May Gathering & Jam
Our next Gathering and Jam will be on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Shorty's Pizza in Tucker, GA from 3pm-6pm, with host band Sole Travelers. Shorty's is one of our favorite places with great food and drinks, friendly service, and great atmosphere.  It's non-smoking so bring the kids.  Sole Travelers has been a Sponsor Musician for over a year now and I (Barb here) finally got to see them recently.  I can attest that they put on a great show.  The band is great and lead singer Jeanie Marie is fantastic, similar to Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Bramblett but with a unique sound of her very own.  This band is on the way to become a top music act in Atlanta and beyond so come and see them now.  We’re looking forward to a great Gathering and Jam and hope to see you there. Stay tuned for more details.
Shorty's Pizza, 3701 Lawrenceville Hwy., Tucker, GA 30084
Sole Travelers –

Save the Date:
•        Saturday, June 18,  Bluesberry & Beer Festival, Norcross, GA
•        Sunday, June 26, Monthly Gathering at Moonshadow Tavern, Way Back Band hosts
•        Sunday, July 17, Monthly Gathering at Napoleon’s (tentatively), host band TBA
•        Sunday, August 21, The Atlanta Blues Challenge at Hard Rock Cafe
___Saturday October 1, 2016, Georgia Music Fest at Mable House Barnes Amphitheater
•       Saturday, November 12, Blues Stotts 2016 at Blind Willie’s

The James Brown Family Birthday Bash
When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Where:  Augusta Common in Downtown Augusta (Broad St between 8th & 9th)
Free General Admission (Limited VIP - $65 Advance / $75 Day of Show)
The James Brown Family Birthday Bash will reunite thirteen members of the James Brown Band with some very special guests one week from today on the birthday of the Godfather of Soul Tuesday, May 3. Special guests include Sharon Jones, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ty Taylor (Vintage Trouble), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Nasty Delicious), Gavin Hamilton (Funk You) and Greg Hester. This unique ensemble of world-class and award winning musicians will now be free to the public thanks to the generosity of title sponsor, Copenhaver Consulting.

ABS Presents The Georgia Music Festival
Your board of directors is proud to announce that we are going to have The Georgia Music Festival on Saturday, October 1st, 2016, at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheater. Exact times and complete line up will come out as soon as we iron out artists schedules, but plan on it starting around 11 am and ending by 10:30 pm, which is the curfew there. We have commitments from Jarekus Singleton, Big Bill Morganfield Tas Cru, Delta Moon, The Georgia Flood, Caroline Aiken, Donna Hopkins, Diane Durrett, John Pagano and No Solution. We will be relying heavily on your support to make this a success and  will be needing quite a few sponsorships at different levels so if you have any contacts please let one of the board members know as soon as possible. It has taken us 3 years to get to this point so let's make this the first of many Festivals to come. Please contact us at if you can help us get sponsors for this event.

April Gathering and Jam
We couldn’t have had a more beautiful day for our April meeting this past Sunday.  Thanks to the Barn Smokehouse and the Retro Rock-its for their hospitality and great music respectively.  Congratulations to Wallace Mobley for winning the raffle grand prize, a pair of passes to the 30th Annual Carolina Blues Festival; there were several other winners of CD packages and, as always, the money raised goes into our Blue Flame Fund for musician’s aid.  Co-president George Klein made a major announcement – we will be holding a blues festival this year!  Mark your calendars for October 1st at the Mable House Amphitheatre.  Details will be coming soon.  As always there were lots of participants in the jam sessions – good music, a great breeze on the deck and lots of blues friends – not a better way to spend a spring Sunday afternoon!

30th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 21, 2016
Hosts Legendary Elvin Bishop

Greensboro, NC - 2015 Rock ‘n Roll and 2016 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, Elvin Bishop, will headline the 30th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 21 at Barber Park Amphitheater, 1500 Dans Road, Greensboro, NC.
Also on the bill is Muddy Waters’ sideman, Bob Margolin, with Kansas City’s own Samantha Fish, and Mississippi bluesman, Marquise Knox. These artists, along with Dangerous Gentlemens, Blind Dog Gatewood, and young Seth Williams, fill the day-long blues festival and 30th birthday bash!
The Carolina Blues Festival has the distinction of being the longest-running blues festival in the Southeastern United States, with the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society having produced blues festivals since 1986. Attendees from all over the U.S. come to Greensboro for this annual event, which has been held continuously for 30 years!
Tickets range from $45 general admission ($50 at the gate.) to $75 for Gold Circle seating. Advance tickets are available at

The Atlanta Blues Challenge is the Atlanta Blues Society’s competition to select our representatives for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The Atlanta Blues Challenge will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Hard Rock Cafe, 215 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-688-7625 in downtown Atlanta. We will be starting at 1 pm and will end about 8:30pm. To help offset the costs of the challenge we will be charging $10 for ABS members and $15 for non-members at the door.

Musicians, time is of the essence to get into the challenge. We may need to limit the number of entrants we accept due to time constraints, so being the first to apply will be very important to ensure your entry. We will be accepting applications beginning immediately for 3 categories, Band, Solo/Duo and Youth. The deadline for submitting applications is midnight August 1, 2016. The first 3 entries in the Youth, the first 4 entries for Solo/Duo, and the first 5 entries for the Band category will automatically be in the challenge (3-4-5) for a total of 12 slots. A waiting list will be made for any other entries and if a category does fill up by the deadline other acts may take those slots in the order they entered. The winners in each category will represent The Atlanta Blues Society at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN which will take place January 31-Feb 4, 2017.

For questions and applications to enter the Atlanta Blues Challenge contact us at For further information and updates, CLICK HERE. The competition will be judged by a non-partial group of judges who are not associated with the Atlanta Blues Society or any of the acts competing. The ABS follows the same rules and scoring criteria as the International Blues Challenge (IBC). All acts will be expected to know and follow all rules as specified by the Blues Foundation for the IBC. Please read all about it on the Blues Foundation site at

Thank you to the Retro Rock-its for upgrading their Musician Sponsorship with the ABS to a 2- year Gold Sponsorship.  Thank you for the support and please everybody go out and see this fun band as soon as you can, they just hosted our April Gathering and Jam and everybody enjoyed them very much. 

Shop the Atlanta Blues Society Apparel ONLINE SHOP, powered by Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More. Lots of new items and colors available.  Order now while Big Frog Celebrates Madness for March!

The Georgia Flood was on their first road trip tour when their van was broken into while they were recording in Brooklyn, NY and all their gear and even their clothes were stolen.  This band won the 2012 Atlanta Blues Challenge and represented us at the 2013 Memphis IBC.  They are a young, hard working band, just starting out and this has devastated them and set them back tremendously.  They have always been ready to help out with benefits.  Now, they need our help so please do what you can to help them.  The Atlanta Blues Society will donate $100 and will pay for their musician sponsorship renewal ($50) when it becomes due. Here is a link to a Go Fund Me account to help them out.


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