March ABS Meeting
The March meeting and jam will be on Sunday, March 16th, 3-6 pm, at Shorty’s Pizza (not at the Red Light Café as previously announced). The host band will be Leonard Blush, a perfect blend of danceable, high-energy blues and blues-rock music! Shorty's Pizza is close to downtown Tucker and just a few miles outside I-285 on Lawrenceville Highway aka Hwy 29.
The Daytona Blues Festival has graciously provided us with 2 three day passes to the Festival on October 10, 11, 12, 2014. We will have raffle tickets available at the next 3 meetings, March, April and May and will choose the winner at the May meeting. Make sure to check your calendars now to see if you can attend. You must be a member of the ABS and you will not be required to be present to win.
3701 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, GA. 30084
The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research will have a representative at the meeting available to answer any questions about the Affordable Care Act. We feel it is important to have someone educated in the ACA who can help you understand it and advise you on how to sign up without having to endure political discussions! Please get your questions together to ask our wonderful volunteer, Bill Swing, on Sunday! Thank you to the ABS for allowing us to come.
February ABS Meeting
As usual, the February annual meeting at Blind Willie’s was well attended and the Sweet and Salty Blues Band got things off to a great start. New ABS merchandise was unveiled, memberships were renewed, and our hosts at Blind Willie’s took good care of everyone… of course! The member jam was also excellent… you had to be there or just take my word for it.
Honorary Lifetime Memberships and
Blues Ambassador Awards
At the ABS annual meeting at Blind Willie's on Feb 16, 17 WRFG DJ's were awarded with honorary lifetime memberships awards for their volunteer work to keep the blues alive. Certificates were handed out at the meeting and lifetime memberships are in process. If you don't already listen to WRFG, please tune in at 89.3 FM or online at http://www.wrfg.org/ Good Morning Blues shows are weekdays in the morning drive-time hours, 6-10 am, and various other shows broadcast blues or blues related music: Doo Wop and Rhythm, Saturdays, 9-11 am; Route 66, Sundays, 7-9 am; and Louisiana Gumbo, Sundays, 1-3 pm .
A new award that we have set up is the Blues Ambassador of the Year award and the receipient will receive a free one year membership to the Atlanta Blues Society. This award will be awarded to the member who goes out into the community and talks about the Atlanta Blues Society, bringing in members and especially sponsors. All you have to do is talk us up to venues, businesses and blues fans you encounter and encourage them to join us in our mission to support the blues in the Atlanta area. This year's award went to Mr. Wallace Mobley for his continuous support of the ABS and his ability to communicate our mission to interested parties. He is responsible for us getting 4 venue sponsors and several new members and all he had to do was talk us up. He also helped us out with our Atlanta Blues Challenge, Christmas party and charitable work. Will you be next year’s Blues Ambassador?
Zac Adams: 1979-2014
It is with great sadness and the deepest regrets that Blind Willie’s informs you of the passing of our friend and colleague, Zac Adams.
Zac was a devoted employee of Blind Willies for 14 years, a good friend, a loving son, and a founding member of BGG!
We truly believe that he is in a better and happier place but... We will still miss him.
If you wish to make a donation to help defray the funeral and service expenses, please click on the following link:
The following arrangements have been made for Sunday, March 9th, at Blind Willies:
2pm... A "Private" Memorial Service for Zac Adams
3pm... "A Gospel Tribute to Zac"
Have you renewed your membership?
One lucky person will win a new ABS shirt!
February is our membership renewal month. The Atlanta Blues Society is offering a free Denim shirt to one lucky winner who will be chosen from all of you who renew your membership by Feb 28. (This is the great looking new dark denim ABS shirt that was shown at the meeting.) Renew online at our website, or print and mail the form to our P.O. Box postmarked by Feb 28 to be eligible to win. Everyone who renewed at the February meeting is eligible to win.
ATLANTA BLUES FESTIVAL AND BENEFIT
CHICKEN RAID 2014 ANNOUNCED
The Chicken Raid is an annual two-day music festival and benefit honoring the late Atlanta country blues legend Mr. Frank Edwards (1909-2002). The Chicken Raid offers a range of regional, national, and international talents. Proceeds from this year's festival will benefit the Edwards' estate and offset recent medical expenses of Beverly "Guitar" Watkins.
2014 performers include first generation musical pioneers Beverly “Guitar" Watkins, Eddie Tigner, Albert White, and Essie Mae Brooks. Additional highlights include Italian guitarist Andrea "Tito" Esposito, Charleston SC's Rockabilly queen Skye Paige, Washington DC's Sol, Michelle Malone, The Rockaholics, Lola, Sammy Blue, and Mudcat, to name a few.
The event will be held on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23 at Northside Tavern in Atlanta, GA, located at 1058 Howell Mill Rd. Phone is 404-874-8745. Tickets will be available at the door and are $15 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday. BBQ plates from Fat Matt's Rib Shack will be available both days for $5.
Music begins at 2PM, and Sunday kicks off with an acoustic gospel invitational. Children are welcome in the afternoons.
A community website has been designed for this event, featuring footage of Mr. Edwards performing his classic tune 'Chicken Raid.' Please visit facebook.com/thechickenraid.
Born in Washington County, GA, Frank Edwards left home at 14 to play guitar and harmonica alongside Tampa Red and Tommy McClennan. He recorded eight sides for OKeh in 1941 with Washboard Sam and upon being discharged from the Army in 1949 he recorded several sides for Regal. Frank spent the next few decades playing on street corners, juke joints and restaurants before hitting the festival circuit during the folk revival of the 1960's. In 1972, Edwards recorded the album "Done Some Travelin'" produced by Pete Lowry for the Trix label. When not onstage, the iconic "Mr. Frank" was a familiar face at the clubs, supporting other blues musicians in Atlanta. In 2002, Edwards recorded a CD of new songs and set favorites, Chicken Raid, for the Music Maker label.
Beverly "Guitar" Watkins began her professional career in 1959 as a rhythm guitarist in Piano Red?s band, where she worked with James
Brown, Ray Charles, and B.B. King, and has never stopped performing.
Whether she is playing her guitar behind her head and belting out blues songs, or slowing it down with her original gospel melodies, Beverly is one-of-a-kind.
From Blues To The Power Of Love:
Atlanta Cyclorama Celebrates Women In March
“We continue our commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta with two engaging events in March,” says Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “We’ll explore the history of the Blues with the brilliant and revealing documentary Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues on March 6, and host a conversation about Civil War love stories with Wench author Dolen Perkins-Valdez on March 13. Both events are free and open to the public. If you are planning a meet-up with friends, ladies night, or just looking for something different to do, join us!”
Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues - Free screening on Thursday, March 6 at 7 pm
The Blues is an art form born out of African American economic and social conditions of the early-twentieth century. It is rooted in the spirituals, field hollers and work songs of enslaved and sharecropper African Americans. Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues documents the lives and times of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters and other legendary African American women who made the Blues a vital part of African American culture.
The documentary not only chronicles the history of the Blues and the women who sang this powerful music, it also traces how the Blues provided important cultural ties for the many African Americans who left the rural south and migrated to northern cities during the Great Migration (1915-1940). It also shows the cultural shifts of the 1930’s and how the Blues gave way to Swing and other more upbeat music genres.
After the film, historian and educator Nasir Muhammad will lead the audience in a facilitated dialogue. Mr. Muhammad has written and lectured about Morehouse College history, Dr. Georgia Dwelle, Dinah Watts Pace, Theodore “Tiger” Flowers and David T. Howard, among others.
ABS January Meeting and Jam
Our January monthly meeting was heating up the great music room at Locals Bar & Grill in Acworth, GA. The host band, Jim Nicolletta's Rhythm Raiders, were bringing it and the wait staff was working hard to keep us happy and satisfied with good food and drink. We gave away 2 sets of tickets to the Tommy Castro show and Linda Kelly and Olivia Jones McKeever were the happy winners. The jam was outstanding, best ever and we even had a blues flute player. We were informed and want to make sure that you know that Locals will be moving at the beginning of next month just up the street to the old Justabar location, 6380 Bells Ferry Rd, Acworth GA 30102. The name will stay Locals and there will still be lots of music going on there. The Sunday and Tuesday night jams will still be happening plus there will be lots of outdoor seating for the warmer months coming up.
30th International Blues Challenge Winners
Memphis, TN (January 25, 2014) - The 30th International Blues Challenge (IBC)--the world's largest gathering of blues acts—concluded its five-day run on world famous Beale Street in downtown Memphis with a full day of performances before a full house at the Orpheum Theatre. Narrowed from a record 255 acts from 40 states and 16 countries (and four continents), the 8 solo/ duo and 9 band finalists vied for the top prizes before an esteemed panel of judge . Here are the results:
1st Place: Mr. Sipp - Vicksburg Blues Society
2nd Place: Ghost Town Blues Band - Memphis Blues Society
3rd Place: Billy the Kid & Regulators - Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania
Gibson Guitarist (top guitarist among band finalists): Mr. Sipp Vicksburg Blues Society
1st Place: Tim Williams Calgary Blues Music Association
2nd Place: Lucious Spiller Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas Inc.
St. Blues Guitarist (top guitarist among solo/duo finalists): Tim Williams Calgary Blues Music Association
Lee Oskar Harmonica Player (top harmonica player among semi-finalists): Jerome Godboo (Toronto Blues Society)
Best Self-Produced CD: Account to Me - Hank Mowery (West Michigan Blues Society)
The Cazanovas made it the Semi-Finals and The Timo Arthur Duo and the Youth Band, Abraham Lincoln and the Log Lawyers both put on excellent sets for the Memphis fans. We are very proud of all of them.
MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker, GA
Welcome to our newest "Friend of the ABS" Sponsor, MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker, GA. Say thank you when you join them for live music Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. http://msttucker.com/
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.
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.
Be sure to visit the following social networking sites:
(or, just go to Facebook and search the Atlanta Blues Society)
Check out the new CD reviews from Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro
in our Review section.
The Atlanta Blues Society has a new address, please send all mail to:
The Atlanta Blues Society
P.O. Box 146
Tucker, GA 30085-0146
Our only email address is
From time to time we will move older items from the front page to the Archives Page.
If there is an item you would like to review and you don’t see it here, check the archives!
We need your help. Please Click Here to eMail us -
to volunteer or come to our next meeting!