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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!

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Houston…

17 May

Col. Bruce Hampton was one of those rare individuals who could touch you cross-country in ways unbeknownst to you, especially if you interacted with him on a regular basis via any form of communication. There really was something freakishly amazing about the man and his crazy beyond-this-world energy that could be hard to comprehend if you didn’t know him or see him perform. I was blessed by his presence from college days in the late 80s and early 90s all the way until he left us on this physical plane just over two years ago at his own birthday party. Since his passing, I have very much felt his presence in a number of circumstances, in particular with my relationships and journey in life and all connected in a musical way.

On May 10, From the Earth Brewing Co. hosted a Celebration of Life honoring Col. Bruce with a large number of musicians participating and a big crowd gathered. We would have been there if not for traveling to Houston, which is where this tale begins.

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Last Friday, Stephanie and I were late leaving the house to head to the airport for a 1:50 PM flight to Houston after a rather hectic morning on the work front for both of us. We didn’t depart from the homestead until about 12:15 PM, and on a Friday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (the busiest airport worldwide) that falls on Mother’s Day weekend and college graduation weekend for many we really didn’ t know what to expect. I pulled out of the driveway with a set by Col. Bruce in the CD player that dated back to the 2011 Wheelbarrow Festival in Reynoldstown (thanks to Ira Gross for the recording!) that also featured current Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks, Kevin Scott on bass, Nick Johnson on guitar, and the incomparable Grant Green on guitar. Quite a rockin’ set with a stellar lineup that I recall quite fondly.

We made our way through Decatur and intown Atlanta to I-20 West, Bruce and Co. leading the way for us with that Zambi energy that is infinitely impossible to describe – if you’re lucky enough you’ll feel it one way or another on a fairly regular basis in the way your world and surroundings react towards your reacting to your world and surroundings. We’re getting close to the airport exit on I-85 South and decide to forego our reservation at the Parking Spot since our minutes to making the flight are diminishing rapidly. I pull into the daily parking deck that is closest to the South Terminal just as the Colonel kicks into of my favorite songs “I’m So Glad”. I heard him perform this one so many times over the years, and each time I got the goose bumps. Driving around with no luck finding a parking space, I pull on the first row and lo & behold there’s a spot on the end. The last line Bruce belts out as I’m turning off the engine is “I wanna be with you”, and we get a kick out of that, feeling like the Colonel is gonna help us navigate the airport (or not!) 😉

We grab our luggage from the trunk, and it’s 12:55 PM when we arrive inside the terminal. The check-in lines are so long that we would have missed our flight without trying too hard and instead walk outside to the curbside check-in. The six lines were each at least 10 deep – we checked our luggage in 15 minutes and rush back inside to hop into the TSA Pre-Check line with 45 minutes until departure. Unfortunately that line is the longest either one of us had ever seen, and we’re still a bit stressed about the strong possibility of missing our flight. When we finally get inside the security area, TSA decides to open some more lanes to go through, and we managed to be the first ones through there. “I wanna be with you” That sudden shift probably shaved off a good 10 minutes, and we found ourselves heading to the train that would take us to (thankfully) Concourse B. Wouldn’t you know it but just as we stepped off the escalator a train pulls up and the doors open, and we’re off. We can feel the Zambi energy flowing through our veins. “I wanna be with you” We arrive at our gate as boarding is starting, and we have just enough time to purchase sandwiches from the Boars Head kiosk across from the gate. The flight left on time and was wonderfully uneventful. The flight attendant even comped us two Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ales. Zambi!

On Saturday, we make spontaneous plans to go see The Allman Betts Band, which features Devon Allman (son of Gregg Allman), Duane Betts (son of Dickey Betts), and Berry Oakley Jr. (son of Berry Oakley) fronting the band. They were performing at a very cool old restored movie theater call The Heights Theater. Unbeknownst to us, the show was sold-out, and we started to make other plans. “I wanna be with you” The owner/manager ends up letting us in for free after I told him we were from Atlanta and visiting my Mom. Zambi! The show was absolutely fantastic – if you have a chance to catch The Allman Betts Band, by all means do so! They learned well from their legendary fathers, to say the least.

It’s safe to say that one of the finer things in life according to Colonel Bruce is the game of baseball. So many times he called me on a whim with baseball trivia or testing my knowledge of the history of the game.

“I wanna be with you” On Mother’s Day, we took my Mom to the Sunday afternoon sold-out game that pitted the Astros vs Rangers at Minute Maid Park. Bruce always had nice things to say about my Mom and Stephanie 😉 The place was rockin’! I figured if Bruce was still on the journey with us, the ‘Stros would win the game, and they did so soundly, 15-5. Zambi!

So, the lesson learned in all of this is follow your inner Zambi. There is an energy out there that has nothing to do with religion but everything to do with how you embrace journey of life.

Grizz Fest (3/31) Schedule Released

19 Mar

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

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

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Schedule for Grizz Fest Performances

3 PM: Donna Hopkins Band
4 PM: Dotline Projekt
5 PM: Copious Jones
6 PM: Ain’t Sisters
7 PM: Deep Blue Sun with members of Apple Peru
8 PM: The Grapes
9:30 PM: Cleburne Jam. with Surprise Guests

Proceeds from Grizz Fest will directly benefit two music-based non-profits: 1) Gracenote Foundation, which is associated with Music on Main Street in Lilburn, GA and whose mission is to promote the role of music in child development, throughout adult life, and within communities. 2) Taproot Music Camp, continuing what Pepperland Music Camp started – a two-week overnight camp that provides instruction from professional musicians as well as traditional summer camp activities such arts & crafts with local artisans and of course swimming! No musical experience is necessary to participate.

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Deep Blue Sun @ 4th Annual Holiday Hootenanny 12/21/2014

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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Holiday Hootenanny 2 Days Out!

18 Dec
6th Annual Holiday Hoot 2016, at Terminal West

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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Folks, yet again, we have a wonderful variety of music centric items on the silent auction block! Here is a list of some of the items that will be present: Lock’n Festival: 1 Pair of General Admission passes w/ camping ~ Suwannee Spring Reunion: 1 Pair All-Access passes w/ camping ~ Widespread Panic New Year’s Eve at the Fabulous Fox Theatre: 1 Pair tickets ~ A signed-by-everyone guitar ~ Custom-framed concert photographs ~ Restaurant Gift Certificates ~ Jewelry, and more!

Y’all come ready to do some bidding, with proceeds benefitting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!   

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Schedule:

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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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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