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Get Off The Grid Fest Takes Off with CD Launch on 4/27/2017

26 Apr

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM LINK!

Get Off The Grid Fest – an earthly community fair for renewable energy, sustainable lifestyle and brilliant homegrown music – launches its CD at LEJ Recordings in Ellijay, GA Thursday, April 27th.

You are invited to tune in online on Thursday and come on out and get off the grid with us August 18-20! After the launch party, the CDs will be on sale at www.getoffthegridfest.com. The CDs are your ticket to Get Off The Grid Fest.

Bill Fleming and LBJ Recordings’ Michael Cornett host the launch starting at 4:20 pm until whenever. Get Off The Grid Fest will livestream and podcast the event featuring all 19 songs on the CD along with personal experiences in getting off the grid. CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM LINK!

Inspired by the cosmic event of the Aug. 21st 2017 total solar eclipse, across America dozens of musicians, artists, song writers and sound engineers have aligned to create this collection of original songs acknowledging the importance of our sun and of our planet in sustaining life. 

Artists include:
Bill Fleming – Gonna Get Off The Grid and Sun and Moon
Jason Kenny, Fern Cook, Seth Livengood – Make a
Mountain of My Mind
Joyce Brookshire – Love Crisis
John Cable and Billy Gewin – The Levee
Clay Maselle – Gold in Their Souls
George Eckard – Bury Me in My SUV
Joanne Steele – Honor the Atmosphere
Bobby Don Bloodworth – Woody Come Back
Mikhail – Sunshine
Aviva – Clap for Food Quality
Elise Witt – Only Love Will Do
Trey Gibbs – Reboot the System
Craig Rafuse – According to the Planets
Heidi Pollyea – Toccoa River
Tom Ferguson – Love Law
B. J. Wilbanks – In This Life
Michael Cornett – Rejoice
Terry Garthwaite – Shine On

Below is a video announcing the lineup ~ enjoy!

Spring! A Time for Change & New Opportunity

7 Apr

tdawg_function.jpgAs many folks reminded me prior to last weekend, March 31-April 1 marked what would have been the 20th edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny had I decided to continue producing the Hoots. I could not have asked for a better way to complete that chapter of my life than last year’s finale that featured some of my closest friends of the last 19 years who have been involved in concerts and festivals in Atlanta and around the Southeast with me.

Instead of a Hootenanny, I flew to Houston for the week to attend my 30th high school reunion and to help tend to my father, who broke his hip and had surgery to repair. Complicated by Alzheimer’s, recovery is no small feat, but after a week in the hospital Dad is recovering nicely and steadily in a physical rehab facility. He’s a strong man with a happy perspective on life. It’s tough to see your parents go through anything like this, and I’m certainly glad I can be there for him in much the same way he has always been there for me over the years. I look forward to returning much sooner than later! As for the reunion, social network has softened the surprise effect of a reunion these days, although still to physically see some of my classmates for the first time since we graduated in May of 1987 was something else. It’s good to know we’re still kicking it hard! It was great to catch up with old friends, meet their spouses, and gain a nice introspective into oneself, too.

A major point that last week reemphasized for me was that I really am in a state of transition professionally. A mid-life crisis? No. A time for change? Yes. Over the last 24 years, I have gained some great experiences that both came my way and were created by me. I worked on the Super Bowl XXVIII Halftime Show, World Cup’94 (European Broadcast Union), the Atlanta Olympics (Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting), Aids Walk Atlanta, and many free lance production jobs from 1993-2004. I created HarvestFest and the TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny series, Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny, and several smaller festivals. I have also been actively involved in some wonderful non-profits as a volunteer, including Atlanta Dogwood Festival and the Frank Hamilton School. These experiences have emboldened me to take on just about anything that is thrown my way, to have the confidence to step into the fire if necessary. I am looking for any opportunities that can utilize my vast skill set as a special event manager or coordinator and can utilize my knowledge and network of contacts in the event industry, catering industry, and production. For the right non-profit, event management company or for-profit corporation, I know that I can be an asset immediately. I am putting this energy out to the universe now in hopes that I can stir the pot a bit.

I have been actively looking since the beginning the of the year as I continue as a board member for the Frank Hamilton School and act as Director of Concerts & Community Outreach. FHS is a passion for me, and I believe now more than ever that we need non-profit institutions like Frank Hamilton School in our communities to teach music, community, and the arts to our children and adults alike. As we transition to fully utilizing Oakhurst Baptist Church as our school and a music venue, the ongoing Frank Hamilton School Concert Series will slow down to accommodate the opportunities we create at the church, as the sanctuary has proven to be an excellent music venue, too. I also plan to continue producing my annual Holiday Hootenanny for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity as well as the annual JerryDay ATL event at Terminal West, and you might see an occasional TDawg Presents concert pop up on the radar. Pay attention when that happens 😉

If you have read this far, thank you. I’m grateful to continue bringing live music performances and music educational opportunities into the greater Atlanta community – I KNOW it makes a difference. I realize that the same passion I have for producing these events will be a great resource for the right organization. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas 😉

Peace, love & cheers,

TDawg

 

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Upcoming Frank Hamilton School Concerts

20 Jan

fhs_frankchompThe Frank Hamilton School is excited to bring you a stellar group of concerts that are diverse musically and equally engaging.  We are fortunate to be able to bring you such amazing regional talent representing different genres of Americana and roots music. As the year moves forward, you can expect more activity with workshops and performances at our home, Oakhurst Baptist Church, and within the community at festivals and a variety of local events. Please visit the Frank Hamilton School website for information about how you can be involved, from taking a class to volunteering to becoming a member.

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$10 Adv/$15 Door, ADVANCE TICKETS

Showtime 9 PM, Doors 8 PM

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$10 Adv/$15 Door, ADVANCE TICKETS

Showtime 8:30 PM, Doors 7:30 PM

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$10 ADV/$12 Door, ADVANCE TICKETS

Showtime 9 PM, Doors 8 PM

Barry Waldrep & Kelli Johnson SAT Jan 14!

11 Jan

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Advance Tickets $15/$18 at Door, Showtime 9 PM/Doors 8 PM

The Frank Hamilton School is excited to present Barry Waldrep & Kelli Johnson in its first show of the new year!  As music journalist and musician Lisa Jacobi puts it, They are so good. Musicians of all stripes should attend this show. You will come away from it inspired.” Featuring rich, inspired vocals and amazing instrumentation, this really is going to be a special show.  Please click on the video below to learn more about this dynamic duo, about as pure as it gets.  See you Saturday night!

I’m proud of the concerts that the Frank Hamilton School has produced to this point, and entering our second full year of the Concert Series and special events is going to be a fun ride!  Jump on board with us and get involved as a volunteer, a student, through membership that offers discounts on classes, concerts and more! 

Feeling Grateful

29 Dec

THANK YOU from the bottom of the collective heart that includes Atlanta Habitat forjim-lauderdale_papa-mali Humanity, the Frank Hamilton School, and me, for being a part of the holiday music season. Both The Hamilton Hoopla and the 6th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny were stellar events, and the musicians who gave of their time and energy for great causes really deserve a loud shout out for participating! Despite all the craziness going on in the world, I am so grateful to be a part of a whole that is so much greater than political/religious/racial beliefs & controversies and provides an outlet for everyone through music and community. Music is a unifying force for all of us. TDawg Presents will return in 2017 with Jerry Day ATL in either late July or early August, perhaps a random event thrown in there somewhere, and of course, the 7th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny next December!

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Exciting times are to come in 2017 for The Frank Hamilton School, as we add additional days for classes, more workshops, and of course more shows as part of the ongoing Frank Hamilton School Concert Series. We will be expanding our reach to venues around the greater Atlanta area, and look for us to be involved again in community events! We are already on board for the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in April and look forward to returning to other festivals while creating some new paths as well.

 

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Upcoming concerts in January! The Frank Hamilton School presents two distinctly different shows in the month of January to get you started in the new year, SAT January 7 and SAT January 14.

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$10 ADV/$12 Door

Saturday, January 7 ~ Frank Hamilton School Presents Dusty Roads and CJ Jones & The Spirit Bones, 9 PM Showtime, Advance Tickets $10

Dusty Roads is a high-energy Georgia-grown Americana band with influences spanning the legends of country and bluegrass music, such as Merle Haggard, Flatt & Scruggs, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, and Bill Monroe. You can also expect sprinklings of songs and sounds of the great writers and musicians from across the globe and halls of time, like Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, and Irving Berlin. “Come take a trip, down that long, dusty road!”

CJ Jones & The Spirit Bones is an eclectic outfit out of the Commander Cody textbook of music. You’ll be rockin’ and hoppin’ to their infectious Americana sound that tells the story of the Odyssey of Cledus Jeremiah Jones!
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Saturday, January 14 ~ Frank Hamilton School Presents Barry Waldrep  & Kelli Johnson

Barry Waldrep is a Georgia based Bluegrass, Jam Band, Americana instrumentalist, songwriter and composer extraordinaire. Waldrep and another music partner formed the very successful bluegrass/jam band Rollin’ in the Hay in July 1993, touring the Jam Band circuit of festivals and college campuses across the country until May 2009. Rollin’ in the Hay produced 7 CDs and performed over 300 dates per year for 16 years.

His partner, Kelli Johnson, leans on musical influences such as Allison Krauss, Dolly Parton and Rhonda Vincent and has always been inspired by the pure melodies and lyrics found in classic artistry. There’s no question that Kelli commands authority in her writing. Smart and charming, she captivates her audience with raw honesty and talent. Deeply rooted in Bluegrass, Country, and Americana music, Kelli has an innate ability to produce fresh music that defies genre boundaries.

 

Holiday Hootenanny Around the Corner on 12/18!

16 Dec

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Advance Tickets Only $25!  $30 Door

The 6th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny is truly going to be an epic experience!  Expect some first time collaborations, some sing-alongs, many fantastic jams, soooooo much talent on that stage you are unable to contain yourself! PLEASE spread the word, encourage your friends, and don’t miss out!

PURCHASE YOUR ADVANCE TICKETS NOW (or at the door) and know that you have committed yourself to a wonderful night of music, friendship, and the jams all for an incredible cause!

 

SCHEDULE

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Drivin’ N Cryin’s Kevn Kinney 

5:30 PM: Doors open, Silent Auction begins

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: The Pussywillows

8 PM – 9 PM: Jim Lauderdale & Jeff Mosier

9:30 PM – 10:30 PM: Kevn Kinney

11 PM – Midnight: Papa Mali

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Silent Auction

We have some fantastic items on the auction table this year! Several festivals have been kind enough to donate passes this year including String Cheese Incident’s festival Hulaween, Suwannee Roots Revival, and DelFest!  We also have some wonderful concert photographs, a guitar to be autographed by Kevn Kinney, Jim Lauderdale, Papa Mali & Jeff Mosier, an autographed tambourine,  gift certificates, a donation by United Distributors, a night at the Renaissance Hotel Midtown, and more!

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Here’s a video from the 2014 edition featuring Papa Mali. We are thrilled to have him back!

Hamilton Hoopla Tomorrow Night 12/14!

13 Dec

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Advance Tickets (only $10) available through 1:30 PM, December 14! Credit Cards accepted at the door.

We are extremely excited about the first Hamilton Hoopla! Joe Craven is in town, and he has a lot of holiday joy to spread through music. Make your plans to come out to Oakhurst Baptist Church (222 East Lake Dr., Decatur, GA 30030) for what promises to be a wonderful musical journey through the world of gypsy jazz, folk, old-time, progressive acoustic music, and a large family jam to end the evening!

Set I / Frank Hamilton & Friends (fellow teachers & friends from the Old Town School of Folk Music) > Bob Bakert (jazz) > Jason Koornick & Jared Womack (progressive acoustic/jamgrass)

Set II / Mick Kinney, son Evan & (Georgia Cracker bandmate) Chip Corbitt > Charles Williams & Dan Coy (gypsy jazz) > Joe Craven & Frank Hamilton lead Family Jam

 Enjoy the video below of Joe Craven with his trio – a great showcase of what Joe can do.  We really are going to have a remarkable night of music tomorrow evening!  Come on out!

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