October Meeting and Jam
Our October Gathering and Jam will be held on Saturday (not the usual Sunday) October 17, 2015, from 3pm-6pm at Darwin's Burgers & Blues in Marietta,GA.  Our Host Band will be Noonday Blue, who recently competed in our Atlanta Blues Challenge.  Darwin's has been a legendary blues music venue in the North Metro Atlanta area for many years now and has only gotten better with new owners Lindsey and Akin and has great food and drinks.  It is non-smoking on the inside and is full of blues artists photos hanging on every spare inch of the walls.  We will be having our always fun open jam, so make sure to bring your instruments and/or voices and come show us your stuff.  We will be raffling off some cool prizes such as a bottle of Cathead Vodka, CD Packages and hopefully more to be announced later.  Plan on joining us for some great music, Darwin's hospitality, and socializing with others who love music as much as you do. 

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.
Darwin's Burgers & Blues, 1598 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062

Noonday Blue is a great little band from Woodstock, GA. that plays Blues and a little Country, too. Fronted by award winning singer songwriter Callie Bartos, this band delivers some powerful vocal work with influences from Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt. Backed by seasoned musicians Don Olsen on drums, Russell Eldridge on guitar and Tim Pribish on bass, they deliver a professional and fun show! www.noondayblue.com

Save the date:
·  Saturday October 17 - ABS Monthly Gathering & Jam at Darwin's, Host Band - Noonday Blue
·  Saturday November 7 - ABS presents Blues Stotts at Blind Willie's in honor of Larry Stotts 
__Note:  No ABS Monthly Gathering & Jam for Nov., Blues Stotts will be our only Nov. event
·  Sunday December 6 - ABS Holiday Party, Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility, Atlanta, GA, ____Atlanta Blues Challenge winners to play

Atlanta Blues Society Board of Directors
Needs one more person...

We have an opening on the Board of Directors.  Mark Stamper resigned and we now need one more committed, passionate, blues loving person to be on the board and help us take this Society to the next level.  In order to be on the board you must have been a regular or lifetime member of the society for at least one year prior to now.  You need to have the time to attend monthly board meetings and to help out with most of our Monthly Gatherings and Jams, and our special events. If you think you have the time and energy to help us out, please contact us at theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com and we'll let you know the next steps. 

Don’t miss this fabulous festival in Daytona Beach, Florida. Hotel, Camping/RV specials available. Mike Curb’s Institute, The Business of Music Workshops on Weds Oct 7. Victor Wainwright’s Workshops on Thursday Oct 8. Welcome Party jam at Bahama Breeze on Thursday hosted by Gracie Curran. Covered seating in the Jackie Robinson Ball Park Venue. New this year, Riverfront Stage featuring 2015 IBC Solo/Duo acts and youth acts. Craft Brews & Blues event on Saturday. Nightly After Parties at Bahama Breeze. All proceeds go to charities such as the Halifax Health NICU Expansion and Project WARM. Featured artists include Watermelon Slim, Kenny Neal, Janiva Magness, Jarekus Singleton, Nikki Hill, Sonny Landreth, Moreland & Arbuckle, Alexis P. Suter, Paul Thorn, Victor Wainwright & the Wildroots. CLICK to get details, full schedules and Tickets.

Grayson Blues & Brews 2015, 6th Annual Craft Beer Festival
presented by Jail House Brewing Company – Saturday October 24, 2015, 2-6pm, at Grayson City Park, Grayson, GA. Featuring Tommy Talton & Tinsley Ellis
ANNOUNCING: the promoter is giving ABS members a 20% discount on tickets to the Grayson Blues & Brews on both General Admission and VIP tickets, just click on the link below and scroll down to the Xorbia Tickets form and enter Promo Code: GraysonBlues2015.  This discount is good until October 18th so get your tickets now. http://grayson-bluesandbrews.com/




The LP and CD release party will be held at
Northside Tavern, 1058 Howell Mill Road in Atlanta GA Saturday, November 28th, 2015.

30 Miles Up announces the arrival of blues/roots rock band Mudcat’s twelfth studio album, "While You Were Away." Vocalist and guitarist Daniel Dudeck (Mudcat) is joined by long-time members Eskil Wetterqvist on percussion, David ‘Snave’ Evans on bass and flute, Chad Mason on keyboards, and trombonist Lil Joe Burton. Burton also leads the Atlanta Horns, comprised of Daryl Dunn on saxophone and Mico Bowles on trumpet. The legendary keyboardist Eddie Tigner makes a guest appearance.
The LP and CD release party will be held at Northside Tavern, 1058 Howell Mill Road in Atlanta GA on Saturday, November 28th, 2015.
For an advance copy of the CD or digital download, please email 30milesup@mudcatblues.com with your format preference.
Daniel ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck began his career performing on street corners from Savannah to New Orleans, where he learned how to captivate an audience with his blues-influenced songs and style. Settling in Atlanta, Dudeck began collaborating with the city’s blues, soul and jazz greats, such as Frank Edwards and Grady ‘Fats’ Jackson. The opportunity to perform with Taj Mahal and Dicky Betts furthered this musical schooling. Mudcat took this expertise to Europe on several tours, where he continued to formulate his style of roots and blues in his original compositions.
Meanwhile in Chicago, Joe Burton was playing trombone as a teenager with Junior Wells and serving as Junior’s bandleader. Shortly afterwards, Burton joined B.B. King’s band, where he performed for more than a decade. Eventually landing in Atlanta, he formed the Atlanta Horns, performing with many of the city’s blues and jazz players.
Collaborating for the last 13 years, Burton and Dudeck’s diverse backgrounds have shaped the Mudcat sound. One was raised in the traditional Chicago blues scene and brings decades of formal blues experience; the other was influenced by Southern blues pioneers and driven to create an original version of the music. The result brings audiences to their feet. This unexpected union produces a fresh, new aspect for the blues/roots rock genre, culminating in the release of “While You Were Away.”

September Meeting and Jam

Our September Gathering and Jam at Steve's Live Music was outstanding. Lola and her band put on a great show and the Jam was the best ever, featuring talented musicians of all ages and lots of harmonica players. Steve's made sure we were served with great drinks and delicious food. Here were the raffle winners:

BB Burnette - Tickets to Bradenton Blues Fest; Dexter Hudgins - Tickets to Bradenton Blues Fest; Melinda Wells - Tickets to 80's Music Fest; Ginger Guthrie-Norvell - 2 CD Packages; Billy Busic - CD package; Richard Snyder-Cathead Vodka.

Update on Atlanta Blues Challenge:

To see the videos of the Atlanta Blues Challenge go to our ABS You Tube Channel:

As you are aware, the Atlanta Blues Society once again held their Atlanta Blues Challenge at the Hard Rock Cafe in Atlanta. Since moving the event to this venue we have been able to significantly step up the production value of our event with professional Sound and Lights provided by the venue as well as exposing this premiere Atlanta Venue to our Local Blues Artists. The Staff of the Hard Rock Cafe go out of the way to make sure that every attendee is well taken care of and they consider this event one of the premiere events they present every year!

In addition to providing our competing bands with a top notch professional stage to perform on, we as a society understand that we need to support our bands. To allow such a professional setting to be underutilized would be a travesty, so we have contracted with Rich L'Hommedieu of "Midnight Circus Productions" to record HD Video of Each Band and Act that performs on this great looking stage! In addition we provided a split over every microphone on the stage to a separate Audio Mixer so Rich could record a FULL MULTI TRACK recording of every act. That recording was taken into the MCP Studios where it was professionally Mixed and Mastered and synced up with the HD Video. That video and along with a separate Mixed Audio file was provided to EVERY participant in our Blues Challenge FREE OF CHARGE! This type of recording with this level of professional staging, sound and lights would normally cost in upwards of $1000 per Band! Rich does all this for a Sponsorship swap, and for his love of the music and the artists.

The Winning acts will also have access to Midnight Circus Studios to record a full studio recording to ensure they have a professional product when they go to Memphis! Again this is provided by the Atlanta Blues Society to the winning bands FREE OF CHARGE!

Here is what the bands say about their experience at the Atlanta Blues Challenge:

“The Atlanta IBC Challenge was far beyond what I've seen before at a local level both in talent and prior IBC experience. The level of professionalism in musicianship and stage performance in Atlanta is outstanding ...and scary all in the same breath. The Atlanta crowd makes everyone feel at home and that someone is rooting for them. It feels like family. I've also never seen a Blues Society IBC Challenge where everyone walks away with a high quality video of their performance. What a blessing! Our booking agent had been asking for a good video and it just wasn't in our budget. Were just musicians trying to make this a business and with touring and working on our new CD it was on the back burner. So what an amazing gift ya'll have given to us and the other performers! We cannot thank you enough.”
Markey of the Markey Blue Band

“The love and appreciation that we as artists received from the Atlanta Blues Society has been overwhelming and inspirational. They have given us countless opportunities to promote and market ourselves through high quality videos, pictures and venues. They are a blessing to the Atlanta music scene and we are very fortunate to have them!"
David Pippin from Blind Cadillac

“Thanks so much! Great professional quality and very much appreciated. I consider it a huge bonus for participating in The Atlanta Blues Challenge. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen!”
– Callie Bartos, Noonday Blue

It was an honor to be included in the Atlanta Blues Challenge.  Our Atlanta Blues Society did it up just right!  Great venue, awesome recordings and, most of all, the people who came out to support us.  Blues Lives!
- Diane Durrett 

Attention Rory Gallagher fans, a new CD/DVD/Blue Ray film has been released which shows Rory playing with his early band Taste at the Isle of Wight festival in 1970.  This film features the Isle of Wright performance and a documentary about the band Taste.  For more information:
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