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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 Hoot (Dec 20) Only 10 Days Out!

10 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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12/20/17 at Terminal West w/ Johnny Knapp

Wow – I can’t believe the time is almost here for another Holiday Hootenanny! What a great gift to give during this holiday season, one which supports a great cause AND provides the gift of amazing music to lift your spirits even higher! Each year I am amazed at the love and positive spirit that surrounds this event – it really is OUR holiday party and celebration. Everyone in attendance feels a connection to the music and to each other, creating quite a memorable evening in the process! Get your sitter if you need one, go ahead and purchase your ticket, and plan on coming out to the Variety Playhouse for a special night on Thursday, December 20. Zambi!

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Here’s a great clip from 2012 featuring the Mosier Brothers (Jeff & Johnny) & Friends, the last time the Holiday Hootenanny took place at the Variety Playhouse. It was an incredibly special evening with wonderful friends on stage and in the audience. See if you can name all the participating musicians 😉 


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Holiday Hootenanny (Thursday, Dec 20) Only 3 Weeks Away!

28 Nov

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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Four Set of music, Silent Auction to Benefit Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!

Y’all we are so excited about the Holiday Hootenanny this year! It is truly going to be an epic musical experience had by everyone, from musician to patron, and all for a great cause! The Holiday Hootenanny has evolved into  “OUR” Holiday Party, and you certainly get that feel. Such amazing talent from top to bottom, and expect the unexpected – I know I do! 

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Schedule (schedule and set lineups subject to change):

7:00 – 7:45 PM ~ HEATHER GILLIS w/ Evan Sarver, Jeff Sipe, Kevin Thomas, Bill Fleming, more TBA

8:15 – 9:15 PM ~ JIM LAUDERDALE w/ Jason Carter, Lyndsay Pruett, Jeff Mosier, Bill Fleming, Evan Sarver, Richie Jones, Kevin Thomas, Papa J, Daniel Wytanis, Bryan Lopes, Jared Womack, Matt Williams, Bobby Miller, more TBA

9:45 – 11:00 PM ~ PETER ROWAN w/ Jeff Mosier, Larry Keel, Jason Carter, Lyndsay Pruett, Jared Womack, Evan Sarver, Bobby Miller, Nick DiSebastian, more TBA 

11:05 – Midnight ~ ENCORE JAM led by JEFF MOSIER w/ THE WHOLE GANG

Here is the full 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

And now for a segment featuring our spiritual leader Jeff Mosier, first from 2017 at the 7th Annual Holiday Hootenanny kicking off the ZambiGrass Jam followed by a killer segment that wrapped up the Mosier Brothers set featuring Larry Keel, Jimmy Hall, and many others in 2012 at the 2nd Annual Holiday Hootenanny! Enjoy!

PLEASE share with others, get your tickets now! Here’s your reminder of how you can get yours now:
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)

Holiday Hootenanny Silent Auction for Atlanta Habitat!

23 Dec

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We’ve got a GREAT silent auction coming your way at the 5th Annual Holiday Hootenanny!  A HUGE thanks goes out to all who have donated items for this year’s edition.

Among the items:

Warren Haynes_guitarA Warren Haynes autographed Takamine acoustic guitar, courtesy of the Big House Museum and Executive Director Rob Schneck.  Warren was thrilled to sign this guitar and added the peace sign.  I can only imagine that the lucky soul who takes this guitar home will be feeling the mojo!

floydfestBoth FloydFest 16 (July 27-31, 2016 Floyd, VA) & 20th Annual Suwannee SpringFest  (March 17-20,2016 Live Oak, FL) have donated a pair of their VIP passes for this year’s Holiday Hoot!  I have attended both many times – as both a promoter and a patron – and folks, you can’t go wrong!  Such beauty lies  in both locales, smothered in the Spanish moss off the Suwannee River in FL or glowing as a huge spark in the midst of the magnificent Blue Ridge SpringFestMountains in VA.  I cannot distinguish between the two but to tell you that each one is so incredible you never believe it can be topped.  Both festivals are so majestic and powerful – the music never stops!  That is, until the festival ends 😉  Like my Back Porch Hootenannies and HarvestFests, you take that energy with you beyond.

The FloydFest lineup features – among many others – Greg Allman, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, The Wood Brothers, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Keller Williams w/ More Than a Little, Larry Keel Experience, and more!  You can visit the website for complete info.

Suwannee SpringFest brings you an equally amazing lineup, featuring John Prine, The Del McCoury Band, Donna the Buffalo, Keller Williams Grateful Grass, Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel Experience, the Virginia Daredevils, and the list goes on!  Check out their website for complete information!

From photographer Ian Rawn, a close up of Mick Jagger from the Rolling Mick by IanStones appearance at Grant Field on the GT campus last summer!

Y’all we’re going to have some great items from restaurants and resorts, local artwork and jewelry, and even something hand-picked from Jim Lauderdale!

Click Here for the schedule and a link to purchase Advance Tickets – remember you get a DVD of the incredible Blueground Undergrass reunion performance from the 2014 edition of the Holiday Hootenanny!  You will receive your DVD when entering Terminal West.  Please share with your friends, co-workers, and others who need to be there!

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

 

Hootenanny time is almost upon us! Artist preview: Secondhand Swagger, Sam French

3 Sep

Wow y’all!  We sure have rounded that corner quickly, and the 17th installment of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny is just about here!  I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend and that your team won! 😉

Now that we’re into September and just over two weeks out, you can clear your head for a moment and realize that you not only WANT to go to Hootenanny, but you also NEED to go!  The amazing energy that is created at Cherokee Farms – the camaraderie of your friends, camping neighbors and musicians – the spontaneity of the jams – the amazing flow of this tightly wound small festie that releases a giant multi-layered musical explosion – the knowledge that you WILL hear something you’ve not heard before and it will make an impact on your already impeccable musical tastes.  These are all great qualities of what a Hootenanny is at the core, a joyful healing and re-energizing experience for the mind, body and soul.  TICKETS & LODGING INFO

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Speaking of soul, check out this southern soulful groove laid down by Secondhand SwaggerThese folks will be rockin’ the infamous “Happy Hour Set” from 5-6:30PM on SAT Sept 20!  And folks, the musical mojo will kickin’ hard that day! 

For those of you who are not familiar with Sam French, well that’s a great reason to show up on Friday night, September 19, at the Hootenanny!  This man is drenched in southern, his style genuine, and his product real.  Ted Norton, guitarist for The Grapes, will be joining Sam’s band that night and also be around all weekend long sitting in as an artist-at-large.  Below is some fine video of Sam and his band performing an original, “Few Regrets”.  Enjoy!

Spread the good word to your friends and family, y’all, as HOOT #17 promises to be as good as advertised!  HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

 

7th Annual Jerry Day ATL on SUN JULY 27!

22 Jul

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The summer keeps on truckin’ along, which means it’s time for the 7th Annual Jerry Day ATL at Terminal West this Sunday, July 27!  We are extremely excited to bring to you a wonderful showcase of the music that was/is The Grateful Dead and the spirit that envelops music fans of all ages.  Out of this spirit arises interest in the world of roots music – bluegrass, blues, jazz, classic/outlaw country to name a few genres under the umbrella – which is what has been at the epicenter of the Dead’s sound and style.

You can purchase your advance tickets online at the Terminal West website or at the box office TUE-FRI 11AM-5PM and on show nights.  Advance tickets are also available at Maple Street Guitars and The Chamblee Bistro.

I’d like to send out a BIG heartfelt THANK YOU out to our sponsors for your kindness and support as we begin our new chapter at Terminal West.  –

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Also sending out a big THANK YOU to all the folks at Terminal West for their generosity and willingness to work with us on this project as well as our crew of volunteers!  This is a great venue, and I can’t WAIT for 4th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny in December!

Below is a complete schedule of Sunday’s festivities, beginning at 3pm on the Main Stage.

3:00 PM    High Mountain Ramblers

  4:00 PM    Maynard Hicks & Co.

  5:00 PM    Escape Vehicle

  6:00 PM    Charlie Fog Band

  7:00 PM    gr8FLdüde & frenz

  8:00 PM    Swami Gone Bananas

  9:00 PM    Deep Blue Sun

10:00 PM    Electric Codpiece

11:00 PM    David Gans & some Grapes!

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Y’all we’re going to have ourselves one helluva time on Sunday – I hope can make it!  Please spread the good word to your friends about this one even if you are unable to attend!

 

7th Annual Jerry Day ATL 3 weeks out!

7 Jul

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That’s right y’all!  We’re only three weeks out from one helluva celebration of music, fun & friends for this steady stream of Grateful Dead from 3pm – midnight, and no song is repeated!  I spoke with guitarist Ted Norton, who will be performing with songwriter/author/Grateful Dead Hour host/music historian David Gans, and he emphasized how freakin’ pumped everyone is to be part of this jam, so round up your posse and make plans to come where the music never stops…at least from 3-midnight!  Get your Advance Tickets by Clicking Here

**We will soon be releasing a limited number of VIP passes that will include a dinner buffet provided by Bhojanic, a private balcony viewing area, and complimentary Sierra Nevada and non-alcoholic beverages from 6-9pm!**

Terminal West is the perfect venue for this event – they have the Stationside Restaurant directly connected so you will never go hungry.  The second stage will be located inside the restaurant.

We hope to see you there!

 

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