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Learn More About Frank Hamilton School and the Living Music Icon!

16 Feb

 

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Frank Hamilton is living music history – he is an educator, musician, leader & visionary all wrapped into one.  I am fortunate to be involved in continuing his vision in the new millennium.  While the world is a much different place than it was in 1957, one particular constant that remains is the importance of music and the arts in the community.  That is the ultimate goal of the Frank Hamilton School, bringing together community through love of music.  The classes are group sessions that finish up with a jam led by Frank and involving all instruments.

There have been a some wonderful interviews with Frank Hamilton since September, where he talks about his history, the Old Town School in Chicago, and bringing the OTS model to the Atlanta area.  When you have a moment, I highly recommend you listen to them.  None of them are more than 15 minutes long and are incredibly informative.

~ City Lights on WABE 90.1 FM, 9/10/15

~ On Second Thought, GPB 88.5, 10/22/15

~ Interview by Noel Morris, 9/14/15

I hope y’all can make it out to celebrate the start to the Frank Hamilton Concert Series on Thursday evening at the Red Light Cafe!  Music will begin at 8pm, so it will be an early night!  Rev. Jeff Mosier kicks it off to be followed by The Georgia Crackers!  Click Here for advance tickets.

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Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series Schedule!

2 Feb

frank-hamilton-folk-school-concert-series-kick-off-party-the-georgia-crackers-rev-jeff-mosier-at-red-light-cafe-atlanta-ga-feb-18-2016-squareThe schedule is now complete for the inaugural Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series, held at the Red Light Cafe through the end of the year one Thursday each month!  Stay tuned for a few more concerts and workshops TBA.  Please read below for the complete schedule and spread the word!  A portion of the proceeds from each concert benefits FHFS!

 

 

Feb 18 ~ Kick-off Party feat. The Georgia Crackers w/ special guest Rev. Jeff MosierShowtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $12/$15 Door

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March 3 ~ Hair of the Dog, Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $10/$12 Door

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April 7 ~ Dangermuffin, Showtime 10PM/Doors 9:30PM, Adv Tix $12/$15 Door

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May 12 ~ Grant Green Jr., Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $12/$15 Door

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June 16 ~ Grayson Capps w/ Corky Hughes, Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $12/$15 Door

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July 7 ~ The Josh Daniel-Mark Schimick Project, Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $10/$12 Door

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August 4 ~ Smokey’s Farmland Band, Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $10/$12 Door

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September 1 ~ Donna Hopkins & Danny Hutchens (Bloodkin) Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $10/$12 Door

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Oct 6 ~ Caroline Aiken, Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $12/$15 Door

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November 3 ~ The Pussywillows & Gibson Wilbanks Band, Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $10/$12 Door

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December 1 ~ Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband, Showtime 8PM/Doors 7PM, Adv Tix $10/$12 Door

 

 

 

Hootenanny Lineup Announcement! 4/1-2

28 Jan

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SAT ONLY – $45 Adv/$55 Gate (SAT 4/2, includes camping)

FRI-SAT ONLY – $50 Adv/$65 Gate (FRI 4/1 – SAT 4/2, includes camping)

SAT day passes can be purchased on site only, and there will be NO FRIDAY ONLY passes available.  Kids 12&under are admitted FREE.  Ages 13-16 $20 at gate.   As usual, NO DOGS ALLOWED, BYOB (& food if you’d like), and LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR!

TDawg Presents is thrilled to bring you a true family reunion for this 19th and final installment of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, April 1-2 at Cherokee Farms!  The Hoots have always been about a special relationship between musicians, patrons, and Cherokee Farms – such an idyllic setting for some incredibly intimate and phenomenal music.  You can expect some fantastic collaborations, bonfire jams, and a welcome jolt to the spring that you need!

The 2016 lineup is almost complete, but here is the list to date.  I hope to have the complete lineup within the next two weeks.

Strung Like A Horse

Caroline Aiken

Ralph Roddenbery Band

Smokey’s Farmland Band

Blackberry Possum

Donna Hopkins

Brian Ashley Jones

Bobby Miller (artist at-large)

Let’s go out in style with one, y’all.  Everyone is excited to be a part, and it promises to be a period of non-stop fun!  PLEASE spread the good word – invite your friends through FB, word-of-mouth, however you can.  HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

 

Holiday Hootenanny Silent Auction for Atlanta Habitat!

23 Dec

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We’ve got a GREAT silent auction coming your way at the 5th Annual Holiday Hootenanny!  A HUGE thanks goes out to all who have donated items for this year’s edition.

Among the items:

Warren Haynes_guitarA Warren Haynes autographed Takamine acoustic guitar, courtesy of the Big House Museum and Executive Director Rob Schneck.  Warren was thrilled to sign this guitar and added the peace sign.  I can only imagine that the lucky soul who takes this guitar home will be feeling the mojo!

floydfestBoth FloydFest 16 (July 27-31, 2016 Floyd, VA) & 20th Annual Suwannee SpringFest  (March 17-20,2016 Live Oak, FL) have donated a pair of their VIP passes for this year’s Holiday Hoot!  I have attended both many times – as both a promoter and a patron – and folks, you can’t go wrong!  Such beauty lies  in both locales, smothered in the Spanish moss off the Suwannee River in FL or glowing as a huge spark in the midst of the magnificent Blue Ridge SpringFestMountains in VA.  I cannot distinguish between the two but to tell you that each one is so incredible you never believe it can be topped.  Both festivals are so majestic and powerful – the music never stops!  That is, until the festival ends 😉  Like my Back Porch Hootenannies and HarvestFests, you take that energy with you beyond.

The FloydFest lineup features – among many others – Greg Allman, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Wood Brothers, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Keller Williams w/ More Than a Little, Larry Keel Experience, and more!  You can visit the website for complete info.

Suwannee SpringFest brings you an equally amazing lineup, featuring John Prine, The Del McCoury Band, Donna the Buffalo, Keller Williams Grateful Grass, Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel Experience, the Virginia Daredevils, and the list goes on!  Check out their website for complete information!

From photographer Ian Rawn, a close up of Mick Jagger from the Rolling Mick by IanStones appearance at Grant Field on the GT campus last summer!

Y’all we’re going to have some great items from restaurants and resorts, local artwork and jewelry, and even something hand-picked from Jim Lauderdale!

Click Here for the schedule and a link to purchase Advance Tickets – remember you get a DVD of the incredible Blueground Undergrass reunion performance from the 2014 edition of the Holiday Hootenanny!  You will receive your DVD when entering Terminal West.  Please share with your friends, co-workers, and others who need to be there!

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

 

FREE DVD Performance by Blueground Undergrass with Holiday Hoot Advance Ticket Purchase!

19 Dec

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That’s right, y’all!  Purchase ADVANCE TICKETS ($25 Adv/$35 Door) and receive a FREE DVD of the incredible reunion performance of one of the more enjoyable bands to come out of Atlanta in a long time, BLUEGROUND UNDERGRASSfrom IMG_7169last year’s 4th Annual edition!  The lineup featured members throughout their history plus a few special guests.  The energy was  fantastic.  I hope you enjoy this performance as much as I did.  To your right is the lineup from that performance.  It was wonderful to corral these friends in one place to make music one more time together, and I’m thankful we have it preserved.

Personally, I hope that you (and I mean YOU) can make it out on Sunday, December 27, to support such a great cause as Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, and witness a concert with a lineup you will not see again.   The assembled musicians represent a landscape across the greater Atlanta area with a few twists thrown in.  There are options for that night for certain, but rest assured you will see those options again, this edition of Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny you won’t.  Come on y’all!  Click Here if you FEEL THE HOOT!!
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Schedule for the 5th Annual Holiday Hootenanny!

14 Dec

Purchase your advance tickets for the upcoming Holiday Hoot!  Such a wonderful cause in Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and easily one of the finest shows all year long, a staple in the fine line of holiday season concerts.  You will be waiting anxiously for the entire 2016 calendar year for the 6th annual edition, in fact! 😉  Tickets to this concert will also make a PERFECT gift around the holiday season!

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Schedule for the 5th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny

5:30pm – Doors open, silent auction begins, Stationside Restaurant at Terminal West open.

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Ralph Roddenbery & Donna Hopkins

8:00pm – 9:00pm – Michael Tolcher

9:30pm – 10:30pm – Jim Lauderdale & Tim Carbone

11:00pm – Midnight – Johnny Knapp, Joe Gransden & Col. Bruce Hampton

As you well know, the talent surrounding these musicians is simply amazing – presenting Rev. Jeff Mosier (banjo), Mark van Allen (pedal Steel), Michael Smith (mandolin), Kevin Thomas (keyboards), and the rhythm section featuring Mark Raudabaugh (drums), Richie Jones (percussion), & Kevin Scott (bass).  This is a who’s who representation of the Atlanta music community, and I’m sure there will some surprises!

TDawg Presents ~ One Chapter Ends, Another Begins

8 Dec

T-DawgI started this musical journey in 1998 not knowing where it would lead me, if I would even last in this industry.  Col. Bruce warned me after I informed him of my intentions to start a camping festival and become an independent promoter, and I paraphrase him here, “Don’t do it.  You’re too nice a guy.  It’s a cut-throat business.”  Well, I did it, all the while remaining a nice guy about it and forging through the cut-throat b.s., of which he is correct that there is a lot of it that goes around.  Many magical and musical moments have occurred between 1998 and the present, more than I can describe now, but the list of artists that I have been able to work with and develop relationships with on both a business and a personal level is a fine one.

After seven Peter_Tony_VassarHarvestFests (the last one we canceled in 2005 due to extreme hurricanes, Katrina & Rita, in the region), 18 editions of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, two Keel Family Functions, and one Cherokee Farms FiddleFest, I will be producing my 19th and final Back Porch Hootenanny the first weekend in April at Cherokee Farms in LaFayette, GA, and it will also be my final camping event for the foreseeable and indefinite future.

I say this with extreme excitement for what is around the corner, as I begin a new path, a new chapter in my life working for the newly formed Frank Hamilton Folk School.  Bringing the spirit of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music to Atlanta, I am extremely honored to be a part of the whole, led by legendary folk musician Frank Hamilton, co-founder of the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago in 1957 and a part of the copyright for the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome”.  One of my principal duties will include producing a series of concerts in the name of the Frank Hamilton Folk School, and you will still see the accustomed quality that TDawg Presents concerts have maintained for the last 17 1/2 years, but with the purpose of supporting the non-profit FHFS.  I also plan to dive into fundraising and grant-writing for the school.

Like the Old Town School, Frank Hamilton Folk School brings a classroom technique based uponFHFS2 traditional oral and folk teaching methods: listening, watching, trial and error, and playing by ear. Where other music schools teach sight reading and performance, the Old Town School “method” of retaining its emphasis on participation and development of aural skills is tried and true, more of a communal approach to the music.  You really don’t need to know how to play an instrument in order to get going!

I’m looking forward to making a difference in our local communities, with plans to ultimately speak with public school systems, private schools, and local governments in order to bring this style of teaching and social interaction to children and adults alike.  Also expect Hootenannies to revive in a more traditional sense.  While I won’t be producing camping events, look for more opportunities in an urban setting in the future, both indoors and outdoors and most of which will impact the folk school directly and the community as a result! Stay tuned for details!  For complete information about the Frank Hamilton Folk School, please visit the website at http://frankhamiltonfolkschool.org.

I’ll end this post on this thought – Come and support the Holiday Hootenanny (which will continue!) and the final spring edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, and let’s celebrate our love of music and what lies in store for the future.  TDawg Presents isn’t over, just turning the page and starting a new chapter that will bring many more great memories and experiences!  HOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

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Holiday Hootenanny 25 Days Away!

2 Dec

Advance Tickets $25/Door $35, doors & silent auction @ 5:30pm – showtime 6:30pm at Terminal West

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Excitement is building as we get closer to showtime!  News about the sets coming soon, and you can expect some mighty fine combinations of musicians along the way and possibly some surprises, too!   The Holiday Hootenanny is going to be a show you won’t forget, I can guarantee that, so PLEASE share this post, invite your friends on the event page at Facebook if you’re so inclined, and feel free to copy the poster and send along to your co-workers, friends & family!  Get your advance tickets NOW – it truly helps the cause, which is one I along with many others believe in strongly, and that is supporting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!

Warren Haynes_guitarThe silent auction is gaining some steam as well!  A very special item we have for you to bid on this year is a Warren Haynes autographed Takamine guitar!  As you well know, Warren has been and will forever be associated with Habitat for Humanity, having produced the annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC for the Asheville chapter of Habitat for Humanity for what will be 27 years in December!  THANK YOU to both Warren and The Big House Museum Executive Director, Rob Schneck, for their efforts in securing this wonderful item for bid.

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About Jim LauderdaleJim'n'TDawg

Jim Lauderdale (pictured right with yours truly in a deep conversation) is a multiple Grammy® (2002 collaboration with Dr. Ralph Stanley and in 2007 for Bluegrass Diaries) and Americana Music Association Award-winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Americana, Bluegrass and Country music communities today.

Jim Lauderdale has always stayed true to his North Carolina roots but is influenced from the experience of his travels.  He first immersed himself in the early country music scenes of both New York City and Los Angeles before breaking through in Nashville as a songwriter.  He has helped pave the way of the current Americana movement recording records and writing songs that cross genres from country, pop, roots, rock, soul and bluegrass.

Lauderdale, a master songwriter, has had his work recorded by artists such as Patty Loveless, George Jones, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks, Blake Shelton, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, and George Strait, who has had numerous hits with Jim’s songs.  Lauderdale’s music has been featured regularly on the ABC hit show Nashville, and he appeared in the successful film Country Strong.

Jim is often called upon as a player and has toured with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent, Hot Tuna & Charlie Musselwhite and Elvis Costello. He also co-hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM with Buddy Miller called “The Buddy & Jim Show,” which NPR’s Fresh Air described as “…highly entertaining…”  Lauderdale is also the host of the popular Music City Roots each week in Nashville and Scenic City Roots monthly in Chattanooga, TN.

He has collaborated with legends like Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello and Robert Hunter and is also a critically acclaimed solo artist with dozens of studio releases, including his latest effort, and arguably his finest, I’m A Song…  

Click here to read more about Jim Lauderdale and explore his website.  You’ll be glad you did!  Such a soulful and gifted singer/songwriter!  You never know what you will get, and with the all-star group of musicians gathering for the Holiday Hootenanny, you KNOW you will get one helluva set from Jim!

 

Larry Keel Experience, Dangermuffin & Jugtime Ragband THU July 2 @ Terminal West!

24 Jun

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Doors 7:00PM, Showtime 8PM, $14 ADV Purchase NOW ($17 DOOR)!

Terminal West and TDawg Presents are excited to bring you a hot, hot show to kick off your July 4 weekend featuring The Larry Keel ExperienceDangermuffin, and The Jugtime Ragband!  THURSDAY, JULY 2 promises to be a smokin’ night of absolutely stellar acoustic music, exploratory and traditional simultaneously while taking you on a journey from 20’s ragtime jazz to progressive acoustic music that embodies elements of old-school bluegrass, new grass, and folk-rock.  Personally, I am thrilled to have long-time bluegrass buddies and shenanigan cohorts The Larry Keel Experience performing on the Terminal West stage.  This is a great room for them, and to add the skills and sounds of Dangermuffin to the night just makes this a rock solid night.  The addition of Atlanta’s own The Jugtime Ragband seals the deal for one helluva show!

Keel is regarded by many as one of the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarists performing today.  I tend to agree!  LKE was part of every HarvestFest I did and was the first non-festival venue show I ever produced.  It’s a joy and a pleasure to continue working with him, his lovely wife and extraordinary bassist Jenny, and the highly esteemed banjoist Will Lee any chance I can.  LKE has been tearing it up across the country, and Larry has had the opportunity to participate in several special lineups recently.  Rest assured you will walk away mesmerized by what transpires on the stage that night.  Below is a video of an entrire long set following Dangermuffin and shot on 2/26/15 in Asheville, NC at the Asheville Music Hall courtesy of Independent Arts & Music of Asheville.

For those of you who have not been turned on Dangermuffin yet, well, you’re in for a treat.  Their Friday night showcase performance at TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny back in April was off the charts musically, a defining two-set gem.  This incredibly dynamic trio brings out a sound that captures you in their groove almost instantly.  It will be a pleasure to witness a jam with The Larry Keel Experience, as these buddies know how to throw down when together!  Below is a video of Dangermuffin from The Pour House in Charleston that you will enjoy.

The Jugtime Ragband is homegrown out of the Atlanta music scene and one of my favorite finds of the last couple of years.  Their infectious 20’s style ragtime jazz sound with a modern twist will have you moving from the get go, and I certainly wouldn’t be surprised in the end to see them on stage in some form or fashion late in the night for a jam.

Back Porch Hootenanny & Newly Added Concerts by TDawg Presents!

30 Mar

Folks we’re LESS THAN TWO WEEKS out from the finest lil’ spring fling – better known as TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny – that you’ve been waiting for after this last little cold front.  Make your plans to join in the fun with your family, friends, and new friends you haven’t met yet!  This is a wonderfully relaxing piece of property with beautiful woods all around, providing a great environment for some R’n’R and might fine jams!  Everyone involved – performing artists, staff & volunteers – is super excited about the 18th edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny.

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FRI-SAT (April 10-11) $60ADV/$75 Gate

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SAT ONLY (April 11) $55 ADV/$65 Gate

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CONGRATULATIONS to PACKWAY HANDLE BAND as they embark on a journey this summer, performing in major venues around the country and opening for KID ROCK & FOREIGNER!  What an amazing opportunity for these hardworking musicians – be sure to catch them SAT APRIL 11 at the Hootenanny, taking the stage at 8:30PM for what promises to be one helluva rocking set and to be followed by STRUNG LIKE A HORSE!  For the rest of the SCHEDULE CLICK HERE.

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Please share this event with your friends, and let’s have ourselves one helluva Hooooooooootenanny!!!

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TDawg Presents is excited to bring you THE LARRY KEEL EXPERIENCE & DANGERMUFFIN to Terminal West on Thursday, July 2, co-producing with the kind folks at Terminal West!  Advance tickets go ($14 adv/$17 door) go on sale April 3!  We are very excited to bring this wonderful combo to you, stay tuned for more details soon!!!  Yeah u right!!!

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