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.

Save the Date
• Sunday, August 26, The Atlanta Blues Challenge at the Hard Rock Cafe
• Sunday, Sept 16, ABS Gathering & Jam at Madlife w/ Juke Joint Dukes
• Saturday, Sep 29, Georgia Blues & Roots Festival - Mable House Amphiteatre
• Sunday, Oct 21, ABS Gathering & Jam, TBD
• Saturday Nov 3, Blues Stotts at Blind Willie's
• Sunday, Nov 18, ABS Gathering & Jam, TBD
• Sunday, Dec 3, ABS Holiday Party at the Helene S. Mills Facility

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

The Atlanta Blues Society presents 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, Bands. Youth acts will start first at 1pm, then Solo/Duo, then Bands. We will be in the Red Velvet Music room with dining tables and full bar and a full staff to serve us food & drinks. There is plenty of safe, affordable parking in high rise parking garages around the area. In order to help with production costs we charge a cover of $10 for members, $15 for non-members. We will have a membership table and a merchandise table set up and will be raffling off the following items:
2 VIP Passes to GABBAFest in Macon, GA, Sept 21-23
Cathead Vodka
CD Packages
ABS Merchandise

Please support us in our efforts to provide a first class competition for Atlanta area bands that will attract the best musicians to compete and represent us well in Memphis.  


Youth Acts
• No Solution
• The Occasionals

Solo/Duo Acts
• Kathie Holmes

Band Acts
• Let it Rip Band
• Juke Joint Dukes
• Rae & the Royal Peacocks
• Dani Mac & Company
• Little Becky & the Big Shots
• New Dirt
• Kitty Rose & the Rattlers
• Red Sugar Blues
• The Garrett Collins Project

We are excited to announce that we will be raffling off a fabulous 3 Night Stay at a Luxury Condo in New Orleans. We will have special raffle tickets for this and will be selling raffle tickets at the Atlanta Blues Challenge, the September Gathering & Jam, online on our website and at the Georgia Blues & Roots Festival which is where we will announce the winner. Tickets are 1 for $15, 5 for $50 (that's a $25 savings!). We will only be selling 300 tickets and you do not have to be present to win. You can use this anytime you want – subject to availability and Blackout dates. The Condo has room for 4 adults, so be thinking about who you would take with you should you win.

Click HERE if you would like to see pictures of the condo and to purchase tickets online.

* Many thanks to WRFG Air Shifter and Honorary Lifetime ABS Member Rich Pettit for donating his condo for the raffle.

Three NEW Gold Sponsors

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In 2015, Legion Landscaping was created by two long-term friends with the dream of creating a successful landscaping company that would provide the community with the highest level of work, at both the residential and commercial level. Our mission is to offer our local Acworth community and the Atlanta Metro Area an unparalleled lawn care and landscaping experience. We have proven ourselves by going above and beyond to fulfill the needs of our clients and add value to their properties. For a Free Quote, go to website or Call: 678-841-7750.

Best Self-Produced CD Award Submissions are now open!
Submission deadline is October 1, 2018

We are now taking submissions for the Best Self Produced CD Award.
Each year, since 2005, the Blues Foundation holds a competition for the best Self-Produced CD, in conjunction with the International Blues Challenge in January. The Blues Foundation is looking for high quality blues recordings from "up and coming" artists that might not otherwise reach the International Blues Market. The Atlanta Blues Society, as an affiliate member, is allowed to enter one CD into this competition. The CD must have been released between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018. We will need to get 4 un-opened CDs from you by the deadline in order to be considered. The Board will review all CDs sent to us and determine which CD we will submit to The Blues Foundation. CDs submitted will be evaluated using Blues Foundation criteria. The criteria considered are listed in order of importance:

1 Blues Content
2 Musical Performance
3 Audio Quality and Production Value
4 Professionalism and Visual Appearance of Cover Art and Design
5 Credits and Liner Notes.

?Entries must be received by us or postmarked by October 1, 2018. Please read the official rules posted at the Blues Foundation website: https://blues.org/self-produced-cd-award/, especially the rules about previously nominated for Blues Music Award criteria. If you would like to submit an entry, please notify us immediately at theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com so we can determine if the CD is indeed eligible for submission and arrange to get the CDs from you. We were so very proud last year when the CD submitted by the ABS last year, “Blue Metamorphosis” by Jontavious Willis, was selected by The Blues Foundation as the best self-produced CD 2018.

Deadline to submit your self-produced CD is October 1, 2018.

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:

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.

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. 

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 Wooton & 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.

Here's the new SmokeFree Atlanta Food Truck. Look for it every Wednesday in Woodruff Park from 11am-2pm at Wednesdays in Woodruff Presented by SmokeFree Atlanta. Join us each week in August and September for Wednesdays at Woodruff, a lunchtime concert series presented by Smokefree Atlanta and Entertainers Speaking Out, a coalition that works to cultivate healthy, smoke-free environments. Each Wednesday we'll have a live band performing in the Reading Room, plus beach chairs and umbrellas set up by the Water Wall. Whether you're interested in a lunch hour with entertainment or a peaceful spot in the center of the city, wind down your summer in Woodruff! We are looking for paid ambassadors to spread the word about the benefits of smoke free environments. If you have the passion for this effort, are a good communicator, and have some extra time to attend various events or functions as an Ambassador, please contact Lewis McTush for more information, 404-271-0871, lewmarrocks@gmail.com

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.

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.

News from the Frank Hamilton School

Our next term starts Monday August 27. Great things in store, including brand-new, returning & intriguing offerings!  Register HERE.  Friday, August 11, Frank Hamilton Players will perform at the Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluesgrass Festivalhttp://www.decaturbbqfestival.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

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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
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