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Jeff Sipe, Horn Section added to Holiday Hootenanny Lineup!

5 Oct

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS: General Admission $35 Adv/$45 Day of Show, Reserved $45 Adv/$55 Day of Show

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018 

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

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Jeff Sipe at 2nd Annual Holiday Hoot

Folks, the lineup is now complete for the 8th Annual Holiday Hootenanny, benefitting Atlanta Habitat for the sixth consecutive year! TDawg Presents is thrilled to bring the one and only Jeff Sipe (Apt. Q258) back into the Holiday Hootenanny mix! His many accolades include being a founding member of Col. Bruce Hampton’s legendary band the Aquarium Rescue Unit that also featured Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, Jeff Mosier, Count M’Butu, and Matt Mundy. He spent three years on the road with another one of my favorite bands, Leftover Salmon, and he was also a co-creator (along with the late great Ricky Keller) of the Zambiland Orchestra, a holiday extravaganza from which the Holiday Hootenanny is heavily influenced. This is Sipe’s fourth appearance in the Holiday Hootenanny and his first since 2013. I have to say that the rhythm section featuring Jeff Sipe & Richie Jones on drums/percussion and Kevin Scott & Evan Sarver on bass is as strong as it gets!

TDawg Presents is honored to bring back intact the horn section from last year’s show horns_holiday hootthat includes Joey “Papa J” Sommerville on trumpet, Bryan Lopes on saxophone, and Daniel Wytanis on trombone. A common link among these three incredible horn players is their love for and friendship with Col. Bruce, as all three participated in the Hampton 70 concert in May of 2017. I remember fondly in the mid-90’s heading to Smith’s Olde Bar on rainy & cold weeknights to see The Apartment Project perform. Lineup included Jeff Sipe, Bryan Lopes, Ricky Keller, Count M’Butu, and an amazing assortment of musicians.

Folks, we are going to have an incredible time on December 20 at the Variety Playhouse! If you know you are going, then go ahead and purchase your tickets! Remember, no service fee applied if you pop by the Variety Playhouse box office during normal business hours or on a show night. This one’s gonna blow the roof off the place!

If you’ve not seen Heather Gillis before, you are in for a treat! Check this video out from Pisgah Brewing in NC from September of 2017. Enjoy!

Final Lineup: Peter Rowan, Grammy-winner Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel, Jeff Mosier, Heather Gillis, Jeff Sipe, Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band), Joey “Papa J” Sommerville, Bryan Lopes, Lyndsay Pruett (John Stickley Trio)Jared Womack (Grass is Dead), Kevin Scott, Evan Sarver, Richie Jones, Bobby Miller, Nick DiSebastian, Daniel Wytanis. Bill Fleming, Matt Williams, Kevin Thomas, Emcee Wildman Steve

Tickets on sale TODAY 9/5 for 8th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny feat. Peter Rowan!

5 Sep

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS: General Admission $35 Adv/$45 Day of Show, Reserved $45 Adv/$55 Day of Show

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018 

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

Vassar & TDawgThe 8th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny is dedicated to the memory of the late great fiddler Vassar Clements, whose career spanned seven decades. Vassar performed alongside many musical luminaries, including Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Linda Ronstadt, Jerry Garcia, Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Stephane Grappelli, Dicky Betts, John Hartford, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Col. Bruce Hampton and so many more. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him and get to know him on a personal level. On a side note, Vassar first performed with Col. Bruce at HarvestFest in 1999. The WOW factor was in full effect needless to say as Vassar simply tore it up on “Time is Free” that also featured Barry Richman on guitar.

Please plan to join us on Thursday, December 20 for our “annual holiday party” that never fails to provide a WOW factor by the end, and rest assured this one will be no different!

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Enjoy this video from the 2nd Annual Holiday Hootenanny on 12/16/12 at the Variety Playhouse led by Grant Green Jr and featuring Jimmy Hall, Ike Stubblefield, Jeff Sipe, Oteil Burbridge, Count M’Butu, Yonrico Scott & Gaurav Malhotra.

 

 

 

 

8th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny Lineup Announced!

30 Aug

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When: Thursday, December 20

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

Tickets: On Sale Wednesday, September 5 at 10 AM EDT! General Admission $35 Adv/$45 Day of Show, Reserved $45 Adv/$55 Day of Show

Lineup: Peter Rowan, Grammy-winner Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel, Jeff Mosier, Heather Gillis, Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band), Lyndsay Pruett (John Stickley Trio)Jared Womack (Grass is Dead), Kevin Scott, Evan Sarver, Richie Jones, Bobby Miller, Nick DiSebastian, Bill Fleming, Matt Williams, Gaurav Malhotra, Kevin Thomas, more tba!!!

TDawg Presents is excited to bring you the 8th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny back home at the Variety Playhouse on Thursday, December 20! If you’ve not been to the Variety Playhouse since it’s major makeover, it is truly a shining gem of a venue not only for Atlanta and region but nationally, too. This year’s edition is paying tribute to old friend, the late great Vassar Clements, who passed in 2005 but whose musical prowess lives on forever. There’s still a couple of more pieces to the puzzle that is the Holiday Hoot lineup and the ensuing four sets of music. Proceeds from the event and silent auction will benefit Atlanta Habitat – let’s make a difference!

Stay tuned for more information on the event, and please share, spread the word!

 

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TDawg Presents July Shows + Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny Update

19 Jun

Well folks, as I’ve completed my 50th revolution around the sun and begun my 51st, there’s nothing like some excellent musical opportunities to continue the celebration well into the summer. The month of July provides you with two opportunities to attend some stellar TDawg Presents shows (indoors in the AC!) – July 20 featuring Strung Like A Horse w/ special guest Hair of the Dog AND July 29 featuring the 11th Annual Jerry Day ATL! Please continue reading for more information about each of these events!

I know it’s only the 3rd week in June, but plans are well underway for the 8th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny to happen on Thursday, December 20, and once again it will benefit Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. TDawg Presents has donated over $11,000  the last five years. I am excited to announce that TDawg Presents will be taking the Holiday Hoot back to its original home, the Variety PlayhouseThis edition, as all the previous have been, will be extra special – as it will feature a wonderful dedication to the late great fiddler, Vassar Clements. The first time he performed with Col. Bruce Hampton was HarvestFest in 1999 with Bruce’s band at the time, Planet Zambie, that featured Barry Richman on guitar and Dr. Dan on the keyboards. Bruce crowned him the “King of Kings”. The version of “Time is Free” that came out of that set was absolutely over the top! Vassar & I became good friends, and I feel fortunate that we were able to enjoy his music for a few more years before his passing in 2005. Expect a stellar group of musicians to be involved the celebration of one of the greatest masters of music in the modern era! More to come in the next couple of months.

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** Adv Tix ($13 ADV/$18 Door, Reserved Tables Available) Click Here for Advance Tickets ** Doors 7:30 PM, Music 8:30 PM **

Where: The Vista Room, 2836 LaVista Rd., Decatur, GA 30033 ** PH: 404.321.5000 **

TDawg is excited to bring the unmistakable strings, drums & sounds of Chattanooga-based Strung Like A Horse to The Vista Room in Decatur! One of the finest venues around – great food, great production, great folks, plenty of parking – the Vista is a perfect landing spot for SLAH and it’s growing legion of fans! Their unique high energy sound that combines folk rock, country, gypsy & punkgrass with a very tasteful selection of covers is sure to keep your head spinning and feet moving – get ready to get STRUNG! Click Here to read more…

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Where: Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30316

Time: Doors 2PM, Music 3PM-Midnight on two alternating stages

Tickets: $26 Early Bird (Limited number) / $31 Regular ADV / $75 VIP

Advance Tickets

Celebrating the life and music of Jerry Garcia – the music never stops with bands on 2 alternating indoor stages – featuring some of Georgia’s best jam bands:

Jeff Mosier & Biscuit Tragedy

Dead Affect 

Captain Trips & The Sunstroke Serenaders

Honeywood

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Ray’s The Dead

The Warlocks

Brought to you by GR8FLDUDE, Ron Eyester & TDawg Presents.

Harvest Family Hoot (April 6-7) More Than A Celebration!

2 Apr

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When: FRI-SAT  April 6-7, 2018 / Advance Ticket purchases end on Thursday night, April 5, at MIDNIGHT. Don’t wait…get them now!

Where: Cherokee Farms, 2035 Old Mineral Springs Rd, Lafayette, GA 30728

~ ADVANCE FRI-SAT TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW at $55 + service fee $70 @ GATE / SAT ONLY $45 ADV – $55 @ GATE / FREE ADMISSION FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER / AGES 13-16 ONLY $30 @ GATE / SAT DAY (No camping) $40 @ Gate

~ NO DOGS ALLOWED / BYOB / CAMPING INCLUDED in 2-DAY PASSES, FULL SAT ONLY PASSES

~ THE HARVEST FAMILY HOOT IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT

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Hoot_NightAs we get closer to THE weekend of The Harvest Family Hoot, I’ve been pondering what this event represents beyond a celebration of 20 years & going strong. We are gathering for what promises to be an absolutely amazing collaboration of musicians Friday night, all day Saturday and into the late night, yet I have come to the realization that this event is as much a segue way to another 20 years of reinvention and ways to bring music to the community, be it through the Frank Hamilton School or creating fresh community events that impact my immediate surroundings in the greater Atlanta area. I’m not sure what the future brings as far as camping events are concerned; I am certain that TDawg Presents will continue to provide a reason for folks with different ideals and beliefs – religious, political & otherwise – to enjoy the music together, as music is a strong common bond. It’s important to be reminded in such a polarizing world in which we live that there is more opportunity to unite than divide. I intend to do my part with the former rather than the latter.

I hope that you can join us this weekend – I know that you’ll leave with renewed energy for life and purpose. HOOOOOOOOTENANNY!

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FRI APRIL 6
Shed Stage
Blackberry Possum 8:30PM 11:30PM
SAT APRIL 7
Shed Stage
Pickled Holler 12:00PM 1:00PM
Dead Affect 2:00PM 4:00PM
Rev Jeff Mosier & Biscuit Tragedy 5:00PM 6:30PM
Snake Oil Medicine Show 7:30PM 9:00PM
Deep Blue Sun 10:00PM 11:30PM
MOMS Grateful Fred Stage
Spackle 1:00PM 2:00PM
Honeywood 4:00PM 5:00PM
The GMOS 6:30PM 7:30PM
Ralph Roddenbery 9:00PM 10:00PM
Strung Like A Horse 11:30PM 1:00AM

 

Holiday Hootenanny Silent & Live Auction!

18 Dec

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Wednesday, December 20 at Terminal West

Showtime: 6:45 PM, Doors open 6 PM, Silent Auction 6-11:15 PM (please note these are the official times, not what is reflected at bottom of poster)

Advance tickets $25 ADV/$35 Day of Show

©2016 ShowLove Media || All Rights Reserved || Photo by Jim Dimitroff

©2016 ShowLove Media || All Rights Reserved || Photo by Jim Dimitroff

A lot of work has gone into making this year’s edition of the Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny extra special to celebrate the life, music & energy of Col. Bruce Hampton. I am grateful to be producing this wonderful show that benefits Atlanta Habitat for Humanity with the help from some amazingly talented friends (including Larry Keel!), and the only thing that will be missing is YOU! Come on over for what promises to be a unique night of music that won’t be presented in such a way again – find a sitter if you need to and just do it!

If you need encouragement, please read this great preview of the Holiday Hootenanny written by Jerry Grillo and published in Atlanta Magazine online:

Preview: 7th annual Holiday Hootenanny concert will be dedicated to Col. Bruce Hampton

~ The December 20 jam session, which features two dozen musicians, benefits Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ~

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Y’all we have some great items up for bid this year, so come prepared to take home a great gift to yourself or someone else! For the first time, we are thrilled to offer some sports memorabilia, and live auctioneer duties will be performed by Seth Weiner, also part of the Inside Out w/ Turner & Seth podcast!  Below are some items you can expect to see:

~ Framed concert photography by Jon Weiner, Ian Rawn, and Tom Kettles.

~ Suwannee Spring Reunion, March 22-25, Spirit of the Suwannee Park – A pair of All-Access passes including camping

~ Floyd Fest 18, July 25-28, Floyd, VA – A pair of General Admission passes to one of the most amazingly diverse festivals of the summer!

~ Guitar autographed by musicians participating in the evening’s festivities.

~ 2-night weekend stay at cabin in Blue Ridge, GA. Also being offered is 3-night stay during the week. Must use between the months of April-August. Accommodates 6-8.

~ Dining gift certificates from Atlanta and Decatur restaurants.

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Can’t wait to see y’all out on Wednesday to support this incredible night of music! It’s going to be truly special, and even more so with your presence there. PLEASE share this posting and encourage your friends and family to come on out for this one. If you know me at all, you know it’s going to be mighty fine! Zambi!

 

 

 

Holiday Hootenanny Artist Profile: Johnny Knapp, Jazz Legend

15 Dec

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Wednesday, December 20 at Terminal West

Showtime: 6:45 PM, Doors open 6 PM, Silent Auction 6-11:15 PM

Advance tickets $25 ADV/$35 Day of Show

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I feel so blessed to have met many amazing people because of Col. Bruce Hampton, and one that sticks out is the legendary Jazz pianist Johnny Knapp. The man has performed with a who’s who of jazz music, including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, and the list goes on. At age 89, he is still actively performing, and I can’t wait to see him on stage in just five days paying tribute to his good friend. I recall meeting him five years ago at the 2nd Annual Holiday Hoot when Bruce introduced us before the show, and I haven’t looked back. I am fortunate to be a part of the Tuesday lunch crowd with Johnny when I can make it, and it’s always a treat. Please click on this link to an article written by Jerry Grillo for Atlanta Magazine about Johnny back in December of 2015, and you’ll feel the historical significance of Johnny’s career. What a joy to have his presence in our lives. Yet another great reason to attend this year’s 7th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny.

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The schedule is as follows:

6:00 PM ~ Doors Open, Silent Auction open until 11:15 PM

6:45 PM – 7:45 PM ~ Ralph Roddenbery & Friends

8:15 PM – 9:15 PM ~ Jim Lauderdale

9:45 PM – 10:45 PM ~ ZambiGrass Jam, featuring Jeff Mosier, Larry Keel, Nick DiSebastian, Bobby Miller, Jared Womack (Live Auction begins)

11:15 PM – 12:30 AM ~ Zambi Jam Finale, featuring Jeff Mosier, Count M’Butu, Johnny Knapp, The Madrid Express, Zambi Horns & special guests! 

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