April Meeting & Jam
Well, if you let the weather keep you away from The Arena Tavern last Sunday for the ABS Gathering, you missed another amazing turn out and show. Although it may have been raining outside, Thunder Gypsy blew the crowd away and was surely reigning inside. Even though the patio was packed to the gills with music lovers, Taryn Phillips and her staff did an excellent job of keeping everyone fed and in good spirits. Michael Miller came in from another event and served up free drinks to the enthusiastic crowd. After the jam, Thunder Gypsy tuned up and finished the show with several more songs. Thank you for the continued support of Your Blues Society.

ThunderGypsy's sound can best be described as soulful rocking Blues, covering an eclectic mix of music that spans the decades. The spirit of the Gypsies is evident in their music as they take you on a musical road trip from Atlanta’s Southern Soul to the rockin’ Blues of Macon, Ga., from the classic sound of the Memphis Blues along the streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter and even up to Chicago and St. Louis for their rocking electric Blues. We will have a jam after Thunder Gypsy's set so please bring your instruments and/or voices and show us what you got.

Save the Date:
• Saturday, May 6 - Blind Willie McTell Festival, Thomson, GA (see Calendar)
• Sunday, May 21 - ABS Gathering & Jam, venue & host band to be decided
• Saturday, June 17 - Norcross Bluesberry Festival
• Sunday, June 25 - ABS Gathering & Jam, venue & host band to be decided
• Sunday, July 16 - ABS Gathering & Jam, venue & host band to be decided
• 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

ABS Blues Bus to Blind Willie McTell Festival
Unfortunately we did not get enough people to sign up for the bus trip to the Blind Willie McTell Festival, so we are going to have to cancel the bus.  However we encourage everyone to attend this great festival, you can get discounted tickets on the website if you buy before the Festival, or just buy tickets at the gate on the day of the fest.

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

The 2017 Atlanta Blues Society
Board of Directors:

George Klein - President, Sponsorship Chair
Carlin Smith - Vice President, Merchandise Chair
Sara George - Treasurer
Barb Hilke - Secretary, Board Liaison to Bus Committee Chair Crystal Moss (member)
Deb Pruett - Membership Chair
Wes Gifford - Publicity Chair
Dustin Peterson - Social Media Chair
Dave Black - Monthly Gathering Chair
Rich L'Hommedieu - Blues in the School Chair
The board started their 2 year term on March 1, 2017. See their pictures and bios on the Board of Directors Page of our website.

Now, we need your help, if you would like to serve on one of the committees or be a volunteer at our events please let us know either at one of our gatherings or send us an email at: theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com


  Lonnie Brooks, 1933 - 2017

With the deepest sadness, we the Baker Brooks family announce the passing of our father, Legendary Blues musician Lonnie Brooks at the age of 83 in Chicago, IL on 4/1/17. Please respect the family's privacy during this time of grief. 



  James Cotton, 1935 - 2017

The Atlanta Blues Society mourns the passing of James Cotton, inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame in 2006. We join the rest of the blues world in sending condolences to his family. May his spirit live on through his wonderful music.



  Chuck Berry, 1926 - 2017

The Atlanta Blues Society mourns the passing of Chuck Berry, inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame in 1985 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award that same year. He was one of the first to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.  We join the rest of the blues world in sending condolences to his family. May his spirit live on through his wonderful music.


2017 International Blues Challenge
There aren't enough superlatives to tell Rae and The Royal Peacocks, Dos Blues Guys and Garrett Collins how very proud we are of their performances and demeanor in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis last week. Rebekah, Danny, Valerie, Art and Harold totally blew everyone away with both of their sets in the Quarter finals and were equally superb in the Semi's. Andy was excellent and when Bennie lit into his Chicken Hot Dog song one of the judges went hysterical. Garrett wowed the onlookers with his guitar playing and original music. The 50 or so ABS members in attendance cheered them on and were quite vocal about where they were from, as one of the venue coordinators announced "Atlanta is in the house". What a great group of ambassadors. Congratulations!! - George Klein
2017 IBC Finalists
Best Self-Produced CD - High Temperature, JW Jones, Ottawa Blues Society.  Georgia connection, Chuck Leavell wrote the liner notes
Best Acoustic Guitar - Al Hill, Nashville Blues Society
2nd Place Solo/duo - Brody Buster's One Man Band, Kansas City Blues Society
1st Place Solo/Duo - Al Hill, Nashville Blues Society
Harp Award - Brody Buster, Kansas City Blues Society
Gibson Albert King Guitar Award - Ben Racine w/ the Dawn Tyler Watson Band
3rd Place Band - Rae Gordon & the Backstreet Drivers, Cascade Blues Association
2nd Place Band - The Soulz Band ft Sugar & Spice, Suncoast Blues Society
1st Place Band - Dawn Tyler Watson, Montreal Blues Society

Please welcome our new reciprocal sponsor:
the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association.

The Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association (ACZA, Inc) is a volunteer-run 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit corporation in Georgia.  We are dedicated to promoting and educating the public about the dance, music, and culture of the Cajun and Creole people of Louisiana.  We sponsor local Cajun and Zydeco dances monthly and promote regional events where Cajun, Zydeco and other danceable music is happening. We offer free dance lessons and have food catered in for our dances.   We normally hold our local dances at the Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., Sandy Springs GA 30328.  Come and dance the night away with us.

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The Atlanta Blues Society
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Tucker, GA 30085-0146
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