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The week ahead: Find the blues in and around Atlanta June 30-July 6, 2014

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It's Independence Day week, and what better time to celebrate the freedom to go out and listen to great artists, including those who have declared their own independence to play and record on their own terms?

Here's where to find the live blues during the coming week:

Monday, Barrelhouse Bob Page is at Blind Willie's. Truett Lollis is at Darwin's ia n Marietta for his usual Monday mayhem, and Dry White Toast is at Fat Matt's. Mike Watson hosts the jam at Loco's in Alpharetta and Lola hosts the jam at Northside Tavern. Alexis Vear is the host of the open mic at Steve's Live Music.

Tuesday, Bill Sheffield hosts the acoustic jam at Darwin's and J.T. Speed is at Fat Matt's. There is a blues open mic at Arena Tavern in Duluth and Nathan Nelson & Entertainment Crackers are at Northside Tavern.

Wednesday, Darwin's has the Pro Jam and The Hollidays are at Fat Matt's. Alexis Vear and Stephen "BluesDude" Duncan host the open mic at Hottie Hawgs and Mudcat is at Northside Tavern. Red Light Cafe' has an open mic night.

Thursday, Dirty South TV hosts the Acoustic Lunch Hour at Darwin's with Dan Coy and The Gypsy Players. The Cazanovas host Darwin's evening jam. Chickenshack is at Fat Matt's and Nathan Nelson is at Nik's Place in Marietta. The Breeze Kings are at Northside Tavern and Steve's Live Music has its monthly blues jam.

Friday, happy 4th of July! Darwin's will be closed. John Sosebee is at Fat Matt's and The Barry Richman Band is at Nik's Place. The Piedmont Playboys (featuring Mudcat) will be at Northside Tavern Hottie Hawgs BBQ has a 4th of July Catfish Fry and BBQ featuring Mudcat.

Saturday, The Barry Richman Band is at Darwin's. Sky age and Danny B. Harvey are at Fat Matt's and JP Blues is at Locals in Acworth. Chris Duarte is at Nik's Place in Marietta and Beverly "Guitar" Watkins is at Northside Tavern.

Sunday, Sky Page & Danny B. Harvey are at Fat Matt's. Locals has the Sunday Night jam and Uncle Sugar at the Northside Tavern.

That's it for the coming week! Have a great Independence Day and keep on bluesin'!


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