It’s been a rainy spring in Atlanta, so come and get rid of those rain day blues with the Atlanta Blues Society. The ABS monthly meeting and jam will be held on Sunday, May 19 from 3pm-6pm at Nik’s Place in Marietta. The host band will feature one of our newest musician members, Mary Raindrop, and her band which includes Mike Lowry, Mike Holley and Bryan Hall. So come on out and let Mary and her band clear the skies and chase your rainy day blues away. Bring your instruments for jamming and come hungry, Nik’s has great food specializing in Greek fare. Bring a friend, neighbor, family member, or anyone looking to have fun on a Sunday afternoon. Please be aware that Nik’s does allow smoking around the bar area, although the rest of the restaurant is non-smoking.
The Atlanta Blues Society, as an Blues Affiliate have 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.
Acoustic Album - Not Alone – Ann Rabson w/ Bob Margolin
Acoustic Artist- Eric Bibb
Album of the Year - Show of Strength – Michael Burks
B.B. King Entertainer - Curtis Salgado
Band - Tedeschi Trucks Band
Best New Artist Debut - They Call Me Big Llou – Big Llou Johnson
Contemporary Blues Album - Show of Strength – Michael Burks
Contemporary Blues Female Artist- Janiva Magness
Contemporary Blues Male Artist - Tab Benoit
DVD (Eagle Rock) – Muddy Waters & Rolling Stones, Live at Checkerboard
Gibson Guitar Award - Derek Trucks
Instrumentalist-Bass - Bob Stroger
Instrumentalist-Drums - Cedric Burnside
Instrumentalist-Harmonica - Rick Estrin
Instrumentalist-Horn - Eddie Shaw
Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female) - Ruthie Foster
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player - Victor Wainwright
Rock Blues Album - Everybody’s Talkin’ – Tedeschi Trucks Band
Song - “I Wont Cry” by Janiva Magness & Dave Darling – Stronger For It
Soul Blues Album - Soul Shot – Curtis Salgado
Soul Blues Female Artist - Irma Thomas
Soul Blues Male Artist - Curtis Salgado
Traditional Blues Album - Double Dynamite – The Mannish Boys
ABS April Meeting & Jam
It was a beautiful spring day last Sunday when lots and lots of ABS members gathered at D.B.A. Barbecue to hear host band Georgia Flood with very special guests, Ms. Beverly Watkins and Larry Griffith on drums. Thanks to everyone who came out and thanks to those who got up and played – it was a great jam.
Please help us Welcome the New
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
of The Atlanta Blues Society
Joseph Jones (Chicago Joe)
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