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This week: Indie Blues in and around Atlanta April 17-23

By Rhetta
In INDIE Blues Scene
Apr 17th, 2017

Things are heating up both musically and weather-wise in Atlanta and that means festivals around here. Take note on the weekend of Sweetwater 420, Amplify Decatur, and The Big Shanty Festival,  all including blues.  Get on your shorts and get outside!

Also take note of the Atlanta Blues Society meeting on Sunday!

Here’s a lot more good stuff, too:


Brandon Reeves is at Blind Willie’s. The Larry Griffith Band is at Fat Matt’s and there is a jam with Mike Watson and Friends at Loco’s in Alpharetta. Lola hosts the jam at Northside Tavern.


Mudcat is at Darwin’s in Sandy Springs. The Boo Hoo Ramblers are at Blind Willie’s. J.T. Speed are at Fat Matt’s and Ross Pead and Friends are at Front Page News.Swami Gone Bananas is at Northside Tavern and Blues Generation hosts a blues jam at Montie’s Public House. There is an acoustic jam with Bones at Nik’s Place. The Subourbon Misfits host a jam at Subourbon Bar in Kennesaw.


Darwin’s has the blues jam with The Cazanovas and The Mojo Dojo Band ts at Blind Willie’s The Georgia Flood is at Fat Matt’s. Mudcat is at Northside Tavern. Zaib Kahn hosts an open blues jam at Nik’s Place and the Towne Cinema Blues Jam with Nick and the Grooves takes place at Towne Cinema in Avondale. Jake Holliday’s blues jam takes place at MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker.


The Shadows are at Blind Willie’s and Cody Matlock & Friends are at Darwin’s. Chickenshack is at Fat Matt’s and Nathan Nelson is acoustic at Nik’s Place. The Breeze Kings are at Northside Tavern and Col. Bruce Hampton and Madrid Express are at the Vista in Decatur. Ross Pead & Cypress Knees are at MoonShadow Tavcern.


Samantha Fish is at Sweetwater 420 Fest at 2:15 at Centennial Olympic Park. Skyla Burrell is at Darwin’s and Houserocker Johnson & the Shadows is at Blind Willie’s. The Sweet & Salty Blues Band is at Fat Matt’s. The Soul Circus Cowboys are at MoonShadow Tavern and Stoney Brooks is at Northside Tavern. The Larry Griffith Duo is at GC BBQ in Roswell.


Sweetwater 420 continues with Trombone Shorty and Anders Osborne in the afternoon. Big Bill Morganfield is at Blind Willie’s and Donna Hopkins is at Darwin’s. Dr. Dixon & the Operators are at Fat Matt’s and
Tommy Talton has a CD Release Show with Alex Guthrie Band opening at The Vista. The Amplify Decatur Music Festival Feat. Lucinda Williams takes place in downtown Decatur. Jessie Albright and Foster Blues are at El Don’s in Alpharetta. The Breeze Kings are at Northside Tavern.


The Atlanta Blues Society Gathering & Jam with host band Thunder Gypsy takes place from 3-6 pm at Arena Tavern in Duluth. Roger “Hurricane” Wilson performs solo at 4 pm at the Big Shanty Festival in Kennesaw. Darwin’s hosts the Gospel Lunch and Fat Back Deluxe is at Fat Matt’s. Uncle Sugar is at Northside Tavern.

That’s it! Have fun, keep on bluesin’  and support live music!

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