It’s a Champagne Jam, Dammit: The Classic Center is holding a contest in which the winner gets to open for the Atlanta Rhythm Section on Nov. 20. ARS, whose commercial success peaked in the late 1970s, has retained its legendary Southern-rock status through several seismic shifts in popular tastes. Although always a little more slick and urban cowboy-ish than, say, The Allman Brothers Band, its appeal remains pretty strong, especially in the South. Among ARS’ achievements are two top-10 hits, five in the top 40, and playing the south lawn at the White House during Jimmy Carter’s presidency. The contest to open for the band is wide open, and all you have to do is drop off a demo and fill out a one-page form. The winning band will receive $375 for playing the gig. Entry forms can be obtained from the Classic Center main administration office, and they’ll even fax or email it to you if necessary. While it remains unclear whether this contest was put together solely for the enjoyment of Je Suis France
(who have a serious taste for ARS), I’ll be a little disappointed if this slot goes to some humorless bunch of guitar noodlers. ARS always brought the party; be prepared to bring yours.