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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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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’!


I am the author of a number of books, including Southern Crossroads: Georgia Blues, T;Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do, about blues women, The Irish Slaves, a non-fiction work about Irish History, and Haunted Marietta, a nook from the History Press about my hometown of Marietta, GA and its ghosts. I am a member and sponsor of The Atlanta Blues Society.

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