03/13/2006

   
   
To the List,

Lots of great bluegrass coming up... hope to see some of you all at the Oxford Civic Center this weekend for Claire Lynch (see below)

Scott

The Atlanta Bluegrass Happenings newsletter can now be found anytime at http://atlantabluegrasshappenings.com/ - Thanks you Jim and Rachel!!!

Thanks, Scott

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Happenings this week & weekend:

Monday March 13, The Hoot The Athens Folk Music and Dance Society Present a special "Pick-up Picking Party" hosted by the traditional old time band String Theory. There will be a whole array of fiddles, banjos, harmonicas, mandolins and guitars on stage and plenty of singing and audience participation! Please join us for a spirited night of traditional, bluegrass, country and gospel music! Requests will be accepted!!! www.afmds.info for more infomation. Show runs 8-10pm @ Little Kings (corner of Hull & Hancock Downtown Athens). Admission is FREE!

March 17th (Friday) - Larry Keel & Natural Bridge at the RedLight Cafe - Flatpicking Guitar master Larry Keel is a dedicated force in preserving and creating American Mountain Music. Delivering powerful and honest performances, Keel and his 4-piece Bluegrass band Natural Bridge are a breath of fresh air in the traditional Bluegrass market of today, paying their deepest and dearest respects to the forefathers of Bluegrass who laid down the laws of how it should be played and sung- with joy, and from the heart. - 9pm / $10
For more information: RedLight Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Ave., 404-874-7828, http://www.redlightcafe.com/

March 17th - Marty Raybon at the Grand Theatre in Fitzgerald Ga. 8:00pm Tickets are still available at 229-425-0805.

March 17th (Friday) ? 16 Tons featuring David Blackmon and Johnny Roquemore and the Apostles of Bluegrass at the 40Watt in Athens, GA Information: 40 Watt; 285 W. Washington Street; Athens, GA 706 549 7871, www.16tonsmusic.com www.johnnyroquemore.com www.40watt.com

March 18th - The Claire Lynch Band with Peachtree Station - Bluegrass Concert Series at the Oxford Civic Center in Oxford, Alabama. Claire Lynch and her band - featuring Jim Hurst, Missy Raines, and David Harvey put on a wonderful show. Oxford is about one hour west of Atlanta - right off I-20. This should be a great show. Concerts start at 7:00 pm cst - tickets are $12 in advance $15 at the door. For more information contact Gary Smith at 256-831-0555 or 256-310-1722
http://www.clairelynch.com/
http://www.peachtreestation.net

March 18th (Saturday) -- An Evening of Bluegrass on the Bonnie Higdon Reaves Campus, Toccoa Falls College, Epworth, GA. This exciting event will be hosted by The Barker Brothers (www.barkerbrothers.com) and will include a stimulating performance by Carolina Bluegrass. The evening will feature rsi music group recording artist Harvest (www.harvestbluegrass.com), delivering the finest in bluegrass gospel. The event will be aired on ETC-3TV. 6:00 PM Admission $10.00. For more information contact Scott Barker at (423)496-7853 or barkerws@bellsouth.net.

March 18th - Dancing to Live Bluegrass at the Tucker Recreation Center, 3rd Saturday Social Club. This time with Cedar Hill (Duckwave and all) and Tucker Station String Band. Doors open at 7 pm with open mic for acoustic solo and duet singer/song writers, and of course jamming. Bring the entire family to dance, tap your toes, or just sit and listen. $8 a person, $1 a child; or $15 a couple children under 12 free; Seniors, students, jammers, square and contra dancers $5. 7 to 9:30 PM Tucker Recreation Center is at 4898 LaVista Rd. from 285 go east on LaVista. For more info call 770 270 6226 or email prez3rdsatsoclub@netscape.net.

March 18th--STRINGS 'N THINGS COFFEE HOUSE - The coffee house features live traditional music and meets every third Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of the Dahlonega United Methodist Church, 107 Park Street, Dahlonega, 2 blocks from the square. This month the performers will be: Don & Laeta Smith old-time and Celtic; Richard Prow, guitar, mandolin; and Homeward Bound, bluegrass and gospel from Dawsonville/ The doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 7;30. A $4 donation is requested. Homebaked goodies, soft drinks and coffee are for sale. For more information call: 706-864-4127


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Coming Soon:

Mar 23rd (Thursday) - Jim Hurst and Missy Raines at the Douglass Theatre, Macon, GA 7:30PM $15 advance / $17 door. Lower level is reserved seating. We are happy to announce the return of this dynamic duo. Those of you who saw the spectacular Claire Lynch concert know how Jim and Missy can electrify a stage. This concert is being presented by Acoustic Productions in cooperation with the Douglass Theatre as an official Cherry Blossom Festival event. Come join Jim and Missy as they share with you their wonderful duets laced with sparkling instrumentals and lovely harmonies. Tickets are on sale at the Douglass Theatre box office and at local music stores in Macon. http://www.jimhurst.com/jimandmissy.htm

April 1st - The 30th Annual WRFG Peachblossom Bluegrass Festival will be held at the State Farmer?s Market in Forest Park Ga. From 11-am until 10pm. This is an annual fund-raiser for community radio WRFG-Atlanta. The Festival will feature Jimmy Ibbotson, lead singer and song-writer from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as well as Blue Moon Rising, a great new up and coming band. Other bands include: The Lovell Sisters, Cedar Hill, Peachtree Station, Georgia Bound, Pony Express, Whoa Nelly, Deja Blue, Hard Labor, Facing South, Ducktown Station, Blue Gravy, Overdrive, Tucker Station String Band, Mars Hill Porch Pickers, and Radio Rambler. What a fantastic line-up. If you need additional info, ticket prices, or a performance schedule, please contact Sharon Wiggins at Sharon@timelesswoodfloors.com or 770-356-2533.

Fri, Apr 7: Biscuit Burners This North Carolina quartet was sent our way by a very reliable concert promoter in Macon who said they were the best act he's ever brought to town! 'Nuff said... www.thebiscuitburners.com Info and Advance tickets 423-624-LEGS Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave, Chattanooga

April 15, 2006 - Southeast High School Bluegrass Jamboree - Scheduled to perform are The Lovell Sisters Band of Calhoun, GA; The Baker Boys from Indiana; Browngrass of Gainesboro, TN; Peachtree Station of Atlanta, Garrett Arb and the Grassy Mountain Boys of Dalton, The Barker Brothers from Copperhill, TN; Autumn Harvest of Dalton, and Spatial Effects from NW GA. Tickets $7.00 at the door. $6.00 in advance by mail until April 5th. Students 18 and under $3.00 Under 5 free. Plenty of places to jam.
Thomas Brown the club?s sponsor stated ?We are hoping to make this an even larger event this year with an emphasis on the many talented youngsters that play bluegrass.? There will be concessions, door prizes, free parking, and jam areas. SEHS is conveniently located off I-75, approximately 85 miles north of Atlanta and 35 miles south of Chattanooga, TN, at 1954 River Road S.E. just off of the Dalton South By-pass. The music will begin at 3:00 p.m. and last until 10:00 p.m. For further details about the jamboree please contact the club?s sponsor Thomas Brown at the following email address: tom_brown@whitfield.k12.ga.us Details are also available at: http://www.geocities.com/countrarywise/southeast_high_jamboree.html
Mailing Address: SHS Bluegrass Club - 1954 Riverbend Rd - Dalton, GA 30721


The Lovell Sisters Band Kennedy Center performance is available online at:
http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/kc_video_dyn.cfm?encoded=http%3A%2F%2Fplay%2Erbn%2Ecom%2F%3Furl%3Dkennedy%2Fkennedyg2%2Fg2demand%2F01212006%5F1800%5FMSN%2Erm%26proto%3Drtsp&header_image=header_mil_video.gif

April 20th - "Three Ring Circle" at The RedLight Cafe - Should be a great show featuring Rob Ickes on Dobro, Andy Leftwich on Fiddle and Mandolin and David Pomeroy on bass. Rob Ickes is the 7-time IBMA Dobro player of the Year with Blue Highway, Andy Leftwich plays fiddle and mandolin for Ricky Skaggs, and Dave Pomeroy is one of the top session bass players in Nashville. This is a special CD release show and you will be blown away! . www.threeringcircle.com

April 21st - "Goin' Cross the Mountain: the Music of the Southern Mountains." presented by Americana Retreats. An Americana Retreat featuring Sheila Kay Adams. On April 21, 2006, we're not goin' over the mountain. We're not comin' down from the mountain. We're goin' to the very top of The Mountain (near Highlands, NC) for three days and two nights of total immersion in Southern Appalachian mountain music. A small group of folks (no more than 50) will join Sheila Kay Adams (technical advisor and voice coach for the movie "Songcatcher"), Sheila's husband Jim Taylor (an authority on the music of the Civil War era) and musicologist/performer Laura Boosinger to explore the subject in depth ? and make a lot of good music along the way. Lots of opportunities for jammin', but you don't have to be a musician to get a lot out of this event. Details and video samples at the web site: http://www.americanaretreats.com/

April 21-23 - 10th Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival featuring bluegrass and old-time music and authentic mountain crafts market. Concerts, workshops, jamming, children's events, food court, dance, storytelling, country auction, and more. Line-up includes Dry Branch Fire Squad, Polecat Creek, The Lovell Sisters, Gold Rush with Neel Pender, The Georgia Potlickers, and The Tune Dogs. All outdoor events free. For concert tickets call 706-867-0050. www.BearOnTheSquare.org for more information and complete schedule.

Sat, Apr 22: Roland White Band w. Fletcher Bright Roland White is truly one of bluegrass's "living legends". His band will include local hero Fletcher Bright on fiddle. http://www.rolandwhite.com/ Info and Advance tickets 423-624-LEGS Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave, Chattanooga

April 29th, 30th - Madison Bluegrass Jamboree - at Town Park, downtown Madison, Arts, Crafts and Bluegrass. All daytime events are FREE. Bluegrass competitions in the following categories: Junior Instrumentalist, Banjo, Dobro, Songwriters, Dulcimer, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Bass, Fiddle, Miscellaneous Instruments and Best Band. Cash prizes, recording time, ribbons awarded. Concerts with Johnny Roquemore, 16 Tons and David Leinweber. Applications for the competitions 706.454-0151 or www.dharmalandproductions.com

May 18th - 20th 2006 - Scenic Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Milledgeville, Ga. - 4 miles South of Downtown Historic Milledgeville, GA on Hwy 441. The festival features Rhonda Vincent and the Rage on May 18th and Marty Raybon on May 20th. Other bands include: Peachtree Station, The Suggins Brothers, Danielle Lavender and Southern Wind, Redline Express, Hickory Wind, J Max McKee, and Honey Creek Boys. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy gathering with friends (old & new) and do some picking. For more information: http://www.scenicmountainrv.com/bluegrass.htm or call 800-716-3015

Tickets: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage May 18th $20 in advance - $25 at door / Marty Raybon May 20th $20 in advance - $25 at door. 3 Day pass - TBA


You can also find a copy of Atlanta Bluegrass Happenings at the web site of Atlanta Country Music - www.atlantacountrymusic.com The Happenings can be found under - Georgia Bluegrass News

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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 $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:

March 16th - Steep Canyon Rangers
March 23rd - Cedar Hill
March 30th - Blue Moon Rising
April 6th - Steel String Theory
April 13th - Peachtree Station
April 20th - Andy Leftwich, Rob Ickes and David Pomeroy

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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)


March 18th James King Band (changed from March 4th)
March 25th Josh Crowe Band
April 1st Blue Ridge
April 8th The Grascals
April 22st Kenny & Amanda Smith
May13th Blue Moon Rising
May 20th David Davis & Warrier River Boys



June 3rd - Annual Benefit Show (All Day picking) Featuring
local bands and some Reunion concerts



Oct 14th Dave Peterson and 1946
Dec 30th Lost and Found



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.

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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/

March 11th - Vessel of Praise, Country Dreamers, Stacie Spray, Kirkland & Friends
March 18th - Wildwood Drifters, Honey Creek Boys, Lonesome Road Bluegrass
March 25th - The Servant, Kirkland & Friends, Dave Ross & The Bluegrass Nightmares, The Weaver Believer Survival Revival

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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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.

March 10......................The Josh Crowe Band, NC
March 17......................Shoal Creek, Ga.
March 24......................Marty Raybon & Full Circle.....$15 donation
March 31......................Roan Mountain Hill Stoppers, Tn.
April 7..........................Cadillac Sky, Texas
April 28........................Honi Deaton & Dream, Ga.
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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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Monday Night Jams at the Graysville United Methodist Church north of Ringgold, GA. Sponsored by Yours and Mine Old Time Music Association (YMOTMA). For more details email Carl Brewer at harp_carl@bellsouth.net


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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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2nd Saturday of Every Month - Acworth Old Time Opry - Live Bluegrass Music and Jam - Admission is Free bring your own seating some chairs are available. Come listen or Come play. 6 - 10 pm. There will be 5 good bands lined up to play, and there will be jamming, under the old shade trees, and old vacant house, there at the park. Bring your instrument and join in the fun. The bands do not receive any pay, for this show. However, we do accept donations, for more information call Jim Miller at 770-971-4179. Sponsored by the Acworth Park and Recreation 770-917-1234 Logan Road Acworth , GA. http://acworthopry.com/

March 11, 2006

6:00---The Black Top Ramblers with Charles Moody
6:45---The Honey Creek Band with Henry Sides
7:30---The Mars Hill Porch Pickers with Dickson Lester
8:15---The Out of the Blue Band with Jean Durham
9:00---The Jerico Road Band with Mike Cagle

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Every Thursday - Motorhead's Bar N Grill - Buddy Ashmore and Pony Express - Motorhead's Bar N Grill, 600 Macon St. (Hwy. 42 south of square), McDonough, GA from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. For directions call (770) 898-0008. http://www.cdbaby.com/ponyexpress

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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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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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1st and 3rd Tuesday Night Jams at Pentz St. Station in downtown Dalton, GA. 7:00 - 9:30. For more details email countrarywise@yahoo.com
Regular jam sessions will resume in January on each 1st and 3rd Tuesday.

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3rd Saturday of each Month - Out of the Blue Band performs at Winston's
Food & Spirits on Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta, GA (in the Publix Shopping Ctr.) from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Everyone invited! Come out and join in the fun and music.

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Every other Tuesday - The Flicker Picker - (Athens, Ga) an open jam every other Tuesday from 7-ish until whenever, at the Flicker Theater & Bar, 263 West Washington Street in Athens, a few doors up from 40 Watt, sponsored by the Athens Folk Music & Dance Society.


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Every 2nd Saturday - The Crawford Long Museum sponsors ?2nd Saturday Night Bluegrass & Old Time String Music?, an open jam for musicians of all abilities @ the Museum, 28 College Street, Jefferson, Ga.. Check the website @ www.crawfordlong.org for directions & phone # or call (706) 367-5307. Music usually gets cranked up around 7:00. 2nd Saturday Nights are held September - June.



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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 12th, 2006 - SEBA Meeting and Jam Session - 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 food as well as jamming and good fellowship, refreshments. Bring yourself, a friend, and/or your instrument.

Feb 19th, 2006 - SEBA SOUTH Meeting, Stage Show and Jam Session - Every 3rd Sunday the meeting of the Southside Chapter of SEBA takes place at the Vineyard Community Church, 193 Johnson Ave, in Fayetteville from 3:00-6:00 PM. There will be jam sessions for all levels of pickers and great music for everyone else. There's always plenty of fellowship and refreshments. You do not have to be a member of SEBA to enjoy the music and fellowship. Come out and see for yourself. Bring an instrument and/or a friend.

For more info check out www.sebabluegrass.org

For all meeting info. contact jackmasters@mindspring.com
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/

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Musicians Wanted:

Wanted: Lead vocalist with Guitar skills (Rhythm/Flatpicking) for established working band in East Atlanta area. Please call 770 787 4021 or email: john@hardlaborbluegrass.com




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Instruments/books:

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:

ACTV-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 7-9 pm 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 14, Bluegrass Junction. http://www.xmradio.com/programming/channel_page.jsp?ch=14

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RECOMMENDED BLUEGRASS & ACOUSTIC MUSIC INSTRUCTORS:

Beginning Bluegrass Banjo Scruggs Style - Geoff Hohwald will be teaching a Banjo Class in North Carolina June 25th - July 1st ,2006 Spend a week focused on the 5 string Banjo. in the North Carolina countryside.. The course is designed for raw beginners thru students who can play 2 or 3 songs. Because of the way the studio is laid out there are 4 practice areas which permit students to work at different levels in groups of 2 to 4 persons. To further help, Geoff has a wealth of printed material and CD suppliments that have never been published that can speed up learning by as much as 300%. If you would enjoy exploring the banjo this is a great opportunity to learn a lot and have fun at the same time. In fact this course is so much fun, it has been outlawed in 13 states. For futher information on these couses or the Folk School in general you may call 1 800 Folksch or go to the web site at www.folkschool.org or email Geoff @ geoff@cvls.com

Casey Cook (The Dappled Grays) is available for flatpicking guitar lessons, specializing in rhythm ,leads,chord substitution and improvisation. Times available are Monday through Thursday after 6:00 pm. For bluegrass and new acoustic music, contact him at 404 664 1688 or e-mail at stringbreaker79@hotmail.com

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

Andy Martin (Dappled Grays) is now giving banjo lessons in Athens, GA area:
Over twenty years experience in three-finger/bluegrass style 5-string banjo. Specializing in Scruggs and melodic style. Not only has Andy been picking and performing since 1980, he has a degree in music education so he is well versed in music theory, improvisation pointers, composition and principals of economic practicing which can get you sounding better faster - whether you are a beginner or a veteran. Email Andy at muleskinner7@hotmail.com or phone 706-208-3638.

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

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

Geoff Hohwald is now accepting Banjo students:
Geoff has been playing banjo for 38 years and has written the Banjo Primer Book, Banjo Primer Video, and Banjo Songs. Most students take a one hour lesson every other week . If you are a raw beginner or have played but want to ad interest and drive to your playing page Geoff at 404 218 8580 or E mail at WHohwald@aol.com Geoff , also, has a few banjos for sale or rent.

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

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

Greg Carageorge is accepting bass students. Very experienced. Please contact me if you would like to learn the bass, or take your playing to a higher level. Beginners welcome. Upright or electric $25/ hr lesson. We?ll work on the specific musical style and songs you want to learn right now. I am a veteran of many professional music groups in CA, GA and NY. Very experienced on stage and the recording studio. Recently performed Jazz at Carnegie Hall. Traditional music, folk, jazz, rock, ethnic. Gregophonic@Hotmail.com or (404) 669-0885

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
http://atlantabluegrasshappenings.com/
   
   

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