Our November Gathering & Jam will be on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 3pm-6pm at the Magnolia Lounge, 3920 Jonesboro Rd, Forest Park. Our host band will be Blues Generation who will play their New Orleans soaked blues for our listening & dancing delight. The beautiful Magnolia Lounge will be serving up great food and drinks. We will have a open jam so make sure to bring your instruments and/or voices and strut your stuff. Venue is non-smoking and there is no cover charge and you do not have to be a blues society member to attend. Hope to see you there. Adults only please.

Save the Date
• Sunday, November 17, Gathering & Jam at Magnolia Lounge, Host Band Blues Generation
• Sunday, December 1, ABS Holiday Party, Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility.

The Atlanta Blues Society's annual Holiday Party is set for Sunday December 1, 2019 at the Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility from 2:30pm-6:30pm. This is also our Membership Appreciation event and a Toys for Tots Donation collection benefit, so please bring a new, unwrapped toy. The winners of the 2019 Atlanta Blues Challenge will be our featured music, and this will also by a fundraiser for acts going to Memphis to represent us at the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. We will be presenting our winning acts with their prize money and will match tips collected for those acts going to Memphis. The following acts will play (Schedule times to be announced soon):

Youth winner - Menagerie, featuring Victoria Day
Solo/Duo winner - Mandi Strachota
People's Choice - Red Sugar Blues (Not yet confirmed)
Band winner - The Garrett Collins Project

We will be serving up delicious Fat Matt's food on the buffet and will have a bar set up by the greatest Bartender ever, Spike, from Blind Willie's. The food, water & tea is free for members and affordably priced drink tickets will be sold for mixed drinks, beer & wine. We have lots of dance floor room, so come on out and dance the afternoon away. Santa has been known to show up and party with us. Festive attire is appreciated. No raffles, however we will be giving away special door prizes so please make sure to visit the membership table and get your free door prize ticket. The facility is Non-smoking and children are welcome. Plenty of free parking. There will be no jam. Non-members can attend for a nominal fee to cover the cost of the food or can join at the event and get a full year's membership (which begins March 1 2020) and get 3 months for free. We will also be taking early renewals for next year. Come celebrate the holidays with some of the best blues music in Atlanta!

Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE., Atlanta, GA 30312

5th Annual Blues Stotts the best ever!
Thanks to all the folks who came out to make this the best Blues Stotts ever. Our benefit event to honor founding member and greatest blues fan Larry Stotts was a huge success. The music was incredible. The food and drink plentiful and well served by the wait staff. We had great raffle prizes, including a signed Fender guitar. Thanks to everybody's generosity we will be presenting a check to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a cause near and dear to Larry's heart, in the amount of $1,490.00

We had a fabulous Gathering & Jam on Sunday, October 20 at Full Throttle Road House in Mableton. Our host band, the Rockaholics pulled out all the stops and put on a great show and had us in awe of the talent on the stage. Elizabeth of Full Throttle was there making sure we are taken care of properly with great food and drink. The jam was off the hook and we had lots of new talented musicians and vocalists join in. It was a great afternoon of music, fun, and fellowship. Remember to bring your instruments and/or voices to the next meeting, at The Magolia Lounge on November 17. Hope to see you there.

Please Welcome a New Friend of the ABS:

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) was built with one mission in mind - to help songwriters from around the world be heard. Over the past 18 years, they have helped artists like two-time Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito and Tommy Castro get recognized by industry professionals. Along with giving away over $150,000 in cash and prizes, ISC has some of the most prestigious Blues judges in its 18-year history. ISC 2019 artist judges include Irma Thomas, Robert Randolph, John Mayall, Joe Louis Walker, and Walter Trout – and many more. Additionally, the review panel includes high-profile music ndustry executives from Republic, Epic, Glassnote, Parlophone, Capitol, Elektra, Concord and more. Artists may enter as many songs as they wish in any of ISC’s 23 categories. This is an unprecedented chance to be heard, enter your songs today! Deadline Nov 6 2019.

Celebration of Life for Beverly “Guitar” Watkins Saturday, October 12, 2019 Time: 11 AM Location: MT. EPHRIAM BAPTIST CHURCH 1202 West Marietta Street, Northwest Atlanta, Georgia 30318 2 Day Public Visitation Location: Goolsby Mortuary, Inc. Thursday, October 10, 2019 Time: 11 AM until 8 PM Friday, October 11, 2019 Time: 11 AM until 8 PM Family Hour, Friday 7 PM- 8 PM Survived by a son, Stanley Watkins, brother, Willie H. Watkins and a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, cousins’ other relatives and friends.

Frank Hamilton School • Fall / Winter Term starts 10/21
Next Term's registration is up ~ a bounty of riches and joy! Explore it all - core favorites and new offerings like Duo/Trio Performance, (fun & a la carte) Study Hall, PLUS a 6-week Hammered Dulcimer course by storied artist John McCutcheon!

Bricks for the Blues Campaign
Are you up for your shot at Blues Immortality? Every once in a while a stellar opportunity comes along for those of us that will never be nominated, let alone win a BMA,  win the IBC or have our name on the marquis of the Orpheum Theater in Memphis. Several years ago the Blues Foundation offered us the opportunity to not only contribute to the creation of the Blues Hall of Fame, but to have our names permanently installed on the wall inside. The Atlanta Blues Society, Darwin's and several of us availed ourselves of that opportunity and gained some Blues Immortality. The only problem is that you have to go inside and look for our names.

Well, our second chance is here with The Bricks for the Blues Campaign and the cost for Blues Immortality is much more reasonable this time. The Blues Foundation has been given permission to replace the sidewalk in front of the Blues Hall of Fame with bricks engraved with the names of the donors. Your Blues Society has purchased an 8"x 8" brick for $500 and has been given permission to have all of us that buy an 8x8 brick to be grouped together and have a permanent place in Blues History. Even though only one person can pay for each brick, but with 6 lines of engraving (one should say"ABS Member(s)" as many as five can go in on a brick.

In order to take advantage of being able to be grouped together the Blues Foundation is asking us to act before the middle of March. How cool would it be for the ABS to not only have a permanent place for the world to see, but to have a boat load of our members listed with us. If you have any questions please run them by us. Be Immortal!! Thanks, George

The Atlanta Blues Society has grown steadily for the past 8 years, our membership is now over 400 people and we have over 6500 people following us on social media. Growth can be painful at times, and we want to make sure that we treat everybody fairly and evenly when it comes to our monthly Gathering jam.  At each gathering we provide backline and mics for a jam which is run by our Jam Master using a sign-up sheet.  We have come up with the following guidelines that should be followed by participants of the jam: 

The jam is open to everybody, regardless if they are a member or not.  While we would love to have participants join as members and help us in our mission, we realize that sometimes the best way to attract new members is to show them how we go about our mission of "keeping the blues alive".  Having a free and open jam is one way we do so.

All participants should sign the sign-up sheet as soon as they get there, jammers will be grouped together by the order in which they signed in, depending on the various instruments they play and/or sing.  Please help the Jam Master by writing legibly and if your name is hard to pronounce, write it using pronunciation symbols. For example, my last name Hilke is pronounced hill-key.  So I would sign in as Barb Hilke (hill-key), Guitar.

Only sign up yourself, do not sign up people who are not in the room and ready to play.

Try to have some idea of what songs you would like to play before coming up.

Please make sure your instruments and/or voices are ready before you are called up.

Each set of jammers will be allowed 3 songs or 15 minutes of playing time.

Please check with the Jam Master before plugging into amps to make sure the correct amps are used with each instrument.

With this format it is very hard to accommodate whole bands who only want to play with each other, you must be willing to play with other jammers as signed up.

If you signed up for the jam and were not called up, please make the Jam Master aware of this.
Remember, the purpose of the jam is to have fun. 

Our intent is to offer an opportunity for those that look forward to playing with others have a chance to do so.  Following these guidelines will help make the jam run as smoothly as possible.  We believe the interaction of people playing music together for the first time leads to interesting interpretations of songs and builds the community. We want everybody who signs up to be able to play and we want everybody to have a good time.

Blind Willies Blues Club in Virginia Highlands is an Atlanta icon showcasing legendary blues bands for over 32 years. Hundreds of local and national blues greats have left their mark on this historic stage. Years of loyal fans and regular patrons have also contributed to making Blind Willies a true Historic Landmark in Atlanta. All the years of good times have taken its physical toll on Blind Willies. We are asking our friends and family to help us with the REBIRTH of Blind Willies Blues Club! Over the next few months, we will be hosting events to help us with our updates and revival. Your contributions will help ensure we can continue this long-standing Atlanta Blues tradition. The Blues Community is a true family. We are counting on our Blues family to help us continue to keep the Blues alive and bring you the best local and national blues bands you love for years to come! As part of the Rebirth of Blind Willie's, the venue has gone Smoke Free as of the day after Thanksgiving, so those of you who stayed away because of the smoke, come on out and check out this legendary Blues Club. The blues sound just as good without the smoke – and the smokers can still go outside– so its a win/win. Come on out to Blind Willie's soon and show them you appreciate the changes they are making to keep the blues alive and available to all. Other changes they are making are earlier shows during the week and on Sundays. They will be closed on Mondays. • http://www.blindwilliesblues.com/

News from Killer Blues Headstone Project
From : Killer Blues Headstone Project: killerblues.net
104 headstones have been purchased! We have funding for the next 2 headstones but have 30 more in need.  • That means we still need to raise $20,000 • In 2018 so far we have received donations ranging from $1 to $1,000 and each one was appreciated. The following link will take you to an excellent interview with KBHP founder, Steve Salter, on Youtube: Click HERE.

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