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The week ahead: Find the blues in and around Atlanta, March 17-23, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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The coming week heralds the welcome beginning of spring (and the birthday of your Atlanta Bluss Examiner.) Let's celebrate with some blues!

It's also St. Patrick's Day Monday. I wrote a article a couple of years ago about the blues and the Irish. Click the link to read The Irish and the history of the blues.

Also, my good friend Marc Gunn hosts a Celtic and Irish Music Podcast and a special St. Patrick's Day podcast. Click the Celtic Music Podcast link to enjoy hours of great contemporary independent Celtic artists.

Now here's where to find the blues this week.

Monday, Blind Willie's has a St. Patrick's Day celebration with the Stoneberrys, Rockspolitation and the Stooge Brothers. Truett Lollis is at Darwin's in Marietta and the Pork Bellys are 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 and The Breeze Kings are at Olde Blind Dog Pub in Milton.

Tuesday, The Hollidays are at Blind Willie's. Bill SHeffield hosts the acoustic jam at Darwin's and Burning Time is at Fat Matt's. Nathan Nelson & Entertainment Crackers are at Northside Tavern. The Breeze Kings are at Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint.

Wednesday, Darwin's hosts the Pro Jam and The Electromatics are at Blind Willie's. The Georgia Flood is at Fat Matt's and Alexis Vear and Stephn "TheBluesDude" Ducan host the open mic and jam at Hottie Hawgs. MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker has an open mic night and Mike Lowry is at Nik's Place in Marietta. Red Light Cafe' also has a open mic night and Lola Gulley is at Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint.

Thursday, The Cazanovas host the jam at Darwin's and Sweet Getty joins The Shadows at Blind Willie's. Chickenshack is at Fat Matt's and Nathan Nelson does an acoustic show at Nik's Place. The Breeze Kings are at Northside Tavern.

Friday, Francine Reed is at Blind Willie's and the Mike Lowry Band is at Darwin's. Southern Soul Assembly with Marc Broussard, JJ Grey, Anders Osborne, and Luther Dickenson are at Center Stage. The Boo Hoo Ramblers are at Fat Matt's and The Hollidays are at Greater Good Barbecue in Tucker. Heather Luttrell is at Steve's Live Music in Sandy Springs with Billie in the Woods opening. Matt Wauchope is at Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint at 4 pm. Chicago Joe has a student jam at Tin Roof Cantina. The great Marcia Ball is at the Variety Playhouse.

Saturday, Hourserocker Johnson is at Blind Willie's and Darwin's has its 2nd annual blues piano duel with Eddie Tigner, Bob Page- and Matt Wauchope! Michelle Malone has two shows at Eddie's Attic in Decatur and Larry Griffith is at Fat Matt's. The Jason Patras Trio is at Greater Good Barbecue in Tucker. The Cazanovas are at North River Tavern in Sandy Springs. Also Katie Martin hosts the afternoon blues jam at Darwin's. Brandon Reeve is at Stillhouse and Lola Gulley is at Sweet Georgia's.
A very special event on Saturday which continues on Sunday is the Chicken Raid at Northside Tavern with performers including Beverly “Guitar" Watkins, Eddie Tigner, Albert White, and Essie Mae Brooks, Robert Lee Coleman, Roy Lee Johnson and Cool John Ferguson. Additional highlights include Italian guitarist Andrea "Tito" Esposito, Charleston SC's Rockabilly queen Skye Paige, Washington DC's Sol, Michelle Malone, The Rockaholics, Lola, Sammy Blue, and Mudcat.

While my birthday is on Friday I will be celebrating it with my family at Darwin's around 6:30 so if you come to the blues piano duel a little early or stay at the jam at bit late come have some cake while supplies last!
Sunday, the Billy George Duo hosts the blues brunch at Cypress Street Pint & Plate. The Chicken Raid continues at Northside Tavern and Snake Legs is at Fat Matt's.

What a packed week! Have fun, keep on bluesin' and Erin Go Braugh!