Blues Sunday May 5, 2019: An Acoustic Evening with Geoff Achison

Keepin' The Blues Alive

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Charlotte Blues Society meets the 1st Sunday Jan-June, Aug.-Dec.at The Rabbit Hole, 1801 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte NC 

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A Special Acoustic Evening of Blues with Geoff Achison Blues Sunday May 5 2019

Award winning Australian Blues Artist Geoff Achison Returns

 

Guitarist - Vocalist
Songwriter - Instructor

Geoff Achison is a blues-roots artist from Australia best known for his guitar playing and songwriting.  

Two years ago, Geoff and his band The Soul Diggers (American Tour Band) were our guest artist at a Charlotte Blues Society Blues Sunday.  They blew the doors off and now he is back for his final U.S. date before returning to Australia.  This time, it will be a very special evening of acoustic Blues.


Geoff began his apprenticeship with legendary Australian bluesman 'Dutch' Tilders establishing himself as a fine lead guitarist before striking out with his own. He released his debut album in the early 90s and began touring throughout the USA, UK & Europe.  Geoff's music has been compared favorably to major artists such as Eric Clapton, JJ Cale and the Allman Brothers Band having a solid foundation in the blues whilst embracing a variety of music styles. He has won awards for his guitar playing, songwriting and live performances and was honored in 2011 as official Patron Of the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society. 

Geoff Achison was born on Phillip Island, the third of five siblings, and raised in the Victorian country town of Malmsbury. His parents were music lovers and when Geoff famously discovered a forgotten old guitar beneath the stairwell, his trumpet-playing father enthusiastically found him a guitar teacher.  His first gigs were with his father's dance band where he displayed promise enough to attract the attention of local jazz musician Alan Watson. Through his new mentor he was exposed to jazz and improvisation. At Watson's suggestion Geoff temporarily switched to bass-guitar which provided him with a greater understanding of the rhythm section. After gaining valuable experience as a bassist Geoff developed a keen interest in American blues which re-kindled his interest in studying six-stringed guitar. In rural isolation, he was mostly unaware of the electronic effects employed by some guitarists and devised some of his own techniques to emulate the sounds of echo/delay, tremolo and wah-wah pedals which added to his unique playing style. 

In 1987 Geoff made the move to Melbourne and soon established himself on the scene playing lead guitar for popular Australian blues performer 'Dutch' Tilders. In time Geoff began to work on his own music releasing his debut album 'Big Machine' in 1994. He represented Melbourne at the 'International Blues Challenge' in Memphis TN winning the coveted 'Albert King Award' in 1995. Encouraged, he set his sights on the world market and successfully established international touring routes in the USA and UK. To overcome the difficulties of bringing a band from Australia, Geoff began hiring local musicians to form a backing group when required. On his first extended overseas trip, Geoff received a beautiful new acoustic guitar from the famous Gibson guitar company and recorded his third album ‘Gettin’ Evil’  with a US version of his ‘Souldiggers’ band. Upon his return to Melbourne, Geoff was able to recruit an all-star group which featured some of Australia's most celebrated musicians. With Mal Logan on keys, Roger McLachlan on bass and Gerry Pantazis on drums, Geoff was finally able to realise his musical vision with The Souldiggers and built the group's reputation with exciting and spontaneous live performances. 


Learn More

This is a FREE General Admission Show for all valid CBS card holders.

$5 non-members General Admission.


Special reserved seating will  be available for this show for a slight upcharge.


Sofa and high-top tables may be reserved on our online shop.  Limited seating, and available now.  


  As a song-writer, Geoff explores a myriad of themes from love & loss to politics & philosophy and often with his wry sense of humour shining through. Vocally, Geoff has been compared favourably to the gruff voiced Joe Cocker, Warren Haynes and  Paul Weller. An extraordinary guitarist who plays quite unlike anyone else, Geoff has been a driving force on the Australian blues/roots scene inspiring and influencing many of his younger compatriots.  


 

“Geoff is one of the finest blues guitarists I know with a completely individual style”

— Jorma Kaukonen, Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna 


 

“Achison has been hailed as one of the finest blues players in Australia”

— Ian McFarlane Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop 


 

“Make sure you never, ever miss an opportunity to see Geoff Achison ‘live’”
— Ron Currens Hittin' The Note


“He has a voice that vibrates like the purr of a big cat”
— Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times

Geoff Achison Reserved tix

We Thank You

 To support Charlotte Blues Society 's mission of Keeping the Blues Alive,   please feel free to make a tax deductible online donation: 

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

CBS Blues Sunday Events / The Rabbit Hole

CBS at Taste of Charlotte June 7, 8, & 9, 2019

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 June 7-9, 2019 Festival Hours. Friday. 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Saturday.11:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Sunday. 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM


Join us at our Beer/Wine/Beverage tent!

Volunteer to help and receive a free Taste of Charlotte T-Shirt.


Charlotte Blues Society needs your help to man our booth located near the band stage.  


Always fun, always  one of our biggest fundraisers.  


Come out for a few hours to volunteer, and stay to enjoy the event the rest of the day!



TOC Sign up here

A Brick For Robin

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You could win this limited edition plaque commemorating The Double Door Inn.   
Only two exist.  
This collectible has been donated to Charlotte Blues Society to raise funds to purchase a permanent brick which will be installed in front of the Blues Foundation building in Memphis. 
This brick will commemorate CBS member, Award winning blues artist  Robin Rogers and CBS
We are going to raffle this plaque strictly for the purchase of the brick. 
We are selling 100 raffle tickets at $5 a piece. Once all tickets are sold, the winner will be drawn.
The Double Door plaque could be yours.
 Remember, only 100 tickets so get yours soon.
The 8"x8" brick will read:
In Memory of
Robin Rogers 
Winner 2011 BMA 
Contemporary Blues 
Female Artist
CLT Blues Society
 

The Blues Music Awards are presented by the The Blues Foundation a  non-profit organization founded to foster blues heritage. 


The awards, started in 1980, are according to Offbeat music magazine "universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded musicians and songwriters in blues music."  


Robin was posthumously  awarded Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year in 2011. 


The award was presented  to her husband, songwriting partner, and band mate Tony Rogers at the Awards Ceremony held in Memphis, Tennessee where the Blues Foundation is locate.


Robin was a huge advocate of Charlotte Blues Society and The Blues Foundation.  She was also winner of the 2009 "Best Female Artist" Blues Blast Award.  


Purchase your raffle ticket for this collectible today.




Buy Brick Raffle tix

Blues Sunday June 2 2019 Chris o'Leary Band

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 Chris O'Leary Band

 5th CD 7 Minutes Late on the American Showplace Label. 

Now on tour to support the release of the new album.


Chris’s musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for rock and roll hall of famer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm’s band, The Barnburners. 

During the 6 years that Chris and Levon played together they toured across the US and Canada lighting up stages everywhere they went. Chris has appeared on stage with: Legendary Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Healy, Dan Akroyd, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds, Dave Maxwell and the great James Cotton to name just a few. Chris has also recorded with Bill Perry and Hubert Sumlin, among others.


The Chris O’Leary Band’s debut CD “Mr. Used to Be” won the 2011 Best New Artist Debut CD Blues Blast Award and was nominated for best new artist debut at the 2011 American Blues Music Awards.

The regular members of the band include:

  • Tom Terry — bass
  • Chris DiFrancesco — baritone sax
  • Andy Stahl — tenor sax
  • Andrei Koribanics — drums




We're Keepin the Blues Alive~!


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An Acoustic Blues Evening with Geoff Achison May 5 2019

Geoff Returns with a solo performance

Charlotte Blues Society is honored to announce the return of Australian Blues Artist Geoff Achison.  Geoff will be performing an intimate solo acoustic show for blues fans on Sunday May 5th at our Blues Sunday Event at The Rabbit Hole. 


 Geoff Achison is best known for his guitar playing and songwriting and his performance in Charlotte will be the last leg of his US Tour.


Geoff began his apprenticeship with legendary Australian bluesman 'Dutch' Tilders establishing himself as a fine lead guitarist before striking out with his own. He released his debut album in the early 90s and began touring throughout the USA, UK & Europe.  Geoff's music has been compared favorably to major artists such as Eric Clapton, JJ Cale and the Allman Brothers Band having a solid foundation in the blues whilst embracing a variety of music styles. He has won awards for his guitar playing, songwriting and live performances and was honored in 2011 as official Patron Of the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society. 

Geoff Achison was born on Phillip Island, the third of five siblings, and raised in the Victorian country town of Malmsbury. His parents were music lovers and when Geoff famously discovered a forgotten old guitar beneath the stairwell, his trumpet-playing father enthusiastically found him a guitar teacher.  His first gigs were with his father's dance band where he displayed promise enough to attract the attention of local jazz musician Alan Watson. Through his new mentor he was exposed to jazz and improvisation. At Watson's suggestion Geoff temporarily switched to bass-guitar which provided him with a greater understanding of the rhythm section. After gaining valuable experience as a bassist Geoff developed a keen interest in American blues which re-kindled his interest in studying six-stringed guitar. In rural isolation, he was mostly unaware of the electronic effects employed by some guitarists and devised some of his own techniques to emulate the sounds of echo/delay, tremolo and wah-wah pedals which added to his unique playing style. 

In 1987 Geoff made the move to Melbourne and soon established himself on the scene playing lead guitar for popular Australian blues performer 'Dutch' Tilders. In time Geoff began to work on his own music releasing his debut album 'Big Machine' in 1994. He represented Melbourne at the 'International Blues Challenge' in Memphis TN winning the coveted 'Albert King Award' in 1995. Encouraged, he set his sights on the world market and successfully established international touring routes in the USA and UK. To overcome the difficulties of bringing a band from Australia, Geoff began hiring local musicians to form a backing group when required. On his first extended overseas trip, Geoff received a beautiful new acoustic guitar from the famous Gibson guitar company and recorded his third album ‘Gettin’ Evil’  with a US version of his ‘Souldiggers’ band. Upon his return to Melbourne, Geoff was able to recruit an all-star group which featured some of Australia's most celebrated musicians. With Mal Logan on keys, Roger McLachlan on bass and Gerry Pantazis on drums, Geoff was finally able to realise his musical vision with The Souldiggers and built the group's reputation with exciting and spontaneous live performances. 

 As a song-writer, Geoff explores a myriad of themes from love & loss to politics & philosophy and often with his wry sense of humor shining through. Vocally, Geoff has been compared favorably to the gruff voiced Joe Cocker, Warren Haynes and  Paul Weller. An extraordinary guitarist who plays quite unlike anyone else, Geoff has been a driving force on the Australian blues/roots scene inspiring and influencing many of his younger compatriots.  


This special event will have FREE General Admission to all Current CBS Members with valid membership card, and $5 General Admission to non-members.

We will also offer upgraded  reserved seating.  You may order advanced tickets to reserve your seats.   If there are any unsold reserve seats available day of show, they will be open to the General Admission attendees, first come first served.

Reserved Ticket info

Since this is an acoustic show, we have been requested by members to offer reserved seating.  In order to accommodate as many as possible We will offer upgraded reserved seating in various sections for this show. 

Sofa reserved seating, High-top tables will be $10 each.

Floor chairs/no tables/ will be available for $5 each.


Deadline to purchase advance reservedseats: : Friday May 3, 2019


Please click the link below to secure reserved seats.

Geoff Achison Reserved seating tix

Blues Jam Guidelines

Open Blues Jam

 Blues Jam Guidelines and Courtesies



Welcome to the Charlotte Blues Society Blues Jam.  You are participating in a tradition that is over 25 years in the making.  The Charlotte Blues Society has consistently promoted a Blues Jam as part of its Blues Sunday.  The Charlotte Blues Society’s Blues Sunday occurs on the first Sunday of each month.  The Blues Jams do not happen at every Blues Sunday.  Always refer to charlottebluessociety.org for details and schedules.  We hope your experience will be inspiring and that your own musical abilities will be informed by these jams.


We offer the following guidelines to consider when signing on as a participating jammer:


A practical suggestion, Sign up early.  On the sign-up sheet please list your instrument and/or ability that you wish to contribute to the Jam.  While the Blues has a lot of variations, please be advised this is a Blues Jam.  Please keep it real ladies and gentlemen.


Be respectful of any equipment that you use, backline and PA, treat it as your own or possibly better than your own.  If you have a special amp, pedal or set-up that you need to use, remember guideline #1; Come early


Keep track of your place on the sign-up sheet.  It is not up to the Jam Master to track you down when your time to shine arrives.  


Please be advised that you need to be tuned and ready BEFORE you get on stage.  Additionally, if you are a guitarist that tunes down a half step, please note the House band will be tuned to standard 440.  Two choices remain, either tune to  440 or make allowances in your choice of a chord voicing.


Volume:  If you only hear yourself on stage, perhaps you are too loud.  Likewise, if you hear everyone else, but not yourself; turn up.  


Be respectful of your fellow musicians, no matter what their ability may be.  Everyone usually starts at the same place.


In regards to soloing, again please be respectful of other musicians in the jam.  For example, rhythm guitar is not just something to waste your time on while you wait for your next solo.  One of the lessons of a Blues Jam is to learn how to be as apt an accompanist as you hope to be as a soloist.  The Jam Master will be generous with solos, but be mindful of other musicians that may be waiting to jam.  


Lastly, have fun.  Also respect the traditions as well as the innovations of the Blues.  Likewise, respect the Charlotte Blues Society and The Rabbit Hole for providing the space and equipment for you to jam.


Learn More

 

The Blues Jam has always been a favorite event at Blues Society meetings, and The Instigators always provide a solid base to build a jam on.


Once again we have a list of songs that WILL be played during the jam.  This is especially helpful for new jammers.    

Songs for next Jam Charlotte Blues Society  

Each is listed with Song, Artist, Key and a link to video for reference:

Song            

The Thrill is Gone  Eric Clapton & BB King   Bm 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6gDeGdQ3rM&feature=share

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Song

I’m Tore Down   Eric Clapton   C 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRcUufCKwOo

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Song

Little By Little   Junior Wells & Buddy Guy  A 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcyad6MKXzI&feature=share

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Song

Who’s Been Talkin?  Howlin’ Wolf   Am 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDkk_claqPU&feature=share

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Song

Honey Hush   Albert Collins   C 

a/k/a Talkin Woman Blues 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOU3Ysz1Lo0



CBS Blues Sunday : 1st Sunday of the Month

Our Mission Statement

Charlotte Blues Society, Blues Music, Live Blues,Blues Artists. Blues in the Schools, Non-profit

 

The CHARLOTTE BLUES SOCIETY (CBS) 

is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the American Blues tradition through the presentation of concerts, forums, educational programs and support of local musicians in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.

CBS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors and operated by an all-volunteer staff. CBS is an affiliated member of The Blues Foundation, the umbrella organization for a worldwide network of 165 affiliated Blues societies and has individual memberships around the globe. 

Meet our New Guitar up for Raffle!

Candy Apple Red Fender Squier Strat 2019 Autographed fundraising raffle Guitar

As a 501(c)3 organization, we have been raising funds through Guitar Raffles. You gotta love this sweet number!

It's a Candy Apple Red Fender Squier Strat donated by Ray Otstott, and the signatures have already begun...the first this time was Albert Castiglia  

Samantha Fish, Eric Gales, and guitar wiz Jonathan Long have already added their signatures.  

Raffle tickets on sale now at all our events.

There will only be 400 tickets printed this year  When they are gone, they are gone.

Drawing will be held December 1, 2019.

With all the great acts coming to town this year, it should be a banner year to collect more autographs.

At this time, we want to thank all the artists who have signed our raffle guitars.   We appreciate you more than you will ever know.   And we know every signature makes that guitar more valuable, and a hotter ticket to purchase.
All proceeds are donations and benefit Charlotte Blues Society. Those dollars help us in our mission of Keeping the Blues Alive.  Thank you musicians!  

Thanks for your support!  Thanks to all who buy a ticket. Remember: it only takes one to win!

Our Designated Charity 2019

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In 2017 CBS decided it was time for us to reach out to our community and adopt another charity.   
Loaves and Fishes fed over 77,000 people in the Charlotte area in 2017.  A huge percentage of those being fed were children. We committed to collecting donations of non-perishable food items at every Blues Sunday event through the year. 


We have recommitted ourselves to them again this year.


We  will always take donations at every blues event we attend outside of our own, (providing the venue allows it)  Funds raised will be used to purchase the most needed items  for the Loaves and Fishes  food pantry every month.  

In 2018 we donated 1812 pounds of food and over $200 from events. 

Our goal in 2019 is to reach that 2000 pound mark: a full ton by the end of the year.  
All we ask is that you bring non-perishable food items to our events, and we will make sure Loaves & Fishes receives it.


"1 Can?   I Can!" : our battle cry against hunger.


Please look for us at all Blues events and consider bringing food or making a cash donation.   

Blues for Food.  We Can make a difference!


We also encourage you to donate directly to Loaves and Fishes here 

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The 35th International Blues Challenge was held January 22-26 2019 in Memphis TN.  Representing Charlotte Blues Society were Jake Haldenvang  solo/duo   and  The Chris Clifton Band band .  Congrats to both.  
Jake advanced to the Semi-Finals after the first  two nights. Although he did not make it to the finals, he showed the world the talent we have here in NC    Congratulations to all that competed in this International Competition.  Our Solo/Duo & Band Challenges to determine who will represent us in 2020 will be held in September and October.  If you are interested in competing, Randi S is at the helm for the competition this year.  

IBC 2019 Info

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Charlotte Blues Society 

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1801 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte NC

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