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. We will be starting at 1 pm and will end about 9pm. To help offset costs of the challenge we will be charging $10 for ABS members and $15 for non-members at the door, cash only. Parking on Sundays is only $5 at specified lots close to the Hard Rock. 
We have been accepting applications and hope to have 12 acts competing.  The Youth acts will perform first, then the Solo/Duo acts, then the Bands.  We will be in the Hard Rock’s state of the art music room and servers will be taking orders for food & drink and a full bar is in the same room. The winners will win the following prize money to help with their trip to Memphis: 

• Band - $750
• Solo/Duo - $300
• Youth - $400

There will also be a prize of $250 rewarded for People’s Choice which will be determined by voting of the paying patrons at the event. Make sure to get a ballot when you pay at the door.  Come on out and root for your favorites and see the best up and coming blues acts in the area.
For questions about the Atlanta Blues Challenge contact us at theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com.


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 john@gdfdpc.com 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 mwstamper39@gmail.com, if you want to volunteer for that type of muscular work-out.

July Gathering & Jam
Our July meeting was just like our June meeting, hot, hot, hot.  The Barn Smokehouse is a great venue, with a large patio area built onto the original building and it was a little steamy out there. However, they did have several fans on top turned on high and one our blues ambassador, Wallace Mobley, rigged up on the floor in a back corner, which was the spot to be.   Our hardy Blues fans did not let the heat stop them from enjoying a great set of music from our host band Stiff Kitty and a hot jam after that.   We filled the place up and ate lots of delicious barbecue and drank lots of cold beer, iced tea and sodas. The owners of the Barn Smokehouse were in attendance and plan to have more music there soon, so be sure to check them out if you are in the Lilburn area.  After a while, some clouds moved in and blew up a little bit of a breeze which made things much better.  We had lots of raffles going on and our raffle angels, Becky and Sandy, did a great job getting around to everyone and explaining all of the raffle items.  We started selling raffle tickets for an exclusive Blues & BBQ Festival Cabin giveaway (see below for more details) which will be given away at the Aug 23 Atlanta Blues Challenge at the Hard Rock Cafe.  The raffle items we gave away at the meeting included 2 weekend passes to the Daytona Blues Festival (Bennie Mobley was the lucky winner), 2 sets of tickets to the play Chasin' Dem Blues, 2 stacks of CDs and 2 tickets to the Brian Wright show at Serenbe at Chattahoochee Hills, GA.  All in all, a  great time was had by everyone, despite the heat.

We raffled 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.  We will also had 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.

Next month we will not have a monthly Gathering and Jam, but instead will hold the Atlanta Blues Challenge at the Hard Rock cafe in downtown Atlanta. 
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 at Steve's Live Music, Host Band - Lola
·  Saturday October 17, 2015 - ABS Monthly Gathering at Darwin's, Host Band - Noonday Blue
·  Saturday November 7, 2015 - ABS presents Blues Stotts at Blind Willie's in honor of Larry Stotts
·  Sunday November 15, 2015 - ABS Monthly Gathering & Jam, Venue & Host Band TBA
·  Sunday December 6, 2015 - ABS Holiday Party, Venue TBA, Blues Challenge winners to play

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 theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com 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.

This just in: we now have 2 tickets to the Brian Wright show at Chattahoochee Hills, Serenbe presented by Chatt Hills Music on Saturday, August 15, 2015, to raffle off.  Talented singer/songwriter Brian Wright will be playing at a secret Serenbe location (will be revealed after ticket purchase) at Chattahoochee Hills, GA. Brian is touring for his new CD Rattle Their Chains. "Wright has a reputation as an amazing live performer who doesn't so much sing his songs as he leans into them, rides them bareback...telegraphs them with the intensity of Steve Earle and the go get 'em spirit of a locomotive driver feeding one more coal scoop to his steam engine." http://www.chatthillsmusic.com/brian-wright


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

See more at: http://www.blues.org/2015/05/36th-blues-music-awards-winners/

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