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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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$10 Adv/$15 Door, ADVANCE TICKETS

Showtime 8:30 PM, Doors 7:30 PM

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$10 ADV/$12 Door, ADVANCE TICKETS

Showtime 9 PM, Doors 8 PM

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

A TDawg Reflection – HOOT HOOT!!

26 Aug

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This past weekend marked a very special time for me personally and professionally.  I started in this crazy music business back in 1998, and a few of those original folks who helped me get going back in the day were at the Clear Mountain View Music Festival at the Elliott Family Farms in Polkville, NC – what a fantastic reunion!  I value my friendships greatly, and when there is an opportunity not only to renew those relationships and create new friendships but also to rejuvenate myself musically and spiritually, that’s the perfect storm for one helluva time!

TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny lives by this formula, and if you don’t feel this energy, we’ll help you get there!

It was fantastic to see our good bluegrass buddy David Via back on stage after a horrendous attack left him a large stack of medical bills, including a reconstructed jaw.   He sounded great, looked great, and it was too bad the only storm of the weekend came during his set, because it was fantastic!  Big Daddy Love followed by Yarn provided a framework for some remarkable jams, instrumentation, collaboration, and songwriting.  Music for the soul.

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Good times with the Steep Canyon Rangers!  They’ve come quite a ways, obviously, and they sound incredible!  Woody looked sharp up there as the ring leader – if you haven’t heard about or are considering going to Mountain Song At Sea, GO!  There are some great acts booked in addition to Steep Canyon Rangers, including the David Grisman Folk Jazz Trio, The Seldom Scene, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Travelin’ McCourys, Kruger Brothers, Trampled By Turtles, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Greensky Bluegrass and more!  I’m certain there will be additions to the lineup coming soon!

Following the Steep Canyon Rangers was Acoustic Syndicate, one of my acts for the very first HarvestFest in October of 1998 plus three out of the next four (had to cancel in 2001 when they were invited to perform at Farm Aid).  Needless to say, seeing them after a few years of not having the opportunity to do so was extremely rewarding.  Emotions swelled inside of me as I was taken away by the family harmonies and tight, tight musical interaction that transcends description until you see it live.  The family connection (two brothers and a cousin) in that band is strong, and it’s exciting to have them doing some shows more frequently as well as releasing a new album (very inspiring release and highly recommended) shortly after Labor Day!

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PLEASE consider coming to the upcoming Hootenanny – I know from my own experiences that this is not a Hoot to be missed – this one, perhaps more so than any previous one, really instills the original HarvestFest spirit from ’98-’02 at the old location in Fairburn, Atlanta’s Back Porch.  Below is ticket information for you – I hope you can make it out!

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

ADVANCE TICKETS for FRI-SAT and SAT ONLY are available now at the links below.

***All advance purchases will receive a copy of a compilation from TDawg Presents’ 2nd Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny that occurred in December of 2012, featuring Papa Mali, Larry Keel, Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Hall, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Col. Bruce Hampton, Ike Stubblefied, Grant Green Jr., Deep Blue Sun and more!

FRI-SAT $50 ADV/$60 gate (includes camping)

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SAT ONLY $40 ADV/$50 gate (includes camping)

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SAT DAY passes are available at the gate for $40.  Kids 13-16 are $20, Kids 12 & under are admitted FREE.  NO DOGS PLEASE!!

Lodging

Key West Inn, 2221 N Main St  LaFayette, GA 30728
PH: (706) 638-8200

Days Inn, 2209 N Main St  LaFayette, GA 30728
PH: (706) 639-9362

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