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8th Annual Holiday Hootenanny A Success!

2 Jan
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Peter Rowan and Friends

Happy New Year y’all! I hope that everyone has enjoyed a happy holiday season! Having fully recovered from the 8th Annual Holiday Hootenanny as well as taken time for reflection time upon such a wonderful event, it truly warms my heart (and hopefully yours!) to be a part of something unique and special in a time of year that can be difficult for many. We had a strong turnout of 500 for the concert, and I am proud to announce a $6,000 donation to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, the largest donation yet! Let’s keep it up y’all and next year will easily be more! Thank YOU for caring enough to join us on a very rainy night and provide a filled room for our return to the Variety Playhouse. I felt like we were home again!

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Jason Carter, Lyndsay Pruett, John Mailander

Thanks to our primary sponsor, Georgia’s own Spring Mountain Farms Chicken, all the musicians – especially Peter Rowan for flying across the country – and to Linda Brackner, Tamara Botkin, Brenda Stepp, Ben Brackner & John Griffin for their support and love of the Holiday Hoot movement. This show is indeed a labor of love that is so important in these divided times we live in these days. Can’t wait until next year!

The music was, as expected, completely over the top, as everyone brought

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Jeff Mosier & Jim Lauderdale

their A-game to a night of jams that had no rehearsals, and it felt like they’d been playing together for years. It boggles the mind how good these musicians really are and how much they enjoy getting together for this annual gathering that I call OUR holiday office party on the big stage 😉 The mini set that started off the night paying tribute to the late, great Vassar Clements set the tone for the evening, featuring a fiddle trifecta that I’m sure had Vassar

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Heather Gillis

flashing that smile from up above. Heather Gillis was sensational – gritty, soulful, vocals and some nasty, brilliant guitar play dominated her set. Can’t wait to do more with her in the future! Jim Lauderdale and Peter Rowan delivered exactly what you’d expect and more. You could tell that each of those two living legends were having a blast up on stage with such talented musicians surrounding them, and when Jim invited Peter on stage to sing “Sitting Alone in the Moonlight”, there was an incredible feeling of love and admiration between the two that anyone in the audience could feel. Jeff Mosier led the final set which was only fitting, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. His version of “Black Muddy River” is one of the best out there, and closing out the night with the fiddle anthem “Orange Blossom Special”, led by the incomparable Larry Keel with fiddles on fire, was the only way to go.

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On that note, I really want to thank all the musicians who participated this year, it was a special one for certain. Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Heather Gillis, Larry Keel, Jeff Mosier, Jeff Sipe, Richie Jones, Bobby Miller, Jared Womack, Matthew Williams, Papa J, Bryan Lopes, Daniel Wytanis, Nick DiSebastian, Evan Sarver, Jason Carter, Lyndsay Pruett, John Mailander, Bill Fleming, Mark Henry, Franher Joseph, Kevin Thomas, and Wildman Steve. From top to bottom, what an amazing grouping of musicians to take this show on!

Stay tuned for details around the same time next year, same venue!

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Holiday Hootenanny 2 Days Out!

18 Dec
6th Annual Holiday Hoot 2016, at Terminal West

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS: General Admission $35 Adv/$45 Day of Show, Reserved $45 Adv/$55 Day of Show (No service fee if purchased at the Variety Playhouse box M-F 12-6 PM or during all shows)

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

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018

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Folks, yet again, we have a wonderful variety of music centric items on the silent auction block! Here is a list of some of the items that will be present: Lock’n Festival: 1 Pair of General Admission passes w/ camping ~ Suwannee Spring Reunion: 1 Pair All-Access passes w/ camping ~ Widespread Panic New Year’s Eve at the Fabulous Fox Theatre: 1 Pair tickets ~ A signed-by-everyone guitar ~ Custom-framed concert photographs ~ Restaurant Gift Certificates ~ Jewelry, and more!

Y’all come ready to do some bidding, with proceeds benefitting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!   

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Schedule:

7:00 – 7:15 ~ Vassar Clements Tribute

7:20 – 8:05 ~ Heather Gillis

8:30 – 9:30 ~ Jim Lauderdale

10:00 – 11:15 ~ Peter Rowan

11:20 – 12:15 AM ~ Jeff Mosier leads Jam Finale


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Fri July 20 ~ Strung Like A Horse & Hair of the Dog at the Vista Room!

17 Jul

 

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Tickets: $13 ADV / $18 @ Door / Reserved Tables Availablehttps://www.freshtix.com/events/strung-like-a-horse

Where: The Vista Room, 2836 LaVista Rd, Atlanta, GA 30033 / PH: 404.321.5000

Time: Doors 7:30 PM / Showtime 8:30 PM

Y’all this is going to be quite a musical experience on Friday night at the Vista Room! High energy from the beautiful stage there is a given, so be sure you’re a part! Great food & drink menus offer up temptations for bites and libations, too. Strung Like A Horse has been on break for a little while and this is their first show back, so rest assured the fellas from Strung Like a Horse are gonna bring it! Expect a surprise sit-in or two 😉

Atlanta’s long-time king of the Cajun & Zydeco scene Hair of the Dog will really set the night on right, bringing a great blend of sounds to create an addictive Cajun/rock ball of joy. While the patriarch of the band, Atlanta folk legend Whit Connah, passed away almost two years ago, the band carries on in amazing fashion with his energy in tow and the next generation of family jumping on the stage. Always an amazing time! What a great combination of bands!

Here’s a video of Strung Like A Horse from May of this year at The Purple Fiddle in West Virginia. Enjoy!

 

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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Webster

Ray’s The Dead

The Warlocks

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

Harvest Family Hoot (April 6-7) One Week Out!

30 Mar

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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

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Well folks, we are gearing up for what promises to be an incredible weekend of reunions with friends, family & musicians both on the stage and off! The Harvest Family Hoot is truly a celebration of the journey that has transpired over the course of the last 20 years in my life and many of the musicians involved. This journey includes not only the evolution of HarvestFest to a nationally known 3-day roots and Americana extravaganza known as Blue Ridge HarvestFest in partnership with High Sierra Music and more than 20 smaller festivals that included 19 editions of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, two Keel Family Functions and a Cherokee Farms FiddleFest, but also all the concerts that have happened in venues around the metro Atlanta area and various points of the Southeast that are too numerous to recall right now. We’ve all been blessed with such an amazing array of music legends, future legends, and all-around phenomenal musicians over the years! The music never stops my friends.

HOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

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The Harvest Family Hoot, April 6-7, 2018 ~ Celebrating 20 years of TDawg Presents

25 Oct

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Y’all read that right – we’re having a celebration HOOT at Cherokee Farms! 20 years of music brought to you by TDawg Presents (aka TDawg’s Productions and Eye Dawg Productions) is certainly reason enough to host The Harvest Family Hoot, so mark your calendars for April 6-7 to celebrate HarvestFest, TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, and all points in between that have included that wonderful TDawg energy, from venues to community events.

More details to come the in the next couple of months, so STAY TUNED IN! Meanwhile we have the 7th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny to soothe your soul until the spring, and the concert, along with a silent & live auction, benefit a great cause in Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!

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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!

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