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Tickets for the Georgia Blues & Roots Festival now on sale.
We have 3 levels of seating available: VIP Reserved @ $50 per seat or $300 for a table for 6, Stadium Seating @ $25 and Lawn @ $15. Once again the ABS has reserved the best table seating in our name and is allowing our membership to purchase seating/tickets directly from us. You can pay us in person and reserve your spot without having to pay the TicketMaster fee. In addition early ticket sales help us with cash flow for advertising and other up front costs. Contact George Klein at a monthly Gathering, out and about at a blues show or email him at geoklein1@yahoo.com for other options. Tickets are also available at the Mable House Barnes Box Office or through TicketMaster.

Seeking Sponsors for GB&RF

Well, here we go again, kicking off the lead-in to the 3rd annual Georgia Blues & Roots Festival and let’s hope that 3 is a charm. Although the first two were a slight financial success, the stress and hectic atmosphere of not having sufficient financial sponsorship and not knowing until the day after when the ticket sales report comes out to see whether or not we covered expenses has been tremendous to say the least. We have already lost a $2000 sponsor that we have had the last 2 years. If we are to continue to have the festival past this one we desperately need your help. Surely, some of you work for a company, or know of someone who does, that would love to see their name in the program, that we can contact about sponsoring the Festival. No dollar amount is too small and the only thing we can’t advertise is alcohol. If you know of someone and don’t feel comfortable asking them to be a sponsor, contact us and one of us will approach them. Scratch your head and help your Blues Society keep the Festival going. Remember when asking that we are a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.





Announcing the 2018 Atlanta Blues Challenge,
Sunday, August, 26, 2018 at the Hard Rock Cafe
Registration now CLOSED.
The Atlanta Blues Society is now taking applications for the 2018 Atlanta Blues Challenge. This competition will decide who will represent us in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis TN.  We have 3 categories for the challenge, Youth act, Solo/Duo act, and Band act. If you have an act that would like to compete, please contact us immediately at theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com or call Barb at 404-693-1592.




The ABS July Gathering & Jam was a great time with lots of great music. Our host band New Dirt, Patrick Vining's new project, regaled us with some of the best blues in this town, guitarist Colin Alvarez was on fire and Patrick's vocals were on the spot. We had a great jam, with lots of great players and singers including Clarence "The Blues Man" Turner of Mark Wenner's Blues Warriors who stuck around after the Nighthawk's show the night before. You never know who will show up at our jam. In partnership with Entertainers speaking out 4 all to have a smoke free workplace.

New Dirt
Long time, excellent Atlanta vocalist Patrick Vinings’ new band is New Dirt. A new twist on a style that is old as dirt. Blues, Country, Rock & Roll, and Gospel spanning decades combine to create your latest favorite: New Dirt. Available for parties, weddings and any fun occasion, come see us out and about in the Atlanta area. 
https://www.facebook.com/NewDirtBand/

Save the Date:
• Sunday, August 26 – The Atlanta Blues Challenge at the Hard Rock Cafe
• Saturday, Sep 29 – The Georgia Blues & Roots Festival at the Mable House Amphiteatre




September 21-23, 2018, Macon, Georgia
The Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association has kicked it up a notch this year. This year's GABBAFest promises to be the best ever, with 2 previous members of the band appearing, Jack Pearson & Johny Neel, an awarding winning Blues act, The Sonny Moorman Group, an amazing up and coming artist with close ties to the ABB Family, Heather Gillis, this is one year not to miss. This event has been selling out in recent years, so get your tickets now. Memorabilia auction, presentation of the GABBY Award, Tours of the Big House, the members jam, late night at Grants Lounge, the tree dedication at Rosehill cemetery, and the hangover show at the Big House on Sunday, there's lots to do and see so make your weekend in Macon, Georgia a special experience by attending GABBAfest. Get your tickets here:
https://www.freshtix.com/events/gabbafest-2018

NOTE: We will have a pair of VIP tickets to give away at the raffle at the Atlanta Blues Challenge on Sunday August 26, 2018 at the Hard Rock Cafe.



Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association News
August Monthly Dance featuring Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys, Saturday August 4, 2018 at the Dorothy Benson Center. Terry Dominque was raised singing traditional and original songs in both English and Creole French. They bring to the stage a joyful rhythm and a love of music, culture, and dance. On Friday September 21, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band will be at the Vista Room. Also in September at the Georgia Blues 'n Roots Festival we will be holding free Zydeco dance lessons right before the Charlie Wooten & Zydefunk w/ special guest John Babich.

Tullie Brae at Darwin's... Video:


The ABS June Gathering & Jam was on Sunday June 24, 2018 at Darwin's Burgers & Blues. Host band the Tullie Brae Band impressed with a set that was diverse, soulful and delivered with passion and joy. Don't forget they will be back at Darwin's in September!

Tullie Brae Band
Tullie's self-penned original material ranges from Delta Blues to Rock infused Contemporary Blues music that tells the stories of love, happiness, heartbreak, pain and life experiences. Tullie's love of people inspires and energizes her and in return the audience is touched by the magic that takes place during her time on stage. She has headlined several Blues festivals as well as shared the stage with blues legends and new blues stars. Tullie and her band are a power punch that always leaves you wanting more. Get "Tullie-ized"! Tullie is endorsed by Hammond Organ USA.
http://www.tulliebrae.com/





As most of you know, the board of directors has been on a mission to make all of our monthly gatherings as well as any other event we sponsor smoke free. Not only have we succeeded, but also a yearlong project to attract health-oriented organizations has started paying off as well. Not only has the National organization “Entertainers speaking out 4 all to have a smoke free work place” become a Corporate Sponsor of the ABS, but also beginning with the July Gathering and Jam, they will donate $300 to our Blue Flame Fund, which helps local musician in need.

“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!


News from Killer Blues Headstone Project
The good news - our 100th headstone will be installed this year! The sad news - we need your financial support to continue. The happy news - small gifts do wonders and there are easy ways to donate. As recipient of "Keeping The Blues Alive" award from the Blues Foundation, our mission remains straightforward, "The Killer Blues Headstone Project exists to provide headstones for blues musicians lying in unmarked graves" We are a 100% volunteer driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit. So, please help with a one time or monthly donation!
http://www.killerblues.net




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/




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




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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