IBC Fundraiser, Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Blind Willie's.  Help the winning acts of the Atlanta Blues Challenge go to Memphis where they will represent us in the International Blues Challenge. • https://www.facebook.com/events/376629869342582/
__• Youth act winner - Garrett Collins
__• Solo/Duo act winner - Dos Blues Guys
__• Band act winner - Rae & the Royal Peacocks
 $10 Donation at the the door.  There will be music, raffles, food and drinks.  Non-smoking event.

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/ 

Save the Date:
Sunday January 22, 2017 - IBC Fundraiser, Blind Willie's
January 31 - Feb 4, 2017 - International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, TN
Sunday February 19, 2017 - ABS Annual Membership Meeting & Board Elections at
______Blind Willie's, Host Band TBA
Sunday March 19, 2017 - Monthly Gathering & Jam, Venue and Host Band TBA

It's IBC Time, Blues Fans!!!
January 31 – February 4, 2017
Week long laminate passes and premium options are now available for the 2017 International Blues Challenge. Click HERE to purchase IBC products.

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!

Thursday, January 26:
Fundraiser for Darwin's at The Georgia 120 Tavern in Marietta, 7pm
Join musicians who played at Darwin's and now want to pay it forward to help them open in their new location in Sandy Springs (the former Steve's Live Music venue). Lola is putting together a star studded show and there will be raffles, including a chance to win VIP tickets to the Heritage Blues Music Festival in Wheeling, WV, August 11, 12, 13, one of the best festivals around. 

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.


We're so proud of
William Bell and his two Grammy nominations! Best Traditional R&B Performance
(for the song "The Three of Me") and Best Americana Album!



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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Check out the new CD reviews from Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro
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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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