Gip's Place Alabama

The Birmingham News / Hal Yeager

About 100 supporters of a popular blues establishment in Bessemer packed a city council meeting in an effort to persuade city officials to allow the club to remain open.

Many in the audience Tuesday night spoke in support of Gip's Place and its proprietor, Henry "Gip" Gipson.

Bessemer police shut down the club last week. Authorities say it's not properly zoned and has been operating illegally.