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Jeff Sipe, Horn Section added to Holiday Hootenanny Lineup!

5 Oct

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS: General Admission $35 Adv/$45 Day of Show, Reserved $45 Adv/$55 Day of Show

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018 

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

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Jeff Sipe at 2nd Annual Holiday Hoot

Folks, the lineup is now complete for the 8th Annual Holiday Hootenanny, benefitting Atlanta Habitat for the sixth consecutive year! TDawg Presents is thrilled to bring the one and only Jeff Sipe (Apt. Q258) back into the Holiday Hootenanny mix! His many accolades include being a founding member of Col. Bruce Hampton’s legendary band the Aquarium Rescue Unit that also featured Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, Jeff Mosier, Count M’Butu, and Matt Mundy. He spent three years on the road with another one of my favorite bands, Leftover Salmon, and he was also a co-creator (along with the late great Ricky Keller) of the Zambiland Orchestra, a holiday extravaganza from which the Holiday Hootenanny is heavily influenced. This is Sipe’s fourth appearance in the Holiday Hootenanny and his first since 2013. I have to say that the rhythm section featuring Jeff Sipe & Richie Jones on drums/percussion and Kevin Scott & Evan Sarver on bass is as strong as it gets!

TDawg Presents is honored to bring back intact the horn section from last year’s show horns_holiday hootthat includes Joey “Papa J” Sommerville on trumpet, Bryan Lopes on saxophone, and Daniel Wytanis on trombone. A common link among these three incredible horn players is their love for and friendship with Col. Bruce, as all three participated in the Hampton 70 concert in May of 2017. I remember fondly in the mid-90’s heading to Smith’s Olde Bar on rainy & cold weeknights to see The Apartment Project perform. Lineup included Jeff Sipe, Bryan Lopes, Ricky Keller, Count M’Butu, and an amazing assortment of musicians.

Folks, we are going to have an incredible time on December 20 at the Variety Playhouse! If you know you are going, then go ahead and purchase your tickets! Remember, no service fee applied if you pop by the Variety Playhouse box office during normal business hours or on a show night. This one’s gonna blow the roof off the place!

If you’ve not seen Heather Gillis before, you are in for a treat! Check this video out from Pisgah Brewing in NC from September of 2017. Enjoy!

Final Lineup: Peter Rowan, Grammy-winner Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel, Jeff Mosier, Heather Gillis, Jeff Sipe, Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band), Joey “Papa J” Sommerville, Bryan Lopes, Lyndsay Pruett (John Stickley Trio)Jared Womack (Grass is Dead), Kevin Scott, Evan Sarver, Richie Jones, Bobby Miller, Nick DiSebastian, Daniel Wytanis. Bill Fleming, Matt Williams, Kevin Thomas, Emcee Wildman Steve

A FUN-raiser for Olivia: One Tough Cookie, Sunday 9/30

27 Sep

OliviaWhen: Sunday, September 30, 1-6 PM

Where: 466 Ridgecrest Dr., Atlanta, GA 30307

Admission: Suggested $25 donation, includes a One Tough Cookie TShirt. Cash or credit card accepted

Live Music Schedule

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM >>> Mikhail Peterson & Friends
2:45 PM – 4 PM >>> Ralph Roddenbery
4:30 PM – 6 PM >>> Diggity

Sound provided by Grace Note Foundation, the non-profit wing of Music on Main Street

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*If you are unable to attend and would like to still make a donation to One Tough Cookie, please CLICK HERE!

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TDawg Presents is proud to be a part of a great community effort to produce a benefit on Sunday, September 30 for Olivia, daughter of dear friends David Broyles & Yvonne McVann. In March of 2017, Olivia was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Juvenile Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD). There is no cure but she did receive a bone marrow transplant last June which has improved the disease’s trajectory. The long-term prognosis is for continued loss of gross motor function. Learn more about MLD: http://www.mldfoundation.org/index.php

This Family-Friendly FUN-raiser is a gathering of friends, love and hope. Money raised will cover some of the costs to make Olivia’s home more accessible (specifically a bathroom that will accommodate her increasing mobility issues). Local restaurants Fox Bros. BBQ, Raging Burrito, and Bhjojanic have stepped up for generous food donations, and Sweetwater Brewing Company has been kind enough to donate adult beverages, and there will be an abundance of non-alcoholic beverages for everyone.

We hope you can make it to this extremely enjoyable afternoon of music, friendship, love, and some delicious bites.

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*If you are unable to attend and would like to still make a donation to One Tough Cookie, please CLICK HERE! 

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Tickets on sale TODAY 9/5 for 8th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny feat. Peter Rowan!

5 Sep

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS: General Admission $35 Adv/$45 Day of Show, Reserved $45 Adv/$55 Day of Show

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018 

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

Vassar & TDawgThe 8th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny is dedicated to the memory of the late great fiddler Vassar Clements, whose career spanned seven decades. Vassar performed alongside many musical luminaries, including Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Linda Ronstadt, Jerry Garcia, Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Stephane Grappelli, Dicky Betts, John Hartford, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Col. Bruce Hampton and so many more. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him and get to know him on a personal level. On a side note, Vassar first performed with Col. Bruce at HarvestFest in 1999. The WOW factor was in full effect needless to say as Vassar simply tore it up on “Time is Free” that also featured Barry Richman on guitar.

Please plan to join us on Thursday, December 20 for our “annual holiday party” that never fails to provide a WOW factor by the end, and rest assured this one will be no different!

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Enjoy this video from the 2nd Annual Holiday Hootenanny on 12/16/12 at the Variety Playhouse led by Grant Green Jr and featuring Jimmy Hall, Ike Stubblefield, Jeff Sipe, Oteil Burbridge, Count M’Butu, Yonrico Scott & Gaurav Malhotra.

 

 

 

 

8th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny Lineup Announced!

30 Aug

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When: Thursday, December 20

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

Tickets: On Sale Wednesday, September 5 at 10 AM EDT! General Admission $35 Adv/$45 Day of Show, Reserved $45 Adv/$55 Day of Show

Lineup: Peter Rowan, Grammy-winner Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel, Jeff Mosier, Heather Gillis, Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band), Lyndsay Pruett (John Stickley Trio)Jared Womack (Grass is Dead), Kevin Scott, Evan Sarver, Richie Jones, Bobby Miller, Nick DiSebastian, Bill Fleming, Matt Williams, Gaurav Malhotra, Kevin Thomas, more tba!!!

TDawg Presents is excited to bring you the 8th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny back home at the Variety Playhouse on Thursday, December 20! If you’ve not been to the Variety Playhouse since it’s major makeover, it is truly a shining gem of a venue not only for Atlanta and region but nationally, too. This year’s edition is paying tribute to old friend, the late great Vassar Clements, who passed in 2005 but whose musical prowess lives on forever. There’s still a couple of more pieces to the puzzle that is the Holiday Hoot lineup and the ensuing four sets of music. Proceeds from the event and silent auction will benefit Atlanta Habitat – let’s make a difference!

Stay tuned for more information on the event, and please share, spread the word!

 

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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 – 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!

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