June Gathering & Jam 
Our next Gathering & Jam event will be at the fabulous Vista Room at Napoleon's in Decatur, GA.  It will be held on Sunday June 25, 2017 from 3pm-6pm and our host band will be none other than The Breeze Kings. The Vista Room serves up the best food in town and will have great drinks as well so come hungry and thirsty.  It is a non-smoking venue so bring the whole family and enjoy the great music and socialize with other music lovers. The jam will follow the Breeze Kings set and has become a very popular part of our meeting, so bring your instruments and/or voices and show us your stuff.  We will have a raffle with various prizes to benefit the Blue Flame Fund which provides help to local musicians in need and our Blues in the Schools program.  Come on out, get out of the heat and have some fun with us. https://www.facebook.com/events/1447235905320820

The Vista Room Atlanta • 2836 LaVista Rd. • Decatur, GA 30033 • 404-321-0500

For over 20 years, The Breeze Kings have been one of the busiest and most respected bands in the Atlanta music scene. Their music, featuring complex guitar parts, explosive harmonica, and rock steady rhythms, is an exciting and authentic blend of 50s and 60s era Chicago and Delta blues styles and has caught the attention of people everywhere from blues purists to those new to the genre. The band has released four CDs on Atlanta's Veritone Records label and performed over 2000 shows all over the Eastern USA and completed four tours of Europe. They have opened for and played with some of the biggest names in blues, performed live on television and radio, and their music is regularly played on local, regional, national and international blues radio and internet programs. The Breeze Kings have won Creative Loafing’s Best Blues Band in Atlanta award 9 of the last 14 years and were among the top 10 finalists at the 2005 IBC competition in Memphis.  • http://www.breezekings.com/

Save the Date:
• Sunday, June 25 - ABS Gathering & Jam, venue & host band – The Breeze Kings
• Sunday, July 16 - ABS Gathering & Jam, Montie's Public House, Kerry Hill Band to host
• 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

May Gathering & Jam
Well folks, we are running out of superlatives to describe our monthly gatherings. Last Sunday at the Moonshadow Tavern quickly turned into another great blues party. The Tom Hill Band fired up the packed house and kept the dancers going non stop for the first hour and then our crew of talented jammers took over and added more fuel to the fire. Everyone was having such a great time the management gave Wes permission to go on till 6:30 in order to give everyone a chance to play. As always, the staff at Moonshadow did an excellent job getting everyone well fed and keeping them very well served. We raffled off 2 bottles of that wonderful Cathead Vodka along with 4 ten packs of CDs to benefit the Blue Flame Fund and Blues in the Schools. I had decided to dust off my camera and take a few pictures to add to the mix and am glad I did. I forgot how much fun photography can be and only took 2 shots of guys in the witness protection program. Thanks to all who attended, played, sang and danced, especially Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Assn. for attending and handing out discount coupons for their events. Keeping the Blues Alive - George

Atlanta Blues Challenge 2017
The Atlanta Blues Society is now taking applications for the 2017 Atlanta Blues Challenge. This competition will decide who will represent us in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN.  This year's competition will be as follows:
What: Atlanta Blues Challenge
Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Time: 1pm-9pm 
Place:  The Velvet Underground Room at the Atlanta Hard Rock Cafe
Address: 215 Peachtree St NE,  Atlanta, GA 30303
Deadline for entry: July 1, 2017
There are three categories for the challenge:  Youth act, Solo/Duo act, and Band act. For the Youth act, all participants must be under the age of 21.  While the Youth act is a competition at the Atlanta Challenge, they will not be in competition at the IBC in Memphis, but instead will be in a Youth Showcase which takes place on Friday evening of IBC week. The Youth act will need to take off at least one day from school, and possibly two, to allow for travel time to Memphis.  The Solo/Duo and Band act winners of the Atlanta Blues Challenge must be able to be in Memphis for the entire week to compete in the various stages of the IBC competition (Quarter finals, Semi Finals, and Finals).  This year's Memphis IBC will be January 16-20, 2018. 
The IBC competition has changed over the years and has become very competitive, with top notch bands competing from all over the world. Please be aware that if you win the IBC, you will be expected to accept the many gig opportunities that are extended to the winners.  These opportunities include the Blues Cruise and various top rated Blues Festivals around the country.  The Memphis IBC is run by the Blues Foundation, which has many rules and regulations that we attempt to follow for the Atlanta Blues Challenge.  Those acts from out of state should be aware that the Blues Foundation has a new restriction stating that the representative act should be within a 250-mile radius of the host Blues Society.  Please familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations of the IBC (found at the link below) before applying so you know what will be expected of you in advance:
The deadline for entry for the Atlanta Blues Challenge is midnight, July 1, 2017.  Musician sponsors of the ABS get a discount in fees. Musician Sponsorship is $50 per year and includes one membership and several promotional benefits for your act. You do not have to be a member or sponsor of the ABS to compete. 
Fees for the Challenge are as follows:
Youth Act - $100, for non-sponsors, $25 for sponsors
Solo/Duo Act - $75 for non-sponsors, $20 for sponsors
Band Act - $100 for non-sponsors, $25 for sponsors
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 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 (ABS will match tip money) 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 CDs (cost of replication not included) which can be sold before, during and after the Memphis event. Midnight Circus will also provide high quality videos of the Hard Rock performances. 
To apply for the Challenge and/or become a Musician Sponsor, please contact us at theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com.  We will send you the entry forms and payment information.  All entrants who have paid by the deadline will be in consideration to compete. Because of time limitations we can only have 12 acts total.  However, in the event that we have to limit the number of acts, any act not able to compete will be refunded their entry fee.

We're open for next term's registration, and for you!!  Classes begin 5/2 and 3... just a few weeks away! Check out the many great class/scheduling options to flow nicely with your life! Signup is super easy online - or contact us through the website if you'd like additional information or to hear a friendly voice in real life. • frankhamiltonschool.org

Atlanta Rock 'n Blues Camp is still taking registrations for their upcoming Summer Camps
Learn how to play in a band and how to create great stage presence.  Sign up for a session now: http://www.rockandbluescamp.com/register.html

Canton Music Shoppe is now taking registrations for their Summer Rock Camps for musicians aged 8-18. Week 1: June 19 - 23, Week 2: June 26 - 30, Performance July 1 at Canton Theatre. Slot are filling up fast so don't delay, more details found here:

Learn to Zydeco Dance!
The Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association is offering beginner Zydeco dancing classes at Darwin's on three consecutive Thursdays starting April 20, April 27, and May 4 from 6:30-8pm. Classes will be instructed by the exuberant Don Baggett, who will provide you with the Zydeco cultural experience while building your confidence on the dance floor. The cost is only $30 for all 3 classes or $10 per class and you will receive a discount to the next ACZA dance on June 10.  Please pre-register for the classes by contacting Don at essex34d@aol.com.  This is open to the public so invite all you friends and family and come have a fun time.  • aczadance.org

Saturday, July 8 – Roux du Bayou Cajun Band
Saturday, August 5 – Terry & The Zydeco Bad Boys
Sunday, September 24 – Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
Saturday, October 7 – Big Easy Playboys

?Click the graphic above to see the winners of the 2016 International Songwriting Competition.
To enter the 2017 ISC go here http://songwritingcompetition.com/submit


  R.I.P. Gregg Allman 1947 - 2017

As the distinctively raw and soulful voice of the Allman Brothers Band, as well as one its main songwriters and keyboard player, Gregg Allman was a major contributor to the movement that became known as southern rock, which included the Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Charlie Daniels Band. Allman, who has died at age 69 after treatment for liver cancer, also enjoyed a long though intermittent career as a solo artist. A recent interview on Dan Rather's cable show “The Big Interview”, gives a fascinating look at Gregg's life and times.


  R.I.P. Ellyn Webb, 1954 - 2017

Ellyn Webb, proprietress of Northside Tavern, passed away Thursday morning.  Today’s service was full of music and stories of friendship, in a room filled with her birth family, her musician family, and all the friends she gathered around her. Ellyn contributed in so many ways to our blues community here in Atlanta, not only at Northside, but also as a founding member of the Atlanta Blues Society and serving on our board for the first five years of our organization.  We appreciate all she did and she will be remembered for many years to come.  She left big shoes to fill.

Please welcome our new venue sponsors:

Montie's Public House
1860 Corporate Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329 (Brookhaven)
  Fanatics Sports Bar
6175 Mableton Pkway SW
Mableton, GA 30126

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