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This weekend: Find the blues in and around Atlanta July 18-20, 2014

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With the sad news of the passing of Johnny Winter, we are reminded of how important it is to get out and enjoy our legends when we can. So I would like to especially encourage you to come out and see Beverly "Guitar" Watkins at Darwin's on Friday. Besides that, she is an amazing musician and if you've not seen her you want to do that.

In fact, it's a big weekend for Darwin's as far as I'm concerned because my friend and one of my favorite performers, Bobby Messano, is also going to be there, on Saturday. And these are just two of the great shows that are going on this weekend. Here are some of the other great blues acts we have the chance to see and appreciate:

With the sad news of the passing of Johnny Winter, we are reminded of how important it is to get out and enjoy our legends when we can. So I would like to especially encourage you to come out and see Beverly "Guitar" Watkins at Darwin's on Friday. Besides that, she is an amazing musician and if you've not seen her you want to do that.

In fact, it's a big weekend for Darwin's as far as I'm concerned because my friend and one of my favorite performers, Bobby Messano, is also going to be there, on Saturday. And these are just two of the great shows that are going on this weekend. Here are some of the other great blues acts we have the chance to see and appreciate:

Friday, Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin is at Blind Willie's. As already mentioned, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins is at Darwin's. Atlanta Boogie is at Fat Matt's and Larry Griffith is at The Greater Good BBQ in Tucker. Chicago Joe has a student jam at Tin Roof Cantina and Swami Gone Bananas has a birthday bash at Northside Tavern.

Saturday, Bobby Messano returns to Darwin's and another legend, Sandra Hall is at, Blind Willie's. Famous Pub presents Mike Snowden's Live Cigar Box Music. Rough Draft is at Fat Matt's and The Cazanovas are at Northside Tavern. Live at the Fillmore, a Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band, is at Variety Playhouse.

Sunday, Fat Back Deluxe at Fat Matt's. Uncle Sugar, featuring Eddie Tigner, Larry Griffith and Ross Pead, more legends, is at Northside Tavern. Locals has the Sunday Night Jam and the Atlanta Blues Society has its monthly meeting and jam at MoonShadow Tavern in Tucker with The Andy Makely Band as hosts. This is a great time to come out and check out the society and join!

That's it for this week. Remember, go out and support your favorite musicians and never take the music for granted! Have fun and keep on bluesin'!

Clubs mentioned regularly in this column:

Blind Willie's
828 North Highland Ave
Atlanta, GA

Darwin's Blues Club
1508 Roswell Rd
Mariettta GA

Fat Matt's Rib Shack
1811 Piedmong Ave NW
Atlanta GA

Northside Tavern
1058 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta GA

Nik's Place645 Whitlock Ave
Marietta GA

Locals Bar and Grill
6380 Bells Ferry Rd
Acworth GA

MoonShadow Tavern
3976 Lawrencevill Hwy
Tucker GA

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