July Gathering & Jam
The July gathering and jam was once again a raving success and Darwin's was packed to the rafters. The weather was hot but the music was even hotter. Thanks to Funky Bluester for an outstanding performance and setting the pace for the jammers, who did a great job of keeping the temperature at a blistering level. At one time during the jam a new attendee asked me the name of the band, I laughed and told him The Atlanta Blues Society, then explained about the jam. The food and drink was as good as it gets and Darwin's wait staff did an excellent job of keeping everyone happy. We raffled off Cat Head Vodka, tickets to Daytona Blues Fest and CD packs. Up next… The Challenge

Save the Date:er
•       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

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 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 Pah

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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