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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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Frank Hamilton School Community Appearances & Concerts!

15 Feb

fhs_shelleyManaging Director Shelley Satonin-Hershkovits has published a new blog posting that places emphasis on the nurturing process of learning provided by the Frank Hamilton School – it really is a wonderful sight to behold witnessing people of varying skill levels coming together for a harmonious jam where one can just play what is natural in the moment. It is this sort of environment that can be so welcoming to an individual (take me, for instance!) who has never played before or hasn’t played in 20 years and encouraging towards continuing beyond each session and Second Half to enjoy his/her instrument(s) of choice.

Come Play With Us and see what it’s all about. You’ll be glad you did! The new term begins Tuesday, March 7 & Wednesday, March 8.

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Showtime 8:30 PM, Doors 7:30 PM / $10 ADV-$15 Door Advance Tickets Available

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TIME: Doors at 11am Music Starts at Noon-7pm PRICE: $15 in Advance & $20 Door Kids under 12 get in free. Advance Tickets Available

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Coming in April:

Sunday, April 9 ~ The International Stage at Atlanta Dogwood Festival, 11 AM, FREE

Friday, April 14 ~ FHS Presents Dusty Roads and CJ Jones & The Spirit Bones @ Red Light Café, 9 PM, $10 Adv/$12 Door. Advance Tickets Available

Ralph Roddenbery, Donna Hopkins & Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry@ Red Light Café FEB 4!

26 Jan

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$10 ADV/$15 Door ~ Advance Tickets available

9 PM Showtime/8 PM Doors

The Frank Hamilton School is thrilled to present this incredibly dynamic trio of singer/songwriters/performers and we REALLY hope you can make it on out. Each musician is unique, and they blend together for a wonderful symmetry of sounds. Ralph Roddenbery, Donna Hopkins, and Big Daddy are going to bring it, and we hope you’re there to receive it! Below is a great video of Donna Hopkins and Ralph Roddenbery at Suwannee Roots Revival at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park last fall with a full band backing them – enjoy! A special thanks goes out to Richard Baumgarten for recording this set!

The next video is Big Daddy with his absolutely amazing band Acoustic Syndicate (one of my absolute favorites!) and it’s a five video playlist. Enjoy!

Upcoming Frank Hamilton School Concerts

20 Jan

fhs_frankchompThe Frank Hamilton School is excited to bring you a stellar group of concerts that are diverse musically and equally engaging.  We are fortunate to be able to bring you such amazing regional talent representing different genres of Americana and roots music. As the year moves forward, you can expect more activity with workshops and performances at our home, Oakhurst Baptist Church, and within the community at festivals and a variety of local events. Please visit the Frank Hamilton School website for information about how you can be involved, from taking a class to volunteering to becoming a member.

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$10 Adv/$15 Door, ADVANCE TICKETS

Showtime 9 PM, Doors 8 PM

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Showtime 8:30 PM, Doors 7:30 PM

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Winter-time Upcoming Concerts for Frank Hamilton School & Other News

5 Jan

fhs_hamiltonhooplajamHappy New Year everyone! I hope that whether you endured or enjoyed the holiday season, you are happy to be in a new year, and 2017 promises to bring some goodness to our collective soul when we most need it.  THANK YOU to those of you who made it out to the inaugural Hamilton Hoopla for the Frank Hamilton School and the 6th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny for Atlanta Habitat!  So many wonderful moments scattered through both performances with lasting memories to carry you into the new year!

Sat Jan 7 ~ Frank Hamilton School Presents Dusty Roads + CJ Jones & The Spirit Bones atfhs_dusty-cj2 the Red Light Café in a very explosive start to the new year!  Bringing two different approaches to the Americana sound, this night will be sure to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside 😉 Please see below a video of Dusty Roads from a recent performance, and Advance Tickets ($10 ADV/$12 Door) are available now!  Showtime 9 PM, doors 8 PM.

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fhs_barry-kelliSat Jan 14 ~ Frank Hamilton School Presents Barry Waldrep & Kelli Johnson at the Red Light Café. Advance Tickets $15/$18 Door, Showtime 9 PM/Doors 8 PM.  Barry Waldrep is one of the finest guitarists and instrumentalists around and we are grateful to have him perform as part of the Concert Series!  Combined with Barry’s prowess as a master multi-instrumentalist is Kelli Johnson’s ability as a songwriter who commands authority in her writing. Smart and charming, she captivates her audience with raw honesty and talent. Deeply rooted in Bluegrass, Country, and Americana music, Kelli has an innate ability to produce fresh music that defies genre boundaries. Check out the beautiful music below as captured on Music City Roots in November.  Y’all this is going to be a special evening.

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Winter Term classes begin Tuesday & Wednesday, January 10-11, at Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur!  Treat yourself right and check out what is going on, as the Frank Hamilton School has added a second evening of offerings for each Wednesday evening during the term as well.  For more information click on the picture above or click here! C

COME PLAY WITH US!

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Just Announced! SAT Feb 4 ~ In-the-Round with Ralph Roddenbery, Donna Hopkins & Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry!

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$10 ADV/$15 Door, Advance Tickets Available, Showtime 9 PM/Doors 8 PM

Feeling Grateful

29 Dec

THANK YOU from the bottom of the collective heart that includes Atlanta Habitat forjim-lauderdale_papa-mali Humanity, the Frank Hamilton School, and me, for being a part of the holiday music season. Both The Hamilton Hoopla and the 6th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny were stellar events, and the musicians who gave of their time and energy for great causes really deserve a loud shout out for participating! Despite all the craziness going on in the world, I am so grateful to be a part of a whole that is so much greater than political/religious/racial beliefs & controversies and provides an outlet for everyone through music and community. Music is a unifying force for all of us. TDawg Presents will return in 2017 with Jerry Day ATL in either late July or early August, perhaps a random event thrown in there somewhere, and of course, the 7th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny next December!

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Exciting times are to come in 2017 for The Frank Hamilton School, as we add additional days for classes, more workshops, and of course more shows as part of the ongoing Frank Hamilton School Concert Series. We will be expanding our reach to venues around the greater Atlanta area, and look for us to be involved again in community events! We are already on board for the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in April and look forward to returning to other festivals while creating some new paths as well.

 

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Upcoming concerts in January! The Frank Hamilton School presents two distinctly different shows in the month of January to get you started in the new year, SAT January 7 and SAT January 14.

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$10 ADV/$12 Door

Saturday, January 7 ~ Frank Hamilton School Presents Dusty Roads and CJ Jones & The Spirit Bones, 9 PM Showtime, Advance Tickets $10

Dusty Roads is a high-energy Georgia-grown Americana band with influences spanning the legends of country and bluegrass music, such as Merle Haggard, Flatt & Scruggs, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, and Bill Monroe. You can also expect sprinklings of songs and sounds of the great writers and musicians from across the globe and halls of time, like Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, and Irving Berlin. “Come take a trip, down that long, dusty road!”

CJ Jones & The Spirit Bones is an eclectic outfit out of the Commander Cody textbook of music. You’ll be rockin’ and hoppin’ to their infectious Americana sound that tells the story of the Odyssey of Cledus Jeremiah Jones!
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Saturday, January 14 ~ Frank Hamilton School Presents Barry Waldrep  & Kelli Johnson

Barry Waldrep is a Georgia based Bluegrass, Jam Band, Americana instrumentalist, songwriter and composer extraordinaire. Waldrep and another music partner formed the very successful bluegrass/jam band Rollin’ in the Hay in July 1993, touring the Jam Band circuit of festivals and college campuses across the country until May 2009. Rollin’ in the Hay produced 7 CDs and performed over 300 dates per year for 16 years.

His partner, Kelli Johnson, leans on musical influences such as Allison Krauss, Dolly Parton and Rhonda Vincent and has always been inspired by the pure melodies and lyrics found in classic artistry. There’s no question that Kelli commands authority in her writing. Smart and charming, she captivates her audience with raw honesty and talent. Deeply rooted in Bluegrass, Country, and Americana music, Kelli has an innate ability to produce fresh music that defies genre boundaries.

 

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