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16 Dec

10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny 4 Days Away! Online Silent Auction is Live now!

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Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021

Venue: Variety Playhouse

Tickets: $35 ADV GA/$45 ADV RESERVED, $45 DOOR GA/$55 DOOR RESERVED. On Sale Now CLICK HERE! No Fee if purchased at the Box Office on show nights or Tue-Fri 2-6P

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**The online silent auction, with proceeds going to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, is LIVE now! We have some great items to bid on, including a Widespread Panic band member collage autographed by all band members, a lake house getaway, studio time at the legendary Capricorn Studios in Macon, and more!** Click Here to go directly to the bidding website.

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We are now only a few days away from what has evolved into a passionate and love filled night of a musical utopia! 2021 has been a difficult year for so many of us, and I can tell that personally I am really looking forward to the Holiday Hoot on so many fronts. Music heals, and I have no doubt that you will emerge from this concert with a feeling of hope that you didn’t have before, and you will be a part of an amazing audience who, along with the musicians, create an atmosphere of love, friendship and family in a climate of conflict that continues to permeate our society.

Purchase Tickets Here

Expect some fantastic jams by the fine folks performing for you. All the sets are coming together nicely right now, and we will be featuring Ike Stubblefield’s Hammond B3 all night long to be used by keyboardist extraordinaires Matt Slocum and Kevin Thomas. Let’s just say you’ll be witnessing some musical nirvana moments that won’t happen again!

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Please Click Here to go to the Variety Playhouse Venue Protocol surrounding Covid-19.

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Enjoy this fantastic set from the 2019 edition of the Holiday Hootenanny featuring the late great Ike Stubblefield on the keys along with Bryan Lopes on the sax and Jeff Sipe’s trio The State Birds. Zambi

Purchase Tickets Here

10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny 2 Weeks Away!

6 Dec

**We are thrilled to announce that there will be an online silent auction as part of this year’s festivities, with proceeds going to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. The auction will go live by Friday, December 17! Stay tuned for details!**

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Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021

Venue: Variety Playhouse

Tickets: $35 ADV GA/$45 ADV RESERVED, $45 DOOR GA/$55 DOOR RESERVED. On Sale Now CLICK HERE! No Fee if purchased at the Box Office during shows or Tue-Fri 2-6P

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We are only two weeks away from pure musical bliss for a great cause! 2021 has been a difficult year for so many of us, and I can tell that personally I am really looking forward to the Holiday Hoot on so many fronts. Music heals, and I have no doubt that you will emerge from this concert with a feeling of hope that you didn’t have before, and you will be a part of an amazing audience who, along with the musicians, create an atmosphere of love, friendship and family in a climate of conflict that continues to permeate our society.

Purchase Tickets Here

Expect some fantastic jams by the fine folks performing for you. All the sets are coming together nicely right now, and we will be featuring Ike Stubblefield’s Hammond B3 all night long to be used by keyboardist extraordinaires Matt Slocum and Kevin Thomas. Let’s just say you’ll be witnessing some musical nirvana moments that won’t happen again!

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Please Click Here to go to the Variety Playhouse Venue Protocol surrounding Covid-19.

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Enjoy this fantastic set from the 2019 edition of the Holiday Hootenanny. The tribute to Johnny Knapp was nothing short of a masterpiece, led by the graceful and classy Jez Graham. Thanks to Andy Estes for the video. Zambi

Purchase Tickets Here

Tickets On Sale Now for 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny 12/19/21!

22 Oct

Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021

Venue: Variety Playhouse

Tickets: $35 ADV GA/$45 ADV RESERVED, $45 DOOR GA/$55 DOOR RESERVED. On Sale Now CLICK HERE! No Fee if purchased at the Box Office during shows or Tue-Fri 2-6PM.

Lineup: Randall BramblettJim LauderdaleTommy TaltonJeff MosierJeff SipeJason CarterGrant Green Jr.Matt SlocumBryan LopesJoey SommervilleDaniel WytanisKevin ThomasGaurav MalhotraRichie JonesEvan SarverJared Womack, Matt Williams, Bobby Miller, Bill Fleming, more TBA!

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The 10th Annual Holiday Hootenanny is poised to be a musically emotional experience for all who can make it. Two musicians

very near and dear to our collective heart passed away this summer within about a month of each other, percussionist Count M’Butu and keyboardist Ike Stubblefield. Their passing was a collective blow to our music community, and the 2021 edition will celebrate their energy, both musical and personal, that so many of us felt, as well as the ever present spirits of Col. Bruce Hampton, Johnny Knapp, and Yonrico Scott.

My hope is that you come, enjoy, feel the love, and are inspired to be there for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and to celebrate the lives of two iconic masters of their instruments and great friends to many.

The show will be broken down into 3 sets:

Set 1: Jim Lauderdale, accompanied by the ATL All-Stars featuring Rev Jeff Mosier, and featuring Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band, Travelin’ McCourys) on fiddle.

Set 2: Grant Green Jr. and Papa J lead the way in this tribute to Ike.

The Down For The Count Percussion Jam

Set 3: Capricorn Jam featuring Randall Bramblett & Tommy Talton

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Enjoy this set from Col. Bruce Hampton at the 5th Annual Holiday Hootenanny. It would turn out being his final full performance as part of the Holiday Hootenanny and easily a top 3 set of his in my book! Zambi

TDawg Presents Friday Night Music at The Marlay House in Decatur, GA!

6 Apr

As live music (in person!) gratefully and thankfully makes its way back into our lifeline, TDawg Presents is excited to bring you Friday night music at The Marlay House, 426 W. Ponce de Leon Ave, in Decatur, GA on April 9, 16 and 30 as well as May 7! We are blessed with so much talent on the local level and it’s great to get our musicians back out playing. Music will go 6:30-9PM, and there is NO COVER. However, tips to the band are welcome! Music will be outside! There is ample space under an open tent and on the patio.

April 9 ~ The Bonaventure Quartet

April 16 ~ Grant Green Jr. feat. Gaurav Malhotra (percussion)

April 30 ~ Donna Hopkins

May 7 ~ Ralph Roddenbery

Enjoy a fine selection of draught and bottled/canned beers as well as wine and a full bar. The menu features traditional Irish and pub fare as well as weekly specials. Hope to see you there! Cheers!

Holiday Hootenanny 2 weeks out! Set News included

5 Dec

Tickets: Gen Adm $35 ADV / $45 Door, Reserved $45 ADV / $55 Door. Available online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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

When: Showtime 7PM, Doors @ 6PM

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Have you purchased your ticket to the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny ~ A Benefit for Atlanta Habitat yet? It’s a great way to support any live show if you know you are going. This is going to be an amazing show with some fantastic musical highlights that will satisfy your needs until next year’s edition! Plenty of sit-ins throughout the evening, enough to quench your thirst for one-of-a-kind jams and times with friends and family.

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Jim Lauderdale has a real treat for you this year. His entire set will consist of songs he co-wrote with the late lyricist for the Grateful Dead, Robert Hunter. Y’all this 75 minutes of original music will truly be a one-of-a-kind, with acoustic, bluegrass & electric with horns segments all coming together.

To follow this with a tribute to the late Johnny Knapp, truly loved by many in the music community musicians and fans alike, is going to be a remarkable journey through music history. There will be two sides to the Johnny Knapp set – 1) Jazz as seen through the eyes of Johnny Knapp by Jez Graham; 2) Songs that Col. Bruce Hampton & Johnny Knapp loved performing together. Those two men had such mutual admiration and impact musically on each other that it’s hard to mention one without the other.

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Holiday Hootenanny Schedule

6 PM: Doors open

7-7:50 PM: Jeff Sipe & The State Birds feat. Ike Stubblefield, Brian Lopes, Neal Fountain & Mike Seal and some friends

8:10-9:25 PM: Jim Lauderdale (acoustic, bluegrass & electric), feat. the Zambi Horns and performing music co-written with the late Robert Hunter

9:55-10:55 PM: A Tribute to Johnny Knapp by Jez Graham + quite a few special guests

11:15 PM-12:30 AM: THE JAM feat. Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman, Larry Keel, Steve ‘Big Daddy’ McMurry, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jason Carter, Jeff Sipe, Jared Womack, Neal Fountain & more!

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Here’s a nice one from 2012 featuring The Mosier Brothers and a whole bunch of friends. Enjoy!

Holiday Hootenanny Update!

15 Nov

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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

When: Showtime 7PM, Doors @ 6PM

Tickets: Gen Adm $35 ADV / $45 Door, Reserved $45 ADV / $55 Door. Available online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

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We are thrilled to announce that two more sponsors have jumped on board with the Holiday Hootenanny movement! THANK YOU to McGriff, Seibels & Williams and Tito’s Vodka in addition to Creature Comforts Brewing Co. for their support this year. We are grateful for the enthusiasm and support that has come our way this year for this amazing annual concert benefitting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!

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Lineup Addition

Please welcome the incomparable Joe Craven as the final piece to a magnificent puzzle of a lineup! Joe was a member of the David Grisman Quintet for 16 years, performed on the legendary Garcia/Grisman recordings, including the most legendary of them all – The Pizza Tapes – that also featured the great Tony Rice. Joe participated as an emcee in several HarvestFests back in the day, and we’ve been fortunate to have him available around the holiday season for quite a few years now and are thrilled to have him on board for this roots music extravaganza! He is truly one of the most talented musicians I have ever known, capable of playing more types of instruments than imaginable.

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Holiday Hootenanny Schedule

6 PM: Doors open

7-7:50 PM: Jeff Sipe & The State Birds feat. Ike Stubblefield, Brian Lopes, Neal Fountain & Mike Seal and some friends

8:10-9:25 PM: Jim Lauderdale (bluegrass & electric), feat. the Zambi Horns

9:55-11 PM: A Tribute to Johnny Knapp by Jez Graham + quite a few special guests

11:15 PM-12:30 AM: THE JAM feat. Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman, Larry Keel, Steve ‘Big Daddy’ McMurry, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jason Carter, Jeff Sipe, Jared Womack, Neal Fountain & more!

(schedule is subject to change)

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I know that I’ve posted this video before but it is so damn good it’s worth another viewing! A one of a kind performance that featured 18 musicians on stage for the finale, and it never let up from the get go. Col. Bruce Hampton with the Anywhere But Here Horns featuring Joe Gransden and the late Johnny Knapp (whom we will pay tribute to this year) really let it rip. You won’t be disappointed! Let’s just say that the Holiday Hootenanny brings this level of energy every year, and we are forever grateful to the Colonel for what he gave to us. Zambi!

Holiday Hootenanny Schedule Released!

16 Oct

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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

When: Showtime 7PM, Doors @ 6PM

Tickets: Gen Adm $35 ADV / $45 Door, Reserved $45 ADV / $55 Door. Available Friday, August 30 @ 10 AM online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

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Holiday Hootenanny Schedule

6 PM: Doors open

7-7:50 PM: Jeff Sipe & The State Birds feat. Ike Stubblefield, Brian Lopes, Neal Fountain & Mike Seal and some friends

8:10-9:25 PM: Jim Lauderdale (bluegrass & electric), feat. the Zambi Horns

9:55-11 PM: A Tribute to Johnny Knapp by Jez Graham + quite a few special guests

11:15 PM-12:30 AM: THE JAM feat. Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman, Larry Keel, Steve ‘Big Daddy’ McMurry, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jason Carter, Jeff Sipe, Jared Womack, Neal Fountain & more!

(schedule is subject to change)

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Enjoy this mighty fine full set video of The Larry Keel Experience from the John Hartford Memorial Festival in early June, 2019!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

2019 Holiday Hoot Complete Lineup / Sponsor Announcement

27 Sep

We are thrilled to welcome Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on board as a sponsor for the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny! This Athens, GA based brewery is home to the top selling IPA in Georgia, Tropicalia, and we’ll also be featuring the Classic City Lager. Visit their website to learn more about them!

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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

When: Showtime 7PM, Doors @ 6PM

Tickets: Gen Adm $35 ADV / $45 Door, Reserved $45 ADV / $55 Door. Available Friday, August 30 @ 10 AM online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

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The Complete Lineup

Drew Emmitt & Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), multi-Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale, Ike Stubblefield, Larry Keel, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry (Acoustic Syndicate), Jeff Sipe (ARU, Leftover Salmon, State Birds), Jason Carter (Travelin’ McCourys, Del McCoury Band), A Tribute to Johnny Knapp by Jez Graham, Donna Hopkins, Ralph Roddenbery, Darren Stanley, Evan Sarver, The State Birds feat. Neal Fountain, Mike Seal (Jerry Douglas Band) & Bryan Lopes, Joey “Papa J” Sommerville, Daniel Wytanis, Richie Jones, Bobby Miller, Jared Womack (Grass is Dead), Matthew Williams, Kevin Thomas, Gaurav Malhotra, Bill Fleming

Emcee: Wildman Steve

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Enjoy this fine clip from the 7th Annual Holiday Hootenanny celebrating the late Col. Bruce Hampton. It was Johnny Knapp’s final performance at the Holiday Hoot.

Holiday Hootenanny (12/18) Lineup Additions

11 Sep

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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

When: Showtime 7PM, Doors @ 6PM

Tickets: Gen Adm $35 ADV / $45 Door, Reserved $45 ADV / $55 Door. Available Friday, August 30 @ 10 AM online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

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We are thrilled to announce a few additions to the Holiday Hootenanny lineup y’all! Our official statesman, multi-Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale, will be joining us once again! His sets have been quite a highlight each of the previous three years, and we’re grateful that he is able to return again for what promises to be another memorable set. Jim is a very successful songwriter in Nashville, having written songs performed by the likes of George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, Patty Loveless, and countless others. He also is co-host of the highly successful Buddy & Jim Show on Sirius/XM’s Outlaw Country. We are also pleased to welcome multi-Grammy winner and fiddling master Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band, Travelin’ McCourys) Also, please welcome Acoustic Syndicate’s own Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry as well as Jeff Sipe’s State Birds, featuring bassist extraordinaire Neal Fountain, guitarist Mike Seals (Jerry Douglas Band, Sierra Hull), and saxophonist Bryan Lopes.

Fast , elegant and beautiful, this dynamic quartet take musical flight together as “State Birds” (the name is a nod to Col. Bruce Hampton). With the lineup growing for the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny, this set promises to present some surprises for all of us!

The music is mesmerizing and delivered with joy and passion. The near telepathic communication is a result of years of chemistry together.
The bands’ roots go back to 1983 in Atlanta. Each of the band members played with Bruce Hampton for a spell and share a unique musical bond. Below is a video captured by good friend Ron Currens at Music On Main Street in 2018, enjoy!

Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry is a founding member, lead vocalist, guitarist & mandolin player of the amazing band, Little King recording artist Acoustic Syndicate. My history with this band goes all the way back to the first HarvestFest on October 10, 1998, and they are “still my favorite band after all these years!” Big Daddy’s friendship and comradery with just about everyone on this lineup only means the family vibe for this year’s Holiday Hoot is going to be felt by everyone in the room. The jams will be plentiful and the music joyous.

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The current lineup: Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman, Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel, Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jason Carter, A Tribute Johnny Knapp, Jeff Sipe, The State Birds, Bryan Lopes, Neal Fountain, Mike Seals, Daniel Wytanis, more to come!!!

Stay tuned for the remainder of the lineup for the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny to come your way soon! PLEASE spread the good word, and get your tickets now if you know you can go! We’re going to have a nice-sized crowd this year, so dont’ be left out! Zambi!!

Lineup Announced for Holiday Hootenanny (12/18)/Tix On Sale Friday, Aug 30!

29 Aug

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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

When: Showtime 7PM, Doors @ 6PM

Tickets: Gen Adm $35 ADV / $45 Door, Reserved $45 ADV / $55 Door. Available Friday, August 30 @ 10 AM online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

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We are thrilled to bring you a very exciting lineup to the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny, which will yet again benefit Atlanta Habitat for Humanity! There will be more to add including some of the finest that Atlanta has to offer, but below is a list of performers up to this point in time:

Drew Emmitt & Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon)

Larry Keel

Rev. Jeff Mosier

Jeff Sipe

A Tribute Set to Johnny Knapp

And that’s just the initial lineup! Stay tuned for more announcements in the upcoming weeks. Meanwhile here’s a gem from the 2nd Annual Holiday Hootenanny in 2012 at the Variety Playhouse that featured Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, Count M’Butu, Yonrico Scott, Ike Stubblefield, Papa Mali and Wet Willie’s own Jimmy Hall. Enjoy! Spread the good word!

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