Tickets for the Georgia Blues & Roots Festival now on sale.

VIP Table seats are almost gone, act fast if you want to sit up front at a table. Blues Society members can get their tickets w/o service fee.

We have 3 levels of seating available: VIP Reserved @ $50 per seat or $300 for a table for 6, Stadium Seating @ $25 and Lawn @ $15. Once again the ABS has reserved the best table seating in our name and is allowing our membership to purchase seating/tickets directly from us. You can pay us in person and reserve your spot without having to pay the TicketMaster fee. In addition early ticket sales help us with cash flow for advertising and other up front costs. Contact George Klein at a monthly Gathering, out and about at a blues show or email him at geoklein1@yahoo.com for other options. Tickets are also available at the Mable House Barnes Box Office or through TicketMaster: GET TICKETS

Save the Date
• Sunday, Sept 16, ABS Gathering & Jam at Madlife w/ Juke Joint Dukes
• Saturday, Sep 29, The Georgia Blues & Roots Festival at the Mable House Amphiteatre
• Sunday, Oct 21, ABS Gathering, Moonshadow Tavern, Tucker, Host: Frankie's Blues Mission
• Saturday Nov 3, Blues Stotts at Blind Willie's
• Sunday, Nov 18, ABS Gathering & Jam at Darwin's w/ host band Lola
• Sunday, Dec 2, ABS Holiday Party at the Helene S. Mills Multi-Purpose Facility

Seeking Sponsors for Blues & Roots Fest

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.

We are excited to announce that we will be raffling off a fabulous 3 Night Stay at a Luxury Condo in New Orleans. We will have special raffle tickets for this and will be selling raffle tickets at the Atlanta Blues Challenge, the September Gathering & Jam, online on our website and at the Georgia Blues & Roots Festival which is where we will announce the winner. Tickets are 1 for $15, 5 for $50 (that's a $25 savings!). We will only be selling 300 tickets and you do not have to be present to win. You can use this anytime you want – subject to availability and Blackout dates. The Condo has room for 4 adults, so be thinking about who you would take with you should you win.

Click HERE if you would like to see pictures of the condo and to purchase tickets online.

* Many thanks to WRFG Air Shifter and Honorary Lifetime ABS Member Rich Pettit for donating his condo for the raffle.

South Florida Blues Society's LRBC Raffle
Each year the South Florida Blues Society raffles off a Cabin for 2 on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Tickets are $20 and only 500 tickets are sold. Valued at $5000. Raffle drawing will take place on Oct 28, 2018 at the SFBS Annual Picnic. You can buy online here:

The Atlanta Blues Society's September Gathering & Jam was a great old time blues party. William 'The Bluesman' Reed & the Juke Joint Dukes were preachin' the blues to the crowd from the great stage at Madlife Stage & Studios in Woodstock, GA. The jammers sounded and looked great with the state of the art sounds & lights at Madlife.

Atlanta Blues Challenge Results
It was a great day at the Hard Rock, full of great music, good times and the best competition ever. This event selects our representatives for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January. Thanks to our judges, volunteers, photographer, Time Keepers, Scorers, Videographer, Audiographer, Emcees (George Carlin), Hard Rock Production. It takes a village to put on a successful Challenge. Sponsored by Smoke-Free Rights for All. Here are the results:

• Youth: No Solution
• Solo/Duo: Kathie Holmes
• People's Choice - Rae & the Royal Peacocks
• 3rd Place - New Dirt
• 2nd Place - The Garrett Collins Band
• 1st Place - Rae & the Royal Peacocks

You will be able to see all of these acts at our Holiday Party on December 2 (see Save the Date) You can also see one of the contestants, The Juke Joint Dukes, at our next Gathering & Jam on Sunday September 16 at Madlife in Woodstock,GA.

Three NEW Gold Sponsors

Treequote.com is a local family owned and operated tree care service based in Marietta, GA offering a full range of tree care solutions around the greater Atlanta area. From lot clearing to residential pruning, Treequote’s experienced team of experts are more than capable of handling all of your tree care needs. While maintaining quality in our work and offering highly competitive prices, Treequote.com is the obvious choice when looking for the right team to handle your tree project. For a Free Quote, go to website (click banner above) or Call: 678-498-5363.  https://www.facebook.com/treequotellc/

BigRentz specializes in the rental of boom lifts, scissor lifts, forklifts, telehandlers, dirt and excavation equipment, and jobsite services to meet the needs of businesses and contractors alike. 
BigRentz is innovating the way construction equipment is rented. A full-service online equipment rental network, BigRentz is the leader, and your "One Call Does It All" source for heavy equipment rental, connecting over 8,000 rental yards throughout the US.

In 2015, Legion Landscaping was created by two long-term friends with the dream of creating a successful landscaping company that would provide the community with the highest level of work, at both the residential and commercial level. Our mission is to offer our local Acworth community and the Atlanta Metro Area an unparalleled lawn care and landscaping experience. We have proven ourselves by going above and beyond to fulfill the needs of our clients and add value to their properties. For a Free Quote, go to website or Call: 678-841-7750.

Best Self-Produced CD Award Submissions are now open!
Submission deadline is October 1, 2018

We are now taking submissions for the Best Self Produced CD Award.
Each year, since 2005, the Blues Foundation holds a competition for the best Self-Produced CD, in conjunction with the International Blues Challenge in January. The Blues Foundation is looking for high quality blues recordings from "up and coming" artists that might not otherwise reach the International Blues Market. The Atlanta Blues Society, as an affiliate member, is allowed to enter one CD into this competition. The CD must have been released between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018. We will need to get 4 un-opened CDs from you by the deadline in order to be considered. The Board will review all CDs sent to us and determine which CD we will submit to The Blues Foundation. CDs submitted will be evaluated using Blues Foundation criteria. The criteria considered are listed in order of importance:

1 Blues Content
2 Musical Performance
3 Audio Quality and Production Value
4 Professionalism and Visual Appearance of Cover Art and Design
5 Credits and Liner Notes.

?Entries must be received by us or postmarked by October 1, 2018. Please read the official rules posted at the Blues Foundation website: https://blues.org/self-produced-cd-award/, especially the rules about previously nominated for Blues Music Award criteria. If you would like to submit an entry, please notify us immediately at theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com so we can determine if the CD is indeed eligible for submission and arrange to get the CDs from you. We were so very proud last year when the CD submitted by the ABS last year, “Blue Metamorphosis” by Jontavious Willis, was selected by The Blues Foundation as the best self-produced CD 2018.

Deadline to submit your self-produced CD is October 1, 2018.

Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association News
August Monthly Dance featuring Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys, Saturday August 4, 2018 at the Dorothy Benson Center. Terry Dominque was raised singing traditional and original songs in both English and Creole French. They bring to the stage a joyful rhythm and a love of music, culture, and dance. On Friday September 21, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band will be at the Vista Room. Also in September at the Georgia Blues 'n Roots Festival we will be holding free Zydeco dance lessons right before the Charlie Wooton & Zydefunk w/ special guest John Babich.

Here's the new SmokeFree Atlanta Food Truck. Look for it every Wednesday in Woodruff Park from 11am-2pm at Wednesdays in Woodruff Presented by SmokeFree Atlanta. Join us each week in August and September for Wednesdays at Woodruff, a lunchtime concert series presented by Smokefree Atlanta and Entertainers Speaking Out, a coalition that works to cultivate healthy, smoke-free environments. Each Wednesday we'll have a live band performing in the Reading Room, plus beach chairs and umbrellas set up by the Water Wall. Whether you're interested in a lunch hour with entertainment or a peaceful spot in the center of the city, wind down your summer in Woodruff! We are looking for paid ambassadors to spread the word about the benefits of smoke free environments. If you have the passion for this effort, are a good communicator, and have some extra time to attend various events or functions as an Ambassador, please contact Lewis McTush for more information, 404-271-0871, lewmarrocks@gmail.com

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.

News from the Frank Hamilton School

Our next term starts Monday August 27. Great things in store, including brand-new, returning & intriguing offerings!  Register HERE.  Friday, August 11, Frank Hamilton Players will perform at the Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluesgrass Festivalhttp://www.decaturbbqfestival.com

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

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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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