March Meeting & Jam

Our next Monthly Gathering & Jam will be Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 3pm-6pm at the NEW Darwin's location in Sandy Springs and will feature our host band, David T & Friends.  If you enjoy variety in music this is a “must see” act.  This band features outstanding vocals, keyboards, and funky horn section. David T & Friend's tasteful blend of original and classic cover tunes will keep you smiling, singing, dancing, and having fun. Akin will be serving up the best food in town in his spanking new kitchen and Lindsay and pals will be making drinks they same way they always have at Darwin's, delicious and potent.  Come out and christen the new digs, we think you will like it very much.  Darwin's is, as always, smoke free, so do bring the whole family.  Don't forget to bring your instruments and/or voices for our jam, which is getting more popular than ever.  We will also hold our raffles, which – as always – benefits our Blue Flame Fund which provides assistance to local musicians in need.

Darwin's Burgers & Blues, 234 Hildebrand Dr. Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Save the Date:
• Saturday, April 15 - Annual Celebration of Sean Costello at Northside Tavern. Lineup TBA
• Sunday, April 23 - ABS Gathering & Jam, venue & host band to be decided
• Saturday, May 6 - Blind Willie McTell Festival, Thomson, GA (see below)
• Sunday, May 21 - ABS Gathering & Jam, venue & host band to be decided
• Saturday, June 17 - Norcross Bluesberry Festival
• Sunday, June 25 - ABS Gathering & Jam, venue & host band to be decided
• Sunday, July 16 - ABS Gathering & Jam, venue & host band to be decided
• Sunday, Aug. 20 - Atlanta Blues Challenge, Hard Rock Cafe
• Fri, Sat, Sun, Sept 22-24 - GABBAFest in Macon, GA
• Saturday, September 30 - Georgia Blues 'n Roots Fest at Mable House Amphitheater
• Saturday, November 11 - Blues Stotts at Blind Willie's

Darwin's Sandy Springs is now open!
See below for upcoming shows:

The 2017 Atlanta Blues Society
Board of Directors:

George Klein - President, Sponsorship Chair
Carlin Smith - Vice President, Merchandise Chair
Sara George - Treasurer
Barb Hilke - Secretary, Board Liaison to Bus Committee Chair Crystal Moss (member)
Deb Pruett - Membership Chair
Wes Gifford - Publicity Chair
Dustin Peterson - Social Media Chair
Dave Black - Monthly Gathering Chair
Rich L'Hommedieu - Blues in the School Chair
The board started their 2 year term on March 1, 2017. See their pictures and bios on the Board of Directors Page of our website.

Now, we need your help, if you would like to serve on one of the committees or be a volunteer at our events please let us know either at one of our gatherings or send us an email at: theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com


  James Cotton, 1935 - 2017

The Atlanta Blues Society mourns the passing of James Cotton, inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame in 2006. We join the rest of the blues world in sending condolences to his family. May his spirit live on through his wonderful music.



  Chuck Berry, 1926 - 2017

The Atlanta Blues Society mourns the passing of Chuck Berry, inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame in 1985 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award that same year. He was one of the first to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.  We join the rest of the blues world in sending condolences to his family. May his spirit live on through his wonderful music.


2017 International Blues Challenge
There aren't enough superlatives to tell Rae and The Royal Peacocks, Dos Blues Guys and Garrett Collins how very proud we are of their performances and demeanor in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis last week. Rebekah, Danny, Valerie, Art and Harold totally blew everyone away with both of their sets in the Quarter finals and were equally superb in the Semi's. Andy was excellent and when Bennie lit into his Chicken Hot Dog song one of the judges went hysterical. Garrett wowed the onlookers with his guitar playing and original music. The 50 or so ABS members in attendance cheered them on and were quite vocal about where they were from, as one of the venue coordinators announced "Atlanta is in the house". What a great group of ambassadors. Congratulations!! - George Klein
2017 IBC Finalists
Best Self-Produced CD - High Temperature, JW Jones, Ottawa Blues Society.  Georgia connection, Chuck Leavell wrote the liner notes
Best Acoustic Guitar - Al Hill, Nashville Blues Society
2nd Place Solo/duo - Brody Buster's One Man Band, Kansas City Blues Society
1st Place Solo/Duo - Al Hill, Nashville Blues Society
Harp Award - Brody Buster, Kansas City Blues Society
Gibson Albert King Guitar Award - Ben Racine w/ the Dawn Tyler Watson Band
3rd Place Band - Rae Gordon & the Backstreet Drivers, Cascade Blues Association
2nd Place Band - The Soulz Band ft Sugar & Spice, Suncoast Blues Society
1st Place Band - Dawn Tyler Watson, Montreal Blues Society

Please welcome our new reciprocal sponsor:
the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association.

The Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association (ACZA, Inc) is a volunteer-run 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit corporation in Georgia.  We are dedicated to promoting and educating the public about the dance, music, and culture of the Cajun and Creole people of Louisiana.  We sponsor local Cajun and Zydeco dances monthly and promote regional events where Cajun, Zydeco and other danceable music is happening. We offer free dance lessons and have food catered in for our dances.   We normally hold our local dances at the Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., Sandy Springs GA 30328.  Come and dance the night away with us.

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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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