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Thanks to our new sponsor the Utopia Bar in John's Creek for hosting a great meeting on a very rainy Sunday. The crowd was large and lively and we were entertained by our member band Chequered Blue. Lots of folks were there to participate in the jam (I particularly loved that there were multiple saxophones!) and a good time was had by all!

SAVE THE DATE:
• Sat & Sun, April 28, 29 – Inman Park Festival, Atlanta, GA
• Saturday, May 5 – Blind Willie McTell Fest, Thomson, GA
• Sunday, May 20 – Gathering & Jam to be decided



The Atlanta Blues Society joins with Lewmar Entertainment’s Smoke-Free Rights for all, Entertainers Speak Out Advocacy, supporting “SmokeFree Atlanta” and the American Cancer Society to protect Musicians and Hospitality Workers from the dangers of second hand smoke exposure.

“Being SMOKE-FREE is Good” is more than a slogan, it is the driving force behind our initiative. All studies show that becoming a Smoke-Free business does not hurt the hospitality industry, it actually improves it! Being in a Smoke-Free environment is good for health, good for business and good for the Atlanta community. Getting this word out to restaurants, bars, and music venues in Atlanta is the mission of the "Smoke Free Rights For All, Entertainers Speak Out" Advocacy. We are working with partner organizations who have come together to help protect entertainers, service industry workers and the community from the TOXIC effects of second hand smoke in Atlanta. Don't you think that we deserve a Smoke-Free Work Place too?  We believe that we should not have to sacrifice our lives for a paycheck!







Bringing the blues to Augusta, Georgia, the Augusta Blues Company is a brand new Blues Society in the state of Georgia. Check out their website and like their Facebook page and when in Augusta, always check their calendar for the best blues in the area.  As well as presenting great blues acts, they also support the Turn the Page Foundation, Inc., which helps provide the gifts of literacy and music by supplying books, school supplies, and gently used musical instruments to kids.  Don’t miss these great upcoming shows hosted by the Augusta Blues Company: Saturday, April 14, 2018, Sweet & Salty Blues Band play Humanitree, Augusta, GA, 8-11pm. Friday, May 4, 2018, FREE kick off party for the Blind Willie McTell Festival featuring the Juke Joint Dukes w/ William “Bluesman” Reed at the Depot on Main Street, Augusta, 7-10pm.
https://augustabluescompany.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AugustaBluesCompany/
https://turnthepagefoundation.com/





We appreciate your past support of our efforts to keep the blues alive and we hope that you will continue to support our cause. You can also renew by mailing a check to: The Atlanta Blues Society
P.O. Box 146, Tucker, GA 30085.


We Have a NEW Gold Sponsor!


Utopia Bar is a fun, sexy, casual bar in John's Creek.  We exceed the bar standards in cuisine & drinks on a daily basis.  We are your neighborhood gastropub with cozy lounge seating or tables, all wood & brick decor throughout. At Uptopia bar you can eat a great meal and have an excellent drink as well as having some fun with friends or family. Utopia will be having music on Friday & Saturday nights, so come out and enjoy Utopia hospitality and great music all in one venue.
Utopia Bar, 10305 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Creek, GA 30097  •  404-268-6934
http://www.utopiainjc.com/




25th Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival Lineup Announcement! It s fitting that on the occasion of our 25th festival, all six artists on the 2018 roster could serve as this year's headliner. Working out of East Nashville, we start with Oklahoma's JD McPherson, bringing a combo sound rooted in the rock and roll, rockabilly, and rhythm and blues music of the 1950s. Joining McPherson will be the dynamic guitarist/vocalist Samantha Fish, Louisiana's Kenny Neal, Woodstock, NY native Amy Helm, Georgia's own Randall Bramblett and the country blues of Jerron  "Blind Boy"  Paxton. Tickets will be on sale February 1st at www.blindwillie.com. Prices for tickets are $30 advance and $40 the day of. There is no charge for children, ages 12 and under. Great regional food will again be featured along the food court. Gates open at 11 in the morning, with music beginning at noon.  http://www.blindwillie.com




Attention, Canton Music Shoppe is now hiring instructors.  They also wish to announce that Little G Weevil will be teaching guitar so please come by and meet him and see what's new at the Shoppe! 149 Reinhardt College Parkway, Suite 11, Canton, GA 30114
https://gweevil.com/musichttp://www.cantonmusicshoppe.com/




Dear Friends, The Best of Little G Weevil 2008-2018 album download is now avaiable exclusively on the official website.  21 original soundtracks from 5 albums from the past 10 years with guest appearances by Billy Gibson, Charlie Wood, Matyas Pribojszki, Zoltan "Jambalaya" Nemes, Maurice Nazzaro, Danny Vinson, Zsolt Pinter and many more. This is a fantastic compilation that captures my solo acoustic and electric band work.  I hope you'll enjoy. Click here for album download:  https://gweevil.com/album/697601/best-of-2008-2018


January Meeting and Jam Video





News from Frank Hamilton School: Winter into Spring: New term starts March 5, 2018.  Register now for the new term.  We have classes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights.  For all the details go to our site at: http://frankhamiltonschool.org/classes-teachers-register/  









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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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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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