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New live music venues for Metro Atlanta

We went to Subourbon Social Club and Raw Bar in Kennesaw last weekend to see ROger “Hurricane” Wilson and The Breeze Kings and really enoyed the place. It is a venue for all sorts of music, including blues, country, and rock. The menu includes a number of types of oysters , shrimp, pizza and salads and there are mixed drinks as well as the bourbon you would expect from the name. Pretty cool place and something Kennesaw certainly needed.

We have not been to Durango Woodfire Grill in Duluth,  which has its grand opening this weekend, bu starting out with The Breeze Kings is a very good sign. Looking at their projected schedule, it looks like they will be featuring blues regularly.

It is always good to see live music venues proliferating. Be sure to check these out if you are in the area.

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This weekend: Warm blues for a cold weekend in and around Atlanta

It’s a fairly laid-back weekend in and around Atlanta for the blues, but there’s still plenty of reason to escape the cold and gather with friends for some great live music! James Armstrong at Blind Willie’s, Bobby Thompson at Darwin’s,The Breeze Kiings helping celebrate the Grand Opening of Durango Woofire Grill in Duluth and at Superica, a Boby Dylan jam at Steve’s Live Music..these are just a few that should entice you out of your house!

Here are these and more…

Friday,

Jamss Armstrong is at Bilnd Willie’s. The Bobby Thompson Project is at Darin’s and Swap Raw Deal is at Fat Matt’s. The Breeze kings are at Durango Woodfire Grill in Duluth and the Wayback Band is at Mia’sCafe Wingmax in Hiram.  Mike Veal isat Napoleon’s Grill in Decatur and Nonstop Blues Band is at Red Brick Brewing Company. Tribute: A Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band i at Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs Roger “Hurricane” Wilson starts things off at Subourbon Bar in Kennesaw, followed by the Sweet And Salty Blues Band.

Saturday

The Cazanovas play at Darwin’s and Sandra hall is at Blind Willie’s. Funky Brewster is at Fat Matt’s and  and The Larry Griffith Band is at The Painted Pin. Brandon Reeves is at The Ritz Carlton in Buckhead. Steve’s Live Music has a Bob Dylan Tribute Jam and The Breeze Kings are at Superica.

Sunday

The Billy George Duo hosts the blues brunh at Cypress Street Pint & Plate. Fat Back Deluxe is at Fat Matt’s and Uncle Sugar is at Northside Tavern. There is a blues jam at Highlands Bar & Grill in Marietta.
Update on Southern Crossroads: Georgia Blues. The book continues to sell well, even in the UK and as far away as Australia and Hungary! Get your copy!

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This weekend: Celebrate blues around Atlanta

It’s time for another blues-filled week!

 

The big news is the International Blues Challenge Fundraiser, sponsored by the Atlanta Blues Society, on Saturday at Darwin’s, with the winners of the Atlanta Blues Challenge performing. The money raised will go to help with the performers’ expenses in Memphis. No Solution, the youth group, will kick things off and solo/duo winners Blind Cadillac and band winner Markey Blue will carry things on into the evening. It all starts at 8 pm!  Come on out and congratulate Darwin’s and help out the bands, plus have an awesome time! I will also be signing Southern Crossroads: Georgia Blues and donating $4 a book to the cause!

Plenty of other good stuff is happening this weekend too. Take a look.

Friday

George Hughley is at Blind Wilie’s and The Rhythm Yard is at Darwin’s in Marietta. Alanta Boogie is at Fat Matt’s and The Wayback Band is at Buffalo’s Cafe in Hiram. Yonrico Scott and Harley are at MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker. Mike Veal is at Napoleon’s Grill in Decatur and Stoney Brooks entertains at Northside Tavern.Roger “Hurricane” Wilson is at SuBourbon Social Club in Kennessaw, followed at 8:30 pm by The Breeze Kings.

Saturday

The IBC Fundraiser and celebration of  Darwin’s winning the Keep the Blues Alive award, takes place at Darwin’s. Beverly “Guitar” Watkins entertains at BlLind Willie’s and Blue Roads is at Fat Matt’s. Bill Sheffield is at Northside Tavern and The Wayback Band is at Pizza Shack in Dallas.

Sunday

Tanglewood Tonic is at Blind Willie’s. The Billy George Duo hosts the blues brunch at Cypress Street Pint & Plate and Fat Back Deluxe is at Fat Matt’s. Uncle Sugar is at Northside Tavern. There is a blues jam at Highlands Bar & Grill in Marietta.
That’s it! Have fun and keep on bluesin’!

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The Death of Bowie

The Internet is buzzing with an outpouring of love and memories invoked by the death of David Bowie. I , too, have lots of memories from “Starman” to “Labyrinth.” it was “Labyrinth” that immediately came to mind, and “Dance Magic Dance.” The next image I recalled was of Bowie and Mick Jagger dancing to “Dancing In Th Streets.” For others, it was Bowie and Queen “Under Pressure:.” The list is  long. Bowie affected peopleall over the globe. So we sadly say goodbye to another great entertainer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

=Ziggy Staradust.” The list is long as Bowie impacted people around the globe. So we bid a sad goodbye to yet another great singer and entertainer. RIP.

 

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The week ahead: Lots of blues in and around Atlanta

 

Welcome to another week of blues in and around Atlanta! The big news this week is the International Blues Challenge fundraiser at Darwin’s to help the bandss who are representing Atlanta get to Memphis at the end of the month. We are also celebrating Darwin’s winning the Keep The Blues Alive Award this year! I will have copies of Southern Crossroads: Georgia Blues available at the fundraiser and $4 from each sale will go to the fundraiser. There will also be raffles and other merchandise for sale!

In addition to that event on Saturday, there is a whole week of other great blues events and  lots more venues to visit. Here we go:

Monday

Joe McGuinness is at Blind Willie’s and Cody Matlock is at Darwin’s The Pork Bellys are at Fat, Matt’s. Mike Watson hosts the jam at Loco’s in Alpharetta and Lola hosts the jam at Northside Tavern.

Tuesday

4 Kroness are at Darwin’s with Cody Matlcok.  The Boo Hoo Ramblers are at Blind Willie’s and J.T. Speed is at Fat Matt’s. Nathan Nelson & Entertainment Crackers are at Northside Tavern.   The Larry Griffith Band is at Two Urban Licks.

Wednesday

Atlanta Boogie is at Blind Willie’s and Darwin’s has the Pro Jam. The Hollidays are at Fat Matt’s and Brandon Reeves is at Johnnie MacCracken’s. Mudcat is at Northside Tavern and Andrew Black is at Subourbon Social Club in Kennesaw.

Thursday

Sandra Hall is at Blind Willie’s. The Cazanovas host the jam at Darwin’s and Chickenshack is at Fat Matt’s. Lucky Stray is MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker and Nathan Nelson is acoustic at Nik’s Place in Marietta. Mike veal & Barry Thrasher are at Napoleon’s Grill in Decatur. The Breeze Kings are at Northside Tavern  The Seminole Jacson Trio  hosts the jam at Cafe 1711 in Snellville and Wavetree hosts an open jam at Highlands  East Cobb in Marietta. Lady D ha the  Musician’s Jam, at Lavish Bistro in Decatur.

Friday

The Rhythm Yard is at Darwin’s and George Hughley is at Blind Willie’s. Atlanta Boogie is at Fat Matt’s. The Wayback Band is at Buffalo’s Cafe in Hiram. The great Yonrico Scott celebrates his birthday at MoonShadow Tavern. Mike Veal is at Napoleon’s Grill and Stoney Brooks is at Northside Tavern. Roger “Hurricane” Wison is at Subourbon Social Club, follwed by The Breeze Kings.

Saturday

Darwin’s hosts the IBC Fundraiser and celebrates winning the Keeping The Blues Alive Award, with Atlanta Blues Challenge winners performing.. Beverly “Guitar” Watkins is at Blind WIllie’s and Blue Roads is at Fat Matt’s. Bill Sheffield is at Northside Tavern and The Wayback Band is at Pizza Shack in Dallas.

Sunday

Tanglewood Tonic is at Blind Willie’s. The Billy George Duo hosts the blues brunch at Cypress Street Pint & Plate. and Fat Back Deluxe is at Fat Matt’s.  Uncle Sugar is at Northside Tavern.

That’s it!  Have fun and keep on bluesin’!

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This weekend: Blues in and around Atlanta

 

Things are settling into the post-holiday routine for most of us, and for blues lovers around Atlanta that should include going out and supporting live blues in the area! These great bands and venues are providing warm and friendly places  to escape the cold and have some fun and you should plan to go out and catch one of the great shows listed below this weekend!

Friday

Sandra Hall is at Blind Willie’s and JJ Thames is at Darwin’s in Marietta. Kerry Hill is at Fat Matt’s. Brandon Reeves  is at Center Street Tavern oin Acworth amd The Wayback Band os at Doc’s Food and Spirits in Smyrna. Mike Veal is at Napoleon’s Grill in Decatur and Zydefunk is at Northside Tavern.  Gina Sicilia is at Red Clay Foundry in Duluth with Danika Holmes and Jeb. Roger “Hurricane” Wilson is a tSubourbon Social CLub in Kennesaw and The Mar-Tans are at Venkman’s..

Saturday

Zabadodat is at Darwin’s and John Nemeth is at Blind Willie’s. Garrett Collns is at Fat Matt’s. Tje Rockaholicscs celebrate Hank’s Birthday Bash at MoonShadow Tavern and The Rainmen are at Napoleon’s Grill in Decatur. Frankie’s Blues Mission is at NOrthside Tavern. Variety Playhouse presents Live at The Fillmore, the Definitive Tribute to the Original Allman Brothers Band.

Sunday

The Billy George Duo hosts the blues brunch at Cypress Street Pint & Plate. Fat Back Deluxe is at Fat Matt’s and Uncle Sugar is at Northside Tavern.

That’s it! Have fun and keep on bluesin’!

 

Dpn’t forget to pick up your copy of Southern Crossroads: Georgia BLues at Amazon in print or for Kindle!

 

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Israeli Blues Rocker’s “X-Mas Blues” and “New Year’s Blues” Trigger Avalanche of New Fans on Social Media

Lazer LLoyd is my favorite blues performer of 2015 and Mark Pucci just sent out a long press release with some fascinating news about him. Here it is in its entirety:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 5, 2016

 

Lazer Lloyd on Facebook: http://facebook.com/lazerlloyd)

CHICAGO, IL – Lazer Lloyd, known as “Israel’s King of Blues Rock,” may have released the holiday songs of the season and grown legions of new fans in the process.  His “X-Mas Blues” (link below) posted on his Facebook page, quickly drew over 400,000 views and hundreds of commentts. He followed that with “New Year’s Blues” (link below), attracting over one million views, 14,000 Likes, 10,000 Shares and 1,400 emotional and enthusiastic comments from music fans discovering him for the first time. The phenomenon has continued with “Living Is to Struggle,” a non-holiday tune which has now been viewed 800,000 times with 5,700 shares. Lloyd draws large crowds in Israel and has a growing, passionate following in the U.S., where his “Burning Thunder” is the #2 song of 2015 on the Blues Rock chart and “Broken Dreams” is #6.

People of all kinds are discovering this genre-defying artist whose music is inspiring them to make comments such as:

?Mike Scott (Iowa) “Would LOVE to find where I can purchase this song. I sat here in my office for 90 minutes, listening to it – over and over. Very cool sounds. First of its kind I’ve ever heard.”

?Scott M. Bernard (Louisiana) “You got a sound that’s out this world man! Made me think, just because we say to ourselves ‘Guess I didn’t need ’em around when they hurt me’…doesn’t make it any easier to let them go. Keep on jammin brother!”

Sidney Panek (Michigan) “Don’t know how you popped up on my feed, but you’re sticking around. Jimmy and SRV and anyone else I can think of comes back from the dead

Andy Alpern (Israel) “This was the only thing that stopped my baby crying after an hour straight this morning! Thanks Lazer.”

?Jonjuan Santiago  (Florida) “Wow, amazing just what I need it at this moment going through a lot at the moment and something told me to click on this video and your energy with the electric guitar gave me goosebumps, love this video thank you…Much respect.”

?Robert Stevens (Minnesota) “You have a true gift, this is the first I’ve seen you. Must See More. I’ve always wanted to play guitar, and you give me inspiration to try.

Thanks.”

Lazer’s visibility has also been spreading through traditional media as shown by the raft of rave reviews printed throughout music publications in the summer of 2015. His current feature as one-to-watch in the glossy Vintage Guitar Magazine’s 2016 holiday edition describes Lloyd “showing off his chops on tough blues-rockers, soul ballads, and funky Hendrix-inspired rock.” More http://lotsofloverecords.com

“Exuberant vocals and razor sharp guitar work” – Downbeat

“Reminds of Santana’s Best” – Elmore

“An almost spiritual force” – Gonzo Online (Canada)

Whether smoking hot or meditative, Lloyd’s unique style is forged through the white-hot furnace of his three insatiable loves: songwriting, guitauitar, and communicating with the audience.  At the core he notes is, “Blues, roots rock, folk, it’s real; it’s about everyone’s life story and it heals.”

“Xmas Blues” by Lazer Lloyd

Facebook: https://business.facebook.com/lazerlloyd/videos/1710693202507534/?theater

YouTube: https://youtu.be/tc-gictt3XY

“New Year’s Blues” (original title is “Dikla”) by Lazer Lloyd

Facebook:  https://business.facebook.com/lazerlloyd/videos/1712340682342786/?theater

YouTube: https://youtu.be/iyTTjHN5D4g

“Living Is To Struggle” by Lazer Lloyd

Facebook: https://business.facebook.com/lazerlloyd/videos/1713439815566206/?theater

YouTube: https://youtu.be/ymNmP2UEVuA

Lazer Lloyd on the phenomenon of his songs spreading around the world

Israeli Blues Rocker’s “X-Mas Blues” and “New Year’s Blues” Trigger Avalanche of New Fans on Social Media
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