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The week ahead: Find the blues in and around Atlanta, December 16-22, 2013

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Christmas and New Year's are getting closer and closer and the blues are bubbling all over town to help you celebrate! Here are the big blues shows around town during the coming week:

Monday, it's Truett Lollis and friends at Darwin's in Marietta. The Ringers are at Blind Willie's and Dry White Toast is at Fat Matt's. Mike Watson hosts a jam at Loco's in Alpharetta and Lola hosts the jam at Northside Tavern. Alexis Vear hosts the Open Mic at Steve's Live Music and Art Holliday is at Nik's Place in Marietta.

Tuesday, the Boo Hoo Ramblers are at Blind Willie's and Bill Sheffield hosts the acoustic jam at Darwin's. Locals in Acworth has a Tuesday Night Jam. Burning Time is at Fat Matt's and nathan Nelson & Entertainment Crackers are at Northside Tavern.

Wednesday,John McKnight hosts the Pro Jam at Darwin's and the Electromatics are at Blind Willie's. The Georgia Flood is at Fat Matt's and Alexis Vear and Stephen "BluesDude" Duncan host the jam at Hottie Hawgs.Mudcat is at Northside Tavern and Barefoot Geno,Yonrico Scott and Daniel Groover are at Steve's Live Music. The Lefty Williams Band is at 10 High Club at Dark Horse Tavern.

Thursday, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins is at Blind Willie's and The Cazanovas host the jam at Darwin's. Chickenshack is at Fat Matt's and Nathan Nelson is at Nik's Place.The Breeze Kings are at Northside Tavern and the Donna Hopkins Band is at Steve's Live Music. The Mar-Tans entertain at Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint.

Friday, Marty Manous is at Darwin's and Sandra Hall is at Blind Willie's. Rough Draft is at Fat Matt's and The Rockaholics are at Howard's in Smyrna. MoonShadow Tavern has the First Annual Friends of Richie and Great Gathering of Good Friends with Richie Jones, Ralph Roddenbery, Donna Hopkins, Gibson Wilbanks, Soctt McCredy Band, Jason Kenney, Brian Ashley Jones, Carly Gibson, and BJ Wilbanks.

Also Friday,Chris Duarte is at Nik's Place and Stoney Brooks is at Northside Tavern and Michelle Nalone is at Steve's Live Music. Chicago Joe has a student jam at Tin Roof Cantina.

Saturday, Big Bill Morganfield is at Blind Willie's and The Georgia Flood has a CD Release Party at Darwin's. Eddie's Attic has The Blind Boys of Alabama and Soul Suga with Yonrico Scott and Diana Durrett. Dry White Toast is at Fat Matt's and Eddie Tigner & Lola present dueling pianos at Northside Tavern. Col. Bruce Hampton and the Madrid Express are at Red Light Cafe. Steve's Live Music presents Frankie Robiinson, Tommy Macon, and The Gentle Men of Jazz. Men In Blues have a Solstice Party at Napoleon's in Decatur.

Sunday, Billy George Duo host a Blues Brunch at Cypress Street Pint & Plate. the Blind Boys of Alabama perform at 1:30 pm at Eddie's Attic and Snake Legs are at Fat Matt's.Uncle Sugar ks at Northside Tavern.

That's it for a busy holiday week! Have fun and keep on bluesin'!

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