05/28/2009

   
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You can find information about country music in the metro Atlanta area from two different groups on the web: Country Atlanta - at www.countryatlanta.com and Atlanta Country Music at www.atlantacountrymusic.com

For information about bluegrass happenings in South Carolina try: www.lastroadbluegrass.com/Bluegrass_Happenings.htm


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This Thursday at the RedLight Cafe - Mayhem String Band

This Week and Weekend:

Wednesday, May 27 - Kentucky’s The Last Frontier, headed by J. P. Mathes of Hazard Community College will bring Tokyo Japan’s well known performer,Takeharu Kunimoto, to the Redlight Café for a very special and entertaining bluegrass music performance. The show kicks off at 8pm and you do not want to miss it. For more information: www.myspace.com/japanesebanjo or www.RedLightcafe.com.

May 29th (Friday) - Packway Handle Band at Eddie's Attic 8:00pm / doors at 6:30pm $10 advance / $13 at the door / $50 tables Eddie's Attic - 515-B North McDonough St. (upstairs) Decatur, GA 30030 Phone: 404-377-4976 www.eddiesattic.com/

June 2nd (Tuesday) - Pert Near Sandstone is appearing at Eddie's Attic, 515-B North McDonough St, Decatur, GA 30030 They are from Minneapolis. Show starts at 8:00, $10 tix. This ole timey band is a riot to see. Fore more info: www.eddiesattic.com, eddie@eddiesattic.com or call 404-377-4976 x 0.

June 3rd (Wednesday) - Smokey's Farmland Band and Scribblin Jones at Smith's Olde Bar (1578 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta 30324) - 8 PM - $10 advance/$12 at the door. Come join us for a great night of bluegrass and acoustic music with two local bands on the rise. For advance tickets with no surcharges, e-mail farmlandband@gmail.com and help support our first headlining spot at Smith's. Also go to www.myspace.com/farmlandband and www.scribblinjones.com to hear tunes from each band. We'll see you there!

Coming Soon:

June 6, 2009 – Everetts Music Barn Benefit – The annual “Singing All Day and Dinner on the Ground” fund-raiser for the Everetts Music Barn. Performances will include many local bands and musicians plus some special onstage reunions. Stage show starts at 1:00 and continues until all bands have performed. Bring your favorite food or dessert for the covered dish dinner which starts at 5:00. All donations will benefit the Everetts Music Barn to help defray some of the annual operating expenses of the barn (taxes, insurance, etc.) The Everetts Music Barn (courtesy of the Everett Family) has been offering bluegrass shows every Saturday night for approximately 45 years. Please join us to say “THANKS” for the Everett Family’s dedication to the bluegrass community in Georgia. To volunteer or donate please call Diana Dunaway at 770-945-5628 or Connie Morris at 404-918-6217. www.everettbrothers.com or e-mail conniem1999@aol.com

June 6th - Ellijay Bluegrass Festival - 6th Annual Family fun event at the Lion’s Club Pavilion, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay 30540. Tickets $10, children under 12 free 2 pm – 10 pm. Coolers, picnics and lawn chairs welcome. Smoke and alcohol free event. Sorry, no pets. No concessions available. www.georgiamountainmedia.com dreambooking@bellsouth.net

June 7th (Sunday) - Acoustic Roots Bluegrass Jam Session at the Five Spot. Open jam session from 5 pm until 7 pm. Bring your instrument! The Incorrigible String Band will perform and host an on-stage jam session with Special Guests from 7-9 pm. The Five Spot is located in Little Five Points at 1123 Euclid Ave. next to the large parking lot near the Variety Playhouse. Cover $5, $3 with instrument. www.fivespot-atl.com

June 13th – Eryn Eubanks & The Family Fold Music Festival benefiting Lynndale, Inc. Featured performer is Mike Compton, two time Grammy award winner from the soundtracks “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Down From The Mountain." Mike Compton's Mandolin Workshop, and Sconyers Barbeque is included with the purchased ticket. The festival will be from 2:00 - 10:00 P.M. at 1490 Eisenhower Dr. Augusta, GA 30904. For more information, e-mail eubanksfamilyfold@comcast.net, or visit eryneubanks.com.

June 20th - Mike Witcher will teach a Dobro workshop in NW Atlanta. Mike has performed with bands such as Lonesome River Band, Laurie Lewis, Sean and Sara Watkins, and currently with Missy Raines and the New Hip. As a teacher, he has appeared at Nash Camp, ResoSummit and Augusta Heritage Center among others. The workshop will run from 10AM - 5PM. Cost is $100 and space will be limited to 9 people. For more information please contact Steve Schaaf (resosteve@gmail.com; (404) 351-1464), or to reserve a spot send a $25 deposit to Mike. You may submit your deposit by paypal at www.mikewitcher.com/workshops.html or contact Mike directly at mikewitcher@gmail.com to arrange payment by check if you prefer.

July 10 & 11, 2009 - Raccoon Creek Bluegrass Festival - Raccoon Creek Music Park, 332 Music Park Path, Dallas, GA, 30132. Featuring NewFound Road, Lizzy Long & Friends, Barbed Wire, Blue Ridge Grass, Gerry's Bluegrass Kids, Heartfelt, Honey Creek Boys, Papa's Prayer, The East Dixie Boys, The Raven Welch Band. Admission: $12 Friday, $15 Saturday, $25 Weekend. For additional information and complete schedule please visit us at www.raccooncreekmusic.com, or email ibyforme@hotmail.com, telephone 770-943-2721

August 8th - Lonesome Redwing album release party - 8pm at the Redlight Cafe. Lonesome Redwing, featuring Susan Gascho, fiddle; Kathy Reed, bass; Russell Weeks, banjo/guitar, will debut their new CD, "fly, fly, fly." For more information: RedLight Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Ave., 404-874-7828, www.redlightcafe.com/, or get a sneak preview of some of the tracks at www.myspace.com/lonesomeredwing

September 26th - Mountain Heart at Heritage Point Park Amphitheater in Dalton, Ga. Mountain Heart will be featured during Dalton's first "bluegrass bands & helping hands" benefit concert for DOC-UP (a 501c organization which helps families devastated by job loss). Also appearing: The Dixie Bee-Liners, The Dismembered Tennesseeans, Spatial Effects and Steel String Session. Gates will open at 4:30 pm with music starting at 5:00 pm. $15 adult tickets and $5 students. Children under 12 yrs free. Pack your lawn chairs and bring the whole family for a great night of music. Concessions will be available. For more information: email benefit@bluegrassbandshelpinghands.com or www.bluegrassbandshelpinghands.com. In case of rain, the concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church. See webpage or email for directions.

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Bluegrass Happenings from Northwest Georgia:

TAG Chapter of SEBA -monthly meeting and jam on 3rd Sundays at Lyndon Avenue Baptist Church in Redbank, TN (just north of Chattanooga. 2:00 - 5:00 pm. The public is invited. For more info - Steve Daugherty 423-875-5250. Directions at lyndonavenue.org/contact/contact.htm

Every Thursday Evening - Pickin In The Park at Horseshoe Bend Park along the banks of the Toccoa River in McCaysville, GA. - 6 pm till dusk, rain or shine, May thru September. 1.5 hours north of Atlanta, just ten miles outside of Blue Ridge. All acoustic jam sessions throughout the park. Bring your instrument, supper and a lawn chair and enjoy the evening. Website - pickinthepark.com click on Find a Pickin'. For more info e-mail lisa@pickinthepark.com

Mountain Opry in Walden, TN. Fridays from 8:00 - 11:00 pm. Just north of Chattanooga on Signal Mtn. Established 1979. Details & info at - www.mtnopry.com/

Ringgold Opry on second Saturdays in the historic Western & Atlantic Depot in downtown Ringgold. 8:00 - 10:00 pm (or longer for folks in a good jam!). Details available at - www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_89247.asp and - www.cityofringgold.com/cms_800.php?page=events

All Gospel Acoustic Jam every 3rd Saturday at the Harrison Seventh-day Adventist Church , 8419 Hwy. 58, Harrison, TN. (northeast of Chattanooga). Oct 18th, 7:00- 9:30 pm For more info, call 423-326-3788.
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Summer Festivals:

I got this list from another site - please check out the events and dates before planning to attend one of these festivals


May 20-24.....Guyton, Ga........Mossy Oaks Festival www.mossyoakmusicpark.com
May 29,30.....Sneedville, Tenn......Jimmy Martin Memorial Bluegrass Festival www.overhomesneedville.com
June 5,6........Georgia Mountain Fair, Hiawassee, Ga. www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com
June.............Sylva, NC.......Old Mater Farm Bluegrass Festival www.mountainfaithmusic.com
June15 - 19 ..Peach Bottom Farms Fiddle & Strings Camp www.peachbottomfarm.com
June18 - 20...NC State Festival , Cherokee, NC www.aandabluegrass.com
June 27........Greenwood, SC "FREE" Bluegrass Festival www.SCFestivalofFlowers.org www.NewGrassEntertainment.com
July - Sept....Shindig on the Green.......Asheville, NC.......Summer long www.folkheritage.org
July 1- 4.......Morganton, NC..Red, White & Bluegrass Festival www.redwhiteandbluegrassfestival.com
July..............Salemburg, NC....Laurel Lakes Spring BG Festival Website
July 10,11.....Raccoon Creek Festival................Dallas, Ga. www.raccooncreekmusic.com
July..............Golden Valley, NC..Golden Valley Music Park www.gvcmusic.com
July..............Sylva, NC.......Old Mater Farm Bluegrass Festival www.mountainfaithmusic.com
July 16 -18....Walton Park, Mineral, VA www.aandabluegrass.com/Festivals/MineralBluegrassFestival.html
July 31.........Dillard BBQ & Bluegrass Festival www.dillardbbq.com
Aug..............Sylva, NC Old Mater Farm Bluegrass Festival www.mountainfaithmusic.com
Aug.20 - 22...Happy Holiday Campgrounds, Cherokee, NC www.aandabluegrass.com
Aug..............Ocean Lakes Campground, Myrtle Beach, SC (must stay on grounds) www.oceanlakes.com

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The Georgia Renaissance Festival - The Georgia Renaissance Festival welcomes the members, friends and families of the Handsaw Productions "Atlanta Bluegrass Happenings" with a special discount rate! It's an extraordinary day of fun! Escape to the most affordable festival event, close to home! It's the 24th Annual Georgia Renaissance Festival, April 18th through June 7th, 2009, Saturdays and Sundays plus Memorial Day, 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Your can use the "url" www.garenfest.com/promo/ahb08.php to go to a special web page on the site. This page will recap the discount offer. Click on the "Click Here to Purchase Button" and go to ClicknPrint to purchase your tickets. Put in your promo code which is listed at the top of the page at the end of the sale to get the discount.


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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, www.redlightcafe.com/

Upcoming shows at the RedLight Cafe's Thursday Bluegrass:

May 29.............Mayhem String Band
June 4..............Town Mountain
June 11.............Highway 362
June 18.............Donna Hughes Band
June 26.............Smokey's Farmland Band
July 2................Breaking Muscalito
July 9................Harwell Grice Band
July 16..............Deja Blue Bluegrass Band

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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: www.everettbrothers.com/
Everett's Pickin' Barn Schedule: (subject to change with out notice)

Subject to change without notice: 'L' stands for Local Talent while 'P' stands for Professional

May 23rd - The Claire Lynch Band - P
May 30th - Volume Five - P
June 27th - Barry Scott & Second Wind - P
Sept 19th - Sisk and Rambler's Choice - P

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 $15.00 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. You can email Diane at dunaway550@charter.net or check the 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: hollonvilleopry.com/

May 23rd - Lakeshore Quartet, BlueBilly Grit, Roiella & Friends, Blue Jam
May 30th - Potter's Clay, Kirkland & Friends, Honey Creek Boys, Mark Hall & Filmore House Band

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

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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 – “Appalachian Jam” – Bluegrass and Mountain Music jam session 2-6 PM, rain or shine, at the Dahlonega Gold Museum on the Public Square downtown. Produced by Dahlonega’s Better Hometown Program and Downtown Development Authority, Joel Cordle, joelcordle@cityofdahlonega.com; 706-864-6133

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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,Band Schedules and Information: 864-646-3674 www.Justbarbecue.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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Every Thursday Evening - Pickin In The Park at Dowdy Park in Summerville, GA. - 6 pm till dusk, rain or shine, May thru September. All acoustic jam sessions throughout the park. Bring your instrument, supper and a lawn chair and enjoy the evening. Website - pickinthepark.com click on Find a Pickin'. For more info e-mail parkpickers@windstream.net


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Every Thursday – Pickin' In The Park in McCaysville, Georgia (1.5 hours north of Atlanta, 10 miles from Blue Ridge). 6pm to Dusk - At Horseshoe Bend Park alongside the beautiful Toccoa River. For more info: www.PickinthePark.com - or - 423-496-4653 - or email: lisa@pickinthepark.com



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Thursday nights - Cherry Log Pickin' Whitepath Fire Station #11 (behind Blue Ridge Auto Auction of SR 515. Cross RR tracks, new station on left. Location @ 3 miles N. of Ellijay on left, look for the American Flag). 6:30pm until ?? - Bring chairs and friends for family fun. Admission:FREE Contact: Al or Dana Henderson 706-635-3786.



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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 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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Wednesday Night Jam Sessions - The Bill Schramm jam session is now back at his Duluth Outdoors location: 3562 Buford Hwy # 101, Duluth, GA 30096 His email is Billschramm2004@aol.com. Pickin on Wednesday nights at 7:00. If you're interested in dropping by, call Bill at 770 476 1440 for details and directions.

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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.Jackspickinparlor.com

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Tuesdays - Athens - Bluegrass Tuesdays at the Melting Point (Athens Steam Pub) - 7:00 PM . $3 cover charge - Weather permitting, we will be outside on the patio. Bluegrass style music will be emphasized. For more info on these fine bluegrass acts, and a complete listing of upcoming shows visit: www.meltingpointathens.com/patio.cfm

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Every Tuesday– Bluegrass Jam, 6 – 10pm (on the Antibelum trail between Athens and Macon) in Eatonton Georgia. Keith Rowell, Red Wing Old Time Music Show. For more info: redwingmusic.blogspot.com/ or E-mail Rowell@mindspring.com or call 706-923-0031

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Every Tuesday Beginner Jam Downtown Duluth 6 to 9pm - Beginner and intermediate players. Advanced players are welcome as long as they are comfortable with songs played 100 bpm or slower. Steverino’s Pizza, Subs, and more, located at 3117 Main Street, Duluth, GA 30096. Call (404) 357-1393 or email Rob.Welch@charter.net or Steverino’s at (770) 622-2110 for more information.

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Every Tuesday 7-9pm in the Australian Bakery Cafe, on the Marietta Square, 48 South Park Square, 30062. bluegrass@australianbakery.com, 678-797-6222.

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Every Tuesday - Bluegrass at Vinocity Kirkwood Restaurant. 8:30 p.m. no cover. Hal, Cody, and friends play original and traditional bluegrass inspired music for more info: www.vinocitywinebar.com/

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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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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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Most Every Sunday - TRADITIONAL MUSIC JAM at The Crimson Moon Café in Dahlonega 2 to 5 PM Continuing a 90 Yr. old tradition of folks gathering in this 1858 building together to pick , sing, & grin! Bring your instrument, voice & join in or just relax & listen. Blue Grass, Old Time, Country/Blues standards, and American Folk are the most likely tunes to bubble up, but any American traditional music is welcome! Jam hosts are treated to free beverages, so if you'd like to host a jam, please call Dana @ 706-864-3982 at least one week in advance!

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Every Sunday - Stage Show and Jam in Tucker Ga. at the Old Tucker Fountain 2329 Main St. Starting at 6 PM contact Firefly Mike 770 493 8880 or email tuckerfountain@bellsouth.net

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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@bellsouth.net or www.sawneemountainmusic.net Prices vary with artists, limited seating, phone for reservations.

Jun 5............Counter Point (Georgia)
Jun 19..........Mountain Faith (NC) (Bluegrass & Gospel Family Band)
July 3............NO SHOW (Holiday Weekend)
July17..........Belinda Carpenter & Southern Heart (Alabama)

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1st and 3rd Sunday - Open Jam at Due West United Methodist Church in Kennesaw - 4pm - 6 pm The Pathfinders host an open rehearsal on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. All acoustic musicians are invited to share in gospel and folk music. We meet at Due West United Methodist Church. Contact Mike Amsbaugh at springman@bellsouth.net or pathfindersdw@bellsouth.net for more information. www.pathfinderbluegrass.com

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!st Saturday of the month - The Kennesaw Opry, a non-profit Bluegrass Show, is now located in the Cherokee Arts Center in Downtown Canton - shows start at 7:00pm. The last show starts at 9:00pm. There is a place to jam, should you want to do that also. The fee for this event is $ 7.00 per seat at the door. There is a concession stand there also. You may see more information about the Opry on the following web page. www.kennesawopry.com There is also links to bands, there, should you want to contact any of them. There is also a map on how to get there from I-75. The Cherokee Arts Center has theater type seating with lots of room and nice restrooms. You may see the whole schedule for this Fall on the web site. Come on out and enjoy Bluegrass music. For more info: you may contact: Bob Twyman - rtwyman456@yahoo.com The Kennesaw Opry is looking for bands to play in August through November. The bands are not paid - but a good time is had by all. You can contact Bob Twyman - rtwyman456@yahoo.com for more information. www.kennesawopry.com

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1st Saturday of each month - Old mountain Hill School House Opry {Bluegrass & old time Country music). Sign up begins at 2pm. All non-electric instruments invited. Take your turn at the mic or enjoy from the audience. Donations accepted but not required. Mountain Hill Community Center, 47 Mountain Hill Road, Fortson, GA. 706-645-1873 / 706-628-5131 / 706-645-2238 For more information.

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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 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 EFerrano@bellsouth.net.
Directions at www.cvb.roswell.ga.us/contactus.html

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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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Last Thursday of each month - Dalton Bluegrass in the Park in Dalton, Ga. - Area musicians jam on the last Thursday of each month at VD Parrott Park in Downtown Dalton Georgia (7:00 PM - 09:00 PM). VD Parrott Park is located at the corner of Walnut Ave and Thornton Ave. For more information, sites.google.com/site/daltonbluegrassinthepark/Home.

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Last Saturday of each month – Apr through Sept - Eddie Rawlins has organized Pickin in the Grayson City Park. Pickin' starts at 6:30 PM and all pickers and listeners are invited. Shows are free. Bring your own chair.

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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:

New SEBA Chapter in the greater Chattanooga area to host jam the third Sunday of August at Lyndon Avenue Baptist Church in Redbank, TN. Call 423-875-5250 for more info or email countrarywise@yahoo.com. Directions available at www.lyndonavenuebaptist.com/directions/directions.htm

Every 1st Sunday - SEBA Winder Meeting and Jam In Winder GA, from 3 to 6 PM at St Anthony’s Episcopal Church 174 St Anthony’s Dr. Contact Tom Newey ThmsNwy@aol.com

Every 2nd Sunday - 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.

Every 3rd Sunday - SEBA Fayetteville Meeting and Jam - Every 3rd Sunday the meeting of the Southside Chapter of SEBA takes place at the Fayetteville 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.

Every 3rd Sunday - 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

Every 4th Sunday - SEBA Hiram Meeting and Jam - Every 4th Sunday the meeting of the Hiram, Ga Chapter of SEBA takes place at the Loving Shepherd Lutheran Church from 3pm-6pm, 4211 Hiram Sudie Road, Hiram, Ga. 30141. Meetings will occasionally feature a local band playing for 30 minutes, followed by plenty of good jamming! Bring your guitar, banjo, etc and join in the pickin fun. Admission is free and refreshments are provided. For further information, contact ronjc@mindspring.com, visit the SEBA website at www.sebabluegrass.org, or visit the SEBA Hiram Chapter website at members.soundclick.com/sebahiram From Hiram, Ga on 278 (intersection of 278 and 92 by the Walmart), travel south on Hwy 92. Take a right on 120 Connector/Hiram-Sudie Road. Church meeting location is on the right a short distance.

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 www.sebabluegrass.org/

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Festivals :

For a full list of Festivals check the SEBA Calendar at: www.sebabluegrass.org/
To add SEBA's Festival listing to your RSS newsreader, go here:
www.sebabluegrass.org/rss/


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Musicians Wanted:


Musicians Wanted for Mandolin Orchestra: Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra is looking for Mandolin, Mandola, Mandocello, and Guitarists.Reading Standard notation a must. Rehearsals every Monday night in Morningside section of Atlanta. No fees nor dues. Full time conductor. See and hear us on the web: www.atlantamandolins.com; email: info@atlantamandolins.com Phone: 404-630-7287

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


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Bluegrass Radio:

South 107.1-FM - "Knee Deep In Bluegrass" hosted by Cindy Baucom.Sunday mornings 6am-8am

WMLB-1690AM - The Voice of the Arts in Atlanta - A station in Atlanta, GA that plays a variety of music including Americana, bluegrass, soul, gospel, jazz, world music, and more. AM1690 has recently launched an in-studio performance program to expose regional and local artists to a wider audience. If you're interested in showcasing your band on The Voice of the Arts, please send requests to nealcohen@jwbroadcasting.com. For streaming and more information, visit www.AM1690wmlb.com.

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 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.

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 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 www.sundaymorninginhoggheaven.com/

Sirius Satellite Radio has Bluegrass on channel 65. All you have to do is select it and you get bluegrass 24/7. www.sirius.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Sirius/CachedPage&c=Channel&cid=1104779639853

XM Satellite Radio also has bluegrass 24x7 on channel 14, Bluegrass Junction. www.xmradio.com/onxm/channelpage.xmc?ch=14

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RECOMMENDED BLUEGRASS & ACOUSTIC MUSIC INSTRUCTORS:

Banjo.com is pleased to announce the formation of the Bluegrass Institute, which includes music lessons, group instruction on individual topics, slow jams and workshops. Located in the unit adjoining our retail store in Marietta, we have four large classrooms available immediately for student lessons, at all levels, for banjo, dobro, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. Teachers include Patton Wages, Jim "Duck" Adkins, Greg Earnest, Jim Culliton, Maggie Dixon, Jim Dixon, Mark Bramlett, Randy Smith, Curtis Jones and Casey Stephens. For more information, call Mark or John at 770-874-0304, or toll-free 1-877-253-9948. Or sign up for our email notices at www.banjo.com

Greg Earnest is now accepting banjo students. Currently a member of The Dappled Grays and with twenty-five years experience performing and recording, including being the featured instructor on the www.banjo.com video “Pickin’ 101”, Greg is ready to work with students from beginner through advanced. Lessons are tailored to the individual student and hours are very flexible. Conveniently located in Smyrna/Vinings just off I-285. Call 404-630-3208 or e-mail gearnest@mindspring.com.

Patton Wages is now accepting banjo students from beginner to advanced. He has been playing for over 20 years, over half professionally. Playing with bands such as Marty Raybon, Lost Horizon and others. He is currently touring nationally with Bradley Walker, IBMA male vocalist of the year (website Bradley Walker.com). While Patton has a driving bluegrass style all his own he is adept at any three finger style you may wish to learn. Patton is in the Canton area and can be reached at 678-848-7845 or puddin106@gmail.com. Call or email for slots and rates.

Tom Baker (The Packway Handle Band) is now offering banjo lessons at the Athens School of Music in Athens, GA. Beginning - intermediate 3-finger & beginning clawhammer. For more information: tom@packwayhandle.com or 706-543-5800.

David Long is now accepting mandolin students of all levels for Bluegrass and Old Time Styles. Lessons will usually focus on characteristics of the style of Bill Monroe, old time rhythm concepts, black mandolin tradition and right hand technique. Email for times and rates. bigevemusic@gmail.com Cartersville area but can drive too if necessary.

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

The Family Honor School of Music: Instructors Jason Kenney and Lara Polangco are now accepting students in Dahlonega,Ga. Lessons are offered for all skill levels on the guitar, voice, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, and claw hammer banjo. Lessons are personalized and goal oriented. Learn how to flat-pick with more creativity or sing with expression and meaning. Music theory and group lessons also available. Contact jasonkenney@care2.com or call (706) 973-0261 for details and rates.

Curtis Jones is now offering guitar and mandolin lessons in the Dahlonega, North Georgia area. In addition to teaching songs from his extensive collection of tablatures, Curtis can help you to relax, increase speed, play with power and control and learn how to correctly back up other members of a band. Curtis has performed played or recorded with the top tier musicians in Nashville including Dan Timinsky, Allison Brown, Patti Loveless, Tim Stafford, Missy Raines, Glen Duncan, Rob Ikes and others. Beginners to very advanced are welcome. Space is limited. Call 404 218 8580 if interested or e mail www.curtisjonesguitar@yahoo.com

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 - Beginner to advanced. Mandolin, fiddle/violin, banjo - CD Recording of your lesson. Emphasis on playing by ear, jamming, and musicianship. (404) 298-5057 Metro-Atlanta Area.

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

Catherine Dunne - Voice Teacher for all types of singers. The most natural type of vocal training there is and why it works for all genres -- is bel canto. This method will give you greater breath control, increase your vocal range, strengthen your voice & so enhance your vocal stamina & ultimately give the voice a quality of beauty -- for that is what "bel canto" means -- beautiful singing. Please CALL (404) 377-1378 or visit the website at www.voicewithcatherine.com

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 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

Brad Laird Brad Laird (of Cedar Hill, Pony Express and The Incorrigible String Band) 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@comcast.net 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 / 770-598-9572 or Email lhowlindog1@att.net for Book or Lessons.

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Contra Dance - the Chattahoochee Country Dancers at The Clarkston Community Center - 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: www.contradance.org/

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