Annual Membership Meeting
Sunday, February 17, 2019, Blind Willie's, 3pm-6pm
Don't miss our annual membership meeting at Blind Willie's. Join or renew your membership (membership year begins 3/1/2019). Our host musician will be Mudcat, Atlanta's legendary Blues & Roots star and supporter of Blues legends such as Eddie Tigner, Beverly Guitar Watkins, Albert White, etc. This is when we install the new Board of Directors for 2 more years, so come and meet the new and old Board Members. We will also have a jam so bring your instruments and/or voices and show us what you got. Spike will be serving up delicious food and drink for all of us. Blind Willie's is now non-smoking and there is no cover charge.
Save the Date
• Sunday, February 17, 2019, Gathering & Jam at Blind Willie's, Host Daniel 'Mudcat' Dudeck
• Sunday, March 17, 2019, 3-6pm, Gathering & Jam TBD
• Sunday, April 21, 2019, 3-6pm, Gathering & Jam TBD
Board Members of the Atlanta Blues Society accepting the Keeping the Blues Alive Award at the luncheon during the IBC in Memphis TN. L to R: Richard L’Hommedeau, Carlin Smith, George Klein, Barb Hilke, Deb Pruitt, Dave Black.
It's time. Hard to believe it's been 2 years, but it has been, and now it's time to elect a new Board of Directors. We need you. Being on the board does require some commitment of your time, there are board meetings, membership meetings, special events that we need help with such as the Blues Challenge, Blues Stotts, and our yearly Georgia Blues & Roots Festival. If you truly want to help us to keep the blues alive, we sure could use the help. Per our By-Laws, you must have been a member of the Blues Society for at least a year prior to be able to be on the board. If you would be interested, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org –
or let one of the current board members know and we'll get some information from you. Deadline for submissions to run for the Board is Feb 4, 2019. Thank you!
What a great Blues in the Schools Presentation we had
at the Gwinnett County Library in Lilburn!
There was a great turn out, surprisingly more adults were there than kids, but they were ready to learn about the blues from us and hear the music. Thanks to our wonderful talented musicians, Carlos Capote, Larry Griffith, SaNa Foster, and young Logan Roach (he was the star for sure). We got to learn about all aspects of the blues from it being the basis of all other musical genres, including Jazz, Rock & Hip Hop to Blues Therapy lessons. Amazing. To see a Facebook live broadcast of the event, go to Barb Hilke's Facebook page or click here: Facebook Live Stream
Bricks for the Blues Campaign
Are you up for your shot at Blues Immortality? Every once in a while a stellar opportunity comes along for those of us that will never be nominated, let alone win a BMA, win the IBC or have our name on the marquis of the Orpheum Theater in Memphis. Several years ago the Blues Foundation offered us the opportunity to not only contribute to the creation of the Blues Hall of Fame, but to have our names permanently installed on the wall inside. The Atlanta Blues Society, Darwin's and several of us availed ourselves of that opportunity and gained some Blues Immortality. The only problem is that you have to go inside and look for our names.
Well, our second chance is here with The Bricks for the Blues Campaign and the cost for Blues Immortality is much more reasonable this time. The Blues Foundation has been given permission to replace the sidewalk in front of the Blues Hall of Fame with bricks engraved with the names of the donors. Your Blues Society has purchased an 8"x 8" brick for $500 and has been given permission to have all of us that buy an 8x8 brick to be grouped together and have a permanent place in Blues History. Even though only one person can pay for each brick, but with 6 lines of engraving (one should say"ABS Member(s)" as many as five can go in on a brick.
In order to take advantage of being able to be grouped together the Blues Foundation is asking us to act before the middle of March. How cool would it be for the ABS to not only have a permanent place for the world to see, but to have a boat load of our members listed with us. If you have any questions please run them by us. Be Immortal!! Thanks, George
Darwin's Burgers & Blues in Sandy Springs is under new management, but still open and ready to continue to be one of the best live music clubs in Atlanta. The former owners Aiken and Lindsey have moved to California to pursue a new venture. It seems Aiken has been working on a new way to grow mushrooms and has had an opportunity to work with some people in California who are pursuing plans to build "mushroom houses". The FDA has given initial approval and they are trying to get a head start. Hence the early and sudden departure on Lindsay and Aiken's part. They are still in touch and wish the new management success. Yvette, the waitress, John, the bartender, and Tom Samples, the door guy have been pretty much in charge for a while and are doing their best to keep Darwin's going. They can use all the help we can give them. One thing they really need is a new smoker for the BBQ. Please support them by coming to the venue, eating and drinking and paying the cover for live music. We will keep you informed of any schedule changes that occur.
Blind Willies Blues Club in Virginia Highlands is an Atlanta icon showcasing legendary blues bands for over 32 years. Hundreds of local and national blues greats have left their mark on this historic stage. Years of loyal fans and regular patrons have also contributed to making Blind Willies a true Historic Landmark in Atlanta. All the years of good times have taken its physical toll on Blind Willies. We are asking our friends and family to help us with the REBIRTH of Blind Willies Blues Club! Over the next few months, we will be hosting events to help us with our updates and revival. Your contributions will help ensure we can continue this long-standing Atlanta Blues tradition. The Blues Community is a true family. We are counting on our Blues family to help us continue to keep the Blues alive and bring you the best local and national blues bands you love for years to come! As part of the Rebirth of Blind Willie's, the venue has gone Smoke Free as of the day after Thanksgiving, so those of you who stayed away because of the smoke, come on out and check out this legendary Blues Club. The blues sound just as good without the smoke – and the smokers can still go outside– so its a win/win. Come on out to Blind Willie's soon and show them you appreciate the changes they are making to keep the blues alive and available to all. Other changes they are making are earlier shows during the week and on Sundays. They will be closed on Mondays. • http://www.blindwilliesblues.com/
News from Killer Blues Headstone Project
From : Killer Blues Headstone Project: killerblues.net
104 headstones have been purchased! We have funding for the next 2 headstones but have 30 more in need. • That means we still need to raise $20,000 • In 2018 so far we have received donations ranging from $1 to $1,000 and each one was appreciated. The following link will take you to an excellent interview with KBHP founder, Steve Salter, on Youtube: Click HERE.
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1. click on our website
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3. use "AmazonSmile"
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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.
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