Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 2:30 pm-6:30 pm. The Atlanta Blues Society is pleased to once again throw our annual Membership Appreciation Holiday Party and Toys for Tots Drive. Once again we will feature our Atlanta Blues Challenge winners in the Youth, Solo/Duo, Band and People’s Choice categories. And once again we offer our members a free wonderful buffet from Fat Matt's. This year we will be in a brand new venue that we hope will be the perfect size and provide great sound quality for our fabulous music. The party will held at the Helene Mills Multipurpose Center located at 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, Atlanta, 30312, inside the Perimeter, off Freedom Parkway at Boulevard. There will be plenty of onsite fenced parking and a Security Guard. More details to follow, but please put this on your calendar and don't forget to pick up a new unwrapped toy or toys for the Toys for Tots Drive.
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· Saturday, January 16, 2016 - IBC Fundraiser Night at Darwin's Marietta, help our IBC representatives get to Memphis!
Blues Stotts Blues Stotts, our musical celebration in honor of Larry Stotts was a phenomenal success. The music was wonderful and included all of the bands that Larry loved to see perform. The room was full of friends and family and others who may not have known Larry, but felt the love and spirit that Larry exemplified. All the local acts had such great things to say about Larry and shared their wonderful, fun memories of him. The music was outstanding, starting with a heartfelt dual keyboard set by the legendary Eddie Tigner and Bob Page, followed by the always fabulous Electromatics, then an eclectic set by the Hollidays, followed by the real deal blues of the Cazanovas, then a fantastic set by the Breeze Kings featuring Lee Griffin, Bob Page and special guest Sandra Hall. And to finish up the night the awesome JP Soars and the Red Hots who were on fire and had the crowd mesmerized with their talent. Larry would have loved this event and we could feel his spirit in the room. The best part of all was that the crowd that came out to show their love for Larry and the music and bought raffle tickets for the cause made this event a financial success as well. The proceeds, after all the bands were paid, was $769 and the board of the ABS has decided to contribute $231 more to round up our donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Larry's name to $1,000. The ABS Co-President, George Klein, was the catalyst behind this event and brought it to fruition with the help of all those at Blind Willie's who helped put this together for us. Blind Willie’s was Larry's 2nd home and he was much loved by everyone there. We plan to make this an annual event so that the love and spirit of Larry Stotts will never be forgotten.
Huge Congratulations to Darwin's Burgers & Blues for winning a 2016 Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Award from the Blues Foundation and a huge thank you to Rhetta Akamatsu for writing up the entry for this award. Here's a snippet of the write up:
DARWIN'S BURGERS AND BLUES
Darwin's Burgers is not big and it is not glitzy. It's a little old house bursting with good food and fantastic blues music. Founded in 1995, it was the home of the blues in Atlanta. After an economic stumble in the early years of the 21st century, Lindsay Wine and Jonathon Akin purchased the venue in 2011, invested time and money, and brought the club back to its original juke joint popularity. Today, Darwin's hosts the best local bands and the best touring acts coming through Atlanta, and solo/duo winner at the 2013 International Blues Challenge, Little G Weevil, plays monthly. The blues jams during the week attract the best local musicians and allow new players to be heard. Because of the mix of young musicians and older established groups, the club attracts all ages. Thanks to the determination and dedication of one young couple, their friends and staff, and a lot of people who love Darwin's, the place looks set to continue to keep the blues alive in Metro Atlanta for many years to come!
We are so proud to have Darwin's as a venue sponsor and owners Lindsay Wine and Jonathon Akin certainly deserve this award for bringing Darwin's back from the brink of extinction. They will be presented with this award on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the KBA Luncheon during the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN. Be sure to congratulate them the next time you go to hear some great blues music at Darwin's in Marietta, GA. www.darwinsburgers.com www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-blues-foundation-ceremony-in-memphis
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