The contestants have all applied and we are busy getting ready for another fabulous Atlanta Blues Challenge!

Atlanta Blues Challenge
Date: Sunday, August 25, 2019
Time: 1pm-10pm 
Place:  Route 66 Restaurant & Music Venue
Address: 6000 Medlock Bridge Parkway,
Johns Creek, GA 30022

The Atlanta Blues Challenge is the Atlanta Blues Society’s competition to select our representatives for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.  This year we have a new venue for our event, Route 66 Restaurant & Music Venue in Johns Creek (Duluth) Georgia. Route 66 is also the signature song of one of Atlanta’s blues legend who we recently lost, Eddie Tigner. and as such, this year’s Challenge will be in honor of Mr. Tigner. To help offset costs of the challenge we will be charging $10 for ABS members and $15 for non-members at the door, cash is preferred in order to speed up the entry process.  Food & drink will be available from the venue, there will be plenty of room for everybody and lots of free parking. We have been accepting applications and will have 12 acts competing. 

The winners will win the following prize money to help with their trip to Memphis (will be presented to them at our Holiday Party:  • Band $750  • Solo/Duo $400  • Youth $300

There will also be a prize of $250 rewarded for People’s Choice which will be determined by voting of the paying patrons at the event.  Make sure to get a ballot after you pay at the door.  Come on out and root for your favorites and see the best up and coming blues acts in the area.

The line-up for this year’s Challenge is as follows:

We will have some very special raffle items to give away at the Challenge which include:
___A Three-Night Stay at Luxury New Orleans Condo - $15/ticket or 4 for $50
___A “Big Egg” package, worth > $1,000 - $15 per ticket or 4 for $50

The following will be raffled off with our regular raffle tickets: 3 For $5, an arm length for $10:
___Passes & T-Shirts to the WRFG Labor Day Barbecue, September 2, 2019
___VIP Passes to GABBAfest Weekend in Macon, GA, September 20-22, 2019
___Cat Head Vodka
___Assorted Blues Artist CD Packages
___ABS Merch

For questions about the Atlanta Blues Challenge contact us at:


CD graphic   3-4-5 System, Explanation of Band Selection Limitations:

Since we only have one event for the Atlanta Blues Challenge, the number of acts might have to be limited to the amount of time we have for this one day. The maximum number of acts we can have in this time frame is 12. The board has come up with what we think will be a fair way to limit the number of bands should we find it necessary to do so. We call it the 3-4-5 system. We have 3 categories of acts, Youth, Solo/Duo, and Band. Depending on the category the first acts to get their registration form and payment in will be the first to secure their slots in the Challenge. For the Youth Category, the first 3 acts that submit will be guaranteed to be in the Challenge. For the Solo/Duo acts, the first 4 acts that submit will be guaranteed to be in the Challenge. For the Band Category, the first 5 acts to submit will be guaranteed to be in the Challenge. All other acts that submit will be put on a waiting list in the order they submit. Once the entry deadline has passed we will see how many acts we have in each category, and if there are any open slots available we will fill these slots with acts on the waiting list in the order they submitted. For example, if we have 5 acts in the Band category, and 3 acts in the Youth category, but only 2 acts in the Solo/Duo category, we will fill the 2 open slots with the first 2 acts on the waiting list, regardless of their category. So it is very important to get your entries in as soon as possible to be able to secure a spot in the challenge.

CD graphic   Winners of the Atlanta Blues Challenge will be able to take advantage of a special offer from Midnight Circus Studios, an Atlanta Blues Society Corporate sponsor.
 Here are the details of the offer:

In order to give the Atlanta Blues Society (ABS) Blues Challenge winners the opportunity to both raise funds to help finance the trip to the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis and to have a recorded product to sell and promote themselves while in Memphis, the Atlanta Blues Society have made arrangements with Midnight Circus Studios to “Record and Master” a CD of up to 12 songs for FREE for both the Band and Solo/duo winners.  The ABS bands will be given first preference in booking time to produce these recordings, with the goal of having a finished product recorded, duplicated and ready for fund raising prior to the IBC competition in Memphis and for use in Memphis as both a for sales product and as a promotional tool.  The only requirement requested by Midnight Circus Studios is that the bands come to the studio “Record Ready”, in that they have all songs chosen, arranged and rehearsed prior to booking studio time. Midnight Circus Studios (if needed) will also advise bands on what is needed to produce graphics and Duplication of the physical CD as well as advising on the procedure of the release of the bands recordings digitally (i.e., ITunes, Amazon MP3).  The actual duplication costs of producing the physical CD and charges that are involved with the digital release of the Recordings are the sole responsibility of the acts. Midnight Circus Studios is only responsible for delivering a finished Mastered recording.
Midnight Circus Productions and Touring  – is owned and operated by Richard L’Hommedieu. As a recording engineer for over 30 years, his list of credits include Gary U.S. Bonds, Frank Latorre (harp for Johnny Winters), JPBlues, Johnny Juice (Public Enemy), Sam “Bluzman” Taylor, Sweet Suzi to name a few. He was the Blues Music Director for WUSB in NY and founded the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. He has relocated to the Atlanta area and is honored to help the Atlanta Blues Society in making this studio offer possible.  In the past, Richard has helped several bands record their masters.

Review of the Atlanta Blues Challenge
by Rhetta Akamutsu
Photos by Sandra Richardson:
The packed house in Hard Rock Cafe’s Music Room exploded in cheers and applause again and again during the more than 7 hours of music we witnessed at the Atlanta Blues Challenge on Sunday, August 21. Twelve of the best blues acts in Georgia competed for the opportunity to win the chance to represent Atlanta at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2017.

The competition was judged by five music professionals, four of whom are musicians themselves. They had a tough job because all of the acts were sensational. In addition, the attendees voted for a People’s Choice Award, and that winner receives $250. There are monetary rewards as well to help with the costs of going to Memphis for the winners. Also, every band that participates in the challenge gets an HD video of their set mixed with a full multi-track LIVE recording, free of charge! This is provided by Midnight Circus Productions and Rich L’Hommedieu, which is an invaluable tool for promoting themselves to future venues and festivals. The winning band and Solo/Duo act will also be eligible for free studio time from Midnight Circus Productions to record a CD, so they can go to Memphis with a finished professionally Studio recorded product!

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