Our February Gathering & Jam, which is also our Annual Membership Renewal Meeting will be on Sunday, February 16 at Blind Willie's from 3pm-6pm. Our host band will be the fabulous Cazanovas, so you know a good time will be going on. We will have an open jam so bring your instruments and/or voices and join in on the fun.We will have our regular raffle and will continue selling special raffle tickets to the upcoming Joe Bonamassa show at the Fox Theater, and will draw the winner for this. Deb & Sara will be set up at the membership table to take your renewals, however please consider renewing online before the meeting to avoid the rush.

Save the Date
• Sunday, Feb 16, Membership Renewal, Blind Willie's, 3-6pm, Host Band: the Cazanovas
• Friday & Saturday, Feb 28 & 29, Joe Bonamassa at the Fox Theatre
• Sunday, March 1, WRFG Americana Fest at Park Tavern
• Sunday, March 15, Gathering & Jam at Madlife Stage & Studios, Host Band: David T & Friends
• Sat & Sun, Mar 21 & 22, Chicken Raid at Waller's Coffee Shop
• Sunday, April 19, Gathering at the MoonShadow Tavern, Tucker, Hosts: Rockin Blues Review
• Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26, The Inman Park Festival
• Saturday, May 2, Blind Willie McTell Festival, Thomson, GA
• Weds & Thurs, May 6 & 7, Blues Hall of Fame Inductions & Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN
• Sunday, May 17, Gathering at Full Throttle Roadhouse, Mableton, Hosts: Thunder Gypsy

Discount tickets:
Use Promo Code MHE30 to receive 30% off Tickets!

The Alliance Theater has gracefully offered our members discount tickets to their current production, Maybe Happy Ending which is playing until February 16, on the Coca-Cola Stage.


By Will Aronson and Hue Park, Directed by Michael Arden. Winner of six Korean musical awards and the Richard Rodgers Award, MAYBE HAPPY ENDING makes its English-language debut! When two obsolete helper-bots discover each other in late 21st century Seoul, they have a surprising connection that challenges what they believe is possible for themselves, relationships, and love. Looking past our era of technology-driven isolation, this heartfelt love story celebrates a magical and bittersweet reawakening to the things that make us human. Featuring Dez Duron, former Voice Contestant.https://alliancetheatre.org/production/2019-20/maybe-happy-ending

Registrations open for Atlanta Rock n' Blues Summer 2020 Sessions
We accept players and singers in middle and high school, with playing and singing skills on a late beginner/intermediate (quick learner) through advanced levels. Remember, this is not a camp for those new to their instrument. For Rates and Dates and more details click on the banner above.

Our January Gathering & Jam was bright & crisp, just like the weather. Missy Flapjack & the Butterworth Blues Band gave us an energetic and fun set and everybody loved them. We filled up the room and used very seat in the place. We had a regular raffle which was supplemented by merch from our host band, Hooray! We also began our special raffle for tickets to the upcoming Joe Bonamassa show at the Fox Theater, which we will continue at the next Gathering next month. Our jam was one of the best, and included some of our regular jammers and some fresh new faces, including Noah Teal, a 14 year old guitarist and singer who has clearly been studying the greats. Not to mention a rare sit-in by Bill Sheffield and an appearance by ABC winner Garrett Collins. The Gypsy Rose staff was excellent and made sure we were well served.

We are saddened to share the news of the loss of Mike Watson, of the Mike Watson Band. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, band mates, and fans. Mike was a long time contributor to music in the Atlanta area, including the Montana jams which are fondly remembered by many music lovers. There was a benefit fundraiser for Mike on Sunday (planned before his death) and his funeral service was held on Monday. If you would like to contribute to help his family with expenses, please follow this Go Fund Me link. Rest In Peace Mike.

We wanted everyone to know that the Atlanta Blues Society has some major participation in the Women in Blues Showcase in Memphis during IBC week this year and we are so proud. Featured artists in the showcase include Lola (ABS Musician Sponsor), Heather Statham (ABS Musician Sponsor), and Mandi Strachota (ABS Musician Sponsor). Also helping to organize and produce the show are Marie Wilson (ABS Member) & Lisa Kitchens (ABS Board Member). You can expect some major female talent to be presented from around the country and the world, such as Gaye Adegbalola, Keesha Pratt, and Redd Velvet. Hope you will be able to make it out to this show and make sure to get there early as seating is always at a premium during this showcase. This year's WIB Show takes place on Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 11:30am-4pm at Alfred's on Beale, right in the middle of all the IBC action in Memphis, TN. All donations to benefit The Blues Foundation's Generation Blues. https://www.nationalwomeninblues.com/

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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