WEEKLY JAMS
Monday – Jam with Lola at Northside Tavern
Monday – Open Jam with Barry Richman at the Dixie Tavern, Marietta
Tuesday – Acoustic Open Mic w/Bones – Nik’s Place, Marietta
Wednesday – Jelly Jam – open jam – Darwin’s, Sandy Springs
Wednesday – Jake Jam at Moonshadow Tavern, Tucker (3rd Wednesday of each month)
Wednesday – (alt. Weds.) Open Mic with Tom Hill Band at Will Henry’s Tavern, Stone Mountain
Thursday – Open Jam w/Nathan Nelson – Nik’s Place, Marietta
Saturday – Katie Martin's Afternoon Open Mic, 1pm-5pm – Darwin's, Sandy Springs


THIS WEEK...

Week Nights at Blind Willie's, 8:30pm
Mon, Dec 17, Toys for Tots w/ Bill Sheffield
Tues, Dec 18, Enteratinment Crackers, $5
Weds, Dec 19, The Electromatics, $6
Thurs, Dec 20, Juke Joint Dukes, $7
Sun, Dec 23, TBA

This week with The Breeze Kings
The Breeze Kings are the top blues band in Atlanta, voted best blues act by Creative Loafing many times over, they are the real deal. They play real blues and play it honestly, skillfully, with passion, and always entertaining. 
Thursday, Dec 20, Northside Tavern, 10pm
Sat, Dec 22, Rocco's Pub, Jasper, GA, 4-7pm

This week with The Garrett Collins Project
The Garrett Collins Project is a funky, blues based Power Trio led by young gun guitar player Garrett Collins, along with Bass player Dennis Stevenson and Drummer Justin Raffield who are like a freight train chasing Garrett down the whole show.
Fri, Dec 21, Brick House Grille, Lagrange, GA, 9pm
Sat, Dec 22, Duo at Brewster's, Marietta, GA, 6-9pm
Sun, Dec 23, Duo at Motorhead's, McDonough, GA, 3-7pm

Monday, December 17, 8:30pm:
Bill Sheffield's Toys for Tots Drive at Blind Willies – Bring a new unwrapped toy or cash donation and enjoy an evening with Bill Sheffield.

Monday, December 17:
Lola's Monday Night Jam at Northside Tavern, Every Monday, 10pm – Lola's Monday night Jam at Northside Tavern is the place to be on Monday nights. 10pm, bring your instruments and voices, backline provided.

Monday & Friday, December 17 & 21:
Eileen Howard in Holiday Cabaret at the Snow Angel Palace (aka Memorial Hall), Stone
Mountain Park. Half-hour shows run 4, 5, 7, 8 & 9 – Wild women don’t have no blues. Eileen Howard has the entertainment flair of an actress and the gift of telling a story with every word. Her concerts combine wickedly funny selections from classic Blues, little known gems, passionate ballads and original compositions. Her blend of meaningful interpretation of lyrics, quirky bits of music history, audience participation, and comic abilities equal sheer fun for audiences. 


For the 11th year, Jeffrey Bützer and T.T. Mahony with Mike Beshera and a small chorus of guest singers will perform Guaraldi’s score to A Charlie Brown Christmas with a spirit only fitting of Charlie Brown himself. By relying both on an honest presentation of Guaraldi’s intentions for the record and enough improvisation to keep their jazz credibility in check, the trio are in finer form each year. There is perhaps no better Christmas album than this 40-minute score featuring all the hushed, memorable, but often melancholy undertones that define the holiday. And there is perhaps no better band performing it than Bützer, Mahony, and Beshera.

Wednesday, December 19, 10pm:
Tyler Neal's Weekly Wednesday at the Northside Tavern – Come see Tyler Neal and friends every Wednesday night at Northside Tavern. You never know who will show up.

Wednesday December 19, 7:30-10pm:
The Velvet Note Wednesday night blues series, this week: Mudcat. Doors open at 6:30pm for your dining pleasure. – Danny 'Mudcat' Dudeck is an internationally known gospel and bluesman. Mudcat continues the traditions of the early blues pioneers while adding his own Mudcat edge, resulting in one of Atlanta's greatest treasures. Hosted by George Price. Doors open at 6:30. Showtime: 7:30.  Admission: $20. https://thevelvetnote.com/mudcat/

Thursday, Dec 20, 7pm:
TDawg presents the 8th Annual Holiday Hootenanny, a benefit for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, at Variety Playhouse – TDawg Presents is excited to bring you the 8th Annual edition of what has become a great holiday tradition on the Atlanta music scene, the Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny!  Final Lineup: Peter Rowan, Grammy-winner Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel, Jeff Mosier, Heather Gillis, Jeff Sipe, Jason Carter (The Del McCoury Band), Joey Sommerville aka "Papa J", Bryan Lopes, Lyndsay Pruett (John Stickley Trio), Jared Womack (The Grass Is Dead), Kevin Scott, Evan Sarver, Richie Jones, Bobby Miller, Nick DiSebastian, Daniel Wytanis. Bill Fleming, Matthew Williams, Kevin Thomas, Emcee Wildman Steve
https://www.facebook.com/events/208968833297393/

Friday, December 21:
North Mississippi Allstars at Variety Playhouse – North Mississippi Allstars are back with PRAYER FOR PEACE and couldn’t we all use one of those right about now? Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and vocals), the now venerable band are entering their third decade with perhaps the most vital album of their career. https://www.facebook.com/events/2178034215851246/

Friday, December 21:
Marty Manous Band at Darwin's, Sandy Springs – Marty Manous and his band will be performing in concert at Darwins burgers and blues in Sandy Springs, Ga. on Friday, Dec. 21st 2018. Tickets are $10 and available at martymanous.com
Marty Manous - Guitar/Vocals; John McKnight - Drums/Vocals; Mark Wilson - Bass/Vocals
Will Montgomery - Keyboards. • https://www.facebook.com/events/203572163901772


At 7:30 PM on December 21st 2018, MadLife will host Sonia Leigh’s Jingle Bell Ball for a night of merry music and ugly Christmas sweater fun. Sonia Leigh is known for her artistry in country music and beyond. Many genres influenced and can be enjoyed in her music, such as pop melodies, country storytelling and rock & roll. She is a popular songwriter on Music Row in her hometown of Nashville, with two #1 hits under her belt — Zac Brown Band's “Goodbye in Her Eyes” and “Sweet Annie”, which appear on the Grammy-winning album, Uncaged. Sonia was also featured on the hit television show, Nashville, where her release “When We Are Alone” was used and landed her a cameo. For one night only, Sonia will be adding a few holiday songs into her mix for MadLife’s audience, as well as hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest.

Saturday, December 22, 8:30pm:
Donna Hopkins Band (w/ Nathan Sheppard Band) at Smith's Olde Bar – Donna Hopkins is a complete musician; singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer, band leader and sound engineer extraordinaire. Her raw, passionate voice is comparable to Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi and she can hold her own with anyone on guitar.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2175994152719255/


COMING SOON...


High South Band creates a feeling of warmth in their music and fills the audience’s ears with harmony. Their performances create a vision that is said to be “like a warm musical breeze that blows through California’s hills and canyons - across its mystical high desert and into the heart of America”. High South captures the essence of well-known bands - the Byrds, CSNY and the Eagles. The High South sound is a fusion of the poetry of the 60s in Greenwich Village and the harmony of the 70s in Laurel Canyon. The timelessness from the those eras, mixed together with a new millennium sensibility, produces music that is good for the heart and soul.


Mac Arnold is considered one of the greats in blues, soul and funk. Arnold’s extensive music career can be traced back to his first band in high school, which included the great Macon, Georgia, native James Brown, on piano. Arnold’s list of accolades includes touring and recording with the Muddy Waters Band, recording with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker, and forming the Soul Invaders, which backed up great artists such as The Temptations and B.B. King. • Over the last 40 years, Roger “Hurricane” Wilson has been a musician, a singer, a songwriter, a record label owner/operator, an advisory board member of the Georgia Music Industry Association, an International Blues Competition judge, and a broadcaster on TV, radio, and the internet. He has played shows with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Little Milton, John Mayall and Savoy Brown, to name just a few.

At 7:30 PM on January 11th, 2019, MadLife will host Banks & Shane for a party-filled evening of old-time rock n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, and country . Known as “Atlanta’s Entertainment Tradition”, Banks & Shane combines over forty years of experience with their talent, showmanship, and professionalism. The Banks & Shane band is comprised of Banks Burgess on banjo and guitar, Paul Shane on guitar and trombone, Chuck Shane on drums and bass, Jim Durand on electric and acoustic guitars, and Dennis Law on drums. Frequently, the band is joined by a few of Atlanta’s best musicians to complement the classic Banks & Shane sound.




GO OUT AND SUPPORT LIVE BLUES!

 
Tuesday, December 18
• The Entertainment Crackers – Blind Willie’s
• Hobo’s Heroes – Darwin’s, Sandy Springs
• Johnny Cash Now – Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
• Every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday with Will Scruggs – Louisiana Bistreaux, Decatur
A Charlie Brown Christmas performed by Jeffrey Butzer Trio – Madlife, Woodstock
• Acoustic Open Mic with Bones – Nik’s Place, Marietta
• Swami Gone Bananas – Northside Tavern
• Emerald Empire – The Vista Room, Decatur

Wednesday, December 19
• Electromatics – Blind Willie’s
• Jelly Night Jam – Darwin’s, Sandy Springs
• The Wild Hares – Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
• Undiscovered Artist Showcase – Madlife, Woodstock
• Stone Mountain Christmas Holiday Cabaret w/ Eileen Howard – Memorial Hall, Stone Mountain
• Jake Holliday – MoonShadow Tavern, Tucker
• Zaib Kahn Open Blues Jam – Nik’s Place, Marietta
• Tyler Neal – Northside Tavern  
• Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet – Red Light Café
• Mudcat – Wednesday Night Blues Series – The Velvet Note, Alpharetta
• Soul Blues Live – Vibes, Decatur
Michelle Malone and the Hot Toddies Cool Yule – The Vista Room, Decatur
 
Thursday, December 20
William Reed & the Juke Joint Dukes – Blind Willie’s
• The D’Notes – Darwin’s, Sandy Springs
• Chickenshack – Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
• Dueling Pianos with the Andrews Brothers – Madlife, Woodstock
Reverend Horton Heat, Junior Brown – Masquerade
• Stone Mountain Christmas Holiday Cabaret w/ Eileen Howard – Memorial Hall, Stone Mountain
• Ross Pead – MoonShadow Tavern, Tucker
• Nathan Nelson Acoustic – Nik’s Place, Marietta
The Breeze Kings – Northside Tavern
• 8th Annual Holiday Hootenanny – Variety Playhouse
• Crooners, Cocktails and Christmas – The Vista Room, Decatur
 
Friday, December 21
Sandra Hall & The Shadows – Blind Willie’s
• The Garrett Collins Project – Brickhouse Grille, LaGrange
Marty Manous – Darwin’s, Sandy Springs
• Sana Blues – Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
Sonia Leigh’s Jingle Bell Ball, 7:30; Tribute to Billy Idol, 9:55 – Madlife, Woodstock
• Stone Mountain Christmas Holiday Cabaret w/ Eileen Howard – Memorial Hall, Stone Mountain
• Wasted Potential Brass Band – MoonShadow Tavern, Tucker
• Battlefield Collective – Nik’s Place, Marietta
• Freddie Vanderford, 6-9 pm, followed by Zydefunk – Northside Tavern     
• Art Holliday Band – Two Urban Licks
North Mississippi Allstars – Variety Playhouse
• Yacht Rock Schooner Holiday Extravaganza – The Vista Room, Decatur
 
Saturday, December 22
Beverly “Guitar” Watkins – Blind Willie’s
• Garrett Collins & D Steve – Brewster’s, Marietta
• Stevie Monce (Southern Rock) – Crimson Moon, Dahlonega
• Zale – Darwin’s, Sandy Springs
• The Kerry Hill Christmas Show – Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
• Jus’ Blues Holiday Extravaganza with Theodis Ealey – Hotel Indigo, College Park
• Rumours, A Fleetwood Mac Tribute – Madlife, Woodstock
• Winter Meltdown presented by Smiling Medicine Entertainment – MoonShadow Tavern, Tucker
• Huey & The Man – Nik’s Place, Marietta
Charlie Wooten & Fish Mouth Fools – Northside Tavern
• Dani Mac & Company – Porterdale Bar & Grill, Porterdale
• Joe Gransden & His Big Band with Francine Reed – Red Clay Music Foundry, Duluth
• The Breeze Kings, 4 pm – Rocco’s Pub, Jasper
Donna Hopkins Band w/ Nathan Sheppard Band – Smith’s Olde Bar
• Art Holliday Band – Two Urban Licks
• Departure: A Tribute to Journey – The Vista Room Decatur
 
Sunday, December 23
• Larry Griffith Duo, 12-3 pm – Bub-Ba-Q, Jasper
Charlie Wooten Project – Darwin’s, Sandy Springs
Joe Gransden & His Big Band with Francine Reed – Eddie’s Attic, Decatur
• 10,000 Pontiacs – Fat Matt’s
• Yacht Rock Holiday Special – Madlife, Woodstock
• Garrett Collins & D Steve – Motorheads, McDonough
• Uncle Sugar – Northside Tavern
• A Mike Veal Christmas – The Vista Room, Decatur
 
Monday, December 24
• (closed) – Blind Willie’s
• Pork Bellys – Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
Blues Jam hosted by Lola – Northside Tavern
• Kerry Hill Band – Two Urban Licks
 
Tuesday, December 25
• (closed) – Blind Willie’s
• (closed) – Darwin’s, Sandy Springs
• Johnny Cash Now – Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
• Every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday with Will Scruggs – Louisiana Bistreaux, Decatur
• Acoustic Open Mic with Bones – Nik’s Place, Marietta
• Swami Christmas – Northside Tavern

 


Looking Ahead…

Thursday, December 20
• Reverend Horton Heat, Junior Brown – Masquerade
• 8th Annual Holiday Hootenanny – Variety Playhouse

Friday, December 21
North Mississippi Allstars – Variety Playhouse

Saturday, December 22
• Joe Gransden & His Big Band with Francine Reed – Red Clay Music Foundry, Duluth

Sunday, December 23
• Joe Gransden & His Big Band with Francine Reed – Eddie’s Attic, Decatur

Friday – December 28
• Southern Avenue – The Tabernacle

Saturday, December 29
• Rib Shack Blues Lady and the Atlanta Horns – Northside Tavern
• Amanda Fish w/ Rusted Soul & Kate Coleman – Connect Live, Acworth

Sunday, December 30
The Devon Allman Project w/ Duane Betts – Buckhead Theatre

Monday, December 31
• Joe Gransden & Francine Reed – Byers Theatre at City Springs, Sandy Springs
• EG Kight Trio - Crimson Moon Cafe, Dahlonega
• Larkin Poe – Terminal West

?Saturday, January 12
IBC Fundraiser – Darwin’s, Sandy Springs

Saturday, February 16
• Delbert McClinton – Variety Playhouse

 
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