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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!!

12th Annual Jerry Day ATL (8/4) Schedule is Posted!

16 Jul

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019 ~ Doors 2:30 PM, Live Music 3 PM – Midnight

Where: Terminal West at King Plow Art Center, 885 W Marietta St, Atlanta, GA 30318

Admission: $30 ADV / $40 Door ~ CLICK HERE for online purchase!

Lineup: Featuring Papa Mali (Bill Kreutzmann’s 7 Walkers, Killer Bees) along with some of Georgia’s finest bands and musicians including: String ’n Bones (performing American Beauty in its entirety) • Frankly Scarlet (formerly Dead Affect) gr8FLdüde & frenzHoneywoodCaptain Trips & The Sunstroke Serenaders • The Warlocks • Ray’s The DeadCardboard Willie

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Here is the band schedule for 12th annual Jerry Day ATL:

3:00 PM String ‘n Bones (performing American Beauty)
4:00 PM The Warlocks: A Tribute To The Grateful Dead
5:00 PM gr8FLdüde & frenz
6:00 PM Ray’s The Dead
7:00 PM Frankly Scarlet
8:00 PM Honeywood
9:00 PM Papa Mali (with members of Frankly Scarlet)
10:00 PM Cardboard Willie
11:00 PM Captain Trips & The Sunstroke Serenaders

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Enjoy this fine clip of Frankly Scarlet performing the classic Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain just a few months back at Aisle 5 in Little Five Points!

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On the Holiday Hootenanny front, we have an exciting announcement regarding the silent auction that we do each year for Atlanta Habitat. For the first time, and from this time forward, the silent auction will be ONLINE beginning one week before the event starts. Going digital will allow for more people to participate regardless of whether or not they’re at the show.

Stay tuned for more announcements beginning in mid-late August regarding lineup, tickets on-sale date, and more!

Papa Mali Leading the Way at 12th Annual Jerry Day ATL 8/4!

25 Jun

When: Sunday, August 4, 2019 ~ Doors 2:30 PM, Live Music 3 PM – Midnight

Where: Terminal West at King Plow Art Center, 885 W Marietta St, Atlanta, GA 30318

Admission: $30 ADV / $40 Door ~ CLICK HERE for online purchase!

Lineup: Featuring Papa Mali (Bill Kreutzmann’s 7 Walkers, Killer Bees) along with some of Georgia’s finest bands and musicians including: String ’n Bones (performing American Beauty in its entirety) • Frankly Scarlet (formerly Dead Affect) gr8FLdüde & frenzHoneywoodCaptain Trips & The Sunstroke Serenaders • The Warlocks • Ray’s The DeadCardboard Willie

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Make plans NOW to join us on Sunday, August 4, for our 12th Annual celebration of Jerry Garcia inside and out of The Grateful Dead. The Music Never Stops from 3 PM to Midnight, and no song is repeated. Gr8fldude & TDawg Presents are excited to feature the legendary Papa Mali this year, and he will be supported by Atlanta’s own Frankly Scarlet in what promises to be an incredible journey through the vast repertoire of Jerry Garcia! Below is a nice version of “Walk On Guilded Splinters” from the 4th Annual Holiday Hootenanny in 2014, also featuring Bobby Miller on mandolin, Kevin Scott on bass, Yonrico Scott & Mark Raudabaugh on drums, and Richie Jones on percussion. I believe you’ll enjoy!

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Speaking of the Holiday Hootenanny, it’s not too early to mark your calendar for Thursday, December 19, 2019, as the date for the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny at the Variety Playhouse! We’ll have exciting announcements about this year’s extravaganza at the end of August, but rest assured there are some grand plans for what has become an annual gathering of folks celebrating life, music, and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!

Grizz Fest ~ Honoring good friend Kevin Meaders on Sun 3/31/19 @ Terminal West

18 Feb
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Click Here to get your tickets now! $20 Advance / $30 @ Door

Where: Terminal West, 887 W Marietta St, Atlanta, GA 30318

The 1st annual Grizz Fest is the brainchild of Grapevine Talent (Fortin, Davidson & Hurley) and talented musicians from all over the country who have been positively impacted by Robert Kevin Meaders (1961-2019), aka The Grizz.

Kevin was a key player in the L5P underground music scene in the ‘80s & ‘90’s, while playing in bands such as The KIND and YUR. He also was manager/sound man for The Grapes, and formed Odom/Meaders Music Business Management Company with Bunky Odom (The Allman Brothers Band). The roster included Derek Trucks, Col. Bruce Hampton, The Grapes, Dr. Dan, The Urban Shake Dancers, and many more. Grizz touched a whole new generation of Atlanta musicians by doing what he loved most – sound engineering, guiding careers & making tons of friends along the way.

Grizz Fest is a celebration of Kevin’s life, music, and friendships. Please come and help us celebrate the legendary life of Robert Kevin Meaders, aka Grizz.

This will be a very special concert for Grizz, and I want to send a heartfelt thanks to Terminal West for providing us a venue worthy of this jam! Enjoy the video featuring The Grapes from January 2014 at the Variety Playhouse. We’ll be feeling that wonderful healing energy in just about six weeks y’all!

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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Vassar Clements Tribute to kick off Holiday Hoot (Dec 20!)

14 Dec

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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Vassar Clements was a dear friend to many, and I know I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him professionally and developed a close personal friendship with the man in the final chapter of his amazing life. Vassar first performed with Col. Bruce Hampton at HarvestFest in 1999, with Col. Bruce introducing him to the stage as the King of Kings. What a fitting title. 

Vassar & TDawg 2002

On December 20, the 8th Annual Holiday Hootenanny will pay tribute to this amazing American music legend who transcended genres and generations to create a mystique all his own, performing with everyone from Bill Monroe to Jerry Garcia to Stephan Grapelli and all points in between. We will be kicking off the show with a short set of fiddle jams by one of the finer trifecta of players – Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band), Lyndsay Pruett (John Stickley Trio), John Mailander (Bruce Hornsby) – and joined by Jeff Mosier on banjo, Mark Henry on the upright bass, Matthew Williams on guitar, and Nick DiSebastian on mandolin. What a great start to the evening! The adjusted schedule is below:

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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Here’s Vassar performing Orange Blossom Special with an all-star cast, including Jason Carter!

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