Annual Membership Meeting & Jam
The ABS will be 22 years old this year. Come celebrate with us at Blind Willie's on Sunday, February 19, 2017, from 3pm-6pm. Our host band – the Real Deal Blues Band. We will have a jam, so bring your instruments and/or voices to show your stuff. This is also our Bi-Yearly board election year and we are currently accepting bios from interested members. If we have more applicants than we have board slots, we will have ballots available for voting. This is also the kick off for our regular membership yearly renewal, so if you have not renewed your membership yet, it is time to do so and we will have a table set up to take your renewals. We will also report on the State of the ABS at this meeting. This will be a non-smoking event, so bring the whole family. •
Blind Willie's Blues Club, 828 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306
The Real Deal Blues Band features four seasoned musicians performing traditional American roots and hard driving classic Chicago Style Blues standards. Long time ABS member Patrick Powers, aka, Indiana Pete fronts this great band and features ABS member Mike Holley (who puts on the Norcross Bluesberry Festival) on drums. They can be seen playing all around the greater Atlanta Area. Don't miss this great blues band. •
Save the Date:
• Sunday, March 19, 2017, Monthly Gathering & Jam, venue & host band to be determined
• Saturday, September 30, Georgia Blues 'n Roots Fest at the Mable House Amphitheater, line up
_ to be determined
ATLANTA BLUES FESTIVAL AND BENEFIT CHICKEN RAID 2017 ANNOUNCED
The Chicken Raid is an annual two-day music festival and benefit honoring the late Atlanta country blues legend Mr. Frank Edwards (1909-2002). The Chicken Raid offers a range of regional and national talents, with artists’ ages spanning the teens to the 90s. Proceeds from this year's festival will benefit the Edwards' estate.
2017 performers include blues mentors Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, Roy Lee Johnson, Eddie Tigner, Macon’s own Robert Lee Coleman, Albert White, and Perry GA’s Essie Mae Brooks. Additional highlights include West Virginia’s The Company Stores, South Carolina’s Freddie Vanderford, and longtime favorites The Rockaholics, Lola, Chickens and Pigs, and Mudcat.
The event will be held on Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19 at Northside Tavern in Atlanta, GA, located at 1058 Howell Mill Rd. Tickets are available at the door and are $15 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday, with 12 hours of music each day. Music begins at 2pm Saturday and Noon Sunday, with Sunday again kicking off with an acoustic gospel invitational. Children are welcome in the afternoons and BBQ plates from Fat Matt’s Rib Shack will be available for purchase.
A community website has been designed for this event, featuring footage of Mr. Edwards performing his classic tune 'Chicken Raid.' Please visit facebook.com/thechickenraid for additional photos of the last 15 years of Chicken Raid performances.
There are no operating costs -- equipment is loaned and there's a small indispensable regiment of volunteers who keep things running smoothly. Except for the occasional gas stipend for out of town performers who donate their talents, ALL DOOR MONEY goes to the oldest living generation of performers, OUR MENTORS. Over the past few years we've been blessed to find so many of these legacy artists in our region who've become regular names on the bill. For some of these artists, this is a rare, but annual, occasion to perform for fair compensation.
Born in Washington County, GA, Frank Edwards left home at 14 to play guitar and harmonica alongside Tampa Red and Tommy McClennan. He recorded eight sides for OKeh in 1941 with Washboard Sam and upon being discharged from the Army in 1949 he recorded several sides for Regal. Frank spent the next few decades playing on street corners, juke joints and restaurants before hitting the festival circuit during the folk revival of the 1960's. In 1972, Edwards recorded the album "Done Some Travelin'" produced by Pete Lowry for the Trix label. When not onstage, the iconic "Mr. Frank" was a familiar face at the clubs, supporting other blues musicians in Atlanta. In 2002, Edwards recorded a CD of new songs and set favorites, “Chicken Raid,” for the Music Maker label.
Congratulations to William Bell on winning the Grammy award for Americana Album of the Year, This is Where I Live on the Stax label. We are very proud as William was our 2015 Honorary Lifetime Member recipient, go to the following page to read his BIO, which now needs to updated.!
Also congratulations go out to Bobby Rush for winning the Best Traditional Blues Album (Porcupine Meat on Rounder label) and to Fantastic Negrito for Best Contemporary Blues Album (The Last Days of Oakland on Believe Global/Blackball Universe).
2017 International Blues Challenge
There aren't enough superlatives to tell Rae and The Royal Peacocks, Dos Blues Guys and Garrett Collins how very proud we are of their performances and demeanor in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis last week. Rebekah, Danny, Valerie, Art and Harold totally blew everyone away with both of their sets in the Quarter finals and were equally superb in the Semi's. Andy was excellent and when Bennie lit into his Chicken Hot Dog song one of the judges went hysterical. Garrett wowed the onlookers with his guitar playing and original music. The 50 or so ABS members in attendance cheered them on and were quite vocal about where they were from, as one of the venue coordinators announced "Atlanta is in the house". What a great group of ambassadors. Congratulations!! - George Klein
2017 IBC Finalists
Best Self-Produced CD - High Temperature, JW Jones, Ottawa Blues Society. Georgia connection, Chuck Leavell wrote the liner notes
Best Acoustic Guitar - Al Hill, Nashville Blues Society
2nd Place Solo/duo - Brody Buster's One Man Band, Kansas City Blues Society
1st Place Solo/Duo - Al Hill, Nashville Blues Society
Harp Award - Brody Buster, Kansas City Blues Society
Gibson Albert King Guitar Award - Ben Racine w/ the Dawn Tyler Watson Band
3rd Place Band - Rae Gordon & the Backstreet Drivers, Cascade Blues Association
2nd Place Band - The Soulz Band ft Sugar & Spice, Suncoast Blues Society
1st Place Band - Dawn Tyler Watson, Montreal Blues Society
Darwin's is moving on up!
In 2017 we are leaving Marietta - the only home we've ever known - to spread our wings in Sandy Springs (the former Steve's Live Music location). Although we will miss our little house on Roswell Road where we have lived for over 20 years, we are very excited to expand to a larger location with new opportunities! We need some help to achieve this goal though. We are in need of donations to help us purchase furniture and kitchen & bar equipment for the new space. Any amount that you can donate is greatly appreciated and gets us a step closer to reopening. Thank you!
January Meeting & Jam
What a wonderful day we had at Carmen and Tony's house! It's a good thing the weather was perfect so we could have it outside because we had about 150 people show up, maybe more. We were all spread out in the massive backyard and the lovely sundeck. It was almost warm enough to swim in the pool. The stage was built in front of their outbuilding, but had never been used before. Albert White brought his fabulous band and special guests Eddie Tigner & Lil Joe Burton and they christened the stage more than appropriately. Albert and company played a great set of blues and R&B that everybody enjoyed.
We had a couple of surprises up our sleeve and before they played. We presented Albert with our 2017 Honorary Lifetime Membership award. Then we presented the 2017 Ambassador Award of one year free membership to Sandra Richardson for her photography work at our events. Both awards were well deserved and both of them were very surprised. We reminded everyone of our upcoming events including the Georgia Blues 'n Roots Festival on Saturday, September 30, 2017.
Then we had the most extensive jam we have ever had with great local talent throughout. We took up a collection for Eddie Tigner who recently lost his wife, and thanks to the generosity of all of the attendees we were able to present a generous donation to Eddie to help with funeral expenses.
Carmen and Tony and their chefs started out with fruit and and chicken Kabobs for appetizers. Then they brought out the main course, pasta with chicken, pasta with shrimp, and large servings of lasagna, YUM! All I remember of dessert was German Chocolate Cake, double YUM! In exchange for all the great food and great surroundings, Carmen and Tony receive a Gold Sponsorship, and we will plan to have another gathering there soon. Thank you, Carmen and Tony, you were great hosts.
Please make sure to check out the pictures taken by Sandra Richardson which will be on our Facebook page soon: https://www.facebook.com/atlantabluessociety/
Albert White began playing guitar in the late ‘50s with his legendary uncle, Piano Red, and his group, Dr. Feelgood & the Interns. Since then, Albert has performed with Joe Tex, The Tams, Ray Charles and many such artists during his 50 year tenure as a Blues and R&B musician. Albert still devotes himself to music, performing with his old band member Beverly “Guitar” Watkins and recording Music Maker CDs, including his solo album, The Soul of the Blues.
Also announcing our Blues Ambassador Award winner (free year's membership), Sandra Richardson, for her fantastic photography of our events.
Next Generation Jam to be held every Sunday
Please everybody, support the future of the Blues & Rock by supporting the Next Generation Jam, every Sunday at the Vista Room in Napoleon's at 2836 La Vista Rd, Decatur, GA 30033, 4pm-6pm. This is in conjunction with the folks at The Atlanta Rockin' Blues Camp and is hosted by Avery Seeben, a former camper. We need to get people to come out and support so this can continue, so please put this on your calendar for Sunday afternoons. This is a jam for youth, the venue is non-smoking and Napoleon's has some of the best food in town. Bring your family and friends and come hungry and thirsty to witness the future of the blues and Rock in Atlanta.
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.
The project is called "Nurs-n-Blues" and it's being spearheaded by Patti Parks, who - along with being a nurse - is also a singer, songwriter and band leader. The program is aimed at helping addicts conquer their dependency with the help of blues music.
Right now, in lieu of money, we are seeking donations of blues related items such as: CDs, books, artwork, posters; etc. It will all be put to very good use. I've already sent several boxes of goodies and hope you'll send some too. – Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro.
Please send to: Horizon Village - Delta Building, c/o Lisa Arnet, VP, 6301 Inducon Dr. E., Sanborn, NY. 14132
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