The Georgia Blues & Roots 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets for the Georgia Blues & Roots Festival are now on sale. Do not delay, get your tickets now, before the best seats are gone. We have 4 levels of seating available: VIP Reserved @ $50 per seat or $250 for a table for 5, Fan Section for $30, Stadium Seating for $20, and Lawn for $15. The Atlanta Blues Society is reserving the best Table seating in our name and if you want to sit at a table or get a whole table, you can pay us in person and reserve your spot without having to pay the TicketMaster fee. See us at the next monthly Gatherings or Challenge or email George Klein at email@example.com for other options. All other tickets are General Admission for a specific area of the Amphitheater and are available at the Maple House Barnes Box Office or through TicketMaster.
September Meeting and Jam
Our Gathering & Jam at Madlife Stage & Studios was a wonderful event at this gorgeous new venue. It was humid and storming outside, but it was cool and exciting on the inside. The state of the art stage and sound system was expertly managed by the sound engineers and production staff and the owners were in attendance to see to our every need along with the fantastic wait staff. If you were not able to make it out to this Gathering, make sure you check out a show at this venue soon. They have music for every taste and comedy too. Our host band Rockabilly Kitty Rose were all decked out in vintage outfits and their high spirited set kept everybody's toes tapping, feet shuffling and heads wagging. At one point, Kitty called out for a guitar jammer and brought up a young guitar whiz who wowed the crowd and seemed to relish to be playing on this great stage. The crowd grew more and more as people made it through the rain slowed traffic on I-75 and made their way to downtown Woodstock. We picked up several new members, including the young Guitar whiz, and sold tickets to our Oct. 1 Georgia Blues & Roots Festival. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, make sure to get them from us soon, we'll save you the ticket fees and you will be supporting our efforts to bring a high quality blues festival to Atlanta. Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get those tickets to you. We'll see you at the Festival!
Save the Date:
• Saturday, Oct 1 - Georgia Blues & Roots Fest, Mable House Amphitheatre, 10am-10pm
• Sunday, October 16, 2016 – Napoleons?, host band to be determined
• Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 – Blues Stotts at Blind Willie’s
• Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 – Holiday Party at Helene S. Mills Facility, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave.
Review of the Atlanta Blues Challenge
by Rhetta Akamutsu
Photos by Sandra Richardson:
The packed house in Hard Rock Cafe’s Music Room exploded in cheers and applause again and again during the more than 7 hours of music we witnessed at the Atlanta Blues Challenge on Sunday, August 21. Twelve of the best blues acts in Georgia competed for the opportunity to win the chance to represent Atlanta at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2017.
The competition was judged by five music professionals, four of whom are musicians themselves. They had a tough job because all of the acts were sensational. In addition, the attendees voted for a People’s Choice Award, and that winner receives $250. There are monetary rewards as well to help with the costs of going to Memphis for the winners. Also, every band that participates in the challenge gets an HD video of their set mixed with a full multi-track LIVE recording, free of charge! This is provided by Midnight Circus Productions and Rich L’Hommedieu, which is an invaluable tool for promoting themselves to future venues and festivals. The winning band and Solo/Duo act will also be eligible for free studio time from Midnight Circus Productions to record a CD, so they can go to Memphis with a finished professionally Studio recorded product!
YOUTH Act Winner:
Collins is a 17-year-old who plays a fiery guitar and sings his own songs. with soul and enthusiasm.
SOLO/DUO Act Winner:
Dos Blues Guys
This one was a very close match, with Dear Watson barely in second place. Bennie Mobley, long-time Atlanta favorite and winner of the 2015 Southeastern Harmonica Championship, and Andy Johnson, guitarist and vocalist for Royal Johnson, carried the day, and Mobley should have won a special prize for Best Clothing for that golden suit!
Rae and the Royal Peacocks
This group, which was named after a famous Atlanta night club of the past because Rae wanted a name with some history, was new to everyone, but several of the members were very familiar to most of us. Danny Vinson, also of The Cazanovas, on guitar has long been my pick for best guitarist in the Atlanta area, and Art McNaughton on drums and Harold Patillo on bass and Valerie Waters on keys were equally formidable, but it was their incredible vocalist, Rebekah “Rae” Easely, who sealed the win for them. What a perfect blues soul that woman projects! When she performed “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean,” it was as though she was channeling Ruth Brown right there on the stage.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE Winner:
Rae and the Royal Peacocks
It was no surprise that the audience agreed with the judges. They simply dazzled us all.
Any one of these acts could have won. That is how good they were. Some groups were more obviously blues-based while some leaned toward the rock side. Quite a few were new to the audience, so you never knew what to expect until the music started. Then it was just a thrill to hear that all of them were real contenders this time around.
Judging by the packed room and the people being turned away at the door by the Hard Rock staff because the room was too full by around 5 pm, word has gotten out that the Blues Challenge each year is an event you don’t want to miss. As usual, this year the event was thoroughly enjoyable. Kudos to the bands, the Atlana Blues Society, and the Hard Rock Cafe for a phenomenal event!
Ever dream of being in a rock or blues band? Ever hear the stage calling your name? Maybe you've been in a band before and you reminisce about the glory days, unaware of how to make them a reality again. The Canton Music Shoppes Adult Rock Camp is the answer! For new and seasoned musicians 18 and older. Find more details and sign up here:
Attention all aspiring young musicians, Atlanta's Rock 'n Blues Camp hosts an early evening Jam just for kids on Friday nights. Come on out and show your stuff. Friday Kid Jam is every Friday from 6:30pm to 9pm at the Tin Roof Cantina, 2591 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 Check out the Rock 'n Blues Camp Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cjrbc/?fref=ts
Kenny Neal and his sisters, brothers, nephews and childrens have been severely impacted by the historic flooding that has devasted many Louisiana communities. Although everyone is safe, all of their homes were impacted and many of them have had a total loss - water reaching the roof line. Please help them rebuild their homes.
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