ABS September Gathering & Jam

Our next Monthly Gathering & Jam will be on Sunday September 17, 2017 from 3pm-6pm at Fanatics Sports Bar in Mableton, GA and our host band will be Fatback Deluxe.  Fanatics is one of our newest venue sponsors and they have been getting more and more music in and we are very excited about their Sunday night Blues nights.  Lots of room for everyone and great bar food and drinks.  Fatback Deluxe will be performing the great old blues that they are famous for and there will be plenty of room to dance if the urge strikes you. There will be a jam so bring your instruments and/or voices and show us what you got. Oh, and the Falcons will be playing that night at 8:30pm so stick around and watch the game. BTW, George will have tickets to the Georgia Blues & Roots Festival which will be occuring right down the road on Sept 30, 2017 so make sure to get your tickets from him and save the Ticketmaster fees.

Fanatics Sports Bar • 6175 Mabelton Pkwy SW., Mableton, GA  30126 • 770-745-1000

Fatback Deluxe plays classic American music deeply rooted in 1940’s, 1950’s and early 1960’s blues mixed with original songs. Originally formed in 2002 by Chris “Tipsy” Kramer, the band performs the music with deep respect for all of its tradition, passion, and power. Fatback Deluxe plays the music that they love, and as the living history of blues music is slowly being lost with the passing of our heroes, the band remains committed to keeping the music alive. Fatback Deluxe performs as both a full jumpin’, swinging’, stand up and boogie blues band, and as a quieter, deeper, sit down and tap your toes blues band. Come on and connect with Fatback Deluxe!

Save the Date: 
• Sat, Sep 30, 2017 - Georgia Blues & Roots Festival, Mable House Amphitheatre, Mableton, GA
• Sun, Oct 15, 2017 - Gathering & Jam at Red Light Cafe w/ host band Ira Malkin & the Vipers
• Sat, Nov 11, 2017 - Blues Stotts at Blind Willie's 
• 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 winners

Tickets for the Georgia Blues & Roots Festival are now on sale.
We have 3 levels of seating available: VIP Reserved @ $50 per seat or $300 for a table for 6, Stadium Seating @ $25 and Lawn @ $15. Once again the ABS has reserved the best table seating in our name and is allowing our membership to purchase seating/tickets directly from us. You can pay us in person and reserve your spot without having to pay the TicketMaster fee. In addition early ticket sales help us with cash flow for advertising and other up front costs. Contact George Klein at a monthly Gathering, out and about at a blues show or email him at geoklein1@yahoo.com for other options. Tickets are also available at the Mable House Barnes Box Office or through TicketMaster.

The Arts 4 Houston:

Midtown Atlanta Benefit Concert at the Red Light Café

$10 Suggested Donation •
Doors @ 7 PM

Join a host of Atlanta's amazing performing artists and variety entertainers for an evening of magic, music, comedy, and other performances to benefit Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts in Houston. This is a pay-what-you-can event and all donations will go directly to the Houston Food Bank. Come enjoy a fun evening that will provide needed assistance to hurricane victims.

Hosted by Atlanta magician Joe M. Turner.

  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!


Best Self-Produced CD Award
Each year, since 2005, the Blues Foundation holds a competition for the best Self-Produced CD, in conjunction with the International Blues Challenge in January. The Blues Foundation is looking for high quality blues recordings from "up and coming" artists that might not otherwise reach the International Blues Market. The Atlanta Blues Society, as an affiliate member, is allowed to enter one CD into this competition. The CD must have been released between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017. We will need to get 4 un-opened CDs from you by the deadline in order to be considered. Entries must be received by us or postmarked by October 1, 2017.  Please read the official rules posted below, especially the rules about previously nominated for Blues Music Award criteria. If you would like to submit an entry, please notify us immediately at theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com so we can determine if the CD is indeed eligible for submission and arrange to get the CDs from you.

Deadline for you to submit to the Atlanta Blues Society is October 1, 2017

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.

The Atlanta Blues Challenge was a tremendous success, and with the amount of talent on display it was a tough decision for the judges.  We are very excited for the 1st place winners to represent us at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis in January 2018.  Here are the results of this year's competition:

Youth Category:
   1st Place - No Solution -
they win $400 and will represent us in the Youth Showcase at the IBC in Memphis.

Solo/Duo Category:
   1st Place  - Dos Blues Guys -
they win $300 and will represent us in the Solo/Duo competition at the IBC

Band Category:
   1st Place  - Thunder Gypsy -
they win $750 and will represent us in the Band competition at the IBC
   2nd Place - David T & Friends
   3rd Place - Sole Travelers

People's Choice:
Dani Mac & Company -
they win $250 and will play, with the 1st place winners at our Holiday Party on Dec 3.

Please make your plans now to come to Memphis with us for the IBC and cheer on our acts and see and hear the best new up and coming acts in the competition, as well as prominent touring acts in the showcases.  It's an experience you will never forget but be warned it is addictive, you will want to go again and again.

GABBAfest 2017, September 22-24, at the Douglass Theatre in Macon, GA
Featuring The Freight Train w/ special guests Vaylor & Melody Trucks, Lefty Collins & the No Mercy Band, Royal Johnson, The GABBA Member's Jam.
http://www.gabbafest.org/ Join the group for up to date information...

The Daytona Blues Festival is October 6-8, 2017  and takes place at the conveniently located Jackie Robinson Ball Park where patrons sit under the canopy of the stadium type seating so you can get out of the elements if need be.  Early Bird ticket prices are in effect until September 4, 2017 at 8:59pm so make sure to get your tickets now for this fabulous 3 day event in Daytona Beach.  The lineup this year is great and includes Marsha Ball, Carolyn Wonderland, Joe Louis Walker, Tinsley Ellis, Victor Wainwright, and so many more.  Pre-fest and after-fest Parties make it even more fun and you never know who will turn up to play and jam.  For all the details and to get your Early Bird Tickets go to:  http://daytonabluesfestival.com/

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/

Next Term 8/29 - New Classes! You can now preview (and sign up for) new specialty classes that start August 29th: Songwriting, Blues & Jazz Ensemble, and Harmonica.  Click here for more information: http://frankhamiltonschool.org/classes-teachers-register/

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!
The Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association is offering beginner Zydeco dancing classes at Darwin's on three consecutive Thursdays starting April 20, April 27, and May 4 from 6:30-8pm. Classes will be instructed by the exuberant Don Baggett, who will provide you with the Zydeco cultural experience while building your confidence on the dance floor. The cost is only $30 for all 3 classes or $10 per class and you will receive a discount to the next ACZA dance on June 10.  Please pre-register for the classes by contacting Don at essex34d@aol.com.  This is open to the public so invite all you friends and family and come have a fun time.  • aczadance.org

Sunday, September 24 – Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
Saturday, October 7 – Big Easy Playboys

The Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association is proud to welcome to Atlanta, the Grammy-winning Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band.  Chubby Carrier had recorded a dozen albums and headlined major Cajun-Zydeco festivals across the country for the past twenty years. A third-generation Zydeco musician and consummate showman, Chubby and the band mix the traditional accordion and washboard boogie with dashes of '70s funk, spices of classic R&B, and swampy covers of song classics. Whether you want to dance or just want to listen, come on down to the Dorothy Benson Center on September 24 for a rocking good time! Concert and Dance from 4-7pm, Free Zydeco Dance Lesson 3-4pm w/ admission, $14 for ACZA members & active military, $18 for non members, $5 for students. Authentic Cajun for for sale from Fusions Catering, no cash bar. • http://www.aczadance.org/

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