July Gathering & Jam
Our next Gathering and Jam will be on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Darwin's Burgers & Blues in Marietta from 3pm-6pm,  Please note that this on a Saturday, not a Sunday as we usually have them.  Our Host Band will be Funky Bluester and Darwin's will have great food and drink on hand and plenty of servers to take care of us.  Darwin's is non-smoking and kids are welcome.  We will be raffling off a set of 2 General Admission passes to the Daytona Blues Festival (see below for more info), as well as a bottle of Cathead Vodka and CD Packages.  An open jam will take place so be sure to bring you instruments and/or voices with you.
Darwin's Burgers & Blues
1598 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062 • http://darwinsburgers.com/
Funky Bluester
Formed in the spring of 2011, Funky Bluester has been earning a reputation as a must-see live act. Drawing from influences in blues, jazz and R&B, the trio pumps out gritty, grinding, and swinging blues that hearken back to the roadhouses of Texas and the back alleys of Chicago. Powerful guitar and vocals by D.L. Peterson combined with the booming bass of Russell Boyer and the metronome-funk of the mighty Myles Mattison make Funky Bluester a force to be reckoned with.

Save the Date:
•       Saturday, July 23, Monthly Gathering & Jam at Darwin’s, with host band Funky Brewster
•       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

June Gathering & Jam
This past Sunday’s Meeting and Jam was one of the best we've had yet: great music, food and drink. A “boat load” of folks and musicians showed up. MoonShadow was non-smoking and packed. It was such a great crowd that they renewed their sponsorship for another 2 years on the spot!  Thanks MoonShadow!  The winner of the Daytona Festival passes was Mark & Marcia Adams; the winner of the GABBAfest passes was Carolyn Neighbors – congratulations! We picked up several new members, new band members and at least one band renewal (Rockaholics). 
Thanks to the MoonShadow and our host band, the Way Back Band for a great afternoon.

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 theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com. 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 http://www.blues.org/international-blues-challenge/.

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

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. 

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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.   https://www.gofundme.com/TheGeorgiaFlood


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