10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny 2 Weeks Away!

6 Dec

**We are thrilled to announce that there will be an online silent auction as part of this year’s festivities, with proceeds going to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. The auction will go live by Friday, December 17! Stay tuned for details!**

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Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021

Venue: Variety Playhouse

Tickets: $35 ADV GA/$45 ADV RESERVED, $45 DOOR GA/$55 DOOR RESERVED. On Sale Now CLICK HERE! No Fee if purchased at the Box Office during shows or Tue-Fri 2-6P

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We are only two weeks away from pure musical bliss for a great cause! 2021 has been a difficult year for so many of us, and I can tell that personally I am really looking forward to the Holiday Hoot on so many fronts. Music heals, and I have no doubt that you will emerge from this concert with a feeling of hope that you didn’t have before, and you will be a part of an amazing audience who, along with the musicians, create an atmosphere of love, friendship and family in a climate of conflict that continues to permeate our society.

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Expect some fantastic jams by the fine folks performing for you. All the sets are coming together nicely right now, and we will be featuring Ike Stubblefield’s Hammond B3 all night long to be used by keyboardist extraordinaires Matt Slocum and Kevin Thomas. Let’s just say you’ll be witnessing some musical nirvana moments that won’t happen again!

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Please Click Here to go to the Variety Playhouse Venue Protocol surrounding Covid-19.

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Enjoy this fantastic set from the 2019 edition of the Holiday Hootenanny. The tribute to Johnny Knapp was nothing short of a masterpiece, led by the graceful and classy Jez Graham. Thanks to Andy Estes for the video. Zambi

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Tickets On Sale Now for 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny 12/19/21!

22 Oct

Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021

Venue: Variety Playhouse

Tickets: $35 ADV GA/$45 ADV RESERVED, $45 DOOR GA/$55 DOOR RESERVED. On Sale Now CLICK HERE! No Fee if purchased at the Box Office during shows or Tue-Fri 2-6PM.

Lineup: Randall BramblettJim LauderdaleTommy TaltonJeff MosierJeff SipeJason CarterGrant Green Jr.Matt SlocumBryan LopesJoey SommervilleDaniel WytanisKevin ThomasGaurav MalhotraRichie JonesEvan SarverJared Womack, Matt Williams, Bobby Miller, Bill Fleming, more TBA!

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The 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny is poised to be a musically emotional experience for all who can make it. Two musicians

very near and dear to our collective heart passed away this summer within about a month of each other, percussionist Count M’Butu and keyboardist Ike Stubblefield. Their passing was a collective blow to our music community, and the 2021 edition will celebrate their energy, both musical and personal, that so many of us felt, as well as the ever present spirits of Col. Bruce Hampton, Johnny Knapp, and Yonrico Scott.

My hope is that you come, enjoy, feel the love, and are inspired to be there for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and to celebrate the lives of two iconic masters of their instruments and great friends to many.

The show will be broken down into 3 sets:

Set 1: Jim Lauderdale, accompanied by the ATL All-Stars featuring Rev Jeff Mosier, and featuring Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band, Travelin’ McCourys) on fiddle.

Set 2: Grant Green Jr. and Papa J lead the way in this tribute to Ike.

The Down For The Count Percussion Jam

Set 3: Capricorn Jam featuring Randall Bramblett & Tommy Talton

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Enjoy this set from Col. Bruce Hampton at the 5th Annual Holiday Hootenanny. It would turn out being his final full performance as part of the Holiday Hootenanny and easily a top 3 set of his in my book! Zambi

Holiday Hootenanny Announcement / Daily Live Music Schedule for the Atlanta Botanical Garden Cocktails in the Garden!

7 Jun

Y’all I’m happy to announce that the 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny, benefitting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, is happening on Sunday December 19, 2021 at the Variety Playhouse! Stay tuned for details but I can assure you it’s gonna be something special! Of course I say that every year, and every year I’m right! Zambi

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Well folks, we’re just over a month into our inaugural daily live music series at the the Cocktails in the Garden, exclusively at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and it’s a perfect accompaniment to the wondrous beauty of the two ongoing exhibits there. The picture here is of Caroline Aiken and her trio, who performed on May 29 under the Robinson Gazebo at Skyline Garden.

Click Here for information about acquiring a membership to maximize your enjoyment of the Garden and all it has to offer, with a different musical act each time you’re there! Tickets are purchased on a timed admission basis.

Below is the schedule for you to scroll through. It’s subject to change of course and has just a couple of gaps. We are thrilled with the response from the patrons, staff and musicians, and I personally believe it adds a wonderful energy to each day, watching folks groove on by, stop for a few songs, or move on and come back for more! Y’all come and be a part of this wonderful happening at one of the true gems of Atlanta! The performances consist of three sets and begin at 4:30 PM unless otherwise noted.

Live Entertainment Schedule

June 8 – Jess Goggans

June 9 – Matt Raisky

June 10 – Mikhail Peterson Duo (Copious Jones)

June 11 – Newberry Jam

June 12 – Webster

June 13 – Ralph Roddenbery

June 15 – Slow Parade

June 16 – Smith & Calvert

June 17 – Gopher Broke

June 18 – Magnolia Express

June 19 – The Flying Mystics

June 20 – Light Resounding

June 22 – Curtis & Kim Jones

June 23 – Crawlspace

June 24 – Brother Sam

June 25 – Wasted Potential Brass Band

June 26 – Bibb City Ramblers

June 27 – Nick DiSebastian w/ Jeff Mosier & Michael Smith

June 29 – Jez Graham

June 30 – Eileen Howard

July 1 – The Hills & The Holler (11A-3P), Gris Gris Bag Brass Band (PM)

July 2 – Sol Junky (11A-3P), Cledus Jeremiah Jones (PM)

July 3 – Rev. Jeff Mosier & Gaurav Malhotra (11A-3P), Grant Green Jr (PM)

July 4 – TBA (11A-3P), Bill Hart Band (PM)

July 5 – TBA

July 6 – Tyler Neal Band

July 7 – K & F ­­Band

July 8 – Matt Raisky Duo

July 9 – Kathie Holmes

July 10 – Jules & the Gents

July 11 – Bob Bakert Quartet

July 13 – Mudcat

July 14 – Farmland Trio

July 15 – Golden Lotus Trio

July 16 – Acoustic Token Rhyme

July 17 – Dos Tre

July 18 – Bonaventure Quartet

July 20 – Gwen & The Retrocats

July 21 – Music On Main St.

July 22 – Kathie Holmes & Brandon Crocker

July 23 – Scott Warren

July 24 – Double Down

July 25 – Old Matt Donald’s Farm

July 27 – Curtis & Kim Jones

July 28 – Woolybooger

July 29 – Decatur Bluegrass Association

July 30 – Sweet Melissa & The Ramblin’ Men

July 31 – NASH

FTE’s Hootenanny Showcase 5/1/21 + The Marlay House!

21 Apr
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TDawg and All Together Now Present

FTE’s Hootenanny Showcase featuring STRUNG LIKE A HORSE & special guest THE AIN’T SISTERS

Where: From The Earth Brewing, 1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076

Tickets: $25-$35 / CLICK HERE to purchase

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Time: 8PM, parking spots available beginning 7PM

Be sure to jump on this one-time show featuring two of my favorite acts in TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny archives, Strung Like A Horse and The Ain’t Sisters! This is going one of the higher-energy rockin’ Americana shows you’re going to witness in a long time. I guarantee it!

Strung Like A Horse has been on a tear through this pandemic stricken time we’ve found ourselves in for a while now, and they’re gonna help you out of it! Their latest release, Whoa!, is a true gem and has been lodged in the Americana Charts Top 40 for quite a while now. Their performances at past Hootenannies have been of the legendary sort, and I’m excited to continue our tradition together!

The Aint Sisters have transcended their origins as outlaw street performers to grace the stages of the Southeast and beyond with their unique brand of funk-infused, blues-driven Indie Rock. 

The Ain’t Sisters are comprised of the power duo of Arrie Bozeman and Barb Carbon front the band blending tight harmonies and smart lyrics with soulful, booty-shakin’ melodies. Dynamic musicians and songwriters, they share an equal propensity for irony, humor, ferocity, and heart-on-sleeve authenticity. With the addition of Justin Boudreau on bass, The Aint Sisters have expanded the sonic experience, earning their place as one of Atlanta’s premier original acts.

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We’ve had a tremendous amount of fun at The Marlay House in Downtown Decatur the last couple of Fridays, with Bonaventure Quartet and Grant Green Jr. adding significant status to who’s played there 😉 Both acts kept folks there until the end. Two more dates are scheduled, see below and see y’all out and about! Hopefully have some more dates for June-July. Music goes from 6:30-9 PM, No Cover, but Tips are Appreciated!

April 30 ~ Donna Hopkins

May 7 ~ Ralph Roddenbery

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TDawg Presents Friday Night Music at The Marlay House in Decatur, GA!

6 Apr

As live music (in person!) gratefully and thankfully makes its way back into our lifeline, TDawg Presents is excited to bring you Friday night music at The Marlay House, 426 W. Ponce de Leon Ave, in Decatur, GA on April 9, 16 and 30 as well as May 7! We are blessed with so much talent on the local level and it’s great to get our musicians back out playing. Music will go 6:30-9PM, and there is NO COVER. However, tips to the band are welcome! Music will be outside! There is ample space under an open tent and on the patio.

April 9 ~ The Bonaventure Quartet

April 16 ~ Grant Green Jr. feat. Gaurav Malhotra (percussion)

April 30 ~ Donna Hopkins

May 7 ~ Ralph Roddenbery

Enjoy a fine selection of draught and bottled/canned beers as well as wine and a full bar. The menu features traditional Irish and pub fare as well as weekly specials. Hope to see you there! Cheers!

13th Annual Jerry Day ATL Livestream on Sunday, August 9!

7 Aug

$24.99 – PURCHASE THE WEBCAST

Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020

Where: Webcast is LIVE from Music On Main Street on Nugs.tv

Time: Noon – 10 PM

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Purchase a webcast, enjoy throughout the day and exclusively for the next month. If you have space at home, invite a couple of friends over to watch and listen with you! We will be remembering and celebrating the life of iconic guitarist Jerry Garcia – Sunday is the 25th Anniversary of his passing – all day long. The music never stops, at least for 10 hours!

Featuring some of Atlanta’s finest musicians performing the music of the Grateful Dead, which spanned many genres from blues to bluegrass to blues to jazz. We are thrilled to have noted Grateful Dead scholar and host of the Grateful Dead Hour and Tales from the Road David Gans on SiriusXM. One of my longtime friends in the music business, David will be joining us from the comfy confines of his studio in San Francisco. Not one song is repeated, so once you’ve heard it, you’ve heard it! Please join us and support our annual Jerry Day celebration, ATL style! Next year we hope to be back in the comfy confines of Terminal West, but until then, please share and spread the word for this Covid-19 edition of Jerry Day ATL!

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Schedule:

12:00 PM – Brother Moon

1:00 PM – Webster

2:00 PM – David Gans

2:45 PM – gr8FLdüde & frenz

3:45 PM – Magnolia Express

4:45 PM – String ‘n Bones (performing “Reckoning”)

6:00 PM – The Warlocks: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

7:00 PM – Frankly Scarlet (formerly Dead Affect)

8:00 PM – Deemsters

9:00 PM – Tripping Vehicle (Capt Trips & some of Escape Vehicle)

2019 – What a HOOT!

30 Dec

Such a Night, It’s Such a Night. So says Dr. John, and so was the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny. I am happy to announce that Atlanta Habitat for Humanity will receive $6,500 from the event! A special thanks goes out to our sponsors – McGriff Insurance Services, Springer Mountain Farms, Creature Comforts Brewing Co., Tito’s Vodka – and those who made private donations. Y’all really helped to make this one a magical event.

Every year I am blown away by the level of talent that IS the Atlanta music community. For the last nine years, we have come together to celebrate our community, the joy of being around those we love but don’t necessarily get to see very often, and we sprinkle the celebration with a few out of town guests who belong with the rest of us. Thus was the most recent edition of the Holiday Hootenanny.

From the first note of the evening courtesy of Jeff Sipe and The State Birds, I knew we were all in for quite a musical journey. Joined by Leah Calvert and Ike Stubblefield, the tone was established for the rest of the evening. As the State Birds concluded, Count M’Butu made his way out onto the stage, and although he is unable to shred the percussions, the man still captivates the stage with grace and dignity. He dug right into singing “Stormy Monday” followed by a story session while drums and percussion abound paying tribute to our good friend the late Yonrico Scott. Yonrico’s presence was felt all night.

Jim Lauderdale was on fire for his set, dropping to his knees towards the end as he was belting out song after song he co-wrote with the late Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. There was quite a lineup there supporting him from the get go as he went from acoustic to bluegrass to full on electric with horns and pedal steel. We’ve had the same players backing Jim each year on the electric front and it pays off to have that continuity.

The tribute to Johnny Knapp, carefully crafted by Jez Graham, was nothing short of phenomenal and reflected a true love of the man, the musician. Johnny was a very complicated jazz musician, and Jez portrayed that quality as fine as could be done. His tribute to Johnny went directly into a collection of songs led by Jez and Rev. Jeff Mosier that Johnny and Col. Bruce really enjoyed performing together, including Space is the Place, I’m So Glad (featuring Donna Hopkins on vocals and guitar). Ike Stubblefield returned to the stage for this segment as well. Needless to say, my jaw was dropped by this time.

The final set was a fitting way to end it, featuring Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon, the great Larry Keel, Acoustic Syndicate’s Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry, Jason Carter from The Del McCoury Band, David Grisman Quintet alum Joe Craven, and so much more! Whereas a festival will bring everyone on stage for the finale, the 9th Holiday Hootenanny concluded with a 1 hr 20 min finale that included a lengthy drum/percussion session and some of the finest jams I’ve witnessed in a long time. Ralph Roddenbery came on stage to wrap up the evening with a rockin’ version of “Maude Only Knows”, co-written by Scott Mecredy and Michael Hurwitz and performed by Leftover Salmon. The stage was so full of love by the end of the night, and for that I am simply grateful.

I would have to say that Jingle Joe Craven was quite the X-Factor for the evening, adding his explosive fiddle to all facets of the evening. What a pleasure to have him on board for this year’s edition. The fact that we can have this caliber of musician, and I mean EVERYONE on board this year, each and every year of the Holiday Hootenanny bodes well for the future and longevity of this wonderful annual holiday occasion that has become our own holiday party. Happy New Year and can’t wait until the 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny!

Holiday Hootenanny (12/18) is 1 Week Out! Also Things You Might Not Know

11 Dec

Tickets: Gen Adm $35 ADV / $45 Door, Reserved $45 ADV / $55 Door. Available online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Where: Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

When: Showtime 7PM, Doors @ 6PM

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Things you should know about the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny

1. Every Holiday Hootenanny is different yet offers that same insane musical energy that has defined many of us here in the ATL. We continue to embody the spirit of the late Col. Bruce Hampton, who inspired so many of us to “let it ride, let it roll, let it flow!” I find it impossible not to live life with that as a premise at the top of the list. The Bruce banner will be hung!

2. The Johnny Knapp Tribute will be a two-part segment. The first will feature jazz the way that Johnny played it. This is going to be an incredibly special time. That portion will lead into the second half of the set featuring music that Col. Bruce and Johnny loved playing together. Those two gentlemen meant so much to each other and anyone around them or felt the magic created by these two masters of Zambi.

3. Expect the unexpected. For any of y’all who have been to all of the Holiday Hoots, a handful, or if last year was your first one, you know that is trademark. The final jam is going to be one for the books! I’ll leave it at that.

4. Jim Lauderdale will be performing a full set broken down into solo acoustic > bluegrass > full electric with horns. All of the songs featured he co-wrote with the late Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. This will truly be a remarkable experience to witness.

5. Jeff Sipe and the State Birds featuring Ike Stubblefield, Bryan Lopes, Neal Fountain, Mike Seal, and special guests is about as amazing a way to get the show going. Jeff is one of the finest drummers in the world, and we’re fortunate to have him on board fairly regularly with the Holiday Hootenanny! Check out this fine video of the State Birds minus Ike in an intimate setting. They have a vast knowledge of music so who knows (except for them) what they’re going to do! Soooo much talent.

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Holiday Hootenanny Schedule (subject to change)

6 PM: Doors open

7-7:55 PM: Jeff Sipe & The State Birds feat. Ike Stubblefield, Bryan Lopes, Neal Fountain & Mike Seal and some friends

8:10-9:25 PM: Jim Lauderdale (acoustic, bluegrass & electric), feat. the Zambi Horns and performing music co-written with the late Robert Hunter

9:55-10:55 PM: A Tribute to Johnny Knapp by Jez Graham + quite a few special guests

11:15 PM-12:30 AM: THE JAM feat. Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman, Larry Keel, Steve ‘Big Daddy’ McMurry, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jason Carter, Jeff Sipe & more!

Holiday Hootenanny 2 weeks out! Set News included

5 Dec

Tickets: Gen Adm $35 ADV / $45 Door, Reserved $45 ADV / $55 Door. Available online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Where: Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

When: Showtime 7PM, Doors @ 6PM

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Have you purchased your ticket to the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny ~ A Benefit for Atlanta Habitat yet? It’s a great way to support any live show if you know you are going. This is going to be an amazing show with some fantastic musical highlights that will satisfy your needs until next year’s edition! Plenty of sit-ins throughout the evening, enough to quench your thirst for one-of-a-kind jams and times with friends and family.

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Jim Lauderdale has a real treat for you this year. His entire set will consist of songs he co-wrote with the late lyricist for the Grateful Dead, Robert Hunter. Y’all this 75 minutes of original music will truly be a one-of-a-kind, with acoustic, bluegrass & electric with horns segments all coming together.

To follow this with a tribute to the late Johnny Knapp, truly loved by many in the music community musicians and fans alike, is going to be a remarkable journey through music history. There will be two sides to the Johnny Knapp set – 1) Jazz as seen through the eyes of Johnny Knapp by Jez Graham; 2) Songs that Col. Bruce Hampton & Johnny Knapp loved performing together. Those two men had such mutual admiration and impact musically on each other that it’s hard to mention one without the other.

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Holiday Hootenanny Schedule

6 PM: Doors open

7-7:50 PM: Jeff Sipe & The State Birds feat. Ike Stubblefield, Brian Lopes, Neal Fountain & Mike Seal and some friends

8:10-9:25 PM: Jim Lauderdale (acoustic, bluegrass & electric), feat. the Zambi Horns and performing music co-written with the late Robert Hunter

9:55-10:55 PM: A Tribute to Johnny Knapp by Jez Graham + quite a few special guests

11:15 PM-12:30 AM: THE JAM feat. Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman, Larry Keel, Steve ‘Big Daddy’ McMurry, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jason Carter, Jeff Sipe, Jared Womack, Neal Fountain & more!

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Here’s a nice one from 2012 featuring The Mosier Brothers and a whole bunch of friends. Enjoy!

9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny 3 weeks out!

27 Nov

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Where: Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

When: Showtime 7PM, Doors @ 6PM

Tickets: Gen Adm $35 ADV / $45 Door, Reserved $45 ADV / $55 Door. Available online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

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Have you purchased your ticket to the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny ~ A Benefit for Atlanta Habitat yet? It’s a great way to support any live show if you know you are going. This is going to be an amazing show with some fantastic musical highlights that will satisfy your needs until next year’s edition! Plenty of sit-ins throughout the evening, enough to quench your thirst for one-of-a-kind jams and times with friends and family.

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Holiday Hootenanny Schedule

6 PM: Doors open

7-7:50 PM: Jeff Sipe & The State Birds feat. Ike Stubblefield, Brian Lopes, Neal Fountain & Mike Seal and some friends

8:10-9:25 PM: Jim Lauderdale (bluegrass & electric), feat. the Zambi Horns

9:55-11 PM: A Tribute to Johnny Knapp by Jez Graham + quite a few special guests

11:15 PM-12:30 AM: THE JAM feat. Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman, Larry Keel, Steve ‘Big Daddy’ McMurry, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jason Carter, Jeff Sipe, Jared Womack, Neal Fountain & more!

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Enjoy this incredible version of Troubled Times featuring Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman and the rest of the gang in Leftover Salmon performing in November of 2017 at Atlanta’s City Winery! Can’t wait to have these two maestros on stage with all the talent at the Holiday Hootenanny! Get your tickets now!

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