Over Memorial Day weekend, beginning May 28th and continuing May 29th, The Atlanta Blues Society and Underground Atlanta are presenting “Blues in the Alley: Youth Edition” in Kenny’s Alley at Underground Atlanta. These free events will feature some of the brightest young groups who are involved with the blues in Atlanta.
Here is the lineup from The Atlanta Blues Society’s Facebook post:
Saturday May 28th (12:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Morgan Guerin featuring Joel Powell & Friends
Morgan Guerin, 12, was introduced to jazz at the early age of 6 months when given drumsticks by his grandmother. He’s been playing ever since. Growing up in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, jazz has always been an integral part of Morgan’s life. Come down early and make a point of hearing this fine saxophonist!
Just A Second .
Alums of Chicago Joes’ Rock ‘n Blues Camp this energetic young band will get your toes tapping and your feet moving to the groove!
Frissell and Nyger Hunter are young musicians interested in an eclectic array of music. Frissell, age 12, has been playing piano since the age of about 5. Nyger, 10, has been a drummer since the age of 6. Trained as classical musicians, their range has broadened to include jazz, rhythm and blues and pop.
Frets On Fire
Frets on Fire won the under 21 division of the Atlanta Blues Challenge in November 2009. As a result, they were showcased in the prestigious International Blues Challenge in January 2010, performing on historic Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, to great acclaim.
All for Nothing
All For Nothing draws from many different influences to create an interesting and unique sound that refuses to be labeled. Catchy, yet intricate music is supported by vocals that deliver lyrics with true substance. All For Nothing is music with purpose.
Sunday May 29th (12:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Sam Libman ( guitar), Dashiell Wakeman (bass), Jonathan Yaeger (Drums), and Jody Chamberlain( keyboard) have been friends and schoolmates since childhood. They have just finished the 8th grade and will be Freshmen in High school next year. All four have had extensive music training and in addition to performing with 38 Parallel, they are in their school’s band and Orchestra.
Blues in the Schools
The ABS has offered this program free of charge to schools for the past 12 years. This popular presentation provides an introduction to the Blues for a younger audience by working professional musicians who volunteer their time. The program explains the roots and history of the Blues – the original uniquely American musical art form – and demonstrates how it has evolved and influenced all modern popular music styles including rock, jazz, rap, country and pop. ABS members will have heard about this program for years, but have never had the opportunity to see it. Now is your chance, bring all the kids you know, your extended family, and the neighbors’ kids! This is a fun and interactive presentation.
This is exactly what it sounds like, a jam session for Teens. You don’t have to be a virtuoso! Bring your own axe. Drums (drummers bring sticks) and a piano will be provided along with all the amps you will need. Professional musician mentors will be on hand to offer any guidance needed.
The Hard Knocks
Monday May 30th (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
An upcoming Atlanta band with a cutting edge new sound. They combine traditional song writing with new innovative sounds, incorporating an array of styles into their music with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix, and The Beatles, to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Sublime.
The Solar Bears
Formed in 2009. The Solar Bears are 19 yr. old Jordan Gonzalez, 19 yr. old Drew Hart, and 20 yr. old Zack Falls. Together they create a sound that can be hard to describe but easy to love. They bring old roots and crafted grooves to a modern sound.
Come out and experience these young entertainers, and tell all the young musicians you know about the blues jam on Sunday!
The American Red Cross will also be present during the event to take donations for the victims of recent natural disasters.