2014 Atlanta Blues Challenge
All that can be said about this year’s Atlanta Blues Challenge is that the level of competition rose to new heights! It was a long but enjoyable day Sunday at the Hard Rock Café. Here’s how the day progressed with the winners in each category in red.
Scene of the Crime – People’s Choice Winners GHP (Josh Achiron, guitar/vocals; Carrinton Emdondsen, bass/vocals; Justice Michael, drums/vocals; Miles Barrnett, saxophone; Jonathan Craig, trombone; Kashyap Ganesan, trumpet)
Veronika Jackson Blind Cadillac (Jeremy Neese, guitar/vocals & David Pippin, guitar)
Bridget Kelly Band
Mike Bourne & Atlanta Boogie
Mudbone Turner’s Blues Band JP Blues Band • http://www.jpblues.com/
While we congratulate the winners, we want to thank all the bands who participated. We’d be proud to have any of you representing us in Memphis! The winners will be featured at our holiday party in December as they prepare for the IBC.
Thank you to all the ABS volunteers Sunday especially to our stage manager, Lola, and to Black Jack our event MC. We also appreciate Joel Grubb, Zak Jordan, and the staff of the Hard Rock Cafe for all their hard work to make this so successful.
Since Richard L'Hommedieu volunteered his services to the ABS we have been able to accomplish several of the goals the ABS Board of Directors wanted to accomplish when we were elected. In addition to being a vital asset in putting the Bluescast on line, and volunteering to broadcast our challenge "live" last Sunday, he recorded and helped tape the event. By October 1 we expect to offer both a CD and DVD of each artist, solo duo, and band performance along with the complete challenge and each category. Stay tuned for more details, we will be accepting pre-orders soon.
Thanks again to everyone who worked to make this year’s challenge the best ever. Lookout, 2015!
July ABS Meeting It was an excellent, well attended meeting at The MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker, on Sunday. Thank you to their hard working staff. Also, thanks to the host band, the Andy Makely Band for kicking things off in fine style. An enthusiastic bunch of jammers turned out; thanks to Lola for keeping the jam rolling. An ABS meeting is a great way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon!
3976 Lawrenceville Highway,
Tucker, GA 30084
770-674-2133 http://msttucker.com/ http://www.andymakelyband.com/#/home
June ABS Meeting Sunday’s meeting at the Oyster Barn was very well attended and we were treated to the great big sound of the Gold Standard Band. Also joining us for the afternoon was the JP Blues Band as well as many talented and enthusiastic jammers. It’s always a treat to meet new friends and hear new musicians. If you haven’t attended a meeting lately, there’s so much you missed… including a chance at the raffle prizes.
The winners of the tickets to the Seth Walker show on Saturday June 28 were Wallace Mobley and Elliott Horner. Paul, the keyboard player for the Gold Standard Band, won a Taj Mahal CD compilation box set.
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.
The Atlanta Blues Society, as a Blues Affiliate has pledged $1,000 to help make it happen -- check it out -- We are the latest member of the 250 Club!
Since its earliest days, the Foundation has envisioned a Blues Hall of Fame. Artist renditions appeared as early as the 1983 Blues Music Award program. Foundation leaders have long recognized that, in addition to stability and operating efficiencies, a permanent home for The Blues Foundation will dramatically improve its ability to fulfill its mission.
A key component for the success of any organization is a sound fiscal base from which to meet its goals and objectives. In recent years, The Blues Foundation has built such a base while continuing to fulfill its mission in each of the above noted programs and activities.
In 2006, the Foundation adopted a strategic plan that embraced a permanent home. The following year, with a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the Foundation began work with Design 500 to discern requirements for and shape the new home—its location, size, space allocations, and programming priorities.
A suitable location was identified in December 2010—a condominium located at 421 South Main with approximately 3,800 square feet at street level and 7,700 square feet on the lower level. By this time, The Blues Foundation had quietly and steadily eliminated all debt and built reserves of more than $400,000. This financial strength enabled the Foundation to secure a short-term loan to help pay for the purchase of its new building and some basic renovations when this opportunity arose.
Foundation operations began there on July 5, 2011. With the first phase completed, The Blues Foundation continues to pursue its goal: a home that enhances the ability to carry out its mission.
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