Here are events I attend or want to attend, mostly around Atlanta. You will notice, bright readers that you are, that many of them are blues or Americana. ButI might surprise you with something completely different! For instance, I just went to see Social Distortion with my daughter for the 5th or 6th time. I love them! In fact, I love any music, from jazz to blues to country to rock, that makes me feel real emotion. I’m not too fond of electronica or experimental music, but just about anything else I think might interest you may end up here!
SATURDAY, MARCH 24 – 1pm
Wasted Potential Brass Band
Little G Weevil
Essie Mae Brooks & Family
Mudcat and the Atlanta Horns
Roy Lee Johnson
Robert Lee Coleman
Frankie’s Blues Mission
Cool John Ferguson
SUNDAY, MARCH 25 – Noon
The Radio Ramblers
Nate and Haley
Jason C Waller
Essie Mae Brooks & Family
The Rockaholics ATL
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues
Dr. Dixon and François Blues
Swami Gone Bananas
Little Joey’s Jumpin’ Jive
Uncle Sugar featuring Eddie Tigner
BISCUIT MILLER AND tHE MIX – DARWIN’S BLUES CLUB, SEPT 16
Biscuit Miller and the Mix ae first-rate entertainers! Everything is carefully planned for audience impact. For instance, he Mix wore dark colors Saturday night, while Miller was spiffily dressed in white. There were a variety of guitars on stage, including a tall, thin bass Biscuit introduced as “Delicious”( “Biscuit, Delicious- they kind of go together, right?”) On some of the Chicago-style soul and blues songs, Miller and the band used choreography like The impressions and The Drifters used to use. It was a smooth, professional presentation. Top that with excellent material from the recent album, “Wishbone” and earlier recordings and it was a great show that grabbed you and kept you entertained from start to finish.
It is unusual for the bassist to be the leader of the band, but that is the case with Biscuit Miller and The Mix. Miller is the lead singer as well as the bass player, and he was flanked onstage by two excellent guitar players, Bobby “B” and Alex “Southside” Smith. Behind him, Biscuuiton the drums, is the man known as Dr. Love.
Miller has a wonderful smile that seems to radiate joy and his music matches his personality. There are no sad ballads here. From songs about fishing tot he exuberant “Butter My Biscuits,”this is music for feeling good.
It seemed like Biscuit and he band were having fun Saturday night, and I know the audience was. I would strongly suggest you go see Biscuit Miller and The Mix if you get a chance.
Saturday morning on a whim we decided to go to Macon, GA,about 2 hours from our house. We were mainly on the trail of Allman Brothers sites, and specifically wanting to see the graves of Duane. Berry Oakley, and Gregg. We stopped at the nearest rest stop to Macon, which had a visitor’s center with a very friendly, helpful young woman who told us how to get to Rose Hill Cemetery.
On the way, we saw a sign for the Otis Redding Museum and I was all excited because I love Otis Redding. Unfortunately, it was closed but we got a glimpse of some of his stage clothes and a few posters in the window. I was happy to know that museum was there.
Then we went to Rose Hill. It is a huge place and beautiful but not at all handicap accessible. I wanted to find Elizabeth Reeds grave but it was not possible in the heat and with the steep hills. We couldn’t find Gregg either in the time we had, but with the help of the sign on the office door we found Duane and Berry. I tried so hard to get to them but the hill they were on was too steep so my husband Ken went up and took these marvelous pictures while I took comfort in being very close. I now know that Gregg is buried just across the walkway so next time we will find it.
Next we headed to The Big House, where all the band lived at one time. It is now an Allman Brothers Band Museum. We knew we weren’t taking the tour because even though $15 each is very reasonable we hadn’t planned the trip and we didn’t have it. We figured we would just take a picture or two of the house and yard and go in the gift shop, which we imagined would be fairly small. But if you look at the photos, you’ll see that the gift shop itself has several rooms full of memorabilia. My favorite thing was that blue piano. I loved envisioning Gregg playing it. I really look forward to going back and doing the whole tour soon.
The friendly man in the gift sjhop gave us a great map, which I wish we had had earlier.It listed some oiher sites we could have visited, like the ban’s first houe and various apartments associated with members. Next time we will go there first, but it was getting late and we needed to head home. So we just drove to the locations where Duane and Berry had their accidents. We didn’t take pictures because they aren’t marked in any way, but it is one thing to read that they crashed their motorcycles at intersections 3 blocks apart,barely a year apart, but it is another thing entirely to see how close it really was. Butch Trucks was once quoted as saying he didn’t think Berry knew how to live in a world without Duane. It made me so glad they are buried so close together. I wish Gregg could have been buried there too but it is obviously not a big enough plot. At least his grave is very close.
Even unplanned and with no money, ,this was a very satisfying trip. I recommend it to any fan. Enjoy the pictures!
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