Jeni Michelson
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The Society Express Band
Discovering new food, Making Friends, Networking, Gaining Knowledge
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I plan on living forever. So far, so good
I am a local entertainer (pianist-vocalist), with 25+ years logged in playing for Atlanta's finest restaurants such as Cafe Milan, Simon's Seafood Grille, French Quarter Hotel, Mario's, Boccacio's, Daily's, Carbo's, Maggiano's, Pappadeaux's, Roy's Fine Asian, Ray's on The River, Goldfish, Joel's, etc. I have also been a consultant for many restaurants, helping them find quality entertainment.

For the last 15 years, I have been a band leader/owner of The Society Express Band (a variety swing, rock, funk, Motown, Latin dance band)
We play many special events i.e; weddings, corporates, fund-raisers & galas.

During the day, I provide a variety of music programs such as holiday theme parties, ballroom dance programs, interactive therapy for memory care residents for over 40 retirement communities in the Atlanta and surrounding counties.
Years in the Industry
40 years

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Networking 101

Posted on January 29, 2008 at 11:12pm 4 Comments

It occurred to me tonight after I attended a local industry, social (I assumed networking) type event that people need to improve their networking skills. I belong to numerous networking associations and try to learn as much as I can about everyone I come into contact with. That's what I'm there for...right? I mean I can huddle with my friends (and I have many) and we could gossip about this and that, but truly my time is valuable...this is my opportunity to expand my horizons. I love… Continue

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At 11:39am on November 24, 2008, Matt Urdan said…
Hey Jeni, great to hear from you....Nope, haven't heard Boyz II Men, I'll check it out....I'm buying the new Il Divo CD on my way home tonight. They sound way better than even Josh Groban....

Business is awesome in the rafting industry. I'm definitely in a good place.

Happy Thanksgiving and best of luck for a busy holiday season!
At 5:15pm on May 9, 2008, Jeni Hendrix said…
Hey Jeni!

Love the name! (& the voice too!). Just joined the network, nice to see something familiar!

have a good one,
At 9:29am on May 4, 2008, Lisa said…
Hi Jeni,

Thanks! Yes, I check out the jobs frequently. I'm trying to stay away from another legal position though, will only go back to practicing law if I absolutely have to.

I took down Wayne's info, and will definitely go and hear him perform at Maison Carlos. Looking forward to it!
At 12:36am on May 4, 2008, Johnathan Metellus said…
That's great! Much appreciated, I'll make a note of it. Feel free to stop by on a Sunday or Thursday or Friday in June or thereafter. I'll see you at one of your performances.
At 8:41am on May 3, 2008, Rachel said…
Hey Jeni, thanks for the friend request I added you. Also added you as a friend on myspace take care

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At 3:00pm on May 2, 2008, Johnathan Metellus said…
Hello Jeni,

Here's some info about Samaritan House and the cafe. I look forward to hearing you play, as I make my way around Atlanta for invite for our guest chef series.

Who We Are?
Samaritan House of Atlanta, founded in 1986, transforms lives by helping homeless men and
women achieve self-sufficiency through personalized employment readiness and life stabilization
programs. More about Samaritan House of Atlanta.
What Do We Do?
In just one year, Samaritan House of Atlanta:
•Serves 28,000 noontime meals to homeless men and women
•Helps 400 homeless men and women receive resources, training, and support to
re-enter the workforce
•Assists 100 chronically homeless men and women in securing benefits, housing, and mental health services
•Manages Community Voice Mail for over 550 mailboxes
•In partnership with Samaritan House Clean Street team, moved over 50,000 bags of trash to make Atlanta cleaner.
In addition, Samaritan House owns and operates the award-winning Cafe 458 serving
dinner Thursday and Friday 6:00-8:30pm (starting June 5th)and Sunday Brunch 10-3pm.
At 6:54am on April 30, 2008, Lisa said…
Yes, I know Maison Carlos well. It is owned by a married couple and the wife is an aqauintance. It always amazes me what a small world it really is. They should advertise that Wayne performs there, because I would have definitely gone to hear him had I known there was live music. I go to an Irish pub on the same street from time to time just because they have musicians playing a few nights a week.

Your friend should have no problem finding a condo - the market tanked here and there is a surplus of them. Do let me know if you guys come down for a visit, it would be fun to get together!
At 2:50pm on April 29, 2008, Jeni Michelson said…
Oh wow, I can't believe you knew of it. I think Wayne's been there for about 5 years. The season is usually Nov 1 to May 1. He is one of those people that come along in a lifetime and forever change the way you feel about music. He's a genius and one of my best friends. I owe him a trip in a huge way. We were on our way there in March of last year and we never made it on the was a disaster to say the least. Airport had 100,000 people stranded on spring break and we had those stupid buddy passes someone traded me for some work I did.
Believe me, you are not a buddy of any airline (ha!)
One of my other best friends is in the market for a condo in Pompano.
At 2:25pm on April 29, 2008, Lisa said…
Oh my gosh, she is so adorable! Hope she inherited the Michelson musical gene.

Thanks for the compliments, very flattering coming from someone as accomplished as you are! Your interactive therapy program is particularly interesting and sounds very worthwhile. Wish there was something like that for my Mom.

I look forward to hearing your friend at Maison Carlos. My girlfriends and I go there occasionally for their Wednesday night promos, but I've never heard music there. I love live music and am always looking for new venues, so I appreciate the info.

Do you ever travel to South Florida? My best to James . . .
At 10:18am on April 29, 2008, Lisa said…
Hey Jeni - that IS funny!

Hope James is flourishing in Real Estate... I really appreciated his help.

I still have the house on the Island, but am going to try to sell it soon. (would have already but market stinks) I've lived in Palm Beach for about 2.5 years now - moved here for a legal job/radio show and ended up opening a clothing boutique. I recently closed it because the location was all wrong, but may re-open in October (the next "season" around here). For now I'm selling online and looking for other opportunities. What a great networking site this is!

Glad we re-connected. Hope you will be playing someplace the next time I'm in Atlanta - would be great to hear you guys again. How are you and the rest of the family?




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