Our February Monthly Gathering and Jam will be on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Blind Willie's from 3pm-6pm. We are very pleased to report that our host band will be Delta Moon. This is our yearly membership renewal meeting and we will have a membership table set up to take your renewals, please bring your Membership Card with you as we will have 2015 renewal stickers to hand out. You may also renew online at: atlantabluessociety.org/membership.html by clicking on the appropriate 'Add to Cart' button. We will also be having elections for the new Board of Directors at this meeting so please be ready to vote and if you are interested in being on the board see message below for details of how to throw your hat into the ring. We will be raffling off another two 3-Day Passes to the Benji's Bluesdoggle Festival (March 20-22, New Smyrna Beach, FL) and another bottle of Cathead Vodka and some CD packages. We will also be having a jam, although it may be a short one because of all the other things going on.
ABS Monthly Gathering & Jam Our January Monthly Gathering at the Red Light Cafe was wonderful. Cody Matlock and his band really put on a show, this young man just keeps getting better and better. We had lots of jammers and they made some great music. Ellen and crew served up some tasty food and drinks. Benny Mobley won the two 3-day passes to Benji's Bluesdoggle Festival in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and we also gave away a special bottle of flavored Cat Head Vodka and several CD packages. Thanks to everyone who participated in the raffles which benefit our Blue Flame Fund.
Our February Monthly Gathering and Jam will be on Sunday, February 15,2015 at Blind Willie's from 3pm-6pm. We are very pleased to report that our host band will be Delta Moon. This is our yearly membership renewal meeting and we will have a membership table set up to take your renewals, please bring your Membership Card with you as we will have 2015 renewal stickers to hand out. You may also renew online at atlantabluessociety.org/membership.html by clicking on the appropriate 'Add to Cart' button.
We will be raffling off another two 3-Day Passes to the Benji's Bluesdoggle festival (March 20-22, New Smyrna Beach, FL) and another bottle of Cathead Vodka and some CD packages. We will also be having a jam, although it may be a short one because of all the other things going on. http://www.blindwilliesblues.com/ http://www.deltamoon.com/
Save the date:
Feb 15, 2015 – ABS Monthly Gathering and Jam, Blind Willie’s, Delta Moon to host and Board Elections to take place
Mar 15, 2015 – ABS Monthly Gathering and Jam, venue and band to be announced.
31st International Blues Challenge
The 31st International Blues Challenge was a super event and the Atlanta Blues Society wants to thank the fantastic ambassadors we sent to represent us. We are once again tremendously proud of all three of our participants. The JP Blues band put on scorching performances in the quarter and semi finals. They were definitely one of the tightest and most polished bands on Beale Street. At least two of their judges from the quarter finals came to watch them in the semi finals and were surprised when they weren't selected to go to the finals. Blind Cadillac gave two very strong performances in the quarter finals, but as luck would have it, their venue had some very talented performers. Three of the acts that were selected from their venue went all the way to the finals and one came in second. GHP made us all proud of them and our youth program by giving the crowd an excellent performance in the youth showcase. They received many accolades from the crowd. There was a lot going in Memphis besides the competition. There were several showcases that highlighted many touring acts and of course the jams were fantastic. There were several gatherings and benefits for the Hart Fund that highlighted regional acts, such as the Canadians and the Asian contingent. We thoroughly enjoyed all of it and can’t wait until next year which the dates are set for January 26-30, 2016. – Your President and Co-President, Barb Hilke and George Klein
Here are the acts that placed in the Finals:
1st Place-Eddie Cotton – Vicksburg Blues Society
2nd Place-Noah Witherspoon – Dayton Blues Society
3rd Place-Nico Wayne Toussant – So Calif Blues Society
1st Place-Randy McQuay – Cape Fear Blues Society
2nd Place-Brian Keith Wallen – Dayton Blues Society
Best Self Produced CD Award – Ultra Fine Blues Band – Grafton Blues Society
Lee Oskar Harmonica Award – Nico Wayne Toussant – So Calif Blues Society
Best Guitarist, Solo/Duo – Cigar Box- Ben Rice – Ashland Blues Society
Best Guitarist Bands – Gibson 335 – Noah Witherspoon – Dayton Blues Society
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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