Win a fabulous Blues Vacation weekend with
The Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival

Raffle tickets will be $15 for one ticket, $40 for 3 tickets. Stay tuned for more information about the festival including the line up.
  We are once again offering a chance to win a fabulous Blues/Cabin weekend in beautiful Blue Ridge, GA in conjunction with The Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival on September 12, 2015 (Please note, this is not the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival in Roanoke, VA). This year the fine folks at the Blue Ridge Lodging Association have offered us an extra night in the cabin and access to the Chamber of Commerce Kickoff Party, so this will be a 3-Night, 4 day Blues Experience for 6 people that we know you will want to win. We will have special raffle tickets for sale at our next Gathering in July and the winner will be chosen at the Atlanta Blues Challenge on August 23, 2015 at the Hard Rock Cafe. If you cannot make the gathering or Blues Challenge and would like to get a raffle ticket, you can email us at for instructions of how to get in on this special raffle. You do not have to be present to win. All proceeds will go toward our Blue Flame Fund which is used to help out local Blues musicians in times of need.

July Gathering & Jam
Our July Gathering & Jam will be held on Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 3pm-6pm at The Barn Smokehouse (formerly Spiced Right BBQ) 5364 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, GA 30064. The Barn Smokehouse is owned by the same owners of The Oyster Barn so you know the food will be good and the drinks will be plentiful.  Our host band is Stiff Kitty, a Gwinnett County rock and blues band that covers your favorite classic and contemporary songs, often with a rockin' twist by our amazing female vocalist. Their unique play list includes a diverse selection of high-energy, dance-worthy, guitar-driven songs. Playing at venues throughout Metro Atlanta since 2011, Stiff Kitty delivers powerful and memorable performances, led by one of the most sweet and soulful voices you've ever heard.  We will have our very popular Jam so bring your instruments and voices and join us.  We will also be raffling off another set of weekend passes to the Daytona Blues Fest, some more certificates for the True Colors Theatre's production of Chasin' Dem Blues (Untold Story of Paramount Records), some CD packages and hopefully some Cathead Vodka.  This just in: we will also be offering a special raffle for a 3-night Cabin & Blues package for the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival, September 10-13 in beautiful Blue Ridge, GA.  See details below.

June Gathering & Jam
The June Gathering and Jam filled Nik’s to capacity!  Marietta was definitely the HOT place to be on Sunday, June 14; it was HOT … in so many ways.  The music was hot, from the Sweet & Salty Blues Band to the jam.  The food was hot and delicious.  And the place was just hot literally!  There’s no doubt summer is here!  Dexter Hudgins (jam drummer) won the 2 weekend passes to the Daytona Blues Fest, BB Burnett won a CD Package, and Wallace Mobley (of course) won a certificate for 2 seats at the play Chasin' Dem Blues.   Nik's Place has music most nights of the week so if you’re in the area make sure to drop by and see who is playing.  

Save the dates:
• Sunday, August 23, 2015 - The Atlanta Blues Challenge at the Hard Rock Cafe
• Monday, September 7, 2015 - WRFG Labor Day Blues BBQ at Park Tavern
• Sunday, September 20, 2015 - ABS Monthly Gathering & Jam, To be Announced
• Sunday, October 18, 2015 - ABS Monthly Gathering & Jam, To be Announced

The Atlanta Blues Society Press Release
What: 2015 Atlanta Blues Challenge
When: Sunday, August 23, 2015, 1pm - 8:30pm
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Atlanta, GA
The Atlanta Blues Challenge is the Atlanta Blues Society’s competition to select our representatives for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The Atlanta Blues Challenge will be held on Sunday August 23, 2015 at the Hard Rock Cafe, 215 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-688-7625 in downtown Atlanta.  We will be starting at 1 pm and will end about 8:30pm. To help offset the costs of the challenge we will be charging $10 for ABS members and $15 for non-members at the door.
Musicians, time is of the essence to get into the challenge. We may need to limit the number of entrants we accept due to time constraints, so being the first to apply will be very important to ensure your entry.  We will be accepting applications beginning immediately for 3 categories, Band, Solo/Duo and Youth. The deadline for submitting applications is midnight August 9, 2015. The winners in each category will represent The Atlanta Blues Society at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN which will take place January 26-30, 2016. Winners must finance their own trip to Memphis and fund raisers are encouraged.  All members in the act for the Youth category must be under 21 as of the IBC dates.  The Youth winners will be featured in the Youth Showcase in Memphis on Friday. Under 21’s may compete in the Band & Solo/Duo categories. 
Entrance fees for the Challenge have been significantly reduced from past years and you can get a discount by being a Musician Sponsor of the ABS. The entrance fees for this year’s Atlanta Blues Challenge are as follows:
• Band Act:  $25 for Musician Sponsor, $100 for non-musician sponsor
• Solo/Duo: $20 for Musician Sponsor, $75 for Non-musician sponsor
• Youth Act:  $25 for Musician Sponsor, $100 for non-musician sponsor
Musician sponsorship is available for a minimum of $50 a year. To see sponsorship levels and become a musician sponsor contact us for a sponsorship form or CLICK HERE.
Prize money for each winning act is as follows:
• Band - $750
• Solo/Duo - $300
• Youth - $400
• People’s Choice - $250
Winner of People’s Choice act will be determined by voting of the paying patrons at the event.  The Prize winners will be invited to play at the Atlanta Blues Society’s Holiday party in December, where the prize money will be awarded along with any tips raised at the party. Winning acts are encouraged to have at least one other fundraising show. In addition to the prize money, the Atlanta Blues Society has made arrangements with our sponsor; Midnight Circus Productions, to provide a studio Master recording that can be used to produce CD’s which can be sold before, during and after the Memphis event. 

For questions and applications to enter the Atlanta Blues Challenge contact us at Winning acts will be expected to know and follow all rules for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  Please read all the rules posted on the Blues Foundation site for the IBC at


As the time nears for our Atlanta Blues Challenge at the Hard Rock Café, (Aug. 23) we seek YOUR help in making it an even better event that last year.  Is that possible?  It is with YOUR help.  I have the privilege of once again coordinating the volunteer effort this year (like I used to do before my hair turned gray!).  Now, I need YOU to volunteer to help us run things smoothly.  I hope to have enough dedicated ABS members volunteer so we can limit volunteer time slots to two hours each.   The Challenge runs from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.  We need help in selling raffle tickets, selling merchandise and possibly helping judges and helping timekeepers.  I will make sure each of you who request a free blinking guitar pin for your help gets one (even if I have to buy it for you myself!).  Who will be the “Hostess with the Most-est?” (Or the Host with the Most, if you want to be gender specific). 
If YOU want to help your ABS, and to be able to brag about how YOU helped pull off the best Blues Challenge ever, contact John Gibson (that’s me!) at and provide me with your name, contact info (cell phone and e-mail address) and preferred hours to work (no promises but I will do my best to get your preferred hours!).  Please contact me before JULY 20, so we will have plenty of time to get our blues ducks in a row. 
NOTE:  I am not running or coordinating the stage help – that distinction goes to our Board member Mark Stamper who can be reached at, if you want to volunteer for that type of muscular work-out.


The Blues Foundations "Blues Music Awards" was a great event that was attended by over 1500 people. Here is a list of those who walked away with this coveted honor!

1. Acoustic Album: Timeless – John Hammond
2. Acoustic Artist: John Hammond
3. Album: Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
4. B.B. King Entertainer: Bobby Rush
5. Band: Elvin Bishop Band
6. Best New Artist Album: Don’t Call No Ambulance – Selwyn Birchwood
7. Contemporary Blues Album: BluesAmericana – Keb’ Mo’
8. Contemporary Blues Female Artist: Janiva Magness
9. Contemporary Blues Male Artist: Gary Clark Jr.
10. Historical: Soul & Swagger: The Complete “5” Royales (Rock Beat)
11. Instrumentalist-Bass: Lisa Mann
12. Instrumentalist-Drums: Jimi Bott
13. Instrumentalist-Guitar: Joe Bonamassa
14. Instrumentalist-Harmonica: Charlie Musselwhite
15. Instrumentalist-Horn: Deanna Bogart
16. Koko Taylor Award: Ruthie Foster
17. Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Marcia Ball
18. Rock Blues Album: Step Back – Johnny Winter
19. Song: “Can’t Even Do Wrong Right” written and performed by Elvin Bishop
20. Soul Blues Album: Memphis Grease – John Németh
21. Soul Blues Female Artist: Sista Monica
22. Soul Blues Male Artist: Bobby Rush
23. Traditional Blues Album: "For Pops" (Muddy Waters) – Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson
24. Traditional Blues Male Artist: Lurrie Bell

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