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 

Winning acts will receive the following prizes:
• Band Act - $750
• Youth Act - $400
• Solo/Duo Act - $300
• People's Choice - $250

Winner of People's Choice award will be determined by vote of paying patrons at the event, make sure to get your ballot upon entrance at venue.  Winners will be asked to play at our annual Holiday party where they will be presented with their prize money.  In addition to the prize money, the Atlanta Blues Society has made arrangements with our sponsor, Midnight Circus Productions, to provide a studio Master recording that can be used to reproduce CDs to be sold at the IBC.

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.  

Sunday, August 26, 2018 starting at 1pm
Hard Rock Cafe, Red Velvet Music Room
215 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

CD graphic   3-4-5 System, Explanation of Band Selection Limitations:

Since we only have one event for the Atlanta Blues Challenge, the number of acts might have to be limited to the amount of time we have for this one day. The maximum number of acts we can have in this time frame is 12. The board has come up with what we think will be a fair way to limit the number of bands should we find it necessary to do so. We call it the 3-4-5 system. We have 3 categories of acts, Youth, Solo/Duo, and Band. Depending on the category the first acts to get their registration form and payment in will be the first to secure their slots in the Challenge. For the Youth Category, the first 3 acts that submit will be guaranteed to be in the Challenge. For the Solo/Duo acts, the first 4 acts that submit will be guaranteed to be in the Challenge. For the Band Category, the first 5 acts to submit will be guaranteed to be in the Challenge. All other acts that submit will be put on a waiting list in the order they submit. Once the entry deadline has passed we will see how many acts we have in each category, and if there are any open slots available we will fill these slots with acts on the waiting list in the order they submitted. For example, if we have 5 acts in the Band category, and 3 acts in the Youth category, but only 2 acts in the Solo/Duo category, we will fill the 2 open slots with the first 2 acts on the waiting list, regardless of their category. So it is very important to get your entries in as soon as possible to be able to secure a spot in the challenge.

CD graphic   Winners of the Atlanta Blues Challenge will be able to take advantage of a special offer from Midnight Circus Studios, an Atlanta Blues Society Corporate sponsor.
 Here are the details of the offer:

In order to give the Atlanta Blues Society (ABS) Blues Challenge winners the opportunity to both raise funds to help finance the trip to the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis and to have a recorded product to sell and promote themselves while in Memphis, the Atlanta Blues Society have made arrangements with Midnight Circus Studios to “Record and Master” a CD of up to 12 songs for FREE for both the Band and Solo/duo winners.  The ABS bands will be given first preference in booking time to produce these recordings, with the goal of having a finished product recorded, duplicated and ready for fund raising prior to the IBC competition in Memphis and for use in Memphis as both a for sales product and as a promotional tool.  The only requirement requested by Midnight Circus Studios is that the bands come to the studio “Record Ready”, in that they have all songs chosen, arranged and rehearsed prior to booking studio time. Midnight Circus Studios (if needed) will also advise bands on what is needed to produce graphics and Duplication of the physical CD as well as advising on the procedure of the release of the bands recordings digitally (i.e., ITunes, Amazon MP3).  The actual duplication costs of producing the physical CD and charges that are involved with the digital release of the Recordings are the sole responsibility of the acts. Midnight Circus Studios is only responsible for delivering a finished Mastered recording.
Midnight Circus Productions and Touring  – is owned and operated by Richard L’Hommedieu. As a recording engineer for over 30 years, his list of credits include Gary U.S. Bonds, Frank Latorre (harp for Johnny Winters), JPBlues, Johnny Juice (Public Enemy), Sam “Bluzman” Taylor, Sweet Suzi to name a few. He was the Blues Music Director for WUSB in NY and founded the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. He has relocated to the Atlanta area and is honored to help the Atlanta Blues Society in making this studio offer possible.  In the past, Richard has helped several bands record their masters.

Review of the Atlanta Blues Challenge
by Rhetta Akamutsu
Photos by Sandra Richardson:
The packed house in Hard Rock Cafe’s Music Room exploded in cheers and applause again and again during the more than 7 hours of music we witnessed at the Atlanta Blues Challenge on Sunday, August 21. Twelve of the best blues acts in Georgia competed for the opportunity to win the chance to represent Atlanta at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2017.

The competition was judged by five music professionals, four of whom are musicians themselves. They had a tough job because all of the acts were sensational. In addition, the attendees voted for a People’s Choice Award, and that winner receives $250. There are monetary rewards as well to help with the costs of going to Memphis for the winners. Also, every band that participates in the challenge gets an HD video of their set mixed with a full multi-track LIVE recording, free of charge! This is provided by Midnight Circus Productions and Rich L’Hommedieu, which is an invaluable tool for promoting themselves to future venues and festivals. The winning band and Solo/Duo act will also be eligible for free studio time from Midnight Circus Productions to record a CD, so they can go to Memphis with a finished professionally Studio recorded product!

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