The cherry blossoms have already bloomed, the Dogwoods can't be far behind, and we hope the warm weather is here to stay. The April Gathering and Jam will be held at the Arena Tavern in Duluth, GA, on Sunday April 19, 2015, from 3pm-6pm. Our host band will be Blues Rendezvous, an Atlanta based band with a tasteful blend of artists molded together with a mule kick'n sonic sensation that has people coming back for more. We are hoping for some of our famous, beautiful spring weather as we will be out on the patio, which is covered just in case it rains. The Arena Tavern offers a welcoming and comforting atmosphere, a full bar and the kitchen will be serving up their award-winning menu. As always, we will have our great blues jam, so bring your instruments and voices, back-line and PA will be provided by the host band. We will also have some nice items to raffle off in support of our Blue Flame Fund. https://www.facebook.com/events/1558604347740018/
2000 Satellite Blvd NW
Duluth, GA 30097
Save the date:
• May 17, 2015 - ABS Monthly Meeting, Moonshadow Tavern, host band: The Blues Generation
• June 14, 2015 - ABS Monthly Gathering and Jam, venue and host band TBA
• Saturday June 20, 2015 - Norcross Bluesberry Festival & Beer Fest
• Sunday July 19, 2015 - ABS Monthly Gathering and Jam, venue and host band to be announced
• Sunday August 23, 2015 - The Atlanta Blues Challenge at the Hard Rock Cafe
ABS March Gathering & Jam
The March Gathering and Jam at Shorty's Pizza on Sunday was one of the best we've ever had. We packed out the place with 75+ people, emptied 3 kegs of their draft beer selection, ate about a ton of pizzas and kept the staff hopping. Our host band BluesFish put on a lively, entertaining show and the jam was phenomenal. The weather was beautiful and there were lots of people on the patio and roaming around outside. Nobody wanted to leave and everybody was having a great time. Most everybody remembered to wear green and we supplied green beads to those who forgot. The raffle leprechauns did a great job making sure everybody got a chance to win our prizes. Beverly Jenkins won the VIP tickets to the Springing the Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach, FL April 17-19. Becky Simon won the 4 tickets to the Buckwheat Zydeco show this Wednesday night at Terminal West. Wallace Mobley won the bottle of Cathead Vodka and several people won CD packages.
Officers of the Board of Directors have been voted in and Chairpersons appointed:
President: Barb Hilke
Co-President: George Klein
Vice-President: Carlin C-Note Smith
Secretary: John Gibson
Treasurer: Nancie Branch-Gibson
Membership Chair: Deb Pruett
Publicity Chair: Dustin Peterson
Sponsors/Programs Chair: Mark Stamper & Rich L'Hommedieu
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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