Our next monthly Gathering and Jam will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at Steve's Live Music from 2:30-5:30pm (1/2 hour earlier than usual). Our host band will be the fabulous Lola and her band. Steve's is a live music venue that showcases all kinds of music, including the blues. They are smoke free, have a full bar and food menu featuring vegetarian and pescetarian fare; no meat is served. We will have our jam so be sure to bring your instruments and/or voices. We will have a raffle and will be giving away 2 sets of 2 general admission tickets to the 2015 Bradenton Blues Festival on Saturday, December 5, 2015, in Bradenton FL, a bottle of Cathead Vodka, and CD packages. https://www.facebook.com/events/755443047899167/
Lola (just Lola) is a dynamic blues and R&B singer and keyboard player who has been igniting stages in the Atlanta area and is just beginning to break out as a national artist. Blessed with a deep soul voice, a funkified keyboard style and an intense, high energy stage presence, Lola combines traditional blues with hard-edged R&B to create her own brand of contemporary, tough music. Lola is honored to be named among "Atlanta's Queens of Blues" along with the dynamic Francine Reed and Sandra Hall. Atlanta Council Member Kwanza Hall presented the ladies with a proclamation naming September 29, 2013 Atlanta Queens of Blues Day in Atlanta!!
Save the date:
· Monday September 7 - WRFG Labor Day Blues BBQ at Park Tavern
· Sunday September 20 - ABS Monthly Gathering & Jam at Steve's Live Music, Host - Lola's Band
· Saturday October 17 - ABS Monthly Gathering & Jam at Darwin's, Host Band - Noonday Blue
· Saturday November 7 - ABS presents Blues Stotts at Blind Willie's in honor of Larry Stotts __Note: No ABS Monthly Gathering & Jam for Nov., Blues Stotts will be our only Nov. event
· Sunday December 6 - ABS Holiday Party, VenueTBA, Atlanta Blues Challenge winners to play
The Atlanta Blues Challenge was held on Sunday August 23, 2015 at the Hard Rock Cafe. It was a great challenge, with lots of talented acts competing. This year we had a wealth of bands with female lead singers, and boy did they bring their A game. The crowd was really into the music, clapping and cheering and enjoying every minute. Our judges were troopers, they worked hard all day long and they had a tough job to do with the level of musicianship and professionalism that we had on the stage. Thanks go to the judges, our emcee, Blackjack, our stage manager Dustin Petersen and his stage crew, to our photographer Drew Stawin, and to all the rest of our board members who were integral to the success of this event. Thanks to all of our volunteers, we could not have been so successful without your help. Thanks to the Hard Rock staff for all their hard work and their great service to our participants.
Here are the winners of the 2015 Atlanta Blues Challenge who will represent us in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge in January 2016.
• Youth act - No Solution
• Solo/Duo act - Blind Cadillac
• Band act - Markey Blue
Other winners were as follows:
• People's Choice award - Diane Durrett & Soul Suga’
• 2nd place winner band - Diane Durrett & Soul Suga’
• 3rd place winner band - Bridget Kelly Band
For more information about all of these acts go to Blues Band page which has pictures and bios of all of our Musician/Band Sponsors.
Here are some of the raffle winners at the Atlanta Blues Challenge:
Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Cabin Givaway - Deb Pruett
2 tickets to the Keb Mo' show at Symphony Hall on Aug 29 - Marian Daigler
2 tickets to the Keb Mo' show - Linda Garrett
2 passes & 2 T-shirts to the WRFG Labor Day BBQ - Wallace Mobley
2 passes & 2 T-shirts to the WRFG Labor Day BBQ - Carlton Patterson
Bottle of Cathead Vodka- Jim Thompson
Mudcat’s 12th Studio Album
30 Miles Up is pleased to announce the arrival of blues/roots rock band Mudcat’s twelfth studio album, While You Were Away. Vocalist and guitarist Daniel Dudeck (Mudcat) is once again backed by the talents of Eskil Wetterqvist on percussion, David ‘Snave’ Evans on bass and flute, and former B.B. King trombonist Lil Joe Burton. Burton also leads fellow Atlanta Horns Daryl Dunn on saxophone and Mico Bowles on trumpet. Guest appearances include keyboardists Chad Mason and the legendary Eddie Tigner. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mudcat14
Announcing the 2015 International Songwriting Competition?
Now is your chance to enter what the NY Times calls “the songwriting competition to take note of,” and for a chance to share in over $150,000 in cash and merchandise. ISC is one of the most respected songwriting competitions in the world, renowned for having the most prestigious celebrity and industry judges, which this year include Keb’ Mo’, Robben Ford, Tom Waits, Lorde, Bastille, Kesha, Bill Withers, Moby, Boyz II Men, Hardwell, Shakey Graves, Sara Evans, Daddy Yankee, Pat Metheny, and many more; plus top industry executives from record labels including Atlantic, Warner Bros., Epic, Alligator, Elektra, Vanguard/Sugar Hill, Sony, Tommy Boy, and Glassnote to name a few. Past winners include Tommy Castro, Vance Joy, Goyte, The Band Perry, Passenger, Bastille, Kasey Chambers and Andrew Bird. For more information or to enter the competition visit: http://www.songwritingcompetition.com
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.
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