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Babylon Club closure won’t stop Ron Thompson’s blues night


Signs and caution tape were put up after a flood caused The Babylon Club to close last week.

For those who missed the story on Friday, the Babylon Club, a mainstay venue in the Tower District, has been closed since Wednesday, when a burst pipe flooded the building with three inches of water.

Management believes the damage was caused by vandals trying to steal copper piping from the roof.

The closure has effected several concert dates, including the Central Valley Blues Society‘s weekly dance party with Ron Thompson and His Resistors. The Thursday-night gig, which has been hosted at Babylon Club for four years, was scheduled to be the annual Santa Hats and Sunglasses Christmas Party.

The closure postponed the show, which has been rescheduled for this Thursday night at Audie’s Olympic Tavern.

The CVBS is a resilient bunch and this is not the first time the Thursday night show has had to scramble for a new venue. In close to 11 years, the group has moved from Porky’s Ribs (on Bullard Avenue) to The Crossroads (on Shields and Cedar avenues) and eventually to the Babylon. But they never missed a Thursday night, says the society’s president Don Heflin.

“Missing last week was tough but our Blues Society Family is strong enough to keep it together,” he says.

There is no word when the club will reopen or if the society will look for a more permanent home while the Babylon undergoes repairs.

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