Upcoming Events Presented by The Frank Hamilton School!

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Advance Tickets $10/$15 Door

Thursday, December 1 will be a very exciting and enjoyable performance by two bands that bring the sounds of the 1920’s ragtime jazz sound, performing classics from the era as well as traditionals and originals!  Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband and The Clams featuring Frank Hamilton, L.A. Tuten & Bill Rutan are a perfect blend of the music, and trust me when I say you won’t go home disappointed!  This show will mark the final 2016 perfomance at the Red Light Cafe as part of the Frank Hamilton School Concert Series, which will pick back up on Saturday, January 7 and feature a strong Americana co-bill with Dusty Roads and C.J. Jones & The Spirit Bones.

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Only eight spaces remain for this one-of-a-kind workshop with the extraordinary Joe Craven!

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Joe Craven teaches musical improvisation more from a theater model rather than the requisite model of jazz. Therefore, this is not an ability-based class. If you’re an advanced player seeking a ‘theory & technique’-oriented foray into improvisation from a jazz architecture, this class is not that, yet may be still an enlightening experience for you. Joe connects improvisation to what you already do and moves you forward from there. We’ll focus on ways to think about sound, embrace fearlessness, and address the connection between spoken-word language and the language of music.

Showing up empty-handed, embracing mistakes and learning the value of losing control are some of what we’ll explore. Lots of exercises, with & without instruments in your hands to engage, and free yourself to play with others in new ways. The class will stretch you and may well change some of your perceptions of what music is. It’s a fun and enlightening romp!

Joe is first and foremost a creative force of nature and, as a workshop leader or motivational speaker for the arts, he is without peer.
— Jim Magill, Director – The Swannanoa Gathering Folk Workshops / Black Mountain, NC

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Get your Advance Tickets for this amazing night of music now!  $10 ADV/$15 Door

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Hamilton Hoopla, Joe Craven Workshop, Jugtime Ragband All in December!

8 Nov

fhs_frankchompOn the heels of a fantastic day at Chomp & Stomp where Frank performed “This Land Is Your Land” to several thousand folks supported by Smokey’s Farmland Band and The Georgia Mountain String Band (scroll to bottom for a clip of the performance!), the Frank Hamilton School is thrilled to bring you some wonderfully unique offerings for the month of December!  Beginning with our special holiday 1/2 term commencing at the end of November, followed shortly by our final FHS Concert Series Concert featuring Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband plus a rare appearance by Frank and his ragtime jazz band called The Clams (Bill Rutan, LA Tuten, Matt Phillips & Frank), an improvisation workshop with Joe Craven, and culminating with our first ever Hamilton Hoopla also featuring Joe Craven, we are entering a great period of time as we celebrate our our recently obtained non-profit status and the Grand Opening of the Frank Hamilton School at Oakhurst Baptist Church!

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Please click here for complete information!

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Doors @ 7 PM ~ Advance Tickets only $10/$12 Door!

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Music Improvisation with Joe Craven

 How to be In the Moment & Without a Net
 Tuesday, December 13, 2016
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Limited enrollment!  Click Here for complete information how you can be a part!

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Upcoming Frank Hamilton School Concerts & Community Appearances

1 Nov

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The Frank Hamilton School has an exciting week coming up and hope you can join for either event!  Thursday, November 3 features a Frank Hamilton School Concert featuring a co-bill of The Pussywillows (Hannah Zale & Carly Gibson) and Gibson Wilbanks (Carly Gibson & BJ Wilbanks).  Saturday, November 5, we will be at Chomp & Stomp, so come on by for some chili, music, and fun!  Scroll on down for more info on these events as well as our Holiday Half-Term!

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Special Holiday Half-Term starts November 29th!

Our Sept/Oct/Nov Term is in session, but you can register now for our Special Holiday Half-Term which starts on Tuesday, November 29th.  Register Now!  Click below find out all about our classes and teachers, and most importantly how you can join in on the fun of learning to play music with other folks!

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Frank Hamilton will be performing twice during this mighty fine annual gathering chili lovers and Americana music!  Come on out for the chili early, and at 2 PM Frank will make a special appearance on the Park Stage (main stage) followed by a JAM in the Ester Peachey Lefevre Park from 3:30-4:15 PM.  Bring an instrument, sing along, or just come enjoy this incredibly family friendly park.  http://chompandstomp.com for complete information!

TDawg Presents Shows & News!

25 Oct

I find myself in a peculiar position right now and feeling blessed simultaneously.  While continuing to dig in as the Director of Concerts & Community Outreach on the Frank Hamilton School front, and there is A LOT of goodness going on there, TDawg Presents is producing just a few concerts presently, which is exactly how I need it to be.  On that note, the select two events coming up courtesy of TDawg Presents include one this Friday night, October 28, a Halloween bash at the Red Light Cafe with Hootenanny favorite Strung Like A Horse featuring Bill Fleming on the pedal steel and The 6th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny ~ A Benefit for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ~ at Terminal West on Sunday, December 18.  Advance tickets are available now for both events.  Please click on the pictures below to visit the online ticket page for either one!

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Advance Tickets $12 ADV/$15, Doors @ 8PM, Showtime 9 PM, NO OPENER

If you’ve never experienced getting STRUNG before, now’s your chance!  These fellas are so much fun and high energy with their gypsy punk grass you won’t know what hit ya!  Come dressed up or not, just come!

Check out this fun video, “tiny desk” style of their song “Free” ~ Enjoy!

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Returning artists Rev. Jeff Mosier, Papa Mali, Americana music icon Jim Lauderdale (pictured from 2015 Hoot w/ Jeff Mosier), and Yonrico Scott compliment nicely the addition of Drivin’n’Cryin’s own Kevn Kinney to the bill.  Backed by a group of stellar A-List musicians, the ensuing four unique sets of music will leave you with a huge smile at the end of the night and grateful you were witness to a one of a kind lineup at the 6th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny!  Mark your calendars now and hope to see you there!  More to come on the silent auction benefiting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity later in November.  Meanwhile, get your Advance Tickets ($25 ADV/$30 Door) and know you’re supportingh a great cause and a great holiday tradition!

PLEASE spread the good word as always!

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Big Week of Music & Community for The Frank Hamilton School!

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Fall is in full swing folks, and we’re thrilled to be a part of so many great offerings this week and weekend!  The 2nd Annual Oakhurst Porchfest and our second appearance with the Little Five Arts Alive initiative sponsored by the Horizon Theatre Company are both right around the corner.  Throw in a couple of unique concerts at the Red Light Cafe that truly showcase the breadth of talent and legend in this great state of Georgia and you have yourself a full week of activities!  Come witness a special opening set by our namesake, leader, and a living music legend Frank Hamilton as he opens  the evening on Thursday, October 6, for the iconic, soulful songwriter/musician Caroline Aiken.  It’s his first appearance as part of our concert series so come on out for this special treat!

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We’re celebrating our brand new non-profit status by offering discounts to our first 50fhs_membership inaugural FHS members.  Join now to save twice: once on membership, and then again when you take a class.

When you become a member, you help the Frank Hamilton School create education programs that foster face-to-face community, bring generations together, and make music education available to children who would not otherwise have access to it. With your contribution, we can offer more classes, more levels of instruction, as well as reach out farther into the community.  Click Here for complete information!

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Doors @ 7PM, Showtime 8PMAdvance Tickets $15/Door $18

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fhs_porchfestOakhurst Porchfest SAT OCT 8!  Folks we are excited to be a part of one of the most enjoyable community events around!  Music takes over porches and yards in our grand Oakhurst neighborhood, and trust me there is something for everyone!  The Frank Hamilton School will be performing Noon-1PM at the Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Dr., Decatur 30030, in their beautiful courtyard.  Expect a rousing performance by teachers and students!

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Doors 8 PM, Showtime 9 PM, Advance Tickets $10/Door $12

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fhs_little5artsaliveWe will be in Findley Plaza in the heart of Little Five Points on Sunday, October 9 from 3-5 PM, so come on out and enjoy some tunes.  You can also pick up a ukulele and join in!  I was strumming along last time myself!  Little Five Arts Alive is a wonderful community initiative in its first year, and as it wraps up the following weekend, it will be fun to grow with this program as well!  Sending a big THANK YOU out to the Horizon Theatre Company as well for their support of this community event!  It will be fun to collaborate with that fine organization as well!

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THANK YOU for your continued support as the Frank Hamilton School continues to strengthen and grow the legs on which the foundation of the school is built!  We hope that you can become a member, volunteer, and/or a class participant down the road.  Exciting times ahead!

Jim Lauderdale, Rev. Jeff Mosier added to Holiday Hootenanny!

30 Sep
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Well folks, the announced lineup is complete now for the 6th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny, and I have to say it’s a good’un!  TDawg Presents is once again thrilled to bring Grammy winner and recent Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Jim Lauderdale to the Holiday Hootenanny stage as well as the revered Rev. Jeff Mosier and 2014 Rockygrass Dobro Competition Winner Jared Womack!  Needless to say, we’re in for a treat!

Here is a list of the absolutely amazing performers who will be taking the stage at Terminal West on Sunday, December 18.  We are truly blessed with amazing talent in the ATL, something not taken for granted but greatly appreciated and loved!

Kevn KinneyJim LauderdalePapa Mali, Rev. Jeff MosierThe Pussywillows feat. Carly Gibson & ZaleYonrico Scott (drums), Benji Shanks (guitarist for Kristian Bush), Kevin Scott (bass), Gaurav Malhotra (percussion), Richie Jones (percussion), Kevin Thomas (Hammond B-3), Bill Fleming (pedal steel), Bobby Miller (mandolin), Jared Womack (2014 Rockygrass dobro competition winner), groove funk trio Dyn-O-Mite!

Stay tuned for more exciting news to come regarding this year’s edition of Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny.  Meanwhile, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!!!

HOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!

 

 

6th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny ~ Dec 18 @ Terminal West

23 Sep
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5th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny finale feat. Col. Bruce Hampton & Friends

Sunday, December 18, 2016 ~ Showtime 6:30 PM/Doors & Silent Auction 5:30 PM

$25 Adv/$30 Door ~ Advance Tickets available soon!  

TDawg Presents is thrilled to bring you the 6th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny – A Benefit for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity – at Terminal West on Sunday, December 18!  It has been both a privilege and honor to be able to present such a high level of talent each holiday season for such a wonderful community cause over the last five years, and this year will be no different!

Once again, the concert will break down into four unique one-hour sets beginning at 6:30 PM and ending at midnight.  There will be a silent auction occurring simultaneously, with proceeds going to Atlanta Habitat as well as a portion of the ticket sales.  The lineup is not complete yet, but here it is at this juncture!

KEVN KINNEY, PAPA MALIThe Pussywillows feat. Carly Gibson & Zale, Benji Shanks (guitarist for Kristian Bush), Kevin Scott (bass), Grammy winner Yonrico Scott (drums), Gaurav Malhotra (percussion), Richie Jones (percussion), Kevin Thomas (Hammond B-3), Bill Fleming (pedal steel), Bobby Miller (mandolin), Jared Womack (2014 Rockygrass dobro competition winner), Dynamite, more TBA!  

Emcee: Wildman Steve

PLEASE mark your calendars NOW for one helluva night for a great community cause and featuring many of Atlanta’s finest musicians coming together for four unique sets of music!  Stay tuned for much more to come!

Meanwhile, enjoy this up close & personal clip of Papa Mali from 2014 edition performing the Meters classic “Walk on Guilded Splinters”😉

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