ABS December Annual Holiday Party
The Atlanta Blues Society Annual Holiday Party and Toys for Tots Drive will be held at Westside Cultural Arts Center and will take place on Sunday, Dec 14, 2014, from 2:30-6:30pm. JP Blues, winner of the Atlanta Blues Challenge (ABC) in the band category, will be our host band. Also on hand to entertain us will be the Youth band, Scene of the Crime, the ABC People’s Choice winner, GHP, the ABC Youth winner, and Blind Cadillac, ABC Solo/Duo winner.
Once again we will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Marine's Toys for Tots campaign. We will also have an open jam, so please bring your instruments and voices to help us spread Holiday cheer, blues style. We will have some yummy food, and the venue will have a cash bar available. This is a non-smoking venue, so do not hesitate to bring the kids. We will not be sending out an evite this year, due to the many problems we had last year, however please go to the facebook event and let us know if you will be attending or if you are not on Facebook, send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the dates:
Jan 18, 2015 – ABS Monthly Gathering and Jam, Red Light Café, host band to be announced
Jan 20-24, 2015 – International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN
Feb 15, 2015 - ABS Monthly Gathering and Jam, Blind Willie’s, Delta Moon and Board Elections
Mar 15, 2015 - ABS Monthly Gathering and Jam, venue & host band to be announced
ABS November Meeting & Jam It was cold outside but it smoking hot on the inside of Darwin's Burgers and Blues in Marietta, GA. Our host band, Billy George featuring Billy George, Marvelous Marvin and Larry Griffith got us started off right with blues to keep us warm and toasty. Darwin's will be serving up their great food and drinks and making sure we were well satiated. Thanks to everyone who brought canned and boxed food we were able to get a large amount of food for the local food bank. A few short words from our Co-President George and we were on to the jam and what a jam it was! We had more drummers than we could shake a stick at and the talent in the room was incredible. Bridget Kelly and Tim Fik from the Bridget Kelly band drove all the way up from Gainesville, FL just to be in the jam. Hurricane Red & Dr. Poppa from the Sweet & Salty band were there. Young sensation Cody Matlock impressed everybody there and graciously gave up his guitar so Jeff Jensen, of the national touring act The Jeff Jensen Band could play. Jeff brought up the drop dead gorgeous and mesmerizing Lauren Mitchell who had performed the night before at Darwin’s. All we can is WOW. It was a fabulous afternoon at Darwin’s that those who were there will always remember. Then to top it all off EG Kight performed later that night to a packed house at Darwin’s. Whew… what a day – and night!
There is a $5 discount code for Atlanta Blues Society members and it is ABS. To redeem, simply go to www.bradentonbluesfestival.org/tickets/, click Buy Tickets Online, then type ABS in the Promo Code box and click Find Promo Code.
3rd Annual Bradenton Blues Festival along the Riverwalk December 6, 2014 • Gates open at 10:00 AM
452 3rd Avenue West Bradenton, Florida 34205
ABS Bluescast is going strong! We've had the stream on line for a month and we have gone to
#19 of all blues stations on the web
and #1000 of all stations (out of 8,000 stations).
We are being listened to in 39 countries around the globe. We are being Listened to in 33 out of the 50 states throughout the country.
In the last 30 days we have had 1306 Hours of listening time on our station! ALL Local artists with New releases are getting 48 Spins Each on the Roots Music Report Radio Charts.
The Atlanta Blues Society, as a Blues Affiliate has 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.
Foundation operations began there on July 5, 2011. With the first phase completed, The Blues Foundation continues to pursue its goal: a home that enhances the ability to carry out its mission.
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