WEEKLY JAMS
Monday – Jam with Lola at Northside Tavern
Monday – Open Jam with Barry Richman at the Dixie Tavern, Marietta
Tuesday – Acoustic Open Mic w/Bones – Nik’s Place, Marietta
Wednesday – Jake Jam at Moonshadow Tavern, Tucker (3rd Wednesday of each month)
Wednesday – (alt. Weds.) Open Mic with Tom Hill Band at Will Henry’s Tavern, Stone Mountain
Thursday – Open Jam w/Nathan Nelson – Nik’s Place, Marietta


THIS WEEK...

This Week with Larry Griffith
Larry came to Atlanta, Georgia in the 1990s and discovered then quickly became immersed in the thriving Atlanta blues scene becoming one of the top drummers in the region. Then in the early 2000’s, he learned to play guitar and that allowed him to forge an alliance between his rich, eclectic song writing, story telling style, and his highly engaging live stage performance. He has been a staple in the Atlanta music scene ever since, playing solo, duo, and in bands.
Mon, Jan 20, Fat Matt's, 7-11pm, Free
Tues, Jan 21, TWO Urban Licks, 7-11pm, Free
Sun, Jan 26, Northside Tavern w/ Uncle Sugar, 10pm, Free

This Week with Frankies Blues Mission
As the name implies, these gentlemen are on a mission: Their purpose is to present the blues, jazz, R&B and zydeco in the best of the African-American tradition with all the energy they can muster.
Friday, Jan 24, Maxwell's Cigar Bar, Woodstock, 9pm, Free
Saturday, Jan 25, Waller's Coffee Shop, Decatur, 4:30-6:30pm, $5

Monday, January 20, doors at 7 pm:
Touring Musician Alert! GA-20 at Smith's Olde Bar – GA-20 was formed by friends Pat Faherty and Matthew Stubbs (11 years as guitarist for Charlie Musselwhite) in Boston, MA in 2018. The project was born out of their mutual love of heavy traditional Blues, R&B, and Rock & Roll of the late 50s and early 60s. Faherty and Stubbs bonded over legendary artists like Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells. Feeling a void in current music, the duo have set out to write, record and perform a modern version of this beloved art form. Joined by drummer Tim Carman in 2019, GA-20 is a trio of 2 guitars, vocals and drums. At Smith’s. GA-20 will be opening for Neal Francis.

Every Monday, 10pm:
Lola's Monday Night Jam at Northside Tavern – Lola's Monday night Jam at Northside Tavern is the place to be on Monday nights. 10pm, bring your instruments and/or voices, back-line provided.

Tuesday, January 21, 8:30pm, $5:
Mandi Strachota at Blind Willie's – Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in the wilds of Wisconsin, Mandi Strachota is the product of southern roots and Midwest know-how, a potent mix of practicality and soulful dreaming. Embracing R&B, gospel and soul, with a touch of grit and country sway, Mandi, fearlessly takes risks which set both herself and her music free. Winner of the 2019 Atlanta Blues Challenge, Solo/Duo category.

Wednesday, January 15, 10pm, Free:
Tyler Neal's Weekly Wednesday at Northside Tavern – Come see Tyler Neal and friends every Wednesday night at Northside Tavern. You never know who will show up.

Wednesday, January 22, 8:30pm, Free:
Blues Jam hosted by the Cazanovas at Gypsy Rose Music, Roswell – Bring your instruments and/or voices and join the Cazanovas at the best blues jam in the best blues club. Oh and bring your dancing friends as well, extra dance floor room available. https://www.facebook.com/events/472722653678789/

Thursday, January 23, 8:30pm, $7:
William "Bluesman" Reed & the Juke Joint Dukes at Blind Willie's – Frontman William "Blues Man" Reed is the real deal on vocals and guitar! Formed in 2015, the Juke Joint Dukes are a tribute to old school Chicago and Delta blues in the style of Muddy Waters, Albert King, Hound Dog Taylor, Magic Slim and BB King. They pride themselves on connecting with the soul of blues instead of playing by the book; they understand that playing blues is all about feeling!

Thursday, Jan 23, Northside Tavern, 10pm:
The Breeze Kings at the Northside Tavern – The Breeze Kings are the top blues band in Atlanta, voted best blues act by Creative Loafing many times over, they are the real deal. They play real blues and play it honestly, skillfully, with passion, and always entertaining.

Friday, January 24, 2 shows, 7pm & 10pm, $35-$45:

Touring Musician Alert! Robben Ford at City Winery – Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Gregg Allman, John Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley, and many others.

Friday, January 24, 8pm, $10:
Donna Hopkins & Ralph Roddenbery at Waller's Coffee Shop, Decatur – Donna Hopkins is a complete musician; singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer, band leader and sound engineer extraordinaire. Her raw, passionate voice is comparable to Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi and she can hold her own with anyone on guitar.

Friday, January 24, 8pm, Free:
Funky Bluester at the Amici, Monroe – With roots firmly planted in the foundations of the electric blues masters who preceded them, Funky Bluester pays the reverence and homage due to the masters while simultaneously being unbound by traditional blues formats.

Friday, January 24, 9:30pm, $12:
Touring Musician Alert! Damon Fowler at Blind Willie's – Damon Fowler is an American Singer, Songwriter, Guitar player, and Producer from Tampa, FL. He has toured extensively throughout the country and has played as sideman for many legendary musicians such at Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley, and George Thorogood.

Saturday, January 25:
9th Annual Oysterfest at Atkins Park, Smyrna – Eddie 9V - 3:30-6:30pm, Wasted Potential Brass Band - 7-10pm – See two ABS Musician Sponsor Bands at the Atkins Park Oysterfest in Smyrna. Indoor Festival Friday January 24 + Saturday, January 25 + Sunday, January 26th! Doors open at 11:00 AM and live music begins at 12:00 PM on stage in the heated tent. Tickets are available NOW for advance purchase and this event will sell out so get yours before they're gone! $15 in advance for two or $8 for one, tickets will be $12 per day at the door. Admission for ages 12 & under is FREE! No Refunds. https://www.facebook.com/events/433232477613258/

Saturday, January 25, 8pm, $12:
Robert Lee Coleman at Waller's Coffee Shop, Decatur – Robert Lee Coleman of Macon, Georgia played guitar for Percy Sledge from 1964 to 1969. In 1970, James Brown hired him for his new band, “the JBs.” Robert’s guitar is featured on Brown’s album “Hot Pants”, including the songs “Revolution of the Mind,” recorded live at the Apollo Theater & “Make It Funky” from the “Soul Classics” LP.  https://www.facebook.com/events/830780537381951/

Saturday, January 25, 8:30pm, $26:
Touring Musician Alert! North Mississippi Allstars w/ Southern Avenue at Terminal West – A forgotten roll of film inspired a musical accompaniment, the North Mississippi Allstars’ new record Up and Rolling. Shot before the turn of the century, the photographs resonate with the music of four families from the Mississippi hills. The album captures the communal spirit upon which the band was founded. https://www.facebook.com/events/513600776065281/

Sunday, January 26, 7pm, Free:
Fat Back Deluxe at Fat Matt's – Fatback Deluxe plays classic American music deeply rooted in 1940’s, 50’s and early 60’s blues mixed with original songs. Performances feature a broad variety of blues styles, and as the living history of blues music is slowly being lost with the passing of our heroes, the band remains committed to keeping the music alive.


COMING SOON...


WHO… • HAS MORE #1 BLUES ALBUMS THAN ANYONE IN HISTORY? • HAS SOLD OVER 3 MILLION ALBUMS WORLDWIDE? • TOURS GLOBALLY OVER 200 DAYS A YEAR? • IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST LIVING GUITARISTS? Yep – you guessed it – JOE BONAMASSA! And wouldn’t you love to win TWO TICKETS TO SEE JOE BONAMASSA at the Fox Theatre on Friday, February 28th?  Yeah, we thought so! The Atlanta Blues Society is raffling off TWO SETS of TWO TICKETS so you can! Tickets are $15 each or five for $60 and all proceeds go to the Blue Flame Fund of the Atlanta Blues Society, earmarked to assist musicians in need. Get your raffle tickets in person at either the January meeting on Sunday, January 19, at Gypsy Rose Music, Roswell, 3pm -6pm, or on Sunday, February 16, at our annual renewal meeting at Blind Willie's, 3pm-6pm. The drawing will be held on February 16th at Blind Willie’s! You do NOT need to be present to win – and the drawing is limited to 300 tickets – so the odds are in your favor! If you are not the one of the lucky ones to win, please go out and buy tickets to the show from the Fox Theatre, good seats still available but won't be for long!


Get on out and listen to some live blues!

Monday, January 20
• (closed) – Blind Wilie’s
• Larry Griffith – Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
• Bobby Fotay’s Orchestra – Moonshadow Tavern, Tucker
Blues Jam hosted by Lola – Northside Tavern
• GA-20, opening for Neal Francis – Smith’s Olde Bar

Tuesday, January 21
Mandi Strachota – Blind Willie’s
• J.T. Speed – Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
• Swami Gone Bananas – Northside Tavern
• An Evening with Bernadette Seacrest and Kris Dale – Red Light Café
• Larry Griffith – Two Urban Licks

Wednesday, January 22
• Skylar Saufley – Blind Willie’s
• Art Holliday– Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
• The Cazanovas Blues Jam – Gypsy Rose Music, Roswell
• Mad Country Dance Night – Madlife, Woodstock
Tyler Neal Band – Northside Tavern
• Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet – Red Light Café
• Dr. Love Revue Jam Session & Open Mic – Red Sea Café, Pine Lake
• Soul Blues Live – Vibes, Decatur

Thursday, January 23
• Juke Joint Dukes – Blind Willie’s
• Chickenshack – Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
• Thunder Thursday Bike Night – Full Throttle Roadhouse, Mableton
• The Sonic Boom, 7:30 pm; Swami Gone Bananas, 9:30 pm – Gypsy Rose Music, Roswell
• Dark Water (Kristian Bush of Sugarland), opener Boys Club for Girls – Madlife, Woodstock
The Breeze Kings – Northside Tavern

Friday, January 24
• Funky Bluester – Amici, Monroe
• Damon Fowler – Blind Willie’s
• Robben Ford – City Winery
• Dusty’s Ragtime and Novelties – Connect Live, Acworth
• Rockaholics – Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
• James Henley Band – Full Throttle Roadhouse, Mableton
• A Celebration of Ray Charles presented by Adam Wakefield Band, 7:30 pm; Comedy Night
____Featuring Lace Larrabee, Jarrod Harris & More, 10 pm – Madlife, Woodstock
• Frankie’s Blues Mission – Maxwell’s Cigar Bar, Woodstock
• Magnolia Express – Moonshadow Tavern, Tucker
• The Vipers – Northside Tavern
• Donna Hopkins & Ralph Roddenbery – Waller’s Coffee Shop, Decatur

Saturday, January 25
• 9th Annual Oysterfest - Atkins Park, Smyrna
___With Eddie 9V, 3:30-6:30pm, and Wasted Potential Brass Band, 7-10 pm
• Sandra Hall & The Shadows – Blind Willie’s
• The Vipers – Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
• Chequered Blue – Full Throttle Roadhouse, Mableton
• Collusion Band; The Bitteroots – Gypsy Rose Music, Roswell
• The Wildflowers, Tribute to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Madlife, Woodstock
• Canelita Sabrosa – Maxwell’s Cigar Bar, Woodstock
• Out @ Midnight – Moonshadow Tavern, Tucker
• The Electromatics – Northside Tavern
• Sawgrass Blues Band – Spiced Right Ribhouse, Roswell
• North Mississippi Allstars, Southern Avenue – Terminal West
• Frankie’s Blues Mission, 4:30; Robert Lee Coleman, 8 pm – Waller’s Coffee Shop, Decatur

Sunday, January 26
• Brandon Reeves – Blind Willie’s
• Fat Back Deluxe – Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
• Rockin’ Roll-in Sundays w/ Duo-Ride, 2-6 pm – Full Throttle Roadhouse, Mableton
• Uncle Sugar – Northside Tavern

Looking Ahead…


Friday, January 24
• Robben Ford – City Winery

Saturday, January 25
North Mississippi Allstars, Southern Avenue – Terminal West

Thursday, January 30
Taj Mahal Trio w/ Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley – City Winery

Friday, January 31
Tinsley Ellis Album Release – City Winery

Thursday, February 6
• Lauren Anderson – Gypsy Rose Music, Roswell

Thursday, February 13
• Dirty Dozen Brass Band – The Vista Room, Decatur

Saturday, February 15
• Webb Wilder w/ Tom Gray (of Delta Moon) – Smith’s Olde Bar

Sunday, February 16
• Jimbo Mathus – Smith’s Olde Bar

Wednesday – February 19
Ana Popovic – Terminal West

Saturday, February 22
• The Allman Betts Band with JD Simo & Jackson Stokes – Grand Opera House, Macon
Delbert McClinton – Variety Playhouse

Sunday, February 23
Francine Reed – Eddie’s Attic, Decatur

Monday, February 25
• Doyle Bramhall II – Eddie’s Attic

Friday, February 28, and Saturday, February 29
Joe Bonamassa – Fox Theatre




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