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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!

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!

Holiday Hootenanny Schedule Posted/Lineup Change

9 Dec

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Advance Tickets Only $25!  $30 Door

Well folks, we’re on the homestretch to the 6th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny and we’re looking at one helluva time! There are going to be some special moments for certain, and with the group of musicians gathering for this fine concert how can there not be? On that note, the schedule is out!

Schedule

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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Folks, Benji Shanks got called in for guitar duties in a last minute booking for Kristian Bush and will be unable to make the show.  In his absence, I have called on good buddy and fellow Holiday Hootenanny alum Matt Williams (Blueground Undergrass, Capt. Soularcat, Pickled Holler) to step on in!  Matt killed it last year with Jim Lauderdale, and his presence will be felt throughout the evening.  His new band, Pickled Holler, rings loud and true in sound and tone,

The Hamilton Hoopla Around the Corner!

8 Dec

“Everything Joe touches turns to music,” says mandolinist David Grisman, with whom Joe played for almost 17 years as a member of the David Grisman Quintet.

We are only one week out from The Hamilton Hoopla (Wed Dec 14, Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Dr., Decatur, GA 30030), an absolutely incredible evening of music in a perfect acoustic environment and featuring a potpourri of musicians representing styles such as jazz, jamgrass, old-time, gypsy jazz, and Joe Craven!  Hosted by and featuring the great Joe Craven (David Grisman Quintet, Garcia Grisman recordings, Alison Brown Quartet), we are excited to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Frank Hamilton School and its commitment to bring music and music education into the Decatur and Atlanta communities as we enter our second year!  It is an exciting time for us for certain and invite YOU to be a part!

Please get your advance tickets to help the cause and we absolutely can’t wait to see you on Wednesday, December 14 at Oakhurst Baptist Church!  Share this with your family and friends!

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The full lineup is as follows: Joe CravenFrank HamiltonCharles Williams & Dan Coy (The Bonaventure Quartet), Mick KinneyBob BakertMusicians/teachers from The Old Town School of Folk MusicJason KoornickJared Womack

 ABOUT JOE CRAVEN
Joe Craven is not just an entertaining musician with a penchant for the mischievous, he is a teacher and student all at once and he will draw you into his performance by including you as thou gh you’re part of the show itself. His gift of gab is unprecedented and his musical knowledge impressive. Joe’s openness and expression of gratitude for the gifts he’s acquired make it all the more fun for him to share them with his audience.
Creativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, event emcee and recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year, Joe has made music with many folks – notably violinist Stephane Grappelli and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia – to multi-whirled string guy David Lindley, harmonica wizard Howard Levy and seven years recording and touring with banjo fusionist Alison Brown.
Joe is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, tenor guitar/banjo, mouth bow, canjoe, cuatro, CBG, berimbau, balalaika, boot ‘n lace and double-necked whatever.

Upcoming Events Presented by The Frank Hamilton School!

30 Nov
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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!

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