In the summer of 2008, a group of legendary bluesmen, some of the last surviving members of the Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters bands, were brought together by director Scott Rosenbaum for a cameo appearance in his feature film, The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Hubert Sumlin were cast for their authenticity and ability to underscore the film’s critical subplot, the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll through the blues. During breaks in production, these bluesmen thrilled Rosenbaum with their tales of a lifetime spent on the road. First hand accounts of experiences with the mythical Robert Johnson, the larger-than-life Howlin’ Wolf, the seminal Muddy Waters and disciples such as Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones got the director’s creative wheels spinning. Between takes, Sumlin called Rosenbaum over to the bandstand and prophetically told him of his feeling that they would be working together again. In an instant, an idea that had been germinating with the director for years took root. “Sidemen” will be screened in only one theatre in Atlanta in October: Plaza Theatre, 10/13 - 10/19.

October Gathering & Jam
Our next monthly Gathering & Jam will be on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 3pm-6pm at Red Light Cafe with host band Ira Malkin & the Vipers.  Welcome the cooler weather and autumn leaves with us at the Red Light Cafe near Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Ira Malkin and the Vipers will entertain you with their traditional style blues with unique vocals. The Red Light is a cozy, intimate venue with a great selection of craft beer and a menu of appetizers, entrees, and desserts sure to please your picky pickin' palate.  We will have a jam, so make sure to bring you instruments and/or voice and show us what you got.  •  https://www.facebook.com/events/134609667163958

Save the Date: 
• Sat, Nov 11, 2017 - Blues Stotts at Blind Willie's w/ Jeff Jenson, The Cazanovas and more!
• Sun, Nov 19, 2017 - Gathering & Jam at Madlife, Woodstock w/ hosts Sweet & Salty Blues Band
• Sun, Dec 3, 2017 - Holiday Party at Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Center, w/ ABC winner

Get ready for this year’s “Blues Stotts” benefit and memorial at Blind Willie’s, Saturday, November 11. This is a musical celebration to honor the life of Larry Stotts. A great day of music, fellowship and raffles to Benefit Cystic Fibrosis – a cause dear to Larry’s heart. Doors open at 1:30, and there will be music from four amazing bands: first, a set from Garrett Collins & Bennie Mobley. Next up, the always-swingin’ Cazanovas. followed by a set from the Clarksdale Regulators. The day will be headlined by Jeff Jenson. Cover is $15, and they will roll out Larry’s famous red beans & rice around 5 pm. This is a non-smoking event (except for the music!).

The second annual Georgia Blues N Roots Festival was a show no one who loves live music and the Blues should have missed. The day opened with Rae and the Royal Peacocks followed by a special show case led by Little G Weevil's band, joined by Danny Vinson and Maurice Nazzaro with special guests, Eddie Tigner and Sandra Hall. At the end of their performance the ABS presented both Eddie and Sandra with Georgia Music Legends Awards. The Broadcast kept the crowd cheering while Tinsley Ellis and Bernard Allison finished off the spectacular evening. Ginger and Louis Norvell won the $1000 Big Green Egg package presented by Bob Atkinson while the signed Epiphone SG guitar was won by Toni Stanfill and Frank Gallo, who just became our newest members. Thanks to all of your board members and volunteers, especially Rich L'Hommedieu and Dustin Peterson for keeping the music going and back stage moving like clockwork and Wes Gifford for showing up early to get the vendors set up. Special thanks to all who attended and made this years festival even a bigger success than last years.  Two years in the black – Way to Go!

It's time to get your Cruise raffle tickets! Once again the South Florida Blues Society will be raffling off a cabin for two on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. LRBC #30 departs from Fort Lauderdale on February 4, 2018. Seven days of fantastic performances and once in a lifetime experiences could be yours. Tickets are $20 and only 500 tickets will be sold. For more information go to :  http://www.soflablues.org/

  When was the last time…

... you clicked the “Reviews” link on the guitar neck over on the left? Because the great Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro (whose home base is: www.mary4music.com) supplies the ABS with an on-going series of reviews of all the best new CD releases from blues artists – some you know, and some you wish you knew! Seriously, it’s a treasure trove. For detailed reviews of new releases by Benny Turner, John Spear, Greasy Gravy, Karen Lovely, King Bee and so many more, give it a click!

Next term starts 10/24, check it out!  Register now.  Classes on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.  Other options available.  •  http://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

Learn to Zydeco Dance!
Beginner Zydeco Classes – October 19 & 26, Darwin's Sandy Springs. Ready for a new dance experience or want to polish you current dance skills?  Bring your friends along (and make new friends) in this informal class. You're guaranteed to have a good time. Two consecutive Thursday nights, Oct 19 & 26 from 6:30pm-8pm. • http://www.aczadance.org/

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