Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series Schedule!

2 Feb

frank-hamilton-folk-school-concert-series-kick-off-party-the-georgia-crackers-rev-jeff-mosier-at-red-light-cafe-atlanta-ga-feb-18-2016-squareThe schedule is now complete for the inaugural Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series, held at the Red Light Cafe through the end of the year one Thursday each month!  Stay tuned for a few more concerts and workshops TBA.  Please read below for the complete schedule and spread the word!  A portion of the proceeds from each concert benefits FHFS!

Feb 18 ~ Kick-off Party feat. The Georgia Crackers w/ special guest Rev. Jeff MosierShowtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $12/$15 Door

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March 3 ~ Hair of the Dog, Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $10/$12 Door

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April 7 ~ Dangermuffin, Showtime 10PM/Doors 9:30PM, Adv Tix $12/$15 Door

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May 12 ~ Grant Green Jr., Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $12/$15 Door

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June 16 ~ Grayson Capps w/ Corky Hughes, Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $12/$15 Door

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July 7 ~ The Josh Daniel-Mark Schimick Project, Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $10/$12 Door

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August 4 ~ Smokey’s Farmland Band, Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $10/$12 Door

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September 1 ~ Donna Hopkins & Danny Hutchens (Bloodkin) Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $10/$12 Door

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Oct 6 ~ Caroline Aiken, Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $12/$15 Door

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November 3 ~ The Pussywillows & Gibson Wilbanks Band, Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $10/$12 Door

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December 1 ~ Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband, Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $10/$12 Door

 

 

 

Hootenanny Lineup Announcement! 4/1-2

28 Jan

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SAT ONLY – $45 Adv/$55 Gate (SAT 4/2, includes camping)

FRI-SAT ONLY – $50 Adv/$65 Gate (FRI 4/1 – SAT 4/2, includes camping)

SAT day passes can be purchased on site only, and there will be NO FRIDAY ONLY passes available.  Kids 12&under are admitted FREE.  Ages 13-16 $20 at gate.   As usual, NO DOGS ALLOWED, BYOB (& food if you’d like), and LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR!

TDawg Presents is thrilled to bring you a true family reunion for this 19th and final installment of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, April 1-2 at Cherokee Farms!  The Hoots have always been about a special relationship between musicians, patrons, and Cherokee Farms – such an idyllic setting for some incredibly intimate and phenomenal music.  You can expect some fantastic collaborations, bonfire jams, and a welcome jolt to the spring that you need!

The 2016 lineup is almost complete, but here is the list to date.  I hope to have the complete lineup within the next two weeks.

Strung Like A Horse

Caroline Aiken

Ralph Roddenbery Band

Smokey’s Farmland Band

Blackberry Possum

Donna Hopkins

Brian Ashley Jones

Bobby Miller (artist at-large)

Let’s go out in style with one, y’all.  Everyone is excited to be a part, and it promises to be a period of non-stop fun!  PLEASE spread the good word – invite your friends through FB, word-of-mouth, however you can.  HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

 

Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series Announcements!

22 Jan

frank-hamilton-folk-school-concert-series-kick-off-party-the-georgia-crackers-rev-jeff-mosier-at-red-light-cafe-atlanta-ga-feb-18-2016-squareThe Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series at the Red Light Cafe is heating up, and we’ve got some great shows coming your way – it would be incredible to see you at any & all of the shows!  Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon to the FHFS Concert Series ~ we are moving forward y’all, and the ride is going to be a fun one, full of music opportunities along the way, so stay tuned.  If you would like to learn more about the classes at the Frank Hamilton Folk School, please visit the website for complete information.

On February 18, we are thrilled to have to bring you two Georgia originals in The Georgia Crackers and Rev. Jeff Mosier for the Kick-off celebration!   Come early, get your seat, do some pickin’ and then sit back for an incredible journey through American music!  Expect a bit of history behind the music, as the Georgia Crackers’ Mick Kinney (fiddle) is a scholar on old-time country music.

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March 3 ~ To keep the momentum building for the series, FHFS is excited to present one of the longest-standing bands in Atlanta, Cajun band Hair of the Dog!  These folks bring a Hair of the Dog_FHFShigh energy mix of Cajun, blues, and honky tonk to get folks into a fine boogie groove.  With fiery fiddling (Barbara Panter-Connah), soulful blues harp and accordion (Whit Connah), driving guitar (John Ferguson), bass (Chris Tinsley) and drums (Doug Landsburg), pedal steel (Bill Fleming), and traditional Cajun triangle – or ‘tit fer – and rubboard (Audrey Ferguson).  They have played at festivals and venues around the southeast and beyond, including tours of Europe and the British Isles.

Hair of the Dog are strong supporters of the local music scene and bringing music to the community, and I hope y’all can make it out to this one – it’s gonna be high energy! More info to come…

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April 7 ~ The Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series is excited to welcome the dynamic trio and national touring act Dangermuffin to the Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series! Their Friday night showcase performance at last April’s TDawg’s

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April 7 @ Red Light Cafe, 8PM

Back Porch Hootenanny was off the charts musically, a defining two-set gem that displayed true respect to the traditional roots music while creating a progressive acoustic folk-rock sound all their own. They have developed quite a nice grass-roots following in the Atlanta area, so you can expect a very enthusiastic crowd that appreciates fine musicianship. This incredibly dynamic trio brings out a sound that captures you in their groove almost instantly, and we couldn’t be happier to bring them to you via the FHFS! From Folly Beach, SC just outside of Charleston, their melodic sound represents three musicians bringing you something unique. Expect an acoustic set and an electric set and perhaps some special sit-ins.

Dangermuffin is: Dan Lotti (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar), Mike Sivilli (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals), Steven Sandifer (percussion, drums, upright bass, vocals)

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May 12 ~ The Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series brings jazz guitarist Grant Green Jr. to the Red Light Cafe stage!  Grant Green Jr. is a member of the legendary group Masters

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May 12 @ Red Light Cafe, 8PM

of Groove, along with drummer Bernard Purdie and B3 Organ player Reuben Wilson.  Son of the great jazz guitarist Grant Green, Green Jr. has continued the family tradition just fine.  Growing up in Detroit, his neighbors included Stevie Wonder’s parents, Marvin Gaye lived a few blocks away, and many more Motown artists were in the area.  Needless to say, Grant certainly had the influences growing up, most notably his father and Stevie Wonder. 

Grant’s performances are extremely soulful and uplifting, his skills on the guitar are second to none.  Expect an incredible evening of music by a music gem we are fortunate chose to make Atlanta his home (by way of New York).
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Coming soon: Lineup announcements for the FINAL EDITION (#19) of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, April 1-2 at beautiful Cherokee Farms!  Tickets on sale next week for what promises to be quite a celebration.    

 

Press Release – Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series Kick-Off 2/18!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 13, 2016

Inaugural Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series Kicks Off Thursday, February 18

~ A Celebration of Community Through Music! ~

 

Doors 7PM, Showtime 8PM

$12 Adv/$15 Door 

Advance Tickets Available Online http://tinyurl.com/hcleyzz

 Press Contact: Thomas Helland, email: thelland7@gmail.com, cell: (678) 637-7377

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The Frank Hamilton Folk School (FHFS) is excited to debut its inaugural concert series at the Red Light Café featuring two unique acts, The Georgia Crackers & Rev. Jeff Mosier, that embody the principles of community and music coming together to create a social and learning environment.

Said namesake and founder Frank Hamilton (also co-founder of the world-renown Old Time School of Folk Music in Chicago in 1957) about band member Mick Kinney and The Georgia Crackers ~ “Mick is a talented traditional fiddler and early jazz piano player. This is the real incarnation of North Georgia Folk Music. The re-emergence of the Georgia Firecrackers. Very few musicians carry on the tradition as did the New Lost City Ramblers, Jack Elliott, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Lovers of Old Time Music are gonna love this show.”

The Frank Hamilton Folk School is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to teaching, preserving and promoting folk music and arts in the greater Atlanta and Southeast regions.  FHFS officially opened its doors on October 6, 2015 at Epworth United Methodist Church directly across the street from Candler Park and is presently offering classes in Guitar I (taught by Frank Hamilton), Guitar II, Fiddle, Banjo, Ukulele & Vocals.  Mandolin will be offered beginning starting with the six-week session that begins February 23.  Modeled after the Old Town School of Folk Music (OTSFM), Hamilton describes OTSFM method of teaching applied, “We wanted to make music accessible to everyone, we wanted to bypass the formal educative type of note-reading you’d get in a music academy and emphasize the social aspects of music. We wanted to see involvement by people who wouldn’t normally think they had musical talent, and bring out whatever they had.”

Complete information including classes, scheduled events, and making a tax-deductible donation is available at http://frankhamiltonfolkschool.org.  Additionally, FHFS is currently seeking a permanent home as concerts, classes, and workshops continue.  Stay tuned for other community events as spring approaches.

http://www.frankhamiltonfolkschool.org

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The Journey Begins: FHFS Concert Series Kick-off 2/18

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$12 Adv/$15 Door – ADVANCE TICKETS, Showtime 8PM

The Frank Hamilton Folk School (FHFS) is excited to kick-off its inaugural concert series with a journey back to 1920s old-time and country music with The Georgia Crackers and a performance by one of the more eclectic, genuine musicians Atlanta has to offer in Jeff Mosier! A portion of the proceeds will benefit FHFS and its continuing development & community involvement!  Other dates on the calendar include March 3, April 7, May 12, June 16, July 7, August 4, Sept 1, October 6, November 3,  & December 1.

ABOUT THE GEORGIA CRACKERS
Take a trip back in time to the early era of Country Music. Before Hank Williams or Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys, Georgia musicians such as Fiddlin’ John Carson, Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers, and many others pioneered the golden age of “Hillbilly Stringbands”. The Georgia Crackers faithfully re-create the vintage sound of the 1920s, while keeping alive the spirit of spontaneity and improvisation. Their irreverent stage banter is always a crowd pleaser. Along with old time singer, Kenneth Johnson (Pea Ridge Ramblers) on guitar and Chip Corbitt on clawhammer banjo, this rhythm section holds it down for Fiddlin’ Mick Kinney. Kinney has a unique but authentic fiddle style. When asked for his secret, Mick says, “steal licks from the best” and “keep it hot and greasy, but take it easy”. The Georgia Crackers reach back for that old time feel and surge forward in a rush so entertaining it’s mesmerizing.

ABOUT REV. JEFF MOSIER
Jeff Mosier is the conceiver and leader of the psychedelic hick-hop sound that is Blueground Undergrass. Before forming BGUG in 1998, he primarily played banjo alongside brother Johnny Mosier in their band Good Medicine for nearly 23 years. Also with Johnny, Jeff co-hosted the popular bluegrass radio show “Born in a Barn” for 14 years on 89.3 FM WRFG in Atlanta. In the late 1980’s, Jeff got his first experience playing rock n’ roll when he joined Col. Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit. Mosier continues today with song-driven rock / bluegrass ensemble, The Jeff Mosier Band, that also includes guitarist extraordinaire Matthew Williams.

Jeff’s special ability to combine bluegrass with trance, jazz and rock have made him an icon in the jam band world. The Reverend has shared the stage with Leftover Salmon, Widepsread Panic, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, and many more. In 1994, he toured with Phish while teaching the band all about the world of bluegrass.

To add to an already eclectic musical career, Jeff also performs for senior citizens and Alzheimers patients, as well as children. He is active in public service, combining his musicianship with speaking engagements.

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Jam at the Frank Hamilton Folk School following a group lesson in each instrument. We had about 35 folks participating last night!

This truly is the beginning of a new chapter in my life, and I’m excited to have y’all on board with me for it!  The second full six-week session of classes (guitar I, guitar II, banjo, fiddle, vocal, and ukelele) at FHFS began last night at Epworth United Methodist Church and the energy was great!  All levels of skill were represented, and by the end of the first session, they were playing chords & taking home some instruction to practice until next Tuesday (Jan 12).  If you would like to come observe or participate in a session please feel free!  They start at 7pm EST each Tuesday evening, lasting a total of about 1 hr 40 min.  The first hour is a group lesson followed by a group jam with everyone.  I can testify that a good buddy of mine came by last night who had won the lessons in the silent auction at the Holiday Hootenanny.  He had a blast and can’t wait to continue on the banjo next week!  For more information on participating in the classes or finding out how you can volunteer, or if you would like to make a donation to support the cause, please visit the Frank Hamilton website for information!

 

 

Awesome Holiday Hootenanny!

30 Dec
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Col. Bruce Hampton, johnny Knapp & Joe Gransden with the Anywhere But Here Horns!

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Jim Lauderdale, Tim Carbone, Rev. Jeff Mosier with one of the finest bands around!

What an AMAZING experience we all had at the 5th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday  Hootenanny!  Terminal West is the PERFECT venue for a large stage with an intimate vibe flowing through the entire place!  And to top it all off, I delivered a $2,000 check to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity yesterday!  Treating people with kindness and love and a sense of community should be a priority in our lives, and it sure felt good to do my part.  My part wouldn’t have been possible without  y’all, Atlanta Habitat, THE INSANELY TALENTED MUSICIANS, my wife Stephanie for her patience and support, Linda, Ben & Jessie helping with the merch and silent auction, Terminal West, and the Big House Museum, represented by John Griffin & Brenda Stepp.  I also want to take this moment to thank our sponsors – Delta Airlines, Sweetwater Brewing Co., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Tree Leaf Music & Tree Sound Studios, and Wildman Steve Radio!  THANK YOU!

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Ralph Roddenbery, Samantha Jones, Jim Lauderdale, Tim Carbone with Donna Hopkins, Kevin Thomas, Richie Jones, Kevin Scott

We have a very special gathering that has become a premier event in the month of December here in Atlanta, and it’s only going to become more prominent for all the right reasons!  I could tell during the sound check that this was going to be a phenomenal night of music – it certainly set the tone for the rest of the night – and Ralph Roddenbery & Donna Hopkins did nothing to disprove that thought!  The opening set was on fire from the get go, and both Jim Lauderdale and Tim Carbone jumped up on stage to help set the tone for the evening.

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Michael Tolcher with Brian Ashley Jones & Critter on guitar, Brad Bauman on harmonica.

Michael Tolcher was next, and he was absolutely captivating, starting acoustic and bringing out “the band” as his set progressed.  We had some friends pop in for this set, namely Nashville multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Brian Ashley Jones and Critter, guitarist for Copious Jones, to add their own little spice to the music.  I’m still singing “What’s Going On” in my head!   Tolcher had everyone joining in the chorus numerous times throughout his set, and it was great to have him as part of this musical journey.  He is a true gem of a songwriter (as are so many of our friends who participated this year!) and I’m thankful he could bring his mojo to the Holiday Hootenanny stage.

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Jim Lauderdale, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Kevin Scott, Michael Smith, Tim Carbone

The night rounded out with two of the hottest sets, as if we could get any hotter, I’ve seen in a long, long time.  Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale showed why he is in such high demand, leading a no-rehearsal set of some of his new material along with some full band staples to a frenetic climax that had me shaking!  Last year, Papa Mali did that to me, this year Jim Lauderdale ;-) It was certainly one for the books, and I can’t wait to hear the set through again.  Featuring Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone on fiddle, Rev. Jeff Mosier on banjo, Mark van Allen on pedal steel, Matt Williams on electric guitar, Kevin Thomas on the Hammond, The Whiskey Gentry’s Michael Smith on mandolin, and the rhythm section of Mark Raudabaugh (drums), Richie Jones (percussion) & Kevin Scott (bass), that set was so on fire from the get go!  The finale brought out Donna Hopkins & Brad Bauman, and well, the rest is history!

Col. Bruce Hampton brought the night to a close as only he can, one that we all hated to see the end in sight, but all good things come to an end, right?  It was a one-time only set featuring the Anywhere But Here Horns, Joe Gransden, Johnny Knapp, and Bruce’s regular band to anchor it down.  All in all, 18 people were on stage, I believe, for the finale “I’m So Glad”.  I think we all were so glad to have been a part of such a masterpiece.  I really am excited about the future of the Holiday Hootenanny, and stay tuned as we move through 2016 for details about the 6th annual edition next December!

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 Meanwhile, I am going to shift my focus to growing the Frank Hamilton Folk School, and the kick-off to the concert series will happen on Thursday, February 18, at the Red Light Cafe, featuring popular old-time group The Georgia Crackers and good friend Rev. Jeff Mosier.  Frank Hamilton will also perform a couple of songs.  I am excited about this new opportunity and a bit melancholy about the end of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny.  The last camping Hoot, the end of an era, is going to be April 1-2  at beautiful Cherokee Farms in LaFayette, GA.  I will have more details about both FHFS and the final Back Porch Hoot coming soon!  Have a wonderful, safe & Happy New Year y’all!

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Last Day for Advance Tickets to Holiday Hootenanny!

26 Dec

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ADVANCE TICKETS ($25 Adv/$35 Door) – Remember you’ll receive a FREE DVD of the incredible reunion performance of one of the more enjoyable bands to come out of Atlanta in a long time, BLUEGROUND UNDERGRASS, from last year’s 4th Annual edition!

SCHEDULE

5:30PM > Doors open, Silent Auction begins

6:30PM – 7:30PM > Set 1 featuring Ralph Roddenbery & Donna Hopkins

8PM – 9PM > Set 2 featuring Michael Tolcher

9:30PM – 10:30PM > Set 3 featuring Jim Lauderdale & Tim Carbone

11PM – Midnight > Set 4 featuring Johnny Knapp, Joe Gransden & Col. Bruce Hampton

Come on out and enjoy some of the finest talent Atlanta has to offer, check out the silent auction, and feel good about supporting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!

THANK YOU to our sponsors for this year: Delta Airlines, Sweetwater Brewing Co., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Tree Leaf Music, and Wildman Steve Radio!  There will be some Tito’s drink specials and Sweetwater beer specials, too!

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