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7th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny Initial Lineup!

22 Sep
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Jeff Mosier

Today is the last full day of summer, a beautiful fall season lies ahead, and that means the the creation of yet another unforgettable Holiday Hootenanny experience begins! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 20, 2017 for the 7th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny at Terminal West! The night is dedicated to the memory of good friend Col. Bruce Hampton, and we will pay tribute to the legacy and impact of Greg Allman and Butch Trucks, too. I still find it remarkable that we lost these three musical giants in the span of just a few months. Also, for the fifth consecutive year, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity will receive proceeds from the concert and associated silent auction. I am grateful for that continued relationship, and it’s such an essential part of our community.

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Larry Keel

The initial lineup for this year’s edition of the Holiday Hoot has us on the right footing for what promises to be a special occasion. There will be more TBA within the next six weeks or so.

The lineup so far is as follows: Larry Keel, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Count M’Butu, Ralph Roddenbery, Kevin Scott (bass), Matthew WilliamsNick DiSebastian, Bill Fleming (pedal steel), Kevin Thomas (keyboards), Richie Jones (drums & percussion), Bobby Miller (mandolin), and Rockygrass dobro competition winner Jared Womack kick off the announcement. Each set of music will be unique to that night only, so plan on being there for every note! The silent auction will feature many wonderful items up for bid from festival experiences to dining opportunities to incredible framed photography, artwork, jewelry, crafts, and sports memorabilia.

Stay tuned for more announcements including lineup additions and ticket information. Needless to say, this year’s edition will be an extra special one as we feel Bruce’s incredible energy permeate the venue from stage to audience and all points in between while also paying homage to Southern music legends Greg Allman & Butch Trucks.

Can’t wait to see ya there, if not sooner! Please share and spread the word!

 

 

Summer Concerts Presented by Frank Hamilton School!

28 Jun

July and August bring some great shows your way courtesy of the Frank Hamilton School!  Please plan on coming out for FHS_JulyRegisany or all of these shows, as you really can’t go wrong.  Please remember that a portion of the proceeds from each of these concerts go towards the continuing development of FHS.  We continue moving forward as we settle into the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur, and Frank Hamilton & Friends will be out performing at a few public engagements beginning in August and continuing into the fall.  Stay tuned for those details as they become confirmed.

Also, online registration is open for the next term of classes that begins Tuesday, July 26!  Please visit the website for complete information and sign up for guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, ukulele and vocals!

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 Thursday, July 7 ~ $10 Adv/$13 Door ~ Advance Tickets

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Formed in early 2014, The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project is a fiery string band blending bluegrass, soul, reggae and rock n’ roll into a style uniquely their own. Respecting their Appalachian roots, these passionate multi-instrumentalists have a way of blending their harmonies and intricate string work in to something that appeals to a wide variety of listeners.   “A little of everything finds its way into their sound.” – Jim Lauderdale

In February, the band was asked to celebrate the grand opening of The Earl Scruggs Museum in Shelby, NC, playing alongside Sam Bush and The Steep Canyon Rangers. By Spring, the band had made even more notable appearances, invited to the stage by Al Schnier of moe. to play a few songs as well as a surprise appearance at Merlefest where they brought the crowd to their feet with a tribute to Doc Watson.  

We are thrilled to have the mastery of Atlanta’s own Jeff Mosier opening the evening for what promises to be a night full of fireworks on stage!  Click Here to watch videos by both acts performing.  If you’re a fan of progressive acoustic music and bluegrass of the Sam Bush vein, you’ll love this show!

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Wednesday, July 13 ~ $12 Adv/$16 Door ~ Advance Tickets

~ Featuring Casey Cook, Michael Smith & Keith Morris from The Dappled Grays and two-time Georgia State Champion Fiddler Andy Carlson.

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The Frank Hamilton School is excited to present an amazing lineup of musicians paying tribute to one of the most influential musicians of the last several generations and the creator of his own style called Dawg Music, David Grisman. For nearly half a century, mandolinist/composer/producer Grisman has been at the forefront of the always evolving world of acoustic music, weaving in and out of many genres, tradition and styles. He is a true pioneer and living legend who has paved the way for countless numbers of musicians who have become musical pioneers in their own right, including Tony Rice, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger and Joe Craven.

Bluegrass, Jazz & Latin are just a few of the styles that will be represented throughout this performance, so sit back, relax, and take in the musical notes of Grisman as seen through this A-list of musicians who will be bringing you the music this evening.

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Thursday, August 4 ~ $10 Adv/$13 Door ~ Advance Tickets

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Smokey’s Farmland Band blends musical influences ranging from bluegrass to gypsy jazz to Cajun, creating a progressive sound they like to call “Goodtime Eclectic Bluegrass”. While they enjoy venturing outside the realm of the traditional, they still respect the roots of bluegrass, and retain the energy and twang of mountain music. A typical set features original tunes, good ol’ pickin numbers, and some unexpected covers too. It all comes together in an exciting genre-bending style that keeps listeners on their toes, and on the dance floor!

Among many accomplishments, SFB has opened for Willie Nelson at a sold out House Of Blues New Orleans, Sam Bush at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, and shared the bill for Del Yeah! with The Del McCoury Band and others. They have also opened for the Emmitt-Nershi Band and The Freight Hoppers, and shared the stage with numerous Atlanta and touring bluegrass bands. The band has traveled to Colorado, DC, NYC, and even St. Croix for performances, winning new fans at stops along the way.

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Tuesday, August 30, 8 PM ~ $17 Adv/$20 Door ~ Advance Tickets available soon!

geoff_RLCThe Frank Hamilton School is excited to present Australian blues guitar virtuoso Geoff Achison in an acoustic performance accompanied by pedal steel guru Bill Fleming. A highly regarded instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, Geoff treats his guitar like an orchestra laying down a mix of earthy blues, heartfelt soul and irresistibly funky grooves. As a self taught musician, Geoff has created his own sound while winning a number of awards along the way. Whether he is with his Souldiggers group or simply solo with an acoustic guitar, Geoff’s infectious and inventive style has earned him fans around the world. Geoff’s roots in the South are firmly established, having lived in Decatur for a two-year period while taking the not only the Southeast but the country by storm. He has collaborated with the likes of Randall Bramblett, Delbert McClinton, Jorma Kaukonen, legendary bassist George Porter Jr., the Allman Brothers Band, and the late great Les Paul. While he resides in Australia, we are fortunate that Geoff returns stateside once or twice a year and shares his gift with us!

This concert features a unique pairing of musicians that will make your experience extra special.

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Frank Hamilton doing what he does best!

Please share this posting!  We at the Frank Hamilton School are thrilled about what lies ahead for us as we further develop both the school and our footprint in the community!  There are many like-minded groups and individuals that believe in the mission of FHS, founded on the principles of the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and featuring the energy of our fearless leader and co-founder of the OTS in 1957.

Beautiful Weather for The Hoot!

29 Mar

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Advance Tickets (Check in at Will Call & available through Thursday, March 31st 10PM!)

SAT ONLY – $45 Adv/$55 Gate 

FRI-SAT ONLY – $50 Adv/$65 Gate

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This could be YOU this weekend!

The forecast for Friday and Saturday is a beautiful one!  We can’t wait for the music to start up on Friday night!  We hope you can come on Friday, as we have Wildman Steve’s band, Blackberry Possum, kicking off the weekend high energy jamgrass and some special guests throughout.  These fellas are highly skilled and will blow your mind.  They’ll do two long sets so get ready!  Bring your hammocks, too, as we’ll have some edge domes set up for your enjoyment, not to mention the jungle gym effect 😉  This is really going to be a fun weekend with friends and family, and the music is going to be off the chains!

The primary goal of a TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny has never been about bringing in the headliner that draws the big crowd – it’s about the extremely high quality of musicians and those in attendance joining forces for a incredible experience that leaves you happily decompressed from the rigors of your daily lives.  You always leave with a new band in your head and memories of unique combinations of the participating musicians.

Below is the schedule for the weekend.

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SCHEDULE

SHED STAGE, FRI APRIL 1

8:30PM – 11:30PM > Blackberry Possum

SHED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

Noon – 1:20PM > Smokey’s Farmland Band

2:10PM – 3:40PM > The Rickety Crickets

4:35PM – 6:05PM > Ralph Roddenbery Band

7:00PM – 8:30PM > Caroline Aiken

9:25PM – 10:55PM > Rev. Jeff Mosier & Friends

11:25PM – 1:00AM > Strung Like A Horse

MOMS/GRATEFUL FRED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

1:25PM – 2:10PM > MOMS Jam

3:45PM – 4:30PM > The Ain’t Sisters

6:10PM – 6:55PM > Brian Ashley Jones

8:35PM – 9:20PM > Donna Hopkins & Friends

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Below is the video (filmed at Cherokee Farms no less!) for Gypsy Jane by Strung Like A Horse.  Enjoy!

We’ll see ya at the Hoot!!!

 

Press Release – Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series Kick-Off 2/18!

13 Jan

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 13, 2016

Inaugural Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series Kicks Off Thursday, February 18

~ A Celebration of Community Through Music! ~

 

Doors 7PM, Showtime 8PM

$12 Adv/$15 Door 

Advance Tickets Available Online http://tinyurl.com/hcleyzz

 Press Contact: Thomas Helland, email: thelland7@gmail.com, cell: (678) 637-7377

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The Frank Hamilton Folk School (FHFS) is excited to debut its inaugural concert series at the Red Light Café featuring two unique acts, The Georgia Crackers & Rev. Jeff Mosier, that embody the principles of community and music coming together to create a social and learning environment.

Said namesake and founder Frank Hamilton (also co-founder of the world-renown Old Time School of Folk Music in Chicago in 1957) about band member Mick Kinney and The Georgia Crackers ~ “Mick is a talented traditional fiddler and early jazz piano player. This is the real incarnation of North Georgia Folk Music. The re-emergence of the Georgia Firecrackers. Very few musicians carry on the tradition as did the New Lost City Ramblers, Jack Elliott, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Lovers of Old Time Music are gonna love this show.”

The Frank Hamilton Folk School is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to teaching, preserving and promoting folk music and arts in the greater Atlanta and Southeast regions.  FHFS officially opened its doors on October 6, 2015 at Epworth United Methodist Church directly across the street from Candler Park and is presently offering classes in Guitar I (taught by Frank Hamilton), Guitar II, Fiddle, Banjo, Ukulele & Vocals.  Mandolin will be offered beginning starting with the six-week session that begins February 23.  Modeled after the Old Town School of Folk Music (OTSFM), Hamilton describes OTSFM method of teaching applied, “We wanted to make music accessible to everyone, we wanted to bypass the formal educative type of note-reading you’d get in a music academy and emphasize the social aspects of music. We wanted to see involvement by people who wouldn’t normally think they had musical talent, and bring out whatever they had.”

Complete information including classes, scheduled events, and making a tax-deductible donation is available at http://frankhamiltonfolkschool.org.  Additionally, FHFS is currently seeking a permanent home as concerts, classes, and workshops continue.  Stay tuned for other community events as spring approaches.

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Last Day for Advance Tickets to Holiday Hootenanny!

26 Dec

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ADVANCE TICKETS ($25 Adv/$35 Door) – Remember you’ll 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 UNDERGRASS, from last year’s 4th Annual edition!

SCHEDULE

5:30PM > Doors open, Silent Auction begins

6:30PM – 7:30PM > Set 1 featuring Ralph Roddenbery & Donna Hopkins

8PM – 9PM > Set 2 featuring Michael Tolcher

9:30PM – 10:30PM > Set 3 featuring Jim Lauderdale & Tim Carbone

11PM – Midnight > Set 4 featuring Johnny Knapp, Joe Gransden & Col. Bruce Hampton

Come on out and enjoy some of the finest talent Atlanta has to offer, check out the silent auction, and feel good about supporting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!

THANK YOU to our sponsors for this year: Delta Airlines, Sweetwater Brewing Co., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Tree Leaf Music, and Wildman Steve Radio!  There will be some Tito’s drink specials and Sweetwater beer specials, too!

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!

 

TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny Apr 10-11! Featuring: Jason Kenney, Packway Handle Band, Strung Like A Horse

18 Mar

So many amazing performers have graced the stage at TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, and this year is certainly no exception to what we take for granted at these events!  The Friday night showcase with Dangermuffin commences festivities, and Saturday will leave you dizzy with musical interludes spinning around your head all day long, while enjoying the intimate confines of Starbridge Event Center.  Please read on to view some videos of the bands!

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FRI-SAT (APR 10-11) ADVANCE TICKETS

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Strung Like A Horse (10:30-midnight) is going to take the 18th edition of the Hootenanny out with a bang!  Check out this great video shot at Cherokee Farms in LaFayette, GA, of the song “Gypsy Jane”.

TDawg Presents welcomes back Packway Handle Band (8:30PM-10PM) to the Hootenanny stage for the second time!  This Athens, GA-based quintet really grips you as they make their way through their set with genuine songwriting and tight instrumentation, single-mic or all-electric.  You don’t know what you’ll get sometimes!!  Check out this clip from Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Packway Handle Band performing “I Wish I hadn’t Done It”.

Please welcome Jason Kenney (6:15PM-7:45PM) to the Hootenanny stage for the first time!  This incredible singer/songwriter comes from just down the road in Dahlonega, and you feel the local roots in his music.  Pure and true is his music, and you’ll see for yourself in the video for “Turn This Sorrow Into Joy”, title track from his latest album.

Atlanta’s own Cajun masters Hair of the Dog bring their rockin’ sound to the Tree Stage at the Hootenanny for the first time!  Trust me, they’re the real deal.  Been around a long time playing what they love, and pedal steel maestro Bill Fleming will keep his rig up there for the rest of the evening so you never know what will happen with all those great musicians gathered all night long!  Check out this raw yet rockin’ clip from a neighborhood party (I was there!) featuring HoD performing “Leona Had A Party”.  Your whole family will be kickin it during this set!

The Higher Choir (1:45PM-3:15PM) has been climbing the ladder for several years now, and folks, they very well might be reaching a moment of reckoning, in a state of mind where their Southern rock sound touches your bones and your soul!  They wowed the crowd on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Cruise, have been packing venues around the Southeast, and as you see from this video, “The Working Title” from their CD Release party in 2013, it’s a kickin’ sound that has you boogey’in!  I first saw these folks at the Wheelbarrow Fest in Reynoldstown a few years back, and they blew me away!

Performing on the Music On Main Street (MOMS) stage, Gibson Wilbanks Band is going to bring two sets (3:15PM-4PM, 5:30PM-6:15PM) , one after The Higher Choir and the second after Hair of the Dog, that are gonna have you groovin’ even more so.  The interlay of slide and rhythm by both Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks, along with at-large artist Richie Jones on drums and the insane harmonica of Brad Bauman, will make these two sets ones you don’t want to miss!  The soulfulness comes through loud and clear on this video, enjoy!

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