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Our annual Holiday Party and Toys for Tots Drive is upon us. This year it will be on Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 2:30pm-6:30pm. This event is our way of saying thank you for being a member of the Atlanta Blues Society.  We provide a free buffet from Fat Matt's and will be giving away free door prizes. We will once again be at the fabulous Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility located at 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave, conveniently near Freedom Parkway & Boulevard. This facility is non-smoking and kid friendly, and we will have plenty of dancing room up front.  Please bring at least one new, unwrapped toy for children of all ages, we always have a big stash of toys for our visiting military representatives to take back to the Toys for Tots headquarters for distribution to kids in need. 
 
For your entertainment pleasure we present the winners of our Atlanta Blues Challenge who will represent us at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. This year's winner include Youth act Garrett Collins who will bring his band for this performance, Solo/Duo act Dos Blues Guys with Bennie Mobley and Andy Johnson, and Band act Rae & the Royal Peacocks, featuring local musicians Danny Vinson (guitar), Art McNaughton (drums), Harold Patillo (bass), Valerie Waters (keys), with Rebekah "Rae" Easley on vocals. We will be presenting these acts their prize money and we will be collecting tips for each act to help offset costs for their Memphis trip.  The ABS will match all tips collected for each act, so please be as generous as possible and please tip all the acts.
 
While this event is intended for Members and their families, non-members can attend but we ask for $15 to help defray the cost of the buffett, or they can join at the event. This event also kicks off our Membership Renewal drive, renew or join the ABS and get 3 free months of membership for 2017. Please RSVP on the Facebook event so we can get a good count of how many people will be there (see link below). If you are not on Facebook, or bring guests with you, please send us an email at theatlantabluesociety@gmail.com letting us know how many will be coming.

 CLICK HERE for the Facebook link.





Please welcome our new reciprocal sponsor:
the Frank Hamilton School of Music.




The Frank Hamilton School is modeled on the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. Founded by folk musicians Frank Hamilton and Win Stracke, the School opened in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago in 1957. It began modestly by offering guitar and banjo lessons in a communal teaching style and hosting performances by well-known folk musicians. As a teaching and performing institution, the Old Town School of Folk Music launched the careers of many notable folk music artists. Now Frank Hamilton has brought the spirit of his Chicago school to Decatur, GA.  Offering classes for both adults and children taught at the Education Building of the Oakhurst Baptist Church. They also present a concert series of local, regional and national touring acts at the Red Light Cafe.  Check them out.
http://frankhamiltonschool.org/
https://www.facebook.com/pg/FrankHamiltonSchool/about/?ref=page_internal

  The 2017 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recipients are:

1.    Baltimore Blues Society
2.    Blues and Soul Records
3.    Kathy Bolmer
4.    Briggs Farm Blues Festival
5.    Kyle Deibler
6.    Greaseland Studios
7.    Highway 99 Blues Club
8.    Jay Miller
9.    Jacques Morgantini
10. James Nagel
11. Porretta Soul Festival
12. Steve Salter
13. Eddie Stout
14. Suzanne Swanson
15. WGLT radio
16. Wolf Records
 

These honorees, who will be recognized during a luncheon on February 3, represent a broad spectrum of the music world: record labels, music festivals, recording studios, clubs, radio stations, publications, and individuals with an undying passion to preserve and sustain the blues. They include grassroots blues heroes like Steve Salter, who created the nonprofit Killer Blues Headstone Project so that blues musicians wouldn’t be buried in unmarked graves, and Eddie Stout, who is known as the “Ambassador of Texas Blues” for his work single-handedly running Dialtone Records. The KBA’s spotlight also shines on events like the Briggs Farm Blues Festival, which has been bringing the Mississippi Delta to eastern Pennsylvania for nearly 20 years, and Greaseland Studios, the San Jose recording studio where Kim Wilson, Maria Muldaur, Elvin Bishop, and Charlie Musselwhite have laid down tracks.


November Meeting & Jam
Our November Gathering & Jam at Blind Willie's was planned at the last minute, but boy was it a good one.  Sometimes the best times are the spur of the moment ones.  We had a great crowd and Blind Willie's staff came in on their off day to serve us food & drink.  Sana Blues Band was laying down the blues with great abandon and dancing ensued almost immediately.  During the meeting part of the event we discussed our success with our Georgia Blues & Roots Festival and our Blues Stotts benefit and our upcoming events such as the Holiday Party and future plans for next year's Festival.  We had lots of jammers including many female vocalists, each with their own unique style making for a fantastic jam.  For the raffle (to benefit our Blue Flame Fund) we gave away 2 pairs of  tickets to the Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas show at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center, a bottle of Cathead Vodka and several CD packages. 




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www.twitter.com/AtlBluesSociety

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Atlanta-Blues-Society/67909644739
(or, just go to Facebook and search the Atlanta Blues Society)

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PLEASE NOTE:
The Atlanta Blues Society has a new address, please send all mail to:

 
The Atlanta Blues Society
P.O. Box 146
Tucker, GA 30085-0146
 
Our only email address is
theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com



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