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Harvest Family Hoot – An Unforgettable Time Had By All

11 Apr

bonfire2It was beyond cold with the strong wind blowing Saturday. Heavy rain Friday. Some sleet on Saturday mixed with sunshine. Finally clearing by Saturday evening. Wow! And through it all, the show went on! The musicians played their hearts out, the crowd, around 400 total, was dialed in and having a blast, plenty of kids running around with their faces painted, and the music stayed on schedule! All this despite some crazy weather conditions. THANK YOU to the staff and sound crews from Tree Sound Studios and Music On Main Street for their incredible ability to produce top quality sound for us under less than ideal circumstances, and THANK YOU to the Harvest Family Hoot staff and volunteers for helping make the Harvest Family Hoot a success. The bonfire, at the start 7 ft in height and about 10 ft in diameter, was lit mid afternoon and fire barrels were scattered around with plenty of wood to go around, so one was never too far from warmth. THANK YOU to Smokey and his crew for maintaining the fires and having the farm ready for us!

blackberry possumBlackberry Possum got the ball rolling Friday night with some fantastic energy that had everyone moving and shaking under the extended cover in front of the stage. If you have a chance to catch them, don’t miss that opportunity. Saturday morning was when the high for the day occurred, and the temperature dropped from then on. That didn’t stop the music from keeping everyone warm and fuzzy inside on both stages all day and into the late night.  Pickled Holler, featuring former members of Blueground Undergrass – Rev. Jeff Mosier, Matthew Williams & Edward Hunter – and beautiful vocals and bass playing of Jessica Williams, was the ideal way to ease into the day. How lucky are we to have such caliber of talent to start the day?! Our friends in Spackle provided a nice rock Pickled Holleredge. Dead Affect provided just the right set of Grateful Dead music to boogie through the afternoon. Honeywood continued that boogie with some high energy jamgrass. Rev. Jeff Mosier & Biscuit Tragedy laid down an absolutely beautiful set that really left me missing my good friend Col. Bruce, who would have certainly been performing at this one. The GMOs provided us with one of the best sets of the day; if you have an opportunity to catch this fresh outfit, don’t miss out! The return of Snake Oil Medicine Show to the stage was extremely special, and they laid out some incredible gypsy and reggae rhythms mixed in with their signature hypnotic sound. One can never underestimate a set when it’s led by the amazing singer/songwriter Ralph Roddenbery, and the wow factor was in full effect after his memorable set. Deep Blue Sun followed that with 90 minutes of purely hypnotic jams that was easy listening from the bonfire, and Strung Like A Horse made sure everyone was strung by the end of the night. There were sit-ins abound all day and night Saturday and for the Friday night set, which made for a ultra-special experience. Enjoy the snippet from Friday night below featuring Bobby Miller sitting in with Blackberry Possum for some fine bluegrass jams!

This particular Hootenanny left me with the hope that another might happen. The Hoot family is such an incredible gathering of folks that are friends, musicians, kids, Smokey & Debbie, and Cherokee Farms. I’m excited about what the future might bring, so stay tuned in and support live music!

Harvest Family Hoot (April 6-7) Less Than 3 Weeks Away!

19 Mar

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When: FRI-SAT  April 6-7, 2018

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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We’re getting oh so close to a form of musical nirvana that will leave you blissed out for the foreseeable future I hope! I’m very excited to be bring you the masterful musical minds (and beyond!) of Asheville’s own Snake Oil Medicine Show after quite a few years’ absence. Yes, the band even performed at mine & Stephanie’s wedding! 😉 Expect quite a few sit-ins throughout their set, which will begin at 7:30 PM on Saturday, April 7 on the Tree Sound Shed Stage. Please enjoy the most recent video footage of SOMS performing at Pisgah Brewing Co. in Black Mountain, NC, celebrating the beginning of the Chinese New Year. We’re in for a treat before, during, and after their set I can tell you right now! Snake Oil Medicine Show will be performing at 7:30 PM on Saturday, April 7.

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mikhail.petersonI am also quite excited to be featuring the skills of songwriter extraordinaire Mikhail Peterson, former front man for Copious Jones, with his new band called The GMOS. Featuring the fiddling wizardry of Fiddlin’ Faye, this band is poised to go places. They will be fresh off the release of their first full-length recording. Please visit their website to hear their first track from the album. They are performing on the MOMS Grateful Fred Stage at 6:30 PM, Saturday April 7.

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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

Harvest Family Hoot 4/6-7 ~ Early Bird price ends Jan 31st!

24 Jan

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When: April 6-7, 2018

Where: Cherokee Farms, 2035 Old Mineral Springs Rd, Lafayette, GA 30030

~ EARLY-BIRD FRI-SAT TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW at ridiculously low price of $45 + service fee (goes up to $55 on Feb 1) / FREE ADMISSION FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER / AGES 13-16 ONLY $30 @ GATE / FRI-SAT $70 @ GATE, SAT ONLY $45 ADV (begins 2/1) – $55 @ GATE / SAT DAY (No camping) $40 @ Gate

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

Lineup: SNAKE OIL MEDICINE SHOW / DEEP BLUE SUN / REV. JEFF MOSIER & BISCUIT TRAGEDY / STRUNG LIKE A HORSE / DEAD AFFECT / RALPH RODDENBERY / HONEYWOOD / THE GMOS / PICKLED HOLLER / BLACKBERRY POSSUM / SPACKLE

Artists-at-Large: Bill Fleming / Richie Jones / Donna Hopkins / Bobby Miller

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Schedule (subject to change):

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
SLAH 11:30PM 1:00AM

Final Additions to Holiday Hootenanny!

13 Nov

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$25 ADV/$35 DOS, Showtime 7PM – Doors 6 PM, Silent Auction begins at 6 PM

Advance Tickets (No service fee if purchased at Terminal West box office)

TDawg Presents is excited to announce the final pieces to the puzzle that is the official bigdaddylineup for this year’s extravaganza. Please welcome back to the mix our favorite troubadour and multi-Grammy winning songwriter Jim Lauderdale, Col. Bruce protégé Evan Sarver (bass), Donna Hopkins, and long-time friend and first-time Holiday Hoot participant Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry from Acoustic Syndicate! Y’all this show will expound the vast reach of Col. Bruce, from his amazing ability to select the young masters to bringing together an array of musicians conforming to one cohesive unit that blows your mind. This attitude and energy transcended not only the jamband scene but also the progressive/new grass genre, and you will witness the wheels in motion.

TDawg Presents is also excited to begin a partnership on the Holiday Hootenanny with the inside-out-logofast rising and critically acclaimed podcast duo of Inside Out w/ Turner & Seth (WTNS). Rob Turner and Seth Weiner have been around the music industry for about as long (if not longer!) than I have, and their perspective combines the fan with a industry insider for the perfect concoction. They will be interviewing some of the Holiday Hootenanny artists for future release. The current podcast features Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman. Please visit their website for a complete list of their podcasts.

We’re going to have an incredible time this year, the energy coming from the confines of Terminal West is liable to blow the roof off the place! What we’ll need from YOU is to come to the show! There will be some great auction items, too, with proceeds to benefit Atlanta Habitat for Humanity! PLEASE SHARE with you friends.

Meanwhile, enjoy this gem from last year’s Holiday Hoot featuring Papa Mali with Col. Bruce singing “Turn On Your Lovelight” – Zambi! #holidayhootenanny

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!

Spring! A Time for Change & New Opportunity

7 Apr

tdawg_function.jpgAs many folks reminded me prior to last weekend, March 31-April 1 marked what would have been the 20th edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny had I decided to continue producing the Hoots. I could not have asked for a better way to complete that chapter of my life than last year’s finale that featured some of my closest friends of the last 19 years who have been involved in concerts and festivals in Atlanta and around the Southeast with me.

Instead of a Hootenanny, I flew to Houston for the week to attend my 30th high school reunion and to help tend to my father, who broke his hip and had surgery to repair. Complicated by Alzheimer’s, recovery is no small feat, but after a week in the hospital Dad is recovering nicely and steadily in a physical rehab facility. He’s a strong man with a happy perspective on life. It’s tough to see your parents go through anything like this, and I’m certainly glad I can be there for him in much the same way he has always been there for me over the years. I look forward to returning much sooner than later! As for the reunion, social network has softened the surprise effect of a reunion these days, although still to physically see some of my classmates for the first time since we graduated in May of 1987 was something else. It’s good to know we’re still kicking it hard! It was great to catch up with old friends, meet their spouses, and gain a nice introspective into oneself, too.

A major point that last week reemphasized for me was that I really am in a state of transition professionally. A mid-life crisis? No. A time for change? Yes. Over the last 24 years, I have gained some great experiences that both came my way and were created by me. I worked on the Super Bowl XXVIII Halftime Show, World Cup’94 (European Broadcast Union), the Atlanta Olympics (Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting), Aids Walk Atlanta, and many free lance production jobs from 1993-2004. I created HarvestFest and the TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny series, Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny, and several smaller festivals. I have also been actively involved in some wonderful non-profits as a volunteer, including Atlanta Dogwood Festival and the Frank Hamilton School. These experiences have emboldened me to take on just about anything that is thrown my way, to have the confidence to step into the fire if necessary. I am looking for any opportunities that can utilize my vast skill set as a special event manager or coordinator and can utilize my knowledge and network of contacts in the event industry, catering industry, and production. For the right non-profit, event management company or for-profit corporation, I know that I can be an asset immediately. I am putting this energy out to the universe now in hopes that I can stir the pot a bit.

I have been actively looking since the beginning the of the year as I continue as a board member for the Frank Hamilton School and act as Director of Concerts & Community Outreach. FHS is a passion for me, and I believe now more than ever that we need non-profit institutions like Frank Hamilton School in our communities to teach music, community, and the arts to our children and adults alike. As we transition to fully utilizing Oakhurst Baptist Church as our school and a music venue, the ongoing Frank Hamilton School Concert Series will slow down to accommodate the opportunities we create at the church, as the sanctuary has proven to be an excellent music venue, too. I also plan to continue producing my annual Holiday Hootenanny for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity as well as the annual JerryDay ATL event at Terminal West, and you might see an occasional TDawg Presents concert pop up on the radar. Pay attention when that happens 😉

If you have read this far, thank you. I’m grateful to continue bringing live music performances and music educational opportunities into the greater Atlanta community – I KNOW it makes a difference. I realize that the same passion I have for producing these events will be a great resource for the right organization. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas 😉

Peace, love & cheers,

TDawg

 

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