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.

Great time at our May Gathering & Jam, Blind Willie's was, as usual, the utmost host venue and our host band Funky Bluester were living up to their name with their Funky Bllues, R&B, and Rock n'Roll, southern style. Thanks to Spike and the waitstaff for keeping us properly fed and hydrated. We had a fantastic jam with lots of great singers & players and a very special guest, Carl Weathersby, who will be headining our Georgia Blues & Roots Festival on Sept 29. Those that stuck around were treated to a virtuoso set of blues by the man who learned his chops from Albert King and is every bit as good of a performer. Torch passed! You don't want to ever miss this legendary performer.

Save the Date:
• Saturday, June 16 - Bluesberry Beer & Music Fest, Norcross, GA
• Sunday, June 24 – ABS Gathering & Jam at Darwin's w/ Tullie Brae Band
• Sunday, July 15 – ABS Gathering & Jam at Red Light Cafe w/ Patrick Vining Band
• 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

Freddie King: Burglar
We're recreating Freddie's entire 1974 classic, front to back. We're cramming a huge 9-piece band into Blind Willies on a Tuesday! We're only doing it once. ;-)  June 12, 2018.
Featuring: The Electromatics (Jon Liebman, Nick Johnson, Cody Matlock. Mark Raudabaugh, Aaron Trubic & Spencer Garn); The Terminus Horns (Richard Sherrington, Justin Powell, Umcolisi Terrell) and Special Guests Ansley Stewart, Carlos Capote, Joe McGuinness… and more to be announced! • http://blindwilliesblues.com/

The Blues Music Awards Winners
All the results!!

Contemporary Male, Keb' Mo'
Historical LP, A Legend Never Dies, Luther Allison, Ruf Records
Acoustic LP Doug MacLeod
Contemporary Blues Female, Samantha Fish
Traditional Blues Male, Rick Estrin
Soul Blues Female, Mavis Staples
Contemporary Blues Album, TajMo, Taj Mahal and Keb Mo
Traditional Blues LP, Right Place Right Time, Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter
Soul Blues Album, Robert Cray &Hi Rhythm
Soul Blues Male Artist, Curtis Salgado
Rock Blues Artist, Mike Zito
Acoustic Artist, Taj Mahal
Traditional Blues Female, Ruthie Foster
Rock Blues LP, We're All in this Together, Walter Trout
Instrumentalist Vocals, Beth Hart
Harmonica, Jason Ricci
Guitar, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
Drums, Tony Braunagel
Bass, Michael Mudcat Ward
Horn, Trombone Shorty
Piano, Victor Wainwright
Emerging Artist,Southern Avenue
B.B. King Entertainer of the year, Taj Mahal
Song of the year, The Blues Ain't Going No Where, Rick Estrin
Band of the year, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Album of the Year, TajMo, Taj Mahal and Keb Mo

The Atlanta Blues Society joins with Lewmar Entertainment’s Smoke-Free Rights for all, Entertainers Speak Out Advocacy, supporting “SmokeFree Atlanta” and the American Cancer Society to protect Musicians and Hospitality Workers from the dangers of second hand smoke exposure.

“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!

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.

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

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

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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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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