Thanksgiving will be here in the blink of an eye. it’s a time to show gratitude and one thing all lovers of the blues should b thankful for are the hard-working club owners and their staffs and the musicians, many of whom spend long hours on the road to come and play for us. And then there’s all the local talent that fills the clubs and jams week after week. Yet attendance is lagging at many local clubs. I know the weather is unpredictable and it is easier to just stay in and watch TV, but if we say we want live music, then we should go out and support it when we can! This week, some lucky people will have the chance to see Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama & the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet at Emory University. Friday has JP Soars and the Red Hots AND Big Bill Morganfield. There are an ABS Gathering and a Friendsgiving celebration you can even attend with your kids! PLEASE get out and show your love for our blues scene this week! Here’s where:
Matt Pendrick is at Blind Willie’s.Mike Watson hosts the jam at Loco’s in Alpharetta and Lola is the host of the jam at Northside Tavern. The Emerald Empire Band Showcase takes place at The Vista Room in Decatur.
Poverty Level is at Darwin’s and Andrew Black is at Blind Willie’s. Ross Pead & Friends are at Front Page News in Little 5 Points. Swami Gone Bananas is at Northside Tavern and there is an acoustic open mic with Bones at Nik’s Place in Marietta. The Larry Griffith Band is at Two Urban Licks.
Darwin’s has the blues jam with The Cazanovas. The Bob Page Trio is at Blind Willie’s and Mudcat is at Northside Tavern. Zaib Kahn hosts the open blues jam at Nik’s Place and there’s a blues jam with Nick Edelstein & Friends at Cabbage Pie. Blues and Brews features ThunderGypsy at Hard Rock Café. Jake Holliday’s Blues Jam happens at MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker.
Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama & the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet are at The Schwartz Center at Emory University. Cody Matlock & Friends are at Darwin’s and The Cazanovas are at Blind Willie’s. Chickenshack is at Fat Matt’s and Nathan Nelson is acoustic at Nik’s Place. The Breeze Kings are at Northside Tavern. Lady D hosts her Eastside Thursday Rocking Open Mic Jam at Vibes Nite Club. Eric Gant hosts an Open Jam at MoonShadow Tavern.
Darwin’s has Dos Martins & heY’ALLigator and House Rocker Johnson is at Blind Willie’s. Ol’ Matt Donald’s Farm is at MoonShadow Tavern. The Love Tractor and the Swimming Pool Q’s Reunion takes place/at The Vista Room. Jacks River is at Nik’s Place. Saturday there’s the ABS Gathering and Jam and
JP Soars & the Red Hots are at Darwin’s. Big Bill Morganfield is at Blind Willie’s. Fatback Deluxe is at the Green Market at Piedmont Park from 10 am to 1 pm and Kitten & Fontaine are at MoonShadow Tavern. The Bretheren are at Nik’s Place and The Larry Griffith Band is at Taco Cowboy.
The Atlanta Blues Society Gathering and Jam hosted by The Sweet & Salty Blues Band takes place from 3-6 pm at MadLife in Woodstock. Darwin’s is hosting Friendsgiving with Bean & Bear & The Possum Kingdom Ramblers.There is a Jazz & Blues Brunch at City Winery, Featuring Julie Dexter, Theresa Hightower, Terence Harper, The Mose Davis Trio and more. Uncle Sugar is at Northside Tavern.
That’s it! Have fun and keep on bluesin’!