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Monthly Meeting & Jam February 18th 
ABS Annual Membership Meeting and Jam was this past Sunday at Blind Willie’s. Our membership is now approaching 400!  Not all 400 were at Blind Willie’s, but attendance was good and we added 10 new memberships during the meeting. Wouldn’t it be great if we had to get a bigger location? Thanks to the Garrett Collins Project and all the members who jammed and kept us entertained. If you weren’t at the meeting, please CLICK to renew your membership!


Beginner Zydeco Dance Classes
Thursdays, March 22 and 29, 6:30 to 8 PM at Darwin’s Burgers and Blues, 234 Hildebrand Drive in Sandy Springs, 1 block off Roswell Road. (www.darwinsburgers.com). Cost: $20 for both classes or $10/ class, cash or check payable to ACZA. Walk-ins welcome.  Sponsored by the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association (ACZA), (wwwaczadance.org) or (www.facebook.com/aczadance) To pre-register or for more information, email Don at essex34d@aol.com or contact ACZA at info@aczadance.org or 877-338-2420. Walk-ins welcome.




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


January Meeting and Jam Video






25th Annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival Lineup Announcement! It s fitting that on the occasion of our 25th festival, all six artists on the 2018 roster could serve as this year's headliner. Working out of East Nashville, we start with Oklahoma's JD McPherson, bringing a combo sound rooted in the rock and roll, rockabilly, and rhythm and blues music of the 1950s. Joining McPherson will be the dynamic guitarist/vocalist Samantha Fish, Louisiana's Kenny Neal, Woodstock, NY native Amy Helm, Georgia's own Randall Bramblett and the country blues of Jerron  "Blind Boy"  Paxton. Tickets will be on sale February 1st at www.blindwillie.com. Prices for tickets are $30 advance and $40 the day of. There is no charge for children, ages 12 and under. Great regional food will again be featured along the food court. Gates open at 11 in the morning, with music beginning at noon.





Congratulations to Jontavious Willis! for winning the Best Self-Produced CD award from the Blues Foundation for his CD Blue Metamorphosis.  We are very proud.


Congratulations to the Blues Grammy winners:

Best Traditional Blues Album
• Blue & Lonesome Winner: The Rolling Stones

Best Contemporary Blues Album
• TajMo Winner: Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo'

Best American Roots Performance
• Killer Diller Blues Winner: Alabama Shakes





IBC Recap from our band entry, ThunderGypsy:

We survived our very first IBC week in Memphis, TN and what a week it was!! 
Unfortunately, we did not advance after the Quarterfinals, BUT we got to play BOTH Wednesday and Thursday on the stage of the Original B.B. King's Blues Club!  Both nights we played to a packed house and received GREAT response from each night!  

In addition, during the afternoons, we were able to meet and talk with other musicians, industry professionals and really soak in all the heart and soul of Memphis!!  It was truly a wonderful experience!!  Videos and photos will be on our FB page as well as on our website, so be on the lookout!

We want to again Thank all of you that helped us get to Memphis.  Your donations, encouragement, good vibes and prayers really enabled us to embrace this experience and we are truly grateful!  Now... if Mother Nature could have given us a break....

IBC Winners:
Band - The Keeshea Pratt Band, Houston Blues Society
2nd Place- Fuzzy Jeffries & the Kings of Memphis, Memphis Blues Society
3rd Place - Artur Menezes - Santa Clarita Valley Blues Society
Solo/Duo - Kevin B.F. Burt, Central Iowa Blues Society
2nd Place- Daniel Eriksen, Olso Bluesklubb (Norway)
Guitar winner - Artur Menezes
Harmonica - Kevin B.F. Burt
Cigar Box - Kevin B.F. Burt 








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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(or, just go to Facebook and search the Atlanta Blues Society)

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PLEASE NOTE:
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
 
Our only email address is
theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com



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