Saturday, March 14, 2009

Chicken Raid 09 March 21 & 22

The Chicken Raid peeps have been in touch:

Thanks for listing Chicken Raid 2008 on your blog!!

Here's a press release for this years festival!

What: Chicken Raid 2009

Where: Northside Tavern
1058 Howell Mill Rd
When: Saturday, March 21 from 2 PM - 2 AM
Sunday, March 22 from 2 PM - 12 AM

Cost: $15 Saturday, $10 Sunday

Contact: Daniel Dudeck
(404) 872-6174

The Chicken Raid is an annual benefit honoring the late Atlanta country blues legend Mr. Frank Edwards (1909-2002). Proceeds from this event will be shared between the Edwards estate and the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research. This two-day music festival features a range of local and regional talents; headliners for Saturday night include the Music Maker Blues Revue and Sunday night a special all-star tribute to Sean Costello.

Confirmed acts include: Captain Luke, Beverly Guitar Watkins, Mudcat, Robert Lee Coleman, Sol, Bill Sheffield, Lola, Frankie Lee Robinson, the Breeze Kings, Fatback Deluxe, Little Brother, Skye Paige, Charlie Wooten, Soul Shakers, Liz Melendez, Uncle Sugar, Essie Mae Brooks, Maddy Moneypenny, Rough Draft, and many more.

A community website has been designed for this event, featuring footage of Mr. Edwards performing his classic tune Chicken Raid. Please visit

Food will be available for purchase.

Frank Edwards left home at 14 and played guitar and harmonica alongside Tampa Red. As
World War II approached, Edwards joined seminal Mississippi bluesman Tommy McClennan
and headed North, recording eight sides for OKeh in 1941 with Washboard Sam. After being
discharged from the Army he cut two songs for Regal in 1949. He continued playing on
street corners, juke joints and restaurants before hitting the festival circuit during the folk
revival. Thanks to Pete Lowry, Edwards released his first full album Done Some Travelin in
1972 through Trix. When not onstage, the iconic Mr. Frank was a familiar face at the clubs,
supporting other blues musicians in Atlanta. He quietly passed away on his return home
from a recording session in North Carolina for the Music Maker label.

Additional Chicken Raid Festival musical alumni include: Eddie Kirkland, Willie King, Sean
Costello, Cootie Stark, Sue Foley, Abe Reid, Albert White, Neal Pattman, Atomic Boogie,
Blonju, Chicago Joe Jones, Cora Mae Bryant and JJ, Donnie McCormick, Eddie Boyd, Eddie
Tigner, Essie Mae Brooks, Joe McGuinness, King Johnson, Little Pink Anderson, Motor City
Josh, Precious Bryant, Roger Hurricane Wilson, Sammy Blue, Slick, Slim Fatz, Smokestack and the Foothill Fury, Tim Duffy, Tommy Brown, Willie Alvarez, and many more.

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