Atlanta Blues Challenge 2017
The contestants are all in and we are getting ready for another fabulous Atlanta Blues Challenge at the Hard Rock Cafe, Sunday August 20, 2017.  
What: 2017 Atlanta Blues Challenge 
When: Sunday, August 20, 2017, 1 pm – 9pm
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Atlanta, GA
The Atlanta Blues Challenge is the Atlanta Blues Society’s competition to select our representatives for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.  To help offset costs of the challenge we will be charging $10 for ABS members and $15 for non-members at the door, cash is preferred in order to speed up the entry process.  Parking on Sundays is at a reduced rate at specified lots close to the Hard Rock. We will be in the Hard Rock’s state of the art music room and servers will be taking orders for food & drink and a full bar is in the same room. 

The following acts will be competing in the 2017 Atlanta Blues Challenge:

Youth Acts
      No Solution

Solo/Duo Acts
     Dos Blues Guys

  Band Acts
     David T & Friends   
     Let it Rip Band
     Dani Mac & Company
     The Swingin Truth
     Sweet & Salty Blues Band
     Bridget Kelly Band
     Ira Malkin & the Vipers
     Sole Travelers
     Thunder Gypsy Band

July Gathering & Jam
Thanks to Montie's Public House and the Kerry Hill Band for hosting our July Gathering and Jam.  There was an enthusiastic audience for drummer/singer Kerry Hill and his band.  Later in the afternoon, the jam commenced and the dancers took to the floor.  As always, it was a fun afternoon, with friends, a raffle, good food, and most importantly: the music.  If you haven’t been to an ABS meeting lately, you’re missing out!

Save the Date: 
• Sunday, Aug. 20 - Atlanta Blues Challenge, Hard Rock Cafe
• Saturday, Sept 9 - Barbecue Bob Headstone event, Walnut Grove, GA, more details coming
• Fri, Sat, Sun, Sept 22-24 - GABBAFest in Macon, GA
• Saturday, September 30 - Georgia Blues 'n Roots Fest at Mable House Amphitheater
• Saturday, November 11 - Blues Stotts at Blind Willie's

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.

Our own Beverly "Guitar" Watkins was featured on Steve Harvey's Little Big Shots Forever Young TV show, in case you missed it here's the You Tube video of Beverly's performance:

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/

Please welcome our new venue sponsors:

Montie's Public House
1860 Corporate Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329 (Brookhaven)
  Fanatics Sports Bar
6175 Mableton Pkway SW
Mableton, GA 30126

We're open for next term's registration, and for you!!  Classes begin 5/2 and 3... just a few weeks away! Check out the many great class/scheduling options to flow nicely with your life! Signup is super easy online - or contact us through the website if you'd like additional information or to hear a friendly voice in real life. • frankhamiltonschool.org

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

Saturday, July 8 – Roux du Bayou Cajun Band
Saturday, August 5 – Terry & The Zydeco Bad Boys
Sunday, September 24 – Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
Saturday, October 7 – Big Easy Playboys

June Gathering & Jam
Sunday's gathering and jam at The Vista Room was another spectacular event. As it was our first time there, it took the staff a few minutes to realize that everyone came hungry and thirsty. They adapted quickly and did an excellent job of taking care of the 100+ attendees. The room was packed with members, guests, kids, musicians and dancers. The Breeze Kings lived up to their reputation of always putting on a great show. Unfortunately we had more jammers than time and weren't able to go past 6:00 so Wes wasn't able to get everyone up, but we are working on ways to streamline the jam. Please bear with us and thanks for your continued support. – George

?Click the graphic above to see the winners of the 2016 International Songwriting Competition.
To enter the 2017 ISC go here http://songwritingcompetition.com/submit


  R.I.P. Gregg Allman 1947 - 2017

As the distinctively raw and soulful voice of the Allman Brothers Band, as well as one its main songwriters and keyboard player, Gregg Allman was a major contributor to the movement that became known as southern rock, which included the Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Charlie Daniels Band. Allman, who has died at age 69 after treatment for liver cancer, also enjoyed a long though intermittent career as a solo artist. A recent interview on Dan Rather's cable show “The Big Interview”, gives a fascinating look at Gregg's life and times.


  R.I.P. Ellyn Webb, 1954 - 2017

Ellyn Webb, proprietress of Northside Tavern, passed away Thursday morning.  Today’s service was full of music and stories of friendship, in a room filled with her birth family, her musician family, and all the friends she gathered around her. Ellyn contributed in so many ways to our blues community here in Atlanta, not only at Northside, but also as a founding member of the Atlanta Blues Society and serving on our board for the first five years of our organization.  We appreciate all she did and she will be remembered for many years to come.  She left big shoes to fill.

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