02/14/2007

   
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This Thursday at the RedLight Cafe - Infamous Stringdusters - I've heard these guys are killer!!


The Atlanta Bluegrass Happenings newsletter can now be found anytime at http://atlantabluegrasshappenings.com/

You can find information about country music in the metro Atlanta area at the web site of Atlanta Country Music - www.atlantacountrymusic.com


For information about bluegrass happening in South Carolina try: South Carolina Bluegrass Happenings

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This Week and Weekend:

February 16th - Friday - The Claire Lynch Band at the historic Douglass Theatre in Macon, GA. - 7:30PM. Acoustic Productions presents the return of this twice Grammy-nominated bluegrass legend! Tickets are $18 advance and $20 at the door and are on sale now. Reserved seating - doors open at 7:00. Call The Douglass box office at 478-742-2000 for tickets. Douglass Theatre 355 MLK Blvd Macon, GA. - www.douglasstheatre.org

Other Upcoming Concerts by Acoustic Productions in Macon:
March 9 - Rhonda Vincent and the Rage at the Grand Opera House
For Rhonda Vincent tickets call 478-301-5470 for tickets or buy tickets online at: www.mercer.edu/thegrand
April 14 - The Nashville Bluegrass Band - Douglass Theatre 478-742-2000
May 12, David Grier & Mike Compton and Friends - Douglass Theatre
For info on all concerts visit www.acousticproductions.com

February 16th - GILLIAN WELCH &DAVID RAWLINGS at the Variety Playhouse - Gillian Welch first appeared on the folk scene as a young singer/songwriter armed with a voice and sensibility far beyond her years, earning widespread acclaim for her deft, evocative resurrection of the musical styles most commonly associated with rural Appalachia of the early 20th century. In the early '90s, Welch began performing her own material, as well as traditional country and bluegrass songs, as part of a duo with fellow musician David Rawlings. 8:30pm, $25
Variety is on the web at www.variety-playhouse.com Tickets available at the Variety box office (hours M-F, 12-6pm and nights of shows), all Ticketmaster outlets including Publix, Backstage Music, HMV & Braves Clubhouse; or at the Variety Playhouse website; to charge by phone call (404) 249-6400.

February 17th - Claire Lynch at Bluegrass Winter Concert Series in Oxford, Alabama at the Oxford Civic Center Tickets: Advance $18.00 (per show) At The Door $20.00 Show start at 7pm Central Time for more information call 256-310-1722
Other Bluegrass Winter Concert Series Shows in Oxford, Alabama at the Oxford Civic Center
Mike Snider - Mar 10th 2007 Tickets: Early Bird Special $45.00 (all 3 shows), Advance $18.00 (per show) At The Door $20.00 (per show) All shows start at 7pm Central Time for more information call 256-310-1722

February 17th - TOMMY EMMANUEL and THE GREENCARDS at the Variety Playhouse - Tommy Emmanuel, four-time winner of Australia's Best Guitarist award, has helped bring the art of rock guitar down under to a higher awareness over his two-decade-long career by bringing a sense of jazz improvisation into a mix which also includes blues, country, rock, classical, and Spanish music.The Greencards are a hot, young up and coming bluegrass trio from Australia and the UK - 8pm, $20
Variety is on the web at www.variety-playhouse.com Tickets available at the Variety box office (hours M-F, 12-6pm and nights of shows), all Ticketmaster outlets including Publix, Backstage Music, HMV & Braves Clubhouse; or at the Variety Playhouse website; to charge by phone call (404) 249-6400.

February 17th - The Lovell Sisters Band and Spatial Effects will be performing at the Walker County Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. The Walker County Civic Center is located at 10052 Hwy. 27 North in Rock Spring, GA. Tickets $12.00.
706-375-7797

February 17th - Truckstop Souvenir at Eddie's Attic - This is an acoustic country/folk duo - a husband and wife team that share song writing duties and swap vocal leads, backing each other up with harmony vocals and a battery of instruments, including guitars, fiddle, mandolin and piano. Performing mostly original compositions inspired by old school country and folk. 7:30pm, doors at 6:30pm, 21+, $10 advance, $14 day of, $50 tables. Eddie's Attic, 515-B North McDonough St., Decatur, 404-377-4976, http://www.eddiesattic.com Visit http://www.truckstopsouvenir.com for more info.

February 17th - STRINGS 'N THINGS COFFEE HOUSE: The coffee house features live traditional music and meets every third Saturday of the month in the Fellowship Hall of the Dahlonega United Methodist Church, 107 Park Street, South, 2 blocks from the square. This month the featured performers are: Zac McConnell --guitarist; Alex Thomlinson -- 12 yr. old Champion fiddler; Judy Linn --singer/guitarist; and Uncle Daddy --bluegrass and beyond. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 7:30. A $4 donation is requested. Home baked goodies, coffee and soft drinks for sale. For more information call: 706-864-4127


Coming Soon:

February 23rd - Steep Canyon Rangers at The RedLight Cafe $10

March 9th - The Claire Lynch Band at The RedLight Cafe $20

March 14th (Wednesday) - The Faris Family along with Peachtree Station at Eddie's Attic - The Faris Family is a three time SPBGMA Midwest Entertaining Group of the Year and three time Traditional Bluegrass Band of the Year, They will bring their award winning Bluegrass music - one night only - to the Atlanta area March 14th. - Show starts at 7:30 PM. Peachtree Station opens.
Check out Faris Family audio files at http://www.myspace.com/farisbluegrass
Eddie's Attic - 515 N. McDonough Decatur, GA http://www.eddiesattic.com

March 15th,16th,17th 2007 Spirit of the Bluegrass Music Festival - Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, 3076 95th Dr., Live Oak. Featuring The Lonesome River Band, IIIrd Tyme Out, Blue Moon Rising (2006 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year Nominee), The Chapmans, Michelle Nixon & Drive, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Ernie Thacker & Route 23, Williams and Clark Expedition, Ernie Evans, Bradley Walker, Tyler Williams, Peachtree Station, River Town Girls, Melissa King, the Wilsons, The Gandy Brothers. For tickets Call Toll-Free 866-752-5220 or local Lake City: 386-752-5220 or visit http://www.jrp3.com/index.php

March 22nd - THE AVETT BROTHERS at the Variety Playhouse - The Avett Brothers are a non-traditional bluegrass band that originated in Concord, North Carolina. The band is made up of two brothers, Seth and Scott Avett, and a third member Bob Crawford.The Avett Brothers combine old-time country, bluegrass, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, honky tonk and ragtime to produce a sound described by the Washington Post as "post civil-war modern rock", or by other reviewers as "grungegrass". 8:30pm, $15 advance / $17.50 day of show,
Variety is on the web at www.variety-playhouse.com Tickets available at the Variety box office (hours M-F, 12-6pm and nights of shows), all Ticketmaster outlets including Publix, Backstage Music, HMV & Braves Clubhouse; or at the Variety Playhouse website; to charge by phone call (404) 249-6400.

March 31st - 3rd Annual Southeast High School Bluegrass Jamboree, Southeast High , Dalton, GA. , 3:00 -10:00 pm. Featuring The Mueller Family from Clifton, Maine; Gold Heart Bluegrass of Fairfax, VA; The Barker Brothers from Copper Hill, TN; Southern Heart of Arab, AL, and Dalton's own Garrett Arb and the Grassy Mtn. Boys. $8.00 adults, $5.00 Students, under 6 free. Plenty of jamming, great door prizes, concessions, and free parking. For more info: tom_brown@whitfield.k12.ga.us


April 20-22nd The 11th annual BEAR ON THE SQUARE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL takes place in Dahlonega and features James King, The Biscuit Burners, Curtis Jones/Geoff Hohwald and The Native Heart Band, Gold Rush with Neel Pender, Red Mountain, and more. In addition to Bluegrass and Old-time music, this annual celebration of Appalachian culture and folkways offers a traditional mountain crafts market, a country auction, storytelling, children's activities, workshops, and dance plus the Nick Pender Lumpkin County Stage which showcases regional artists. Visit www.bearonthesquare.org for more details.

April 26-28th - White Sands Music Festival at The Farmer's Opry, Chumuckla, Florida ( 14 miles north of Pace ). Featuring: The Grascals, Marty Raybon, Gary Waldrep, Carolina Road, Valerie Smith, Hurricane Creek, Lake City Slickers, White Sands Panhandle Band, the great Charlie McCoy and many more. Contact the Farmer's Opry @ (850) 994-6000 or Sandy@farmersopry.com Website: www.farmersopry.com

May 19th - Tony Rice and Alison Krauss and Union Station with Jerry Douglas - Windstorm Productions is very pleased to announce ?A Very Special Performance by Tony Rice and Alison Krauss and Union Station with Jerry Douglas : An evening of material from Tony?s 35-year career? at The Fabulous Fox Theatre on Saturday, Tickets available at The Fox Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

May 19th - First Annual Kennesaw Mountain Bluegrass and Americana Festival at The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain. Line Up includes: Darrell Scott Band, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Chatham County Line, The Packway Handle Band, and Special Guests. Doors open @ 12:00 ? music starts @ 1:30pm Some of the finest musicians of today will converge at the foot of Kennesaw Mountain for a full day of music, food and pickin! Be sure to bring your instruments !!! Come out and enjoy the music $20 Contact Marc Sommers at 770/396-5361 for more details ?www.gardensatkennesaw.com

June 2nd - 4th Annual ETC Bluegrass Festival & Apple Blossom Car Show. Bluegrass show from 10am-9pm @ The Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds in Ellijay Ga. Featuring Mike Snider, Honi Deaton & Dream, Blue Ridge Grass, The Hoyles, The Barker Brothers, The Bluegrass Pickers, Carolina Bluegrass Boys, Ducktown Station, Walnut Grove. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Plates for sale. Bring your lawn chairs, kick back & enjoy the show. Tickets are $10 available at the gate. For more info call Karen @ (706)276-9877 or visit www.northganow.com.

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Ongoing: Shows and Jam Sessions

Every Thursday Live Bluegrass Show and Jam Session at the RedLight Cafe - bluegrass every Thursday featuring local and national acts... jam session from 7pm - 9pm. Stage show begins at 9pm $5 cover ($7 for out of town bands) $3 with instrument. Intown Atlanta For more information: RedLight Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Ave., 404-874-7828, http://www.redlightcafe.com/

Upcoming at the RedLight Cafe's Thursday Bluegrass:

Feb 15th - Infamous Stringdusters
Mar 15th - Michelle Nixon and Drive
March 22 Louis Wamp
March 29 TBA
April 5 Mayhem String Band
April 12 TBA
April 19 Deja Blue
April 26 Coal Mountain
May 3 Three Ring Circle


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Every Saturday - Everett's Pickin' Barn.......every Saturday evening there's a jam session and stage show at the Everett's Music Barn in Suwannee. Ga...for information call: 770-945-5628 or 770-945-9098 or check their web site: http://www.everettbrothers.com/
Everett's Pickin' Barn Schedule: (subject to change with out notice)


February 17th Blue Moon Rising
February 24th Kenny and Amanda Smith
March 10th Mountain Heart
March 17th New Found Road
March 31st Heavens Echos
April 28th Martha & Eddie Adcock
May 5th Charlie Sizemore Band
May 26th Jeanette Williams Band
June 2nd ANNUAL BARN BENEFIT SHOW

June 9th GRASSTOWNE
June 23rd The Chapmans
November 17th Honi Deaton and Dream

November 27th Larry Stephenson Band



Everett's Music Barn is open every Saturday night for music. Our own staff band The Everett Brothers perform and lots of local talent visit and play. The Schedule above is for the Professional Groups that are coming thru and want to perform. A donation of $12.00 each is appreciated on those nights listed above.



Dates are subject to change without notice and for more information please call 770-945-5628 or 770-945-9098 or 770-945-0176. You can email Diane at dunaway550@charter.net
Web site: www.everettbrothers.com


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Every Saturday Night - Hollonville Opry House - Jamming and Stage shows. Stage shows beginning at 6:30pm thru 10:30PM. Good Sound System. Comfortable auditorium seating approximately 250. Operated by donations only. Call 770-228-4832 for further information and booking or email Htkirkland40@aol.com

Visit the web site at: http://hollonvilleopry.com/

January 27th - Dixie Renegades, Patchwork, Kirkland & Friends

Feb 3rd - Potter's Clay, Blue Jam, The Country Band
Feb 10th - Riverdale Travelers, Scott Spangler, Honey Creek Boys, Kirkland & Friends
Feb 17th - Slim Pickins, Homeward Bound, Blue Jam
Feb 24th - Generics, Kirkland & Friends, Gospel Gazette

Hollonville Opry House is located approximately 12 miles west of Griffin on Hwy 362 in Hollonville (Pike Co) GA. From Atlanta: Go I-75 south to 19/41 toward Atlanta Race Track. Continue on past Race Track to Griffin taking bypass around Griffin. You will go under (2) overpasses and then take second exit which will be Hwy 362 (Williamson Road). Go west approximately 11 or 12 miles and Hollonville Opry House will be on right just past Hollonville Baptist Church.

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Acworth Opry Bluegrass Venue located in the Cobb Playhouse and Theater, on Main Street, in Acworth, Ga. There is also jammin outside, on the sidewalk, if you like. Children 12 and under are free. Everyone else is $10.00 each, except the performers. Show time, starts at 6:00 PM. - Contact Jim Miller at jim3563@bellsouth.net


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Athens - Bluegrass Tuesdays on the Melting Point (Athens Steam Pub) - 7:00 PM . No cover charge - Weather permitting, we will be outside on the patio. All are welcome to listen or play. Bluegrass style music will be emphasized. To learn more e-mail Rich Mullinax at richmullinax@bellsouth.net.

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Friday Nights -The Chicken Shack - Homer, Ga. is located on Highway 441 approximately 7 miles south of Baldwin, Ga. on the right and just north of Commerce, Ga. on the left between mile markers 12 & 13. For more information: Tommy Irvin: Days 706-778-6116.....Nights 706-778-9323 Small donation at door unless otherwise stated.


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Every Saturday Night......Show Time 7:00.....The Bluegrass Express, Depot Street, Hartwell, Ga. Contact Bobby Hall......706-376-3551??.$6.00

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1st & 3rd Friday night of each month Sawnee Mountain Music (closed some holidays)
Hot-dogs & refreshments served, come jam between 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm show starts at 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm - 1540 Dahlonega Highway; Cumming, GA 30040, 770-887-7635 (for directions) For more info: fontannasunset@adelphia.net
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Every Tuesday and Thursday - Jack's Pickin' Parlor - Williamston, SC Bluegrass stage show and jam session. Hwy. 20/29 Connector, Williamston, SC (1 mile north of Anderson Jockey Lot), 7pm - 10pm. Donations accepted. Pickers of all levels welcome. Everybody is somebody at the Pickin' Parlor. For more information call (864) 483-0706 or see website: www.Jackpickinparlor.com

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Every Thursday night......Country Earls Chomp & Stomp.....Simpsonville, SC - Live Bluegrass - 7:00-9:00 PM. Fish & Chicken Buffet - 5:30-8:00 PM. 407 Balcome Blvd, Simpsonville, SC 29681 (864) 963-9903 Admission cost of meal....Tips for band appreciated!!!!! For more information visit www.countryearl.com

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Monday Night Jams at the Graysville United Methodist Church north of Ringgold, GA. 6:30 until 9:30 - Sponsored by Yours and Mine Old Time Music Association (YMOTMA). We do have late arrivals and early departures but the bulk of the people stay until the 9:30 closing time. Everyone is welcome but remember it is acoustic and old time music mainly.For more details email C Madewell@aol.com


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Every Friday- Live Bluegrass Shows and Jam Sessions at the Outpost Music Barn in Buncombe, Georgia just south of Tallapoosa, Georgia. Bluegrass most every Friday night featuring local and occasional national acts. Jam Sessions outside weather permitting. Stage shows start at 7 p.m. No admission unless national act - donations accepted weekly. For more information: Donald Hand 770-574-7801

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Most every Friday & Saturday night - Just More BBQ - 1410 Cherry St. Pendleton, SC - Bluegrass music most every Friday & Saturday night - Doors Open At 5:00.....Bluegrass..... 6:30 - 9:00 For Directions And Band Schedules and Information: 864-646-3674 Http://Www.Justbarbecue.Com/

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Every Thursday - Buddy Ashmore & Pony Express, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, El Puente Mexican Restaurant, 402 Hwy. 155 South, McDonough, GA. No cover charge. All ages. Info: (770) 305-7858 or http://www.ponyexpressbluegrass.com

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Thursday Night Jams at the Redbank Senior Center in Redbank, TN. For more details contact stevedaugherty48@bellsouth.net



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Every Saturday - Williamson: Music Barn, Hwy 362 near Griffin, Fri. Jam/Sat. Stage Show (open stage), 770-227-3021 or 706-846-8277.

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Every Saturday.....Jam session on the square in Dahlonega, Ga. 2-5pm.
1- 800-231-5543 (April thru October)

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Every Saturday night........Cuzzin's Store, Hwy. 28, Mountain Rest, SC, near Oconee State Park. Cuzzin's store has been known for it's great jam sessions for the past 25 or so years. If you have ever been there in the past you know what huge jams we have had and how much fun they have been. This has been a family tradition for the Lowery Family and now that Robert and Nora Lee are no longer with us the children have decided to continue the tradition. Please get out and support the family. For more information contact Jacky, Renee or Carman @ 864-638-6144 or Joel @ 864-638-8244 cuzzinsstore@yahoo.com

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Wednesday Night Jam Sessions - Bill Schramm has graciously opened his store in Duluth for picking on Wednesday nights at 7:00. If you're interested in dropping by, call Bill at 770 476 1440 for details and directions. He also has a great selection of bait and tackle, does repairs on fishing reels, and builds some mighty fine custom fishing rods.


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Each Tuesday & Thursday - There is a lunchtime jam from 12 noon ? 1 pm, on south campus of the University of Georgia at the Mary Warnell Pond in front of Forestry and Ecology. This is more of an old-time music jam, rather than a bluegrass jam -- fiddle tunes, claw hammer banjos, along with the occasional flatpicking and Bluegrass songs. This is an open jam and is much fun.


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Every 1st Sunday - Jam at the Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau - Some of the SEBA members who participated in the slow jam in Roswell have begun meeting for a jam at the Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau in Roswell, Georgia on the first Sunday of the month from 1:00 - 4:00PM. The Bureau would like to have this become a regular event and all SEBA members are invited to attend. The contact person is Eenee Ferrano who can be reached at mailto:EFerrano@bellsouth.net.
Directions at http://www.cvb.roswell.ga.us/contactus.html

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Every 3rd Saturday - M&M Music Barn - live bluegrass music on stage in east Alabama, plus picking & jamming under the stars. One of the Southeast's longest-running bluegrass venues, run by the legendary Martha & Murphy Wilson. $3 admission during the warm months; free during the winter. Special Friday-Saturday festivals during the spring and again during the fall. Hwy 100 south through Ephesus; turn right onto Alabama Rd. Just past the AL state line, bear all the way left. M&M Music Barn is 1/4 mile down the road on your right.




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Every 3rd Saturday of the month..live traditional music - Dahlonega, GA, - at String 'N Things Coffee House, in the Fellowship Hall of the Dahlonega United Methodist Church, 107 Park St., South, 2 blocks from the square. The coffee house features live traditional music. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 7:30. Donation: $4. For more information call: Laeta Smith 706-864-4127.



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Every 4th Sunday - Bluegrass Jam at the Crimson Moon in Dahlonega, Ga. - Glenda Pender will host this bluegrass jam in the historic Parker-Nix building. These Bluegrass Jams will occur on the 4th Sunday of each month. 2-5 pm



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2nd Monday of each month - "The Hoot" sponsored by the Athens Folk Music & Dance Society, at LIttle Kings in downtown Athens, 2-hour music variety show. 8 - 10 pm admission is FREE. All ages show! Call 706-208-0985 for more info.


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Occasional Fridays - Various Bluegrass Bands at the "Southern Skillet" in Roswell, Ga. - a bluegrass band on some Friday nights, 7pm - 9pm as well as good Southern Cooking. Southern Skillet Restaurant, 1037 Alpharetta Street, Historic Roswell. Free. For more Info: 770-993-7700 or check their web site at: http://www.theskillet.com/


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Alabama Opry House - Alabama Opry House is a new winter Bluegrass venue. It is located in Tarrant, Al., just off I-59 on Tallapoosa St.,which is Hwy 79 N. The Alabama Opry House opens every Fri., Sat., & Sun. at noon for all you Jammers and features 4 jamming rooms as well as open mike and other jam areas.The weekend stage shows begin at 6 p.m. each day. Two bands, each play two 45 minute sets and then Jammin resumes at 9 p.m. The Jammin rooms at The Alabama Opry House are spacious and comfortable and allow a bit of private space, while allowing the public to walk by and view the pickers. Tickets are $8.00 per day, $5.00 with instrument for the jammimg and the stage show. There is a ZERO alcohol tolerance policy. Any band interested in performing this venue should e-mail Regina Lyle at sjusticepromo@aol.com. Visit websites HP40.com and alabamaopry.com for more info on both venues. Telephone #'s for the Alabama Opry House 205-841-3090 or call Regina Lyle at 256-931-0521 or 256-317-5320



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SEBA MEETINGS:

Feb 11, 2007 - SEBA Meeting and Jam Sessions - The SEBA Central Meeting and Jam Session will take place at the Emory Presbyterian Church, Education Building from 3:00-6:00 pm. Plenty of jamming, good fellowship and refreshments. Bring yourself, a friend, and/or your instrument.

Feb 18, 2007 - SEBA South Meeting and Jam - Every 3rd Sunday the meeting of the Southside Chapter of SEBA takes place at the Fayette Community Church, 383 Fayette Place, Fayetteville, GA 30214 from 3:00-6:00 PM. There will be a short show featuring a local band followed by jam sessions for all levels of pickers and great music for everyone else. There's always plenty of fellowship and refreshments. There is no admission charge and membership is not required. Bring an instrument and/or a friend.

Feb 18, 2007 - SEBA North Meeting and Jam - SEBA North is reforming at Long Branch Day Care Center Dahlonega. Come join this monthly covered-dish gathering for pickin, singin, grinning, and eatin? every third Sunday 3 to 6 pm. To reach Long Branch Day Care Center coming from Atlanta, continue north from the end of GA 400, where it crosses GA 60 and becomes Long Branch Road. Travel about two and a half miles and look for the Long Branch Day Care Center sign on the left. Coming from points north, take Long Branch Road south from its intersection with GA 52/115 between Dahlonega and Cleveland. For more information, call Kevin O?Connell or Julie Sanders at 706-348-8101. All bluegrass lovers are cordially invited

For all meeting info. contact jackmasters@mindspring.com or check SEBA's website.For more info check out www.sebabluegrass.org
Meeting Locations: Directions at http://www.sebabluegrass.org/


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Festivals :

For a full list of Festivals check the SEBA Calendar at: http://www.sebabluegrass.org/

To add SEBA's Festival listing to your RSS newsreader, go here:
http://www.sebabluegrass.org/rss/

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Musicians Wanted:

Interested in Celtic Music and Play an instrument - I am a fiddle player looking for musicians who have an interest in traditional Scottish music and play one of the following??.Flute,Tin/Penny Whistle, Low D flute/whistle, Small pipes, Uilleann Pipes, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Keyboard, Hammered Dulcimer, Harp, Bodhran, Cello, Vocalist. Should be able to play by ear and are paper trained would be great and have at least intermediate skills. Live in West Cobb Co. - Marietta/Smyrna/Powder Springs area would be good. I?m also looking for a place to practice in the same west area. If interested, I can be reached at 770-943-4735 after 5 p.m. or leave a message. Keith Dunn dunn4k@wans.net

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Instruments/Books/CDs/ Recording Services:

Johnson Brothers Recording Studio www.mysongdemo.com Record your CD with the Guys who know Bluegrass! Call: 770 787 1900 email: pr@mysongdemo.com


Martin HD28: 2001. Antiqued bone nut and saddle and countersunk ebony bridgepins. Low, flat, fast action with mediums. Never played outside. Excellent condition. Price is $1,700. Will ship for whatever it would cost to UPS, or I would hand deliver it anywhere within 180 miles of Leesburg, GA for $75. Will consider trades of open-backed banjos or nice A-model mandolins. Mike at 229-759-1123; mikevanbrackle@bellsouth.net.

Is Your Mandolin Playing in a Rut? Local mandolinist Brad Laird has just published a new book/CD called "Mandolin Master Class" which is a study of mandolin practice techniques, scales, improvisation ideas and music theory designed for intermediate and advanced mandolin students who already read tab and chord charts and are interested in improvising and taking their playing to a higher level. Includes an audio CD to help the student equalize their ability to play in all keys, begin ear training, and more. The theory material teaches scale construction and usage, chord building, the "number system", the "circle of 5ths", and lots more. For a full discussion the book (with sample pages from the book) visit Brad's web page: Mandolin Master Class
(http://www.duck-wave.com/mandouniversity)


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Jam Groups:

Every other Tuesday evening there's a semi-structured bluegrass jamming in East Roswell. At these sessions, we don't mind slowing things down (just a little) to help accommodate those relatively new to bluegrass music -or for those attempting to learn a new bluegrass instrument. The intent is to get everyone up to artist speed as accurately and as quickly as possible. Always a fun and supportive atmosphere. For more information, contact Gene Bourgeois, our 2003 coordinator, at 770-394-7865.

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Bluegrass Radio:

Windstream Channel 4 in the Hiawassee/Blairsville area plays bluegrass music and classic country for the audio portion of their local community information channel. Bluegrass Tracks is the name of the bluegrass show and it airs four times a day, featuring a large mix of local and regional bluegrass music. Artists are encouraged to submit their music for airplay; for more information, visit: www.bluegrasstracks.net. They also produce a 30-minute weekly television show called Roots & Branches which is videotaped in Hiawassee and features local and regional groups.

New Bluegrass Radio Show In Athens, ?Classic City Bluegrass?, Sundays, 1 ? 2 pm, 90.5 WUOG FM - or listen live at http://www.wuog.org , hosted by Josh Coleman and Rich Mullinax. We will be playing the best in bluegrass from the early days all the way up to the latest releases from today?s hottest pickers. Also featured will be local bluegrass artists and a weekly bulletin board to announce local and regional bluegrass events. Please e-mail your requests and bluegrass related announcements to coleman@uga.edu or richmullinax@bellsouth.net

New Radio Program on WUGA ? Sunday?s at 4 pm, tune in to hear Maggie Hunter and her new show, Just Folks on WUGA 91.7 FM. Quoting Phil Burns, ?You may have heard the wonderful new show on WUGA, Just Folks, Sunday at 4:00 pm. Every time I've been near a radio the last few weeks, I have heard the very best of traditional music spun together so masterfully by our wonderful friend, Maggie Hunter! She's back on the radio!?

WYHG-770AM, WALH-1340AM, WLSB-1400AM Streaming Bluegrass and Great Old-Time Radio programming can now be heard 24/7 on the web at www.WolfCreekBroadcasting.com or tune your radio to WYHG-770AM, WALH-1340AM, WLSB-1400AM covering the top of the north Georgia Mountains with the Wolf Creek Broadcasting Network. Weekdays 10am-12noon: Swap Shop with the Toothpick. Weekdays 3pm-4:30pm: "Bluegrass hour-and-a-half" Saturday Bluegrass throughout the day... and Saturday Mornings 8am-9am: "Into The Blue" hosted by Terry Herd, four time IBMA Broadcaster of the Year.

The Bluegrass Jubilee - WUWG 90.7 FM - Carrollton, GA. Sunday 1-4pm (eastern) - You'll hear the best in bluegrass, including the current hits from BU's top 30 survey, the traditional tunes of Monroe, Stanleys, F&S, etc., and most everything in between. For more information: Just email misterd11@hotmail.com

WRFG 89.3 FM - Atlanta, Ga. Bluegrass and Americana Monday - Friday 8 - 10pm and Sunday 9-11 am.

Mountain Echoes Radio. com - webcasting from Dahlonega, Ga. features 100% bluegrass, old-time, and bluegrass gospel. www.MountainEchoesRadio.com.

Mountain Originals Radio.com is a commercial Internet broadcast station, located in Lumpkin County, Georgia. It is committed to bringing you the very finest in music, information and the events of North Georgia, the Tennessee River Valley and surrounding states. The web site is designed with you in mind, please visit the site, you'll be inspired, informed and entertained - http://www.mountainoriginalsradio.com

WDVX 89.9 FM - broadcast radio station in Clinton, Tennessee. WDVX is a grass-roots, listener supported bluegrass, country, classic country, americana, and some of the most eclectic, interesting music you will find. They also broadcast on the web at WDVX.com.

WJJC 1270 AM in Commerce plays a lot of bluegrass, traditional country and bluegrass gospel all through the day.

WMOQ 92.3 FM - Monroe, Ga. - Melanie Jackson hosts a bluegrass show featuring new and traditional groups as well as local artists each Sunday night from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Sundaynightbluegrass@hotmail.com

WKHC 104.3 FM in Dahlonega now plays bluegrass daily and also runs daily syndicated bluegrass shows, as well as covers the monthly shows at Universal Chevrolet.

WNOW/WBZK - Charlotte, NC - HaHaHelen (aka Ann Freese) hosts a bluegrass show on Wednesday nights from 9-11pm. The first hour is comedy, but the second hour is bluegrass - both current and old time. Some guest groups perform live in the studio. The show also has streaming audio on the internet at http://www.wbzk.com/. For more information contact: ann @wnow.com

WCHK AM 1290 in Canton, Georgia is now featuring Bluegrass, Gospel, Americana and Classic Country They want to encourage everyone to listen and to request all bands who can to send them demos and produced CDs for possible air play. They also plan to hold live studio performances. Please send any and all mail to P.O. Box 1290, Canton, GA 30114 or contact the station via email at wchk@mindpring.com . They will also accept mp3s.

WYAY Eagle 106.7 has launched "Sunday Morning in Hogg Heaven" every Sunday at 8am - 9am. Host Jim Hogg plays AKUS. Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vinvent, Del McCoury, and lots more. The station # is 404/521-1067.
To sample the program you may go to http://www.sundaymorninginhoggheaven.com/

Sirius Satellite Radio has Bluegrass on channel 37. All you have to do is select it and you get bluegrass 24/7.

XM Satellite Radio also has bluegrass 24x7 on channel 65, Bluegrass Junction. http://www.sirius.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Sirius/CachedPage&c=Channel&cid=1104779639853

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RECOMMENDED BLUEGRASS & ACOUSTIC MUSIC INSTRUCTORS:

Jason Kenney is now teaching guitar - For the last year Jason has been touring with Corey Smith playing in sold out venues across the southeast. He is now off the road and has more time to teach guitar. He is looking for students who are interested in learning bluegrass or folk related music. He also teaches music theory and will happily teach you any and all of your favorite songs from any genre. If you are interested please respond via email for further details. jasonkenney@care2.com www.myspace.com/jasonkenney

Jody Hughes is available for Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin, and/or Fiddle lessons in the NW Georgia area. Currently have a few spots open for banjo, guitar, mandolin, and fiddle students. Banjo-scruggs, single-string styles, advanced fleck and jazz styles, etc Guitar-bluegrass flatpicking, acoustic jazz. Email for rates and time slots...Mornings, late nights, weekends are available...Lessons provided in the comfort of your home, the best place for you to learn banjalien1@yahoo.com Marietta - Greater North Atlanta Area

Michael Smith (Dappled Grays) is now accepting mandolin students: Currently a member of the Dappled Grays - Michael will be taking students from beginner to intermediate interested in learning bluegrass, new acoustic music and improvisation. Conveniently located in Decatur, with flexible hours and a great attitude. Call anytime cell - 404-556-1338 home-404-343-0922 or e-mail: butterbean8string@hotmail.com

Buddy Blackmon is teaching private banjo lessons once again in Athens, GA - after being in Nashville, TN for 27 years and performing/recording with artists such as Earl Scruggs, The Dillards, Jerry Reed, Charlie McCoy, Dolly Parton and Chet Atkins. He created and hosted the 26-week PBS banjo instruction series, "Five String Breakdown," and has taught privately and in group seminars for over 30 years. Beginners and more experienced players accepted. You can e-mail Buddy at banjoved@direcway.com or call him at 706-353-7550.

Jim Culliton - Adult beginner and intermediate fiddle and mandolin. Bluegrass, blues, jazz, fiddle tunes, technique, ear training, and jamming. (404) 872-0336 Intown Atlanta

Bob Simon - Fiddle Class. Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:00pm Emory University. Beginning thru intermediate. Call Bob 404-550-5058 for info and registration Decatur Area

Mick Kinney is accepting students of all ages and levels for Old Time & Irish Fiddle, Guitar & Banjo Styles, Cajun Accordion, Jazz Piano & Theory, and Improvisation. As both a traditional folk musician and modern songwriter, Mick draws from many styles and makes connections between them. He very simply builds upon what each of us already knows as listeners or players. Group or private instruction, Studio & Home Lessons. Call anytime (404) 307-3044.

Tomas Valenti (Atlanta Swamp Opera, Buddy O'Reilly) is available for lessons in guitar, electric guitar, fiddle, mandolin, clawhammer banjo and bass. All ages and levels accepted. Cajun, zydeco, bluegrass, old-time or irish styles, in addition to improvisation and ear training. Flexible hours. (404) 377-7777 or caribeso@juno.com College Ave in Decatur

Geoff Hohwald is now offering group banjo lessons. The focus of these lessons will be fundamentals and learning to jam with others.There are also free video lessons at http://www.freeguitarvideos.com/banjo_lessons.html Geoff has been playing banjo for 38 years and has written the Banjo Primer Book, Banjo Primer Video, and Banjo Songs. For info contact Geoff at 404 218 8580 or E mail at WHohwald@aol.com

Leonard Wortzel is now accepting banjo students: Rather than teaching memorized breaks, Leonard focuses on moveable chord shapes, licks, and chop patterns. The idea is to get you jamming with others from day one, and to build a 'sound menu' that will allow you to improvise breaks for any song. Leonard Wortzel : 404 381-5853 or e-mail at leonardwortzel@yahoo.com - East Atlanta


Brad Laird (of Cedar Hill and Pony Express) is now accepting students wishing to learn beginning to advanced mandolin, bluegrass or clawhammer banjo, bluegrass guitar, and upright bass. Learn theory, tab, standard notation, instrument set-up, improvisation. 25 years experience. Easy interstate access. In home digital project studio available for demos, practice CDs, special projects. Call (770) 507-2753 or email at autobug@aol.com South Atlanta Area

Greg Carageorge - Learn bass from Greg Carageorge, a professional working bassist. I am a veteran of many professional music groups from CA, GA and NY. Very experienced on-stage and in the recording studio. I teach traditional and modern bluegrass, folk, jazz, rock, and ethnic bass. All levels of ability welcome. Beginners will get off to a good start on this physically demanding instrument and make good progress. We will work on the specific musical styles and songs you want to learn right now. Call Greg Carageorge at (404) 441-2900 or email carageorge@mindspring.com College Park Area

Larry Burell is now accepting students for rhythm guitar - beginners or intermediate players, one on one, ages 5 to 105 male or female. Larry has written a book called, The ABCs of playing the Guitar easy as 123, and it is available for $20.00 a copy. For more info: day time or evening hrs, call 770 - 963 - 6926 or Email HowlinDog2@aol.com for Book or Lessons.

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Contra Dance - the Chattahoochee Country Dancers at the Morningside Baptist Church - Fridays 7:30 - 8 PM Introductory Lesson 8 - 11 PM Dance with live music and caller Cost: $6 for local bands and $7 when an out of town band plays - If you're thinking of coming over, you can e-mail Janet Shepherd - hands4@mindspring.com - or you can call Janet at 770 939-8646 for more information. Or check the web site: http://www.contradance.org/

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Handsawbro@aol.com
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