Save the Date:
• Sunday, September 18 – Madlife Stage & Studios, Woodstock, GA, host Rockabilly Kitty Rose
• Saturday, Oct 1 - Georgia Blues & Roots Fest, Mable House Amphitheatre, 10am-10pm
• Sunday, October 16, 2016 – Napoleons?, host band to be determined
• Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 – Blues Stotts at Blind Willie’s
• Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 – Holiday Party at Helene S. Mills Facility, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave.

The Georgia Blues & Roots 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. If you can help us get sponsors for this event, please contact us at: theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com

Tickets for the Georgia Blues & Roots Festival are now on sale. Do not delay, get your tickets now, before the best seats are gone. We have 4 levels of seating available: VIP Reserved @ $50 per seat or $250 for a table for 5, Fan Section for $30, Stadium Seating for $20, and Lawn for $15.  The Atlanta Blues Society is reserving the best Table seating in our name and if you want to sit at a table or get a whole table, you can pay us in person and reserve your spot without having to pay the TicketMaster fee.  See us at the next monthly Gatherings or Challenge or email George Klein at geoklein1@yahoo.com for other options.  All other tickets are General Admission for a specific area of the Amphitheater and are available at the Maple House Barnes Box Office or through TicketMaster.


Your Atlanta Blues Society is having its Annual Blues Challenge for 2016 on August 21.   Once again, it will be at the storied Hard Rock Café in downtown Atlanta.  The ABS has always relied on the kindness of our volunteers, and this year is no exception.  We need your help and your help makes a difference between a successful event and one which is – not.  Each shift is only two hours long, and you can do that standing on your head (although standing on your head IS NOT YET a requirement to volunteer).  Heck,  if you want to work a double shift (four hours) this year, we can not only accommodate your enthusiasm, we will reward you with an extra gift worth the price of admission ($10). Also we promise (as I did last year), a blinking pin to EVERY volunteer working at least a single two-hour shift.  Plus, you can sleep better knowing you are part of the success of the event.  Then you get back to eating, drinking, socializing and listening to good music where there is free A/C. 
It’s really easy to volunteer – Send me an e-mail (to john@gdfdpc.com  ), include your name (and any aliases - like John “the Revelator” Gibson, or Ron “the Tater” White),  and your contact phone numbers and  your best e-mail address (NOT the one you use for junk solicitations) as well as best time to reach you (when you are not working, or buried in Facebook or Pokémon).   I will call you.  We will discuss what spots are available and where your unique talents lie, and make a decision on when and where you will use those talents for the ABS.  E-mail me now and there’s no shipping or handling charge.   There is however a pledge of confidentiality that you not reveal any embarrassing information discovered only by our volunteers in the performance of their duties.  (OK, it’s really more of an understanding than a pledge.)
Remember, your Atlanta Blues Society is a better organization when you participate, and you are a better member when you volunteer.  WIN, WIN!
Volunteer Grand Poo Bah

July Gathering & Jam

A Typical Atlanta Blues Society Meeting and Jam:
July 23 at Darwin’s in Marietta

By Rhetta Akamatsu

Happy people were everywhere at Darwin’s in Marietta GA Saturday... Milling about on the front porch, hanging out on the back deck, and packed into the club itself, laughing, hugging, and enjoying great music. What brought them all together? The monthly meeting of the Atlanta Blues Society takes place at various clubs around Atlanta every month. This time it was Darwin's turn.

Every meeting has a host group this time it was Funky Bluester, a group out of Monroe, GA who put on a tremendous show. They did covers of Elmore James, Son Seals, and other blues greats and even an excellent version of "Folsom Prison."  Darwin's provided plenty of good food and drink. Lindsay Wine and the other servers kept everybody happy while the cooks provided delicious burgers and more.

What is the Atlanta Blues Society? It is a group of dedicated blues lovers who really enjoy each others' company and many of whom are musicians so there are always jams whenever we get together. Basically it's about 10 minutes of business and 3 hours of music, drinking, eating, and good company. Due to the dedication of the Board of Directors, the society has had tremendous growth over the past 3 years, adding members from all over Georgia and beyond. It engages in a variety of activities in support of the blues, including Blues in the Schools and raising funds for various musicians in need, with membership fees and donations from members and sponsors.  This reporter is proud to be a sponsor, in fact.

This year, the society is hosting its first one-day outdoor music festival, The Georgia Blues Fest at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre in Mableton.

If you are reading this, you are interested in the blues, and if you are interested in the blues, you should be a member of your local blues society. If you are in the Atlanta area, that should be the Atlanta Blues Society. Of course there's no reason why you can't be a member of your blues society and the Atlanta Blues Society too.

To find out more about Darwin's, come out to Marietta any evening of the week except Sunday or come to the regular jam on Saturday afternoon!

Don't miss the 31st Annual WRFG Labor Day Blues BBQ on Monday September 5, 2016, at the Park Tavern in Piedmont Park.  This year’s event features The Sole Travelers, Frankie's Blues Mission, Little G Weevil, Robert Lee Coleman & the Night Owls, and Delta Moon.  Wow, what a line-up!  1:00-8:00pm of non-stop music, raffles, tributes and fun – and all for keeping our favorite radio station, WRFG, up and running and playing those Blues for us in the mornings.  • facebook.com/events/1126573450738056/

The Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival takes place on Saturday Sept. 17, 2016 in Blue Ridge, GA.  This year featuring Women of 'Da Blues and many of our own ABS Musician Sponsors.  Headlining will be our 2015 Atlanta Blues Challenge winners, Markey Blue Band.  Don't miss this great festival in lovely downtown Blue Ridge.  

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 was 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.

Ever dream of being in a rock or blues band?  Ever hear the stage calling your name?  Maybe you've been in a band before and you reminisce about the glory days, unaware of how to make them a reality again.  The Canton Music Shoppes Adult Rock Camp is the answer! For new and seasoned musicians 18 and older.  Find more details and sign up here:

Attention all aspiring young musicians, Atlanta's Rock 'n Blues Camp hosts an early evening Jam just for kids on Friday nights.  Come on out and show your stuff.  Friday Kid Jam is every Friday from 6:30pm to 9pm at the Tin Roof Cantina, 2591 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329  Check out the Rock 'n Blues Camp Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cjrbc/?fref=ts

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! http://absapparel.deco-apparel.com/


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The Atlanta Blues Society has a new address, please send all mail to:

The Atlanta Blues Society
P.O. Box 146
Tucker, GA 30085-0146
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