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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

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

Barry Waldrep & Kelli Johnson SAT Jan 14!

11 Jan

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Advance Tickets $15/$18 at Door, Showtime 9 PM/Doors 8 PM

The Frank Hamilton School is excited to present Barry Waldrep & Kelli Johnson in its first show of the new year!  As music journalist and musician Lisa Jacobi puts it, They are so good. Musicians of all stripes should attend this show. You will come away from it inspired.” Featuring rich, inspired vocals and amazing instrumentation, this really is going to be a special show.  Please click on the video below to learn more about this dynamic duo, about as pure as it gets.  See you Saturday night!

I’m proud of the concerts that the Frank Hamilton School has produced to this point, and entering our second full year of the Concert Series and special events is going to be a fun ride!  Jump on board with us and get involved as a volunteer, a student, through membership that offers discounts on classes, concerts and more! 

Holiday Hootenanny Around the Corner on 12/18!

16 Dec

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Advance Tickets Only $25!  $30 Door

The 6th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny is truly going to be an epic experience!  Expect some first time collaborations, some sing-alongs, many fantastic jams, soooooo much talent on that stage you are unable to contain yourself! PLEASE spread the word, encourage your friends, and don’t miss out!

PURCHASE YOUR ADVANCE TICKETS NOW (or at the door) and know that you have committed yourself to a wonderful night of music, friendship, and the jams all for an incredible cause!

 

SCHEDULE

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Drivin’ N Cryin’s Kevn Kinney 

5:30 PM: Doors open, Silent Auction begins

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: The Pussywillows

8 PM – 9 PM: Jim Lauderdale & Jeff Mosier

9:30 PM – 10:30 PM: Kevn Kinney

11 PM – Midnight: Papa Mali

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Silent Auction

We have some fantastic items on the auction table this year! Several festivals have been kind enough to donate passes this year including String Cheese Incident’s festival Hulaween, Suwannee Roots Revival, and DelFest!  We also have some wonderful concert photographs, a guitar to be autographed by Kevn Kinney, Jim Lauderdale, Papa Mali & Jeff Mosier, an autographed tambourine,  gift certificates, a donation by United Distributors, a night at the Renaissance Hotel Midtown, and more!

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Here’s a video from the 2014 edition featuring Papa Mali. We are thrilled to have him back!

Holiday Hootenanny Schedule Posted/Lineup Change

9 Dec

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Advance Tickets Only $25!  $30 Door

Well folks, we’re on the homestretch to the 6th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny and we’re looking at one helluva time! There are going to be some special moments for certain, and with the group of musicians gathering for this fine concert how can there not be? On that note, the schedule is out!

Schedule

5:30 PM: Doors open, Silent Auction begins

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: The Pussywillows

8 PM – 9 PM: Jim Lauderdale & Jeff Mosier

9:30 PM – 10:30 PM: Kevn Kinney

11 PM – Midnight: Papa Mali

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matt-williamsLineup Change

Folks, Benji Shanks got called in for guitar duties in a last minute booking for Kristian Bush and will be unable to make the show.  In his absence, I have called on good buddy and fellow Holiday Hootenanny alum Matt Williams (Blueground Undergrass, Capt. Soularcat, Pickled Holler) to step on in!  Matt killed it last year with Jim Lauderdale, and his presence will be felt throughout the evening.  His new band, Pickled Holler, rings loud and true in sound and tone,

The Hamilton Hoopla Around the Corner!

8 Dec

“Everything Joe touches turns to music,” says mandolinist David Grisman, with whom Joe played for almost 17 years as a member of the David Grisman Quintet.

We are only one week out from The Hamilton Hoopla (Wed Dec 14, Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Dr., Decatur, GA 30030), an absolutely incredible evening of music in a perfect acoustic environment and featuring a potpourri of musicians representing styles such as jazz, jamgrass, old-time, gypsy jazz, and Joe Craven!  Hosted by and featuring the great Joe Craven (David Grisman Quintet, Garcia Grisman recordings, Alison Brown Quartet), we are excited to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Frank Hamilton School and its commitment to bring music and music education into the Decatur and Atlanta communities as we enter our second year!  It is an exciting time for us for certain and invite YOU to be a part!

Please get your advance tickets to help the cause and we absolutely can’t wait to see you on Wednesday, December 14 at Oakhurst Baptist Church!  Share this with your family and friends!

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The full lineup is as follows: Joe CravenFrank HamiltonCharles Williams & Dan Coy (The Bonaventure Quartet), Mick KinneyBob BakertMusicians/teachers from The Old Town School of Folk MusicJason KoornickJared Womack

 ABOUT JOE CRAVEN
Joe Craven is not just an entertaining musician with a penchant for the mischievous, he is a teacher and student all at once and he will draw you into his performance by including you as thou gh you’re part of the show itself. His gift of gab is unprecedented and his musical knowledge impressive. Joe’s openness and expression of gratitude for the gifts he’s acquired make it all the more fun for him to share them with his audience.
Creativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, event emcee and recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year, Joe has made music with many folks – notably violinist Stephane Grappelli and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia – to multi-whirled string guy David Lindley, harmonica wizard Howard Levy and seven years recording and touring with banjo fusionist Alison Brown.
Joe is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, tenor guitar/banjo, mouth bow, canjoe, cuatro, CBG, berimbau, balalaika, boot ‘n lace and double-necked whatever.
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