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TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny ~ How Sweet It Is

11 Mar

Advance tickets are on sale NOW for both FRI-SAT and SAT ONLY (both include camping) – SAT day passes can be purchased on site only, and there will be NO FRIDAY ONLY passes available.  As usual, NO DOGS ALLOWED, BYOB (& food if you’d like), and LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR!

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SAT ONLY – $45 Adv/$55 Gate 

FRI-SAT ONLY – $50 Adv/$65 Gate

 

We are only about THREE WEEKS OUT (April 1-2) from the biggest little blow out you’ve ever witnessed, should you be there.  I’ve had a few contemplative moments over the last few weeks as 2016 HootI begin a new journey that is currently overlapping with my passion of the past 18 years.  Come the time of the Back Porch Hoot Wrap Party, I feel only celebration and not sadness as I move forward with a life’s worth of experiences in only the first half of my time here.  The musicians assembled for TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny #19 represent the beginning of HarvestFest, my time being involved with the Atlanta Dogwood  Festival, and the Back Porch Hootenanny era.  We are all excited to go down the road one more time as a Hoot, and you can rest assured the midnight Hootenanny Battlecry on Saturday night will be a true Howlin’ At The Moon experience!

Every note will reciprocate the appreciation from the audience, regardless of whether they’re listening from the front of the stage, out in the field with your family in warm sunlight, under the tent where the shade is nice, or from your campsite.  The jams continuing into the night will be energetic andbonfire soothing to the soul as they always are.  The large bonfire burns to what seems like an eternity, creating a mesmerizing and meandering flow of yellow and orange flames, while smaller and equally inviting fires sprout up in the darkness, often accompanied by the sound of music being made.  I, for one, am really looking forward to celebrating what first HarvestFest and then the Hootenannies have done to bring together so many family and friends.

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SCHEDULE

SHED STAGE, FRI APRIL 1

8:30PM – 11:30PM > Blackberry Possum

SHED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

Noon – 1:20PM > Smokey’s Farmland Band

2:10PM – 3:40PM > The Rickety Crickets

4:35PM – 6:05PM > Ralph Roddenbery Band

7:00PM – 8:30PM > Caroline Aiken

9:25PM – 10:55PM > Rev. Jeff Mosier & Friends

11:25PM – 1:00AM > Strung Like A Horse

MOMS/GRATEFUL FRED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

1:25PM – 2:10PM > MOMS Jam

3:45PM – 4:30PM > The Ain’t Sisters

6:10PM – 6:55PM > Brian Ashley Jones

8:35PM – 9:20PM > Donna Hopkins & Friends

Exciting Shows on the Horizon for FHS Concert Series!

9 Mar

4Shillings

Advance Tickets $15/$18 Door

On behalf of the Frank Hamilton School, Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music is excited to bring this amazing and dynamic performance to the Red Light Cafe featuring Four Shillings Short.  As part of the creative fusion that is happening in World Music today, Four Shillings Short Blends music of India, Ireland, Scotland, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, the Americas, Blues, Folk and Original compositions, all the while carving out a musical identity all their own.  The husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, have been performing together since 1995, tour in the US and Ireland, are independent folk-artists with 12 recordings, perform 150 concerts a year and live as the Troubadours of old traveling from town to town playing at music festivals, theatres & performing arts centers, folk & historic societies, libraries, museums and schools.

100% of the proceeds will benefit the Frank Hamilton School.  We hope you can make it out for this very special performance!  Bring your kids if you want – it’s a very fascinating and captivating experience for all ages!

Here is a video sampler of their varying array of instrumentation and musical paths they will take during one of their performances.  Enjoy!

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Advance Tickets $12/$15 Door

Showtime 10PM

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The Frank Hamilton 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 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 FHS! From Folly Beach, SC just outside of Charleston, their melodic sound represents three musicians bringing you something unique. Expect a nice long set mixing acoustic &  and perhaps some special sit-ins along the way.

Here is a wonderful video about the band that provides some great insight the band and their thought process.

Thanks for your support and embracing of a new musical journey with a commitment to bringing community through music!  We hope that you can make it out to either one of these shows or the remaining scheduled concerts!   Please note that more will be added as we move along.  Please visit the Frank Hamilton School website anytime to find out how  you can be a part of the movement!

Larry Keel Experience, Dangermuffin & Jugtime Ragband THU July 2 @ Terminal West!

24 Jun

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Doors 7:00PM, Showtime 8PM, $14 ADV Purchase NOW ($17 DOOR)!

Terminal West and TDawg Presents are excited to bring you a hot, hot show to kick off your July 4 weekend featuring The Larry Keel ExperienceDangermuffin, and The Jugtime Ragband!  THURSDAY, JULY 2 promises to be a smokin’ night of absolutely stellar acoustic music, exploratory and traditional simultaneously while taking you on a journey from 20’s ragtime jazz to progressive acoustic music that embodies elements of old-school bluegrass, new grass, and folk-rock.  Personally, I am thrilled to have long-time bluegrass buddies and shenanigan cohorts The Larry Keel Experience performing on the Terminal West stage.  This is a great room for them, and to add the skills and sounds of Dangermuffin to the night just makes this a rock solid night.  The addition of Atlanta’s own The Jugtime Ragband seals the deal for one helluva show!

Keel is regarded by many as one of the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarists performing today.  I tend to agree!  LKE was part of every HarvestFest I did and was the first non-festival venue show I ever produced.  It’s a joy and a pleasure to continue working with him, his lovely wife and extraordinary bassist Jenny, and the highly esteemed banjoist Will Lee any chance I can.  LKE has been tearing it up across the country, and Larry has had the opportunity to participate in several special lineups recently.  Rest assured you will walk away mesmerized by what transpires on the stage that night.  Below is a video of an entrire long set following Dangermuffin and shot on 2/26/15 in Asheville, NC at the Asheville Music Hall courtesy of Independent Arts & Music of Asheville.

For those of you who have not been turned on Dangermuffin yet, well, you’re in for a treat.  Their Friday night showcase performance at TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny back in April was off the charts musically, a defining two-set gem.  This incredibly dynamic trio brings out a sound that captures you in their groove almost instantly.  It will be a pleasure to witness a jam with The Larry Keel Experience, as these buddies know how to throw down when together!  Below is a video of Dangermuffin from The Pour House in Charleston that you will enjoy.

The Jugtime Ragband is homegrown out of the Atlanta music scene and one of my favorite finds of the last couple of years.  Their infectious 20’s style ragtime jazz sound with a modern twist will have you moving from the get go, and I certainly wouldn’t be surprised in the end to see them on stage in some form or fashion late in the night for a jam.

Hootenanny News, Larry Keel, and more!

29 May

May 27 marked the official 17 year anniversary of the existence of TDawg Presents/TDawg’s Productions.  What a long strange trip it’s been indeed, and the may the second 17 years bring continued growth, stability, happiness, and the joy of bringing the shows that matter!  There have been many growing pains, incredible musical experiences, and the creation of friendships & relationships to last a lifetime.  Thanks for all the support for all these years, and when change happens, know that it’s a good thing!

Over the last 17 years, I have learned to keep my approach fresh.  With that in mind, TDawg Presents won’t be producing the fall edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny this year so more energy is available to put into the other events already on the calendar, including the 5th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny ~ A Benefit for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ~ scheduled for Sunday, December 20 at Terminal West and the spring Back Porch Hootenanny scheduled for April 1-2, 2016, at Cherokee Farms!  Please stay tuned for details on both as we move through the year!

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Terminal West & TDawg Present The Larry Keel Experience, Dangermuffin & The Jugtime Ragband

THU July 2, Doors 7:00PM, Showtime 8PM, $14 ADV Purchase NOW!

Terminal West and TDawg Presents are excited to bring you a hot, hot show to kick off your July 4 weekend featuring The Larry Keel ExperienceDangermuffin, and The Jugtime Ragband!  Mark your calendar for THURSDAY, JULY 2, for what promises to be a smokin’ night of absolutely stellar acoustic music, exploratory and traditional simultaneously while taking you on a journey from 20’s ragtime jazz to progressive acoustic music that embodies elements of old-school bluegrass, new grass, and folk-rock.  Personally, I am thrilled to have long-time buddies and shenanigan cohorts The Larry Keel Experience performing on the Terminal West stage.  This is a great room for them, and to add the skills and sounds of Dangermuffin to the night just makes this a rock solid night.  The addition of Atlanta’s own The Jugtime Ragband seals the deal as one helluva night.  Read more…

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Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 2, for the 8th Annual Jerry Day ATL at Terminal West!  Complete details coming soon, including lineup, two stage schedule, and advance tickets!  Last year was an absolute treat, and this year will be much of the same.  Come and celebrate the birthday of a true musical genius as we roll through the catalog, no repeats the entire day (and night)!

Hoot #18 A Success! The Ragbirds & Carly Gibson 4/21; The Duhks 4/30!

16 Apr

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What a time we had at the 18th edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, a bi-annual tradition (at least!) since 2006!  A big shout out to the crew – Tree Sound & Power, Tamara, Linda, Ben, Drew, Amanda, my darlin’ wife Stephanie, Starbridge owners Donna and Logan, Wildman Steve, and the volunteers who helped make this year’s spring event one for the books!  As usual, the musicians brought their A+ game to the festie, and despite the move from longtime home Cherokee Farms we had ourselves an amazing experience and THANK YOU to everyone who made it out for our first time at Starbridge!  We’ll be back at Cherokee Farms for the fall edition, #19, the weekend of September 18-19!

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Ragbirds RLC

Where: The Red Light Cafe, with special guest Carly Gibson

Doors: 7PM, Showtime 8PM

$12 ADV/$15 Door ADVANCE TICKETS CLICK HERE

TDawg Presents is excited to bring this last minute show your way with good friends THE RAGBIRDS!  Returning to the intimate confines of The Red Light Cafe, The Ragbirds bring their mesmerizing hypnotic world folk rock w/ a twist of gypsy sound straight to YOU!  Click Here to view a little more reading and an amazing video of their performance of my favorite Ragbirds song, “Brave New Beat.”  Rising star Carly Gibson opens the evening – it’s simply a great night of music!

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WHERE: Red Light Cafewith special guests Bottom Dollar String Band

TIME: Doors @ 7pm, Showtime 8pm, Duhks @ 9pm 

ADMISSION: $18 adv/$22 door ADVANCE TICKETS HERE
TDawg Presents is excited to bring internationally acclaimed performing artists The Duhks back to Atlanta!

“Canada’s premier neo-tradsters romp from world-beat to blues, urban-pop to old-timey, with wild-eyed invention, haunting traditionalism, and spine-rattling groove.” (Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe)

No band epitomizes the polyethnic strands of modern folk music better than The Duhks. Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001 The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms that leaves festival crowds on their feet.  Click Here to read more and view a video of the title track from their latest recording, “Beyond the Blue.”

Back Porch Hootenanny & Newly Added Concerts by TDawg Presents!

30 Mar

Folks we’re LESS THAN TWO WEEKS out from the finest lil’ spring fling – better known as TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny – that you’ve been waiting for after this last little cold front.  Make your plans to join in the fun with your family, friends, and new friends you haven’t met yet!  This is a wonderfully relaxing piece of property with beautiful woods all around, providing a great environment for some R’n’R and might fine jams!  Everyone involved – performing artists, staff & volunteers – is super excited about the 18th edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny.

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FRI-SAT (April 10-11) $60ADV/$75 Gate

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SAT ONLY (April 11) $55 ADV/$65 Gate

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CONGRATULATIONS to PACKWAY HANDLE BAND as they embark on a journey this summer, performing in major venues around the country and opening for KID ROCK & FOREIGNER!  What an amazing opportunity for these hardworking musicians – be sure to catch them SAT APRIL 11 at the Hootenanny, taking the stage at 8:30PM for what promises to be one helluva rocking set and to be followed by STRUNG LIKE A HORSE!  For the rest of the SCHEDULE CLICK HERE.

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Please share this event with your friends, and let’s have ourselves one helluva Hooooooooootenanny!!!

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TDawg Presents is excited to bring you THE LARRY KEEL EXPERIENCE & DANGERMUFFIN to Terminal West on Thursday, July 2, co-producing with the kind folks at Terminal West!  Advance tickets go ($14 adv/$17 door) go on sale April 3!  We are very excited to bring this wonderful combo to you, stay tuned for more details soon!!!  Yeah u right!!!

TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny Apr 10-11! Featuring: Jason Kenney, Packway Handle Band, Strung Like A Horse

18 Mar

So many amazing performers have graced the stage at TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, and this year is certainly no exception to what we take for granted at these events!  The Friday night showcase with Dangermuffin commences festivities, and Saturday will leave you dizzy with musical interludes spinning around your head all day long, while enjoying the intimate confines of Starbridge Event Center.  Please read on to view some videos of the bands!

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Strung Like A Horse (10:30-midnight) is going to take the 18th edition of the Hootenanny out with a bang!  Check out this great video shot at Cherokee Farms in LaFayette, GA, of the song “Gypsy Jane”.

TDawg Presents welcomes back Packway Handle Band (8:30PM-10PM) to the Hootenanny stage for the second time!  This Athens, GA-based quintet really grips you as they make their way through their set with genuine songwriting and tight instrumentation, single-mic or all-electric.  You don’t know what you’ll get sometimes!!  Check out this clip from Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Packway Handle Band performing “I Wish I hadn’t Done It”.

Please welcome Jason Kenney (6:15PM-7:45PM) to the Hootenanny stage for the first time!  This incredible singer/songwriter comes from just down the road in Dahlonega, and you feel the local roots in his music.  Pure and true is his music, and you’ll see for yourself in the video for “Turn This Sorrow Into Joy”, title track from his latest album.

Atlanta’s own Cajun masters Hair of the Dog bring their rockin’ sound to the Tree Stage at the Hootenanny for the first time!  Trust me, they’re the real deal.  Been around a long time playing what they love, and pedal steel maestro Bill Fleming will keep his rig up there for the rest of the evening so you never know what will happen with all those great musicians gathered all night long!  Check out this raw yet rockin’ clip from a neighborhood party (I was there!) featuring HoD performing “Leona Had A Party”.  Your whole family will be kickin it during this set!

The Higher Choir (1:45PM-3:15PM) has been climbing the ladder for several years now, and folks, they very well might be reaching a moment of reckoning, in a state of mind where their Southern rock sound touches your bones and your soul!  They wowed the crowd on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Cruise, have been packing venues around the Southeast, and as you see from this video, “The Working Title” from their CD Release party in 2013, it’s a kickin’ sound that has you boogey’in!  I first saw these folks at the Wheelbarrow Fest in Reynoldstown a few years back, and they blew me away!

Performing on the Music On Main Street (MOMS) stage, Gibson Wilbanks Band is going to bring two sets (3:15PM-4PM, 5:30PM-6:15PM) , one after The Higher Choir and the second after Hair of the Dog, that are gonna have you groovin’ even more so.  The interlay of slide and rhythm by both Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks, along with at-large artist Richie Jones on drums and the insane harmonica of Brad Bauman, will make these two sets ones you don’t want to miss!  The soulfulness comes through loud and clear on this video, enjoy!

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