June Gathering & Jam
Our next Gathering and Jam will be on Sunday June 26, 2016, a little later in the month because of Father's Day, from 3-6pm.  We will be at the MoonShadow Tavern on Lawrenceville Hwy in Tucker, GA.  The MoonShadow has some of the best bar food around, great wings and burgers and of course plenty of beer, wine and great mixed drinks.  They also have a great stage for our host band, the Way Back Band.  Tony Lee Williams, Murray Dabby and William Jackson are the Way Back Band and they will take you back to the early hits and ol' school tunes of the 50s, 60s, & 70s.  Whether it's Motown, R&B, Blues, or Rock n' Roll the Way Back Band will take you there.  Be ready to party and, jammers, bring your instruments and voices for our Jam. We will also be having a raffle to benefit the Blue Flame Fund which provides assistance to local musicians in need.  Hope to see you there.

The Moonshadow Tavern, 3976 Lawrenceville Hwy., Tucker, GA 30084
Way Back Band

Save the Date:
•        Saturday, June 18,  Bluesberry & Beer Festival, Norcross, GA
•        Sunday, June 26, Monthly Gathering at Moonshadow Tavern, Way Back Band hosts
•        Sunday, July 17, Monthly Gathering at Napoleon’s (tentatively), host band TBA
•        Sunday, August 21, The Atlanta Blues Challenge at Hard Rock Cafe
___Saturday October 1, 2016, Georgia Music Fest at Mable House Barnes Amphitheater
•       Saturday, November 12, Blues Stotts 2016 at Blind Willie’s

May Gathering & Jam
What a great day we had at Shorty's Pizza on Sunday.  The weather was gorgeous, the music was kickin' and the food was delicious.  We filled up the restaurant and Shorty's was fully staffed and ready for us. Our host band, Sole Travelers, was fantastic, playing our favorite songs, some originals and some songs we haven't heard in long time.  Vocalist Jeanie Marie was dynamic and powerful, reminding one of Bonnie Raitt or Susan Tedeschi.  The band was tight and impressive and kept us thoroughly entertained.  The jam was off the wall, with some of our favorite jammers including Lady D, Top Show, most of the Leonard Blush Band, and some very talented kids, Cole Jackson & Logan Roach.  A good time was had by all.

The Atlanta Blues Challenge is the Atlanta Blues Society’s competition to select our representatives for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The Atlanta Blues Challenge will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Hard Rock Cafe, 215 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-688-7625 in downtown Atlanta. We will be starting at 1 pm and will end about 8:30pm. To help offset the costs of the challenge we will be charging $10 for ABS members and $15 for non-members at the door.

Musicians, time is of the essence to get into the challenge. We may need to limit the number of entrants we accept due to time constraints, so being the first to apply will be very important to ensure your entry. We will be accepting applications beginning immediately for 3 categories, Band, Solo/Duo and Youth. The deadline for submitting applications is midnight August 1, 2016. The first 3 entries in the Youth, the first 4 entries for Solo/Duo, and the first 5 entries for the Band category will automatically be in the challenge (3-4-5) for a total of 12 slots. A waiting list will be made for any other entries and if a category does fill up by the deadline other acts may take those slots in the order they entered. The winners in each category will represent The Atlanta Blues Society at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN which will take place January 31-Feb 4, 2017.

For questions and applications to enter the Atlanta Blues Challenge contact us at theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com. For further information and updates, CLICK HERE. The competition will be judged by a non-partial group of judges who are not associated with the Atlanta Blues Society or any of the acts competing. The ABS follows the same rules and scoring criteria as the International Blues Challenge (IBC). All acts will be expected to know and follow all rules as specified by the Blues Foundation for the IBC. Please read all about it on the Blues Foundation site at http://www.blues.org/international-blues-challenge/.

ABS Presents The Georgia Music Festival
Your board of directors is proud to announce that we are going to have The Georgia Music Festival on Saturday, October 1st, 2016, at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheater. Exact times and complete line up will come out as soon as we iron out artists schedules, but plan on it starting around 11 am and ending by 10:30 pm, which is the curfew there. We have commitments from Jarekus Singleton, Big Bill Morganfield Tas Cru, Delta Moon, The Georgia Flood, Caroline Aiken, Donna Hopkins, Diane Durrett, John Pagano and No Solution. We will be relying heavily on your support to make this a success and will be needing quite a few sponsorships at different levels so if you have any contacts please let one of the board members know as soon as possible. It has taken us 3 years to get to this point so let's make this the first of many Festivals to come. If you can help us get sponsors for this event, please contact us at: theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com

Thank you to the Retro Rock-its for upgrading their Musician Sponsorship with the ABS to a 2- year Gold Sponsorship.  Thank you for the support and please everybody go out and see this fun band as soon as you can, they just hosted our April Gathering and Jam and everybody enjoyed them very much. 

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The Georgia Flood was on their first road trip tour when their van was broken into while they were recording in Brooklyn, NY and all their gear and even their clothes were stolen.  This band won the 2012 Atlanta Blues Challenge and represented us at the 2013 Memphis IBC.  They are a young, hard working band, just starting out and this has devastated them and set them back tremendously.  They have always been ready to help out with benefits.  Now, they need our help so please do what you can to help them.  The Atlanta Blues Society will donate $100 and will pay for their musician sponsorship renewal ($50) when it becomes due. Here is a link to a Go Fund Me account to help them out.   https://www.gofundme.com/TheGeorgiaFlood


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