9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny Poster Released

30 Sep

I would like to thank artist Amy Senn for her work this year creating the graphics for the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny benefitting Atlanta Habitat! You can view more of her work at AmySenn.com

PLEASE share and spread the word ~ save the poster and send around your workplace and to friends & family!

2019 Holiday Hoot Complete Lineup / Sponsor Announcement

27 Sep

We are thrilled to welcome Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on board as a sponsor for the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny! This Athens, GA based brewery is home to the top selling IPA in Georgia, Tropicalia, and we’ll also be featuring the Classic City Lager. Visit their website to learn more about them!

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 Friday, August 30 @ 10 AM online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

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The Complete Lineup

Drew Emmitt & Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), multi-Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale, Ike Stubblefield, Larry Keel, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry (Acoustic Syndicate), Jeff Sipe (ARU, Leftover Salmon, State Birds), Jason Carter (Travelin’ McCourys, Del McCoury Band), A Tribute to Johnny Knapp by Jez Graham, Donna Hopkins, Ralph Roddenbery, Darren Stanley, Evan Sarver, The State Birds feat. Neal Fountain, Mike Seal (Jerry Douglas Band) & Bryan Lopes, Joey “Papa J” Sommerville, Daniel Wytanis, Richie Jones, Bobby Miller, Jared Womack (Grass is Dead), Matthew Williams, Kevin Thomas, Gaurav Malhotra, Bill Fleming

Emcee: Wildman Steve

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Enjoy this fine clip from the 7th Annual Holiday Hootenanny celebrating the late Col. Bruce Hampton. It was Johnny Knapp’s final performance at the Holiday Hoot.

Holiday Hootenanny (12/18) Lineup Additions

11 Sep

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 Friday, August 30 @ 10 AM online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

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We are thrilled to announce a few additions to the Holiday Hootenanny lineup y’all! Our official statesman, multi-Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale, will be joining us once again! His sets have been quite a highlight each of the previous three years, and we’re grateful that he is able to return again for what promises to be another memorable set. Jim is a very successful songwriter in Nashville, having written songs performed by the likes of George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, Patty Loveless, and countless others. He also is co-host of the highly successful Buddy & Jim Show on Sirius/XM’s Outlaw Country. We are also pleased to welcome multi-Grammy winner and fiddling master Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band, Travelin’ McCourys) Also, please welcome Acoustic Syndicate’s own Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry as well as Jeff Sipe’s State Birds, featuring bassist extraordinaire Neal Fountain, guitarist Mike Seals (Jerry Douglas Band, Sierra Hull), and saxophonist Bryan Lopes.

Fast , elegant and beautiful, this dynamic quartet take musical flight together as “State Birds” (the name is a nod to Col. Bruce Hampton). With the lineup growing for the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny, this set promises to present some surprises for all of us!

The music is mesmerizing and delivered with joy and passion. The near telepathic communication is a result of years of chemistry together.
The bands’ roots go back to 1983 in Atlanta. Each of the band members played with Bruce Hampton for a spell and share a unique musical bond. Below is a video captured by good friend Ron Currens at Music On Main Street in 2018, enjoy!

Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry is a founding member, lead vocalist, guitarist & mandolin player of the amazing band, Little King recording artist Acoustic Syndicate. My history with this band goes all the way back to the first HarvestFest on October 10, 1998, and they are “still my favorite band after all these years!” Big Daddy’s friendship and comradery with just about everyone on this lineup only means the family vibe for this year’s Holiday Hoot is going to be felt by everyone in the room. The jams will be plentiful and the music joyous.

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The current lineup: Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman, Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel, Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jason Carter, A Tribute Johnny Knapp, Jeff Sipe, The State Birds, Bryan Lopes, Neal Fountain, Mike Seals, Daniel Wytanis, more to come!!!

Stay tuned for the remainder of the lineup for the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny to come your way soon! PLEASE spread the good word, and get your tickets now if you know you can go! We’re going to have a nice-sized crowd this year, so dont’ be left out! Zambi!!

Lineup Announced for Holiday Hootenanny (12/18)/Tix On Sale Friday, Aug 30!

29 Aug

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 Friday, August 30 @ 10 AM online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

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We are thrilled to bring you a very exciting lineup to the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny, which will yet again benefit Atlanta Habitat for Humanity! There will be more to add including some of the finest that Atlanta has to offer, but below is a list of performers up to this point in time:

Drew Emmitt & Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon)

Larry Keel

Rev. Jeff Mosier

Jeff Sipe

A Tribute Set to Johnny Knapp

And that’s just the initial lineup! Stay tuned for more announcements in the upcoming weeks. Meanwhile here’s a gem from the 2nd Annual Holiday Hootenanny in 2012 at the Variety Playhouse that featured Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, Count M’Butu, Yonrico Scott, Ike Stubblefield, Papa Mali and Wet Willie’s own Jimmy Hall. Enjoy! Spread the good word!

12th Annual Jerry Day ATL (8/4) Schedule is Posted!

16 Jul

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019 ~ Doors 2:30 PM, Live Music 3 PM – Midnight

Where: Terminal West at King Plow Art Center, 885 W Marietta St, Atlanta, GA 30318

Admission: $30 ADV / $40 Door ~ CLICK HERE for online purchase!

Lineup: Featuring Papa Mali (Bill Kreutzmann’s 7 Walkers, Killer Bees) along with some of Georgia’s finest bands and musicians including: String ’n Bones (performing American Beauty in its entirety) • Frankly Scarlet (formerly Dead Affect) gr8FLdüde & frenzHoneywoodCaptain Trips & The Sunstroke Serenaders • The Warlocks • Ray’s The DeadCardboard Willie

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Here is the band schedule for 12th annual Jerry Day ATL:

3:00 PM String ‘n Bones (performing American Beauty)
4:00 PM The Warlocks: A Tribute To The Grateful Dead
5:00 PM gr8FLdüde & frenz
6:00 PM Ray’s The Dead
7:00 PM Frankly Scarlet
8:00 PM Honeywood
9:00 PM Papa Mali (with members of Frankly Scarlet)
10:00 PM Cardboard Willie
11:00 PM Captain Trips & The Sunstroke Serenaders

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Enjoy this fine clip of Frankly Scarlet performing the classic Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain just a few months back at Aisle 5 in Little Five Points!

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On the Holiday Hootenanny front, we have an exciting announcement regarding the silent auction that we do each year for Atlanta Habitat. For the first time, and from this time forward, the silent auction will be ONLINE beginning one week before the event starts. Going digital will allow for more people to participate regardless of whether or not they’re at the show.

Stay tuned for more announcements beginning in mid-late August regarding lineup, tickets on-sale date, and more!

Papa Mali Leading the Way at 12th Annual Jerry Day ATL 8/4!

25 Jun

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019 ~ Doors 2:30 PM, Live Music 3 PM – Midnight

Where: Terminal West at King Plow Art Center, 885 W Marietta St, Atlanta, GA 30318

Admission: $30 ADV / $40 Door ~ CLICK HERE for online purchase!

Lineup: Featuring Papa Mali (Bill Kreutzmann’s 7 Walkers, Killer Bees) along with some of Georgia’s finest bands and musicians including: String ’n Bones (performing American Beauty in its entirety) • Frankly Scarlet (formerly Dead Affect) gr8FLdüde & frenzHoneywoodCaptain Trips & The Sunstroke Serenaders • The Warlocks • Ray’s The DeadCardboard Willie

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Make plans NOW to join us on Sunday, August 4, for our 12th Annual celebration of Jerry Garcia inside and out of The Grateful Dead. The Music Never Stops from 3 PM to Midnight, and no song is repeated. Gr8fldude & TDawg Presents are excited to feature the legendary Papa Mali this year, and he will be supported by Atlanta’s own Frankly Scarlet in what promises to be an incredible journey through the vast repertoire of Jerry Garcia! Below is a nice version of “Walk On Guilded Splinters” from the 4th Annual Holiday Hootenanny in 2014, also featuring Bobby Miller on mandolin, Kevin Scott on bass, Yonrico Scott & Mark Raudabaugh on drums, and Richie Jones on percussion. I believe you’ll enjoy!

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Speaking of the Holiday Hootenanny, it’s not too early to mark your calendar for Thursday, December 19, 2019, as the date for the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny at the Variety Playhouse! We’ll have exciting announcements about this year’s extravaganza at the end of August, but rest assured there are some grand plans for what has become an annual gathering of folks celebrating life, music, and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Houston…

17 May

Col. Bruce Hampton was one of those rare individuals who could touch you cross-country in ways unbeknownst to you, especially if you interacted with him on a regular basis via any form of communication. There really was something freakishly amazing about the man and his crazy beyond-this-world energy that could be hard to comprehend if you didn’t know him or see him perform. I was blessed by his presence from college days in the late 80s and early 90s all the way until he left us on this physical plane just over two years ago at his own birthday party. Since his passing, I have very much felt his presence in a number of circumstances, in particular with my relationships and journey in life and all connected in a musical way.

On May 10, From the Earth Brewing Co. hosted a Celebration of Life honoring Col. Bruce with a large number of musicians participating and a big crowd gathered. We would have been there if not for traveling to Houston, which is where this tale begins.

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Last Friday, Stephanie and I were late leaving the house to head to the airport for a 1:50 PM flight to Houston after a rather hectic morning on the work front for both of us. We didn’t depart from the homestead until about 12:15 PM, and on a Friday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (the busiest airport worldwide) that falls on Mother’s Day weekend and college graduation weekend for many we really didn’ t know what to expect. I pulled out of the driveway with a set by Col. Bruce in the CD player that dated back to the 2011 Wheelbarrow Festival in Reynoldstown (thanks to Ira Gross for the recording!) that also featured current Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks, Kevin Scott on bass, Nick Johnson on guitar, and the incomparable Grant Green on guitar. Quite a rockin’ set with a stellar lineup that I recall quite fondly.

We made our way through Decatur and intown Atlanta to I-20 West, Bruce and Co. leading the way for us with that Zambi energy that is infinitely impossible to describe – if you’re lucky enough you’ll feel it one way or another on a fairly regular basis in the way your world and surroundings react towards your reacting to your world and surroundings. We’re getting close to the airport exit on I-85 South and decide to forego our reservation at the Parking Spot since our minutes to making the flight are diminishing rapidly. I pull into the daily parking deck that is closest to the South Terminal just as the Colonel kicks into of my favorite songs “I’m So Glad”. I heard him perform this one so many times over the years, and each time I got the goose bumps. Driving around with no luck finding a parking space, I pull on the first row and lo & behold there’s a spot on the end. The last line Bruce belts out as I’m turning off the engine is “I wanna be with you”, and we get a kick out of that, feeling like the Colonel is gonna help us navigate the airport (or not!) 😉

We grab our luggage from the trunk, and it’s 12:55 PM when we arrive inside the terminal. The check-in lines are so long that we would have missed our flight without trying too hard and instead walk outside to the curbside check-in. The six lines were each at least 10 deep – we checked our luggage in 15 minutes and rush back inside to hop into the TSA Pre-Check line with 45 minutes until departure. Unfortunately that line is the longest either one of us had ever seen, and we’re still a bit stressed about the strong possibility of missing our flight. When we finally get inside the security area, TSA decides to open some more lanes to go through, and we managed to be the first ones through there. “I wanna be with you” That sudden shift probably shaved off a good 10 minutes, and we found ourselves heading to the train that would take us to (thankfully) Concourse B. Wouldn’t you know it but just as we stepped off the escalator a train pulls up and the doors open, and we’re off. We can feel the Zambi energy flowing through our veins. “I wanna be with you” We arrive at our gate as boarding is starting, and we have just enough time to purchase sandwiches from the Boars Head kiosk across from the gate. The flight left on time and was wonderfully uneventful. The flight attendant even comped us two Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ales. Zambi!

On Saturday, we make spontaneous plans to go see The Allman Betts Band, which features Devon Allman (son of Gregg Allman), Duane Betts (son of Dickey Betts), and Berry Oakley Jr. (son of Berry Oakley) fronting the band. They were performing at a very cool old restored movie theater call The Heights Theater. Unbeknownst to us, the show was sold-out, and we started to make other plans. “I wanna be with you” The owner/manager ends up letting us in for free after I told him we were from Atlanta and visiting my Mom. Zambi! The show was absolutely fantastic – if you have a chance to catch The Allman Betts Band, by all means do so! They learned well from their legendary fathers, to say the least.

It’s safe to say that one of the finer things in life according to Colonel Bruce is the game of baseball. So many times he called me on a whim with baseball trivia or testing my knowledge of the history of the game.

“I wanna be with you” On Mother’s Day, we took my Mom to the Sunday afternoon sold-out game that pitted the Astros vs Rangers at Minute Maid Park. Bruce always had nice things to say about my Mom and Stephanie 😉 The place was rockin’! I figured if Bruce was still on the journey with us, the ‘Stros would win the game, and they did so soundly, 15-5. Zambi!

So, the lesson learned in all of this is follow your inner Zambi. There is an energy out there that has nothing to do with religion but everything to do with how you embrace journey of life.

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