The March Gathering and Jam at Shorty's Pizza on Sunday was one of the best we've ever had. We packed out the place with 75+ people, emptied 3 kegs of their draft beer selection, ate about a ton of pizzas and kept the staff hopping. Our host band BluesFish put on a lively, entertaining show and the jam was phenomenal. The weather was beautiful and there were lots of people on the patio and roaming around outside. Nobody wanted to leave and everybody was having a great time. Most everybody remembered to wear green and we supplied green beads to those who forgot. The raffle leprechauns did a great job making sure everybody got a chance to win our prizes. Beverly Jenkins won the VIP tickets to the Springing the Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach, FL April 17-19. Becky Simon won the 4 tickets to the Buckwheat Zydeco show this Wednesday night at Terminal West. Wallace Mobley won the bottle of Cathead Vodka and several people won CD packages.
Save the date:
· Sunday Apr 19, 2015 - ABS Monthly Gathering and Jam, Arena Tavern, Duluth, GA, host TBA
· Sunday May 17, 2015 - ABS Monthly Gathering and Jam, Moonshadow Tavern, host band TBA
· Sunday Jun 14, 2015 - ABS Monthly Gathering and Jam, venue and host band to be announced
(June 21 is Father's Day so we are changing the date for the June Gathering)
Officers of the Board of Directors have been voted in and Chairpersons appointed:
President: Barb Hilke
Co-President: George Klein
Vice-President: Carlin C-Note Smith
Secretary: John Gibson
Treasurer: Nancie Branch-Gibson
Membership Chair: Deb Pruett
Publicity Chair: Dustin Peterson
Sponsors/Programs Chair: Mark Stamper & Rich L'Hommedieu
Wow, the February Gathering & Jam was the best ever. It was a packed house at Blind Willie's and we want to thank everybody who faced the uncertain weather conditions to come out and join us. We were so very fortunate to have our Musician Sponsor band, Delta Moon host this meeting and they put on a fabulous show. We had lots of stuff to do at this meeting, we held a raffle, we presented awards, we gave our Treasurer's and Membership report, we explained the election procedure and we announced the new 2015 Board of Directors. Then we had an outstanding jam with lots of great musicians on board.
The awards we presented were as follows:
• The Blues Ambassador Award, which includes a free yearly membership to the member who we felt contributed the most to our organization throughout the year and once again we awarded this to Wallace Mobley for all his help in getting and keeping venue sponsors.
• Honorary Lifetime Membership Award to Lyn Billings in honor and remembrance of Larry Stotts who we sadly lost this past year and who was a founding member and loyal supporter of the Atlanta Blues Society.
• Honorary Lifetime Membership Award to William Bell, longtime Stax recording artist and co-writer of the blues classic song, "Born Under a Bad Sign".
The new Board of Directors are:
• Nancie Branch-Gibson
• John Gibson
• Barb Hilke
• George Klein
• Rich L'Hommedieu
• Dustin Peterson
• Deb Pruett
• Carlin Smith
• Mark Stamper
Bios of the new board are on the website HERE. We would also like to thank our outgoing and former 2013 Board members for their dedication and support of our mission statement:
• Rocky Buldo
• Kim Frazier
• Bill & Pat Hudson
• Lisa Kitchens
• Joe Jones
• Dustin Sargent
The winner of 2 passes to the Benji's Bluesdoggle Festival (March 20-22, New Smyrna Beach, FL) was Mark Stamper. The winner of the table for 4 to the Circle of Song show at Eddie's Attic was Chris Alexander.
The Blues Foundation announces the selection of three living performers to be inducted into its Blues Hall of Fame. The three are Tommy Brown, Eric Clapton and Little Richard. They join more than 130 performers who have been inducted each year beginning in 1980. Their induction will be held in conjunction with the three days of events May 6-8, 2015 surrounding the 36th Blues Music Awards on May 7 and the Grand Opening of the bricks and mortar Blues Hall of Fame on May 8 in Memphis, TN.
Kight has been taking the blues to fans around the world for 20 years, and as a survivor of encephalitis and meningitis, her music now comes from a deeper place. And her talent, and her new album, have landed her on several “top” lists for 2014: the Roots Music Report’s Top 100 Blues Albums Chart, Blues Bytes 2014 Top 10 Albums list, and one of axs.com’s Top 5 blues artists of 2014. And she’s been nominated for the Blues Music Awards 2015 Koko Taylor Award. Many in the industry know that Koko was EG’s mentor. When asked about her reaction to the news of this nomination, Kight said “I was elated! It brought tears to my eyes. I’ve had nominations in the past, but this one is especially exciting, because I know Koko would be excited for me, too.”
A multi-faceted entertainer, part singer/songwriter, part guitar player, and part storyteller, Kight discovered another facet of her creativity several years ago through photography. With an eye for the unusual, and a love of history and nature, her set-up scenes tell a story. A long-time contributor to the Blues Foundation's annual silent auction, EG has helped raise hundreds of dollars for the foundation with her photographs.
The first photograph in her portfolio was "Grandma's World," a scene set up that incorporated her Grandma’s hurricane lamp, her granddaddy’s eyeglasses, and her own bible. Since then she has gone on to create scenes of various musical instruments, blues shoes and hats, and some of her fan favorites, her pet goats. One of her photographs, “Sweet Music Man,” was licensed for use as the cover of a novel about the life and times of Robert Johnson. “Preaching Blues,” written by James Nuttall is now available online. Several of Kight’s photographs hang in an antique gallery in Nashville, one was featured on Oprah.com, many have won ribbons in the Georgia National Fair, and two were chosen as some of the best of 2013 for Popular Photography Magazine.
Kight is currently putting tours together from coast to coast, and making plans to photograph some scenes along the way. And she will add several more photographs to the Blues Foundation’s auction at the BMAs in May.
ABS Bluescast is going strong! We've had the stream on line for a month and we have gone to
#19 of all blues stations on the web,
and #1000 of all stations (out of 8,000 stations).
We are being listened to in 39 countries around the globe. We are being Listened to in 33 out of the 50 states throughout the country.
In the last 30 days we have had 1306 Hours of listening time on our station! ALL Local artists with New releases are getting 48 Spins Each on the Roots Music Report Radio Charts.
The Atlanta Blues Society, as a Blues Affiliate has pledged $1,000 to help make it happen -- check it out -- We are the latest member of the 250 Club!
Since its earliest days, the Foundation has envisioned a Blues Hall of Fame. Artist renditions appeared as early as the 1983 Blues Music Award program. Foundation leaders have long recognized that, in addition to stability and operating efficiencies, a permanent home for The Blues Foundation will dramatically improve its ability to fulfill its mission.
A key component for the success of any organization is a sound fiscal base from which to meet its goals and objectives. In recent years, The Blues Foundation has built such a base while continuing to fulfill its mission in each of the above noted programs and activities.
In 2006, the Foundation adopted a strategic plan that embraced a permanent home. The following year, with a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the Foundation began work with Design 500 to discern requirements for and shape the new home—its location, size, space allocations, and programming priorities.
A suitable location was identified in December 2010—a condominium located at 421 South Main with approximately 3,800 square feet at street level and 7,700 square feet on the lower level. By this time, The Blues Foundation had quietly and steadily eliminated all debt and built reserves of more than $400,000. This financial strength enabled the Foundation to secure a short-term loan to help pay for the purchase of its new building and some basic renovations when this opportunity arose.
Foundation operations began there on July 5, 2011. With the first phase completed, The Blues Foundation continues to pursue its goal: a home that enhances the ability to carry out its mission.
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