November Gathering & Jam
The November ABS Gathering and Jam was this Sunday, November 19th, at Madlife Stage & Studios in Woodstock.  The host band for this meeting was the Sweet & Salty Blues Band.  With the smoldering soulful vocals of Hurricane Red and the gospel inflected preaching style of Dr. Poppa, they bring the blues straight to you in rich harmonies that run deep. Add the gritty sax of the good doctor rooted in a half century of playing the blues and your heart is gonna sing and your feet are gonna move. You do not want to miss the burning southern stylings of Hurricane Red on vocals, John Paul Barry on guitar, Chris Pollard on bass and Derek Able on drums. Loose and rootsy with shades of funk, gospel, and hints of jazz, Sweet and Salty is a rich jambalaya for your soul. 

Save the Date: 
• Sun, December 3, 2017 - Holiday Party at Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Center, w/ ABC winners.

Well, if you missed this year’s “Blues Stotts” benefit and memorial at Blind Willie’s, you midded a heck of a show! Double sets from Garrett Collins & Bennie Mobley, The Cazanovas, The Clarksdale Regulators (fronted by Mick Kolassa) and two amazing sets from headliner Jeff Jensen absolutely riveted the crowd. A more detailed write-up of the show will follow soon...

October Gathering & Jam
Our most recent monthly Gathering & Jam on Sunday, October 15 at the Red Light Cafe was beyond a hit. Ira Malkin and the Vipers captivated the crowd with a set of tight, highly skilled performance. The Red Light, as ever, provided warm hospitality repleat with craft beer, appetizers, entrees, and desserts.  The jammers came out in full force and provided exceptionally robust, skillful sets, all ably orchestrated by Wes Gifford. Speical thanks and kudos to Carlin “C-Note” Snith, who handled the MC duties with enthusiasm and aplomb. See you in Woodstock, Nov. 19th!

The second annual Georgia Blues N Roots Festival was a show no one who loves live music and the Blues should have missed. The day opened with Rae and the Royal Peacocks followed by a special show case led by Little G Weevil's band, joined by Danny Vinson and Maurice Nazzaro with special guests, Eddie Tigner and Sandra Hall. At the end of their performance the ABS presented both Eddie and Sandra with Georgia Music Legends Awards. The Broadcast kept the crowd cheering while Tinsley Ellis and Bernard Allison finished off the spectacular evening. Ginger and Louis Norvell won the $1000 Big Green Egg package presented by Bob Atkinson while the signed Epiphone SG guitar was won by Toni Stanfill and Frank Gallo, who just became our newest members. Thanks to all of your board members and volunteers, especially Rich L'Hommedieu and Dustin Peterson for keeping the music going and back stage moving like clockwork and Wes Gifford for showing up early to get the vendors set up. Special thanks to all who attended and made this years festival even a bigger success than last years.  Two years in the black – Way to Go!

It's time to get your Cruise raffle tickets! Once again the South Florida Blues Society will be raffling off a cabin for two on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. LRBC #30 departs from Fort Lauderdale on February 4, 2018. Seven days of fantastic performances and once in a lifetime experiences could be yours. Tickets are $20 and only 500 tickets will be sold. For more information go to :  http://www.soflablues.org/

  When was the last time…

... you clicked the “Reviews” link on the guitar neck over on the left? Because the great Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro (whose home base is: www.mary4music.com) supplies the ABS with an on-going series of reviews of all the best new CD releases from blues artists – some you know, and some you wish you knew! Seriously, it’s a treasure trove. For detailed reviews of new releases by Benny Turner, John Spear, Greasy Gravy, Karen Lovely, King Bee and so many more, give it a click!

Next term starts 10/24, check it out!  Register now.  Classes on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  Other options available.  •  http://frankhamiltonschool.org/

Atlanta Rock 'n Blues Camp is still taking registrations for their upcoming Summer Camps
Learn how to play in a band and how to create great stage presence.  Sign up for a session now: http://www.rockandbluescamp.com/register.html

Learn to Zydeco Dance!
Beginner Zydeco Classes – October 19 & 26, Darwin's Sandy Springs. Ready for a new dance experience or want to polish you current dance skills?  Bring your friends along (and make new friends) in this informal class. You're guaranteed to have a good time. Two consecutive Thursday nights, Oct 19 & 26 from 6:30pm-8pm. • http://www.aczadance.org/

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