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Ran-Die Records

Midnight Circus Productions
The music industry is changing daily! It is not enough for a musician to just make a demo and try and shop it for that elusive record deal. Those days are gone! Today a musician has to create his Marketing plan, packaging, run his/her tour, all while trying to creating great music. That record deal is now an independent release on the world wide market using ITunes, Amazon, Napster, etc. Welcome to the DIY world of music! Midnight Circus Productions is designed to help guide you every step of the way. From Recording your product (Live on Location or in the studio), to merchandising, to Promotion, to getting your digital downloads online, we are dedicated to giving our clients the tools and services they need to advance there music career!

Platinum Sponsors

Fat Matt's Rib Shack
Award winning Fat Matt’s Rib Shack has been around since 1990 and is one of Atlanta’s favorite hot-spots. We feature great BBQ, live blues nightly and a casual setting for the whole family to enjoy. A few important reminders are that we now accept Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Discover cards we ID for beer and if you must wear a tie at least loosen the knot before entering. Seating is first come first serve, inside and outside. During our busiest times a little patience is required, but tables generally turn over quickly and after orders are placed food is served fast and hot.

Westside Cultural Arts Center

Westside Cultural Arts Center is the newest, most creative and most versatile special event venue in Atlanta. Founded by Dr. James L. Chappuis, WCAC brings to life every element of your special event and offers countless ways to incorporate the custom-designed space to not just as a backdrop for your gathering, but as a truly engaging setting.

Georgia Music Farm
Growing the best entertainment experience in The South
This is a large outdoor music venue that plans to have many festivals and events and all kinds of music – look for a blues festival in the spring. 
Located on Highway 154 in Newnan Georgia on what used to be a real farm. 
Many events will feature camping, but not all. More details to come soon.

Gold Sponsors

Blind Willie's
Where were you in 1986? Ronald Reagan was president. William Perry and the Chicago Bears enjoyed “The Super Bowl Shuffle.” The Dow Jones Industrial Average was under 2,000. Johnny Lang was 5 years old. And Blind Willie’s was opening its doors in Virginia-Highland. More than 6,500 nights of live music later, Blind Willie’s celebrated its 18th anniversary this year, and the Blind Willie’s house band, the Shadows, still backs many of the performers. Co-founders Eric King and Roger Gregory (who doubles as Shadows’ bassist) built the club, literally, with carpentry and painting support from local musicians, among them Chicago Bob Nelson and guitarists J.T. Speed and Michael Catalano. “It was a real musicians’ project,” King recalls.“They worked their butts off. They just wanted a place to play.” King and Gregory discovered almost immediately that crowds were hungry for blues bands. The booking strategy filled a need not only for fans but for performers, providing one-nighter opportunities to touring bands.

Darwins Burgers & Blues
We’re here to put Darwin’s back on the map. This is The LEGENDARY Darwin’s Burgers and Blues Bar and we’re here to make it better than it has ever been! We’re bringing back all of the old Darwin’s alumni as well as some fresh talent in the Blues community!
Our Master Chef, Akin is heading up our BRAND NEW kitchen. Yes, it’s bar food, but with
a whole lot of love and soul! We’re serving up the tastiest burgers, juiciest wings and this
is just the beginning. Keep an eye on our menu, good things are coming soon.

LewMar Millennium Entertainment
LewMar Millennium Entertainment is a cutting-edge artistic development and marketing company. They provide their hand-picked clients and musicians with forward thinking management, marketing and promotion services.  Their services include arts and entertainment marketing, media outreach, strategic planning, advertising, business image enhancement, community awareness campaigns, web site promotion, corporate identity programs and special events management.  CEO Lewis McTush is a hands on director of all aspects of the company and is involved with various non-smoking initiatives through the Breathe Easy promotion. 

The Barn Smokehouse
The Barn Smokehouse of Lilburn serves authentic slow cooked, pit smoked barbecue. Our goal is to have you experience what it is like to dine in a true Southern BBQ Smokehouse. We serve only the highest quality beef, pork and poultry. Everything is smoked using green hardwood (pecan, oak and hickory) for 12-18 hours. The result is melt in your mouth, authentic (and slightly addictive) Southern BBQ. No sauce required, but feel free to add our homemade sauces
to enhance the flavor.  Having a party, event or social? Have us cater!
You'll enjoy the gathering more and your guests will rave about the food!
5364 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lilburn, GA 30047

The Arena Tavern
At 2000 Satellite Boulevard in Duluth, The Arena Tavern kitchen offers a
welcoming and comfortable atmosphere and an award-winning menu.
Live Music on the patio Sunday through Monday nights.
Open Mic and Jam every Thursday

The Moonshadow Tavern
3976 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, GA 30086 • 404-674-2133
Great Food, Live Music, Friendly Service, Live Music 4 nights a week, Wed. thru Sat.
Poker Saturday & Sunday. Pool tables, Keno, Horseshoes. Duck on, Buck off Mondays

Napoleon’s Grill
2836 LaVista Rd., Decatur, GA 30033 • 404-321-5000
Napoleon’s is a lively, upscale “Food Focused Pub” that features a creative and affordable menu.  To quench your thirst we offer 16 craft beers on tap, 50 bottle beers, full bar, and 14 wines by the glass and a reserve bottle list.  Serving as a neighborhood “hub” where guests come to enjoy themselves with family, friends, and neighbors. It’s the perfect place to discuss local happenings, celebrate birthdays, graduations, engagements, winning a game… or losing a game. 
Napoleon’s is the place to make it memorable.

Dr.Love / WIGO 1570AM
Listen to the Blues in the Afternoon on Incredible radio WIGO, 1570 AM
or listen on the internet at
You can also download the "TuneIn" app and listen on your smart phone.
We are always looking for artists to perform all types of music on Love Radio
or be posted on our site. For more information email:

Madlife Stage & Studios
8722 Main St., Woodstock, GA 30188 • 678-384-2363
A Music & Dining Experience
Our venue is crafted to deliver perfect evenings for our performing artists and our customers. Visually and personally intimate, sonically correct and high energy as well – all designed to assure magical moments are always revealed at MadLife. Tickets Now Available! Our Chef follows the notion that “what goes together, grows together.” Depending on the guest artist and their style of music, Chef David creates nightly specials to complement the vibe of the music being performed in MadLife’s live venue. Amazing pulled pork sandwich, along with steaks, fresh seafood, seasonal vegetables and salads. Delicious breads and desserts made daily in house. We provide a professional tracking and capture environment in a dynamic, creative, and adept space. Recording your next masterpiece begins here. With an array of equipment and back line gear, your project will be taken to the next level.

Big Rentz
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.

Legend Landscaping
For a Free Quote, go to website or Call: 678-841-7750.
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, 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. 
1269 Westover Trace, Acworth, GA 30102  •  678-841-7750

For a Free Quote Go to website or Call: 678-498-5363 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, is the choice when looking for the right team to handle your tree project.

593 Ridge Lake Lane, Marietta, GA 30064  •  770-824-0530

"Friends of the ABS"

Shorty’s Wood Fired Pizza
Welcome to Shorty’s! We have been in business since 2005 when we opened our first location in North Druid Hills. A little while later we opened our Tucker location on Lawrenceville Hwy. People often wonder what our secret to success is and why we thrive. Well, it isn’t a secret as much as it is common sense. We have a simple take on how to run a restaurant: use fresh ingredients to make tasty food and serve it with a smile. This basic concept is why we have a loyal gang of customers who call Shorty’s “home” several nights a week. Don’t believe it’s that simple?
Then stop by one of our locations and we will prove it to you!

Rock 'n Blues Camp
Rock ‘n Blues Camp is an organization that affords talented young musicians in middle and high school opportunities to perform on a regular basis with others who love the same music as they do.  We offer week-long summer camp sessions, which are fun-filled, intense sessions that culminate in thrilling performances on Friday evenings.  Our campers play rock ‘n roll, blues, reggae, and jazz.  Our faculty consists of professional performing and teaching musicians who have a great rapport with teens.  Players and singers from as far away as Canada and the Congo have come to Atlanta to spend a week learning new licks, getting singing tips and
developing their stage presence.  Check us out! You’ll be glad you did!

The Sean Costello Memorial Fund
The purpose of The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research is to apply Sean’s celebrity and the love of Sean’s fans and fellow musicians to increase research for treatment of Bipolar Disorder, develop and support education for early diagnosis and intervention, and translate the human side of bipolar disorder and its severity to improve outcomes and resources, especially for those without insurance, targeting the musical community.

Steve's Live Music
Steve’s Live Music, opened in June 2012, offers an intimate listening room (101 seats), which showcases local and national songwriters, and musicians. Inspired by Eddie's Attic and the Red Light Cafe, Steve's will hopefully add to the music scene in Atlanta. Weeknights will feature traditional music, including Irish folk, Bluegrass, Dixieland Jazz, Polka, Blues, Klezmer, and other cultural forms of music, while the weekend will feature original music by singer/songwriters. Food and refreshments (full bar) are available in a smoke free environment- the menu is primarily a vegetarian and pescetarian fare. We do not serve meat. Check out the menu for more details.

The Hard Rock Café

Hard Rock is a haven for fans of music, food, and great times. Whether you are down for a Legendary Burger, live music, a Classic Tee, a Rock Star Suite, or the latest collectible pin, there’s something for everyone. Every Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel & Casino, or Live around the world serves up authentic experiences that rock. Since its establishment in 1971, Hard Rock has also been committed to a wide variety of philanthropic causes and activities. Love All – Serve All.

The Red Light Café
Red Light Café is a comfortable, familiar place to enjoy food, drink, and live music & entertainment with friends. We're located between Midtown and Virginia Highlands in Atlanta, GA. Each week we've got Open Mic Wednesday, and our Bluegrass Thursday features an open jam at 6pm and Atlanta's best Americana at 8pm. To keep up with our latest news, menu updates, upcoming events and such, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Nik's Place
This old 1868 farm house was the home of the Groggens family and then the Crooks family. In 1975 until 2000, it was turned into a restaurant and was known as the Marietta Cupboard. From August 2000 and until 2004, it was known as The Back Porch Bar & Grill. From 2005 to the present, it became NIKS PLACE serving authentic Greek food.This old house is one of the few historic homes in Marietta operating as a business outside the Square. To some it is a reminder of a bygone era in today’s corporate world. As for me, being a newcomer to Marietta (since 1994) and coming from a real ancient city as Athens Greece, I have learned to appreciate and admire the craftsmanship of the past. I love the history, nostalgia, and character this old house offers.

The Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association - GABBA
 "GABBA is a foundation of fans who feel like family, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Allman Brothers Band musical heritage in Georgia by making tangible contributions to projects, programs and plans to insure this heritage is not lost but indeed remembered, revered, and reveled in as an important part of Macon’s, the South’s, the nation’s and even the world’s musical and cultural legacy whose very roots are found here in Georgia.  We respect and admire their music and feel as if we are members of their extended family yet still respect and admire their personal families without infringing or imposing on their private lives. Our goals include the collecting, preserving, nurturing, and sharing of this music history, contributing to the care and upkeep of Rose Hill Cemetery and contributing to the development of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (GMHF) and the Big House Foundation Museum."

The Crimson Moon Cafe, Dahlonega, GA
The Southeast's Most Intimate Musical Venue
...where the Creative Spirit shine and the Magical Memories are made
Coffee House and full service restaurant serving Lunch and Dinner during
the week and breakfast on Saturday and Sundays.  Live music venue with
local, regional, national and international acts. Open Mic night

Learning Guitar Now
Slide and blues guitar lessons in the style of Duane Allman, Eric Clapton,
BB King, Derek Trucks and more with Gibson-recommended teacher
John W. Tuggle.
Free and premium lessons available as well as
articles, gear demos, and thoughts about playing and learning the blues.

Cathead Vodka
Mississippi outlawed alcohol in 1907 and in 1966 became the last state to repeal prohibition. Fast forward 104 years and two fine gents, Austin Evans and Richard Patrick, fired up the state’s first legal still. Along with a passion for fine spirits, these gents have a thirst for Mississippi’s live music, folk art and writings. When the boys aren’t making hooch, you might spot ‘em at a juke joint, soaking up inspiration for their next batch of goodness from Cathead.

Lewmar Millenium Entertainment
LewMar is a full service Public Relations, Marketing, Concert Promotion team. 
Including Tour Support and Event Management Services. 

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts
Like the rainforest featured in our stores, we believe customer service is a rare and precious commodity. So in our stores, we treat you like a welcomed guest, and help you create the perfect design from thousands of possibilities, producing a fun, custom product that will
leave you smiling. We love what we do and you will, too. We guarantee it.

Canton Music Shoppe
Where your musical dreams become a reality
New, used and vintage gear, accessories, repairs •
Private and multi-media lessons• Matchmaker • Acoustic Jams
149 Reinhardt College Parkway Suite 11 (Sidelines Plaza), Canton, GA 30114 • 678-493-0570

Instrument WORKS
Does your guitar not play as well as it should?  Has it been neglected and become unplayable? 
Do you want to upgrade your guitar or bass and make it something special?  Need repairs to restore your stringed instrument to its original glory?  Instrument WORKS can help.
We happily guarantee everything we do.
String changes • Pickups • Structural repairs • Customizations • Hardware upgrades
Call us anytime 770-873-4429, ask about pickup and delivery

Rhetta Akamatsu
Rhetta Akamatsu is a journalist and author who has a love of history and music. She writes about blues for as the Atlanta Blues Examiner. Among her published books is one about blues women, T'Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do. She is currently working on a companion volume to that book to be about more recent blues women and a history of Georgia blues.

HomeAdvisor is the nation’s largest network of screened & rated home improvement professionals. We offer homeowners the ability to browse through thousands of reviews of our professionals and using our ProFinder™ patented technology we are able to connect homeowners with only pre-screened and available professionals, saving the homeowner both time and effort. We offer our homeowners a comprehensive suite of tools, products and services such as DesignMine, CostGuide and the Home911 mobile app.
Access to all of the site’s features is free to homeowners, with no membership fees.

The Frank Hamilton School
The Frank Hamilton School is modeled on the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. Founded by folk musicians Frank Hamilton and Win Stracke, the School opened in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago in 1957. It began modestly by offering guitar and banjo lessons in a communal teaching style and hosting performances by well-known folk musicians. As a teaching and performing institution, the Old Town School of Folk Music launched the careers of many notable folk music artists. Now Frank Hamilton has brought the spirit of his Chicago school to Decatur, GA. Offering classes for both adults and children taught at the Education Building of the Oakhurst Baptist Church. They also present a concert series of local, regional and national touring acts at the Red Light Cafe.  Check them out.

Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association (ACZA)
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 usually hold our dances at the Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., Springs GA. Come and dance the night away with us!

Full-Service Agents, Modern Technology
We’re full-service, local agents who get to know you over coffee and on home tours,
and we use online tools to help make you smarter and faster.
More than 10,000 customers buy or sell a home with us each year.

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