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The week ahead: Find the blues in and around Atlanta, December 23-29 2013

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Merry Christmas to all of my readers who celebrate the day and Happy Holidays to everyone!

It's the last full week of 2013. How hard is that to believe? We have had a great blues year this year and it will be a great blues year in 2014 as well! Let's see where to find the great blues this week:

Monday, Truett Lollis and friends have fun at Darwin's in Marietta as always. Midnight Revival is at Blind WIllie's and Dry White Toast is at Fat Matt's. Mike Watson and friends host the jam at Loco's in Alpharetta and Rod Hamdallah is at Nik's Place in Marietta. Lola hosts the jam at Northside Tavern and Alexis Vear hosts the open mic at Steve's Live Music in Sandy Springs.

Tuesday, Blind Willie's is closed. According to my information Darwin's is still having Bill Sheffield host the acoustic jam but please check. Fat Matt's is closed and Mudcat is at Northside Tavern.

Wednesday, Blind Willie's and Fat Matt's are closed. Darwin's may be having the Pro Jam. Mudcat and Bill Sheffield have their annual acoustic evening at Northside Tavern and Steve's Live Music has the Mark Michelson & Lefty Williams Festivus Fundraiser Jam at 3 pm.

Thursday, Sweet Betty is at Blind Willie's and The Cazanovas host the jam at Darwin's. Fat Matt's remains closed by Johnny Scales is at MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker and The Breeze Kings are at Northside Tavern. The Randy Chapman Trio is at Steve's Live Music.

Friday, Nathan Nelson is at Darwin's and Houserocker Johnson is at Blind Willie's. Sweet and Salty are at Fat Matt's and there's a Jus' Blues Holiday Extravaganza with Theodis Ealey at the Holiday Inn on Capital Avenue in Atlanta. The Barry Richman Band is at MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker. Mudcat ia at Nortgside Tavern and Billy George and Mo' Lightnin" are at Two Urban Licks.

Saturday, there's a special Raise The Roof Benefit for the Blues Foundation at Darwin's starting at 4 pm and featuring Timo Arthur & Tamara Nicolai, Nathan Nelson, Frankie`s Blues Mission, Veronika Jackson, Mudcat, Chicago Joe, Breeze Kings, the Cazanovas, Heaven Davis, Mudbone Turner, Lola Gulley, and the Little G Weevil Band.

Also Saturday, the North Mississippi Allstars are at The Buckhead Theatre and Delta Moon is at Eddie's Attic. The Freebirds are at Fat Matt's and Rumblefish is at MoonShadow Tavern. Marty Manous is at Nik's Place and Mudcat is at Northside Tavern. Billy George an Mo' Lightnin' continue at Two Urban Licks.

Sunday, The Billy George Duo host the Blues Brunch at Cypress Pint and Plate. Snake Legs are at Fat Matt's and Uncle Sugar is at Northside Tavern. Locals in Acworth has its Sunday Night Jam..

That's it for a merry week! However you celebrate I hope it's happy! Have fun and keep on bluesin"!

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