By Lexie Pitzen | Photo: Capital City Ampitheater
If you ask any music lover what they miss most about life before lockdown, they will probably say that they miss going to live shows. Although concerts are on hold, with many artists opting for live-streamed shows in place of them, these are some of the best venues in Tallahassee to support once they start up again.
Bradfordville Blues Club — Though it can be difficult to find, the Bradfordville Blues Club is worth a visit. The venue is hidden deep in the woods at the end of a long dirt road in rural Tallahassee. Live music occurs on Friday and Saturday nights, and the venue is known for having bonfires and serving catfish. During the pandemic, the Bradfordville Blues Club has been holding “empty house parties”—artists perform at the venue with no guests, and the performance is live streamed on social media. The venue also has a virtual tip jar on its website for fans who want to support it until it opens back up again.
The Wilbury — The Wilbury, a small bar located on Gaines Street, has become known for hosting popular local acts as well as touring bands. The venue’s size makes it easy to talk to performers between sets. Even on nights without live music, the Wilbury is worth a visit for its food; the most raved-about menu items are the flash-fried smoked wings and the “Overnight Low and Slow” pulled pork sandwich. In addition to good food and music, The Wilbury has indoor games like mini bowling and foosball.
The Moon — The Moon has hosted hundreds of big names since opening in 1985, including Willie Nelson, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, and Pat Benatar. In recent years, the venue has hosted acts including Chase Rice, Clay Walker, and Mayday Parade. Florida State University’s Club Downunder has also begun presenting indie artists like Car Seat Headrest and Mitski. Additionally, Stetsons on the Moon takes place every Friday night and features a mechanical bull and line dancing lessons.
The Junction at Monroe — The Junction at Monroe, located on South Monroe Street, is set inside a warehouse that was built in 1936. J@M features 80-year-old wood flooring and the warehouse’s original sliding metal fire doors, and has a restaurant and a full liquor bar, as well as art and vintage collectibles for sale. Artists can perform with minimal distractions, and patrons can enjoy the venue close enough to hear the music but far enough away to not disturb the artists or audience in Fleming Hall.
Capital City Ampitheater — The Capital City Ampitheater is located in the center of Cascades Park. The 3500-seat venue allows visitors to enjoy outdoor concerts with easy access to food trucks and restrooms. It is also located near The Edison, a charming restaurant housed inside an old power station. Bonus: the area surrounding the stage is big enough for concert-goers to spread out at least six feet apart.