahassee, FL 32309
(850) 906-0766-- Club
Pictures from Jazz & Blues Florida's last visit to BBC

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