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Get Off The Grid Fest Takes Off with CD Launch on 4/27/2017

26 Apr

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM LINK!

Get Off The Grid Fest – an earthly community fair for renewable energy, sustainable lifestyle and brilliant homegrown music – launches its CD at LEJ Recordings in Ellijay, GA Thursday, April 27th.

You are invited to tune in online on Thursday and come on out and get off the grid with us August 18-20! After the launch party, the CDs will be on sale at www.getoffthegridfest.com. The CDs are your ticket to Get Off The Grid Fest.

Bill Fleming and LBJ Recordings’ Michael Cornett host the launch starting at 4:20 pm until whenever. Get Off The Grid Fest will livestream and podcast the event featuring all 19 songs on the CD along with personal experiences in getting off the grid. CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM LINK!

Inspired by the cosmic event of the Aug. 21st 2017 total solar eclipse, across America dozens of musicians, artists, song writers and sound engineers have aligned to create this collection of original songs acknowledging the importance of our sun and of our planet in sustaining life. 

Artists include:
Bill Fleming – Gonna Get Off The Grid and Sun and Moon
Jason Kenny, Fern Cook, Seth Livengood – Make a
Mountain of My Mind
Joyce Brookshire – Love Crisis
John Cable and Billy Gewin – The Levee
Clay Maselle – Gold in Their Souls
George Eckard – Bury Me in My SUV
Joanne Steele – Honor the Atmosphere
Bobby Don Bloodworth – Woody Come Back
Mikhail – Sunshine
Aviva – Clap for Food Quality
Elise Witt – Only Love Will Do
Trey Gibbs – Reboot the System
Craig Rafuse – According to the Planets
Heidi Pollyea – Toccoa River
Tom Ferguson – Love Law
B. J. Wilbanks – In This Life
Michael Cornett – Rejoice
Terry Garthwaite – Shine On

Below is a video announcing the lineup ~ enjoy!

Big Week of Music & Community for The Frank Hamilton School!

4 Oct

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Fall is in full swing folks, and we’re thrilled to be a part of so many great offerings this week and weekend!  The 2nd Annual Oakhurst Porchfest and our second appearance with the Little Five Arts Alive initiative sponsored by the Horizon Theatre Company are both right around the corner.  Throw in a couple of unique concerts at the Red Light Cafe that truly showcase the breadth of talent and legend in this great state of Georgia and you have yourself a full week of activities!  Come witness a special opening set by our namesake, leader, and a living music legend Frank Hamilton as he opens  the evening on Thursday, October 6, for the iconic, soulful songwriter/musician Caroline Aiken.  It’s his first appearance as part of our concert series so come on out for this special treat!

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We’re celebrating our brand new non-profit status by offering discounts to our first 50fhs_membership inaugural FHS members.  Join now to save twice: once on membership, and then again when you take a class.

When you become a member, you help the Frank Hamilton School create education programs that foster face-to-face community, bring generations together, and make music education available to children who would not otherwise have access to it. With your contribution, we can offer more classes, more levels of instruction, as well as reach out farther into the community.  Click Here for complete information!

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Doors @ 7PM, Showtime 8PMAdvance Tickets $15/Door $18

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fhs_porchfestOakhurst Porchfest SAT OCT 8!  Folks we are excited to be a part of one of the most enjoyable community events around!  Music takes over porches and yards in our grand Oakhurst neighborhood, and trust me there is something for everyone!  The Frank Hamilton School will be performing Noon-1PM at the Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Dr., Decatur 30030, in their beautiful courtyard.  Expect a rousing performance by teachers and students!

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Doors 8 PM, Showtime 9 PM, Advance Tickets $10/Door $12

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fhs_little5artsaliveWe will be in Findley Plaza in the heart of Little Five Points on Sunday, October 9 from 3-5 PM, so come on out and enjoy some tunes.  You can also pick up a ukulele and join in!  I was strumming along last time myself!  Little Five Arts Alive is a wonderful community initiative in its first year, and as it wraps up the following weekend, it will be fun to grow with this program as well!  Sending a big THANK YOU out to the Horizon Theatre Company as well for their support of this community event!  It will be fun to collaborate with that fine organization as well!

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THANK YOU for your continued support as the Frank Hamilton School continues to strengthen and grow the legs on which the foundation of the school is built!  We hope that you can become a member, volunteer, and/or a class participant down the road.  Exciting times ahead!

Frank Hamilton School News, Concerts & Appearances

21 Sep

fhs_falltermBig news folksThe Frank Hamilton School is officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and we are thrilled about what this will mean for both our development as a music school that includes the WHOLE community and the opportunities we can create as well as participate in.  On the heels of a very successful term-ending concert by the students and seeing such a level of satisfaction by all in the room at that time, obtaining 501(c)(3) status is a wonderful continuance of all that is right about what The Frank Hamilton School stands for.  Thanks to everyone for the support we have received to this point as we near one full year of operations, and we hope that you can join us for classes beginning Sept 27 or one of our upcoming events (see below) over the next month!  Please visit http://frankhamiltonschool.org for event listings and complete information on registration!

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On Sunday afternoon, September 25 from 3-5 PM (typo on the poster), the Frank Hamilton School is excited to be a part of little5artsalivefirst-year series of performances encouraging all forms of performing arts for Little Five Arts Alive!  Supported by the Horizon Theatre, L5AA has become a wonderful part of what is Little Five Points – an eclectic and arts oriented community that embraces street performing.  We will be providing some instruments if you’d like to join in and realize that you, too, can play!  We’ll be situated in the heart of Little Five Points on the corner of Euclid Ave. and Moreland in Findley Plaza.  Come on down and enjoy!

On Sunday, October 9, FHS will again perform in Findley Plaza as a part of the Little Five Arts Alive program from 2:30-4:30 PM, and we look forward to future opportunities!

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UPCOMING CONCERTS

Showtime 8 PM, Doors 7 PM ~ Advance Tickets

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Showtime 9 PM, Doors 8 PM ~ Advance Tickets

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Exciting Frank Hamilton School Events Next Week!

26 Aug

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Next week at the Red Light Cafe, the Frank Hamilton School is proud to bring two stellar concerts to you featuring some of the finest, most soulful songwriters and musicians you’ll come across.  Expect the real deal blues – raw, genuine passion combined with amazing guitar play and a special guest or two is just the right formula!

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Showtime 8PM, Doors 7PM

On August 30, Australian blues guitar virtuoso and gifted songwriter Geoff Achison will be joined on stage by pedal steel guru Bill Fleming (pictured here at TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny in April 2015) for an incredible evening of interplay with perhaps a sit-in.  This will be Geoff’s final performance in the Atlanta area until next spring, so come see for yourself why he is one our adopted “hometown” gems.

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9/1 – Donna Hopkins & Daniel Hutchens, ADVANCE TICKETS $12/$15 DoorFHS_DonnaHopkinsDanielHutchens(2) 

Showtime 8PM, Doors 7PM

The beginning of September starts up with a concert featuring two of the most gifted southern songwriters in Donna Hopkins and Daniel Hutchens.  Donna digs deep into her Alabama/Georgia roots for an incredibly soulful performance.  While being the frontman for critically acclaimed Athens, GA-based Bloodkin, Hutchens also has penned many songs for Widespread Panic over the years and has co-written with the likes of Jerry Joseph.  His latest release (Feb 2016) titled “The Beautiful Vicious Cycle of Life” was produced by Widepsread Panic bassist Dave Schools and features all originals.  It is his first solo-release in 10 years.  This show truly combines two amazing musicians in a wonderfully intimate environment.  Nights like this don’t happen too often!

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DecaturBookFestSunday, September 4 ~ The Frank Hamilton School will perform a special set on the Community Bandstand Stage at the Decatur Book Festival from Noon-12:45 PM.  The Book Festival is a Labor Day tradition here in Decatur and is one of the largest of its kind in the nation.  Spread the word, come on out, and bring your instrument, too!

Frank Hamilton School Moves to Decatur

18 Apr

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This week marks a big step towards our commitment to the development of The Frank Hamilton School in the greater Atlanta community as we hold court for the unforeseeable future at our new location, Oakhurst Baptist Church, in Decatur!  The next six-week term commences tomorrow, Tuesday, April 19th. Our new address will be:

Oakhurst Baptist Church
222 E. Lake Drive
Decatur, GA
30030

Register for classes at FrankHamiltonSchool.org – or join us Tuesday night for our first class.  Classes are available in Guitar Levels 1-3, Banjo, Fiddle, Ukulele, Mandolin, Vocal Harmony.

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Check out this wonderful interview with Frank Hamilton conducted by Boyd Baker of the Good Gracious Show on his podcast.  We had a great time talking at the Kavarna Coffeehouse in Oakhurst just about three weeks ago – Boyd is a true patron for the arts and we appreciate his taking the time to sit down with Frank and me!  He’s always on the lookout for unique contributors to the greater Atlanta community.

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May is filling up with activities for the Frank Hamilton School!  Please see below for festival, concert series, and house concert dates!

May 12 ~ Frank Hamilton Concert Series Presents Grant Green Jr., Red Light Cafe, 8 PM, $12 ADV/$15 Door

May 14 ~ Kirkwood Springfling, 3 X 20 minute sets at Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM, FREE

May 14 ~ Tucker Day, 3:30 PM, FREE

May 15 ~ TDawg Presents Martha Scanlan (Reeltime Travelers), Backyard Concert, 5PM, $15 ADV/$20 DOOR.  Email me for address.

May 21 ~ Fire in the 4th Festival, Old Fourth Ward, Time TBA, FREE

May 28 ~ Decatur Arts Festival, Acoustic Palette Tent, 11:00 AM, FREE

Epic Hootenanny!

6 Apr

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Well we had quite a HUGE time this past weekend – friends gathered that span the entire era of HarvestFest (and before!) and the Back Porch Hootenanny movement, creating for me an emotional and joyous occasion that everyone from loyal Hootenannigans to the musicians, staff, volunteers, and Smokey & Debbie simply couldn’t get enough of!  I know that I shed many a tear over the course of the weekend, as it did mark the end of an era that involved a great investment of heart & soul, not just by me but by everyone who has been along for the journey.  The Hootenanny instills a family energy that will sustain and serve as a springboard for the next chapter at Cherokee Farms involving the Frank Hamilton School.  I ask that you please continue to follow and support FHS, as it will serve as a catalyst for continuing to bring great music to the community through concerts and public events music education.

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Ralph Roddenbery Band

I know I say it every time but the music was REALLY off the charts, knocking the bar way off already high expectations!  Every set was extremely special, and they all featured sit ins by fellow musicans, which made for very spontaneous moments of musical ecstasy.  There were so many highlights it’s hard to single out even a couple of them – Blackberry Possum kicked it off right on Friday night under the stars and the largest Friday night attendance yet.  From the first notes on Saturday with Smokey’s Farmland Band and through the entire day’s performances from the MOMS All-Stars, The Rickety Crickets, The Ain’t Sisters, Ralph Roddenbery Band,

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Donna Hopkins & Friends

Brian Ashley Jones, Caroline Aiken, Donna Hopkins, Rev. Jeff Mosier and finally Strung Like A Horse to close it out, the energy one felt throughout Cherokee Farms was unlike anything I’ve experienced before.  THANK YOU from the bottom and top of my heart for the music, friendship & LOVESTORM that transpired.

I was particularly caught off guard by a little ceremony that occurred prior to introducing Strung Like A Horse and featured the dedicated Hootenanny staff, volunteers & people who have been a part since 1998.  If you have a few minutes, I recommend you watch the video below courtesy of my friend Jessi 😉 :

Two big THANK YOU’s right now  – the first to Beth & Randy Judy, life friends and creators of Suwannee SpringFest and MagnoliaFest down at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL.  Without their inspiration in the mid/late 90’s with the inaugural Sunshine Daydream Weekend (became MagnoliaFest), I don’t know if I would have ever meandered down the crazy path that is the music business and festival industry.  Their vision is my vision, as music farmers growing fresh sounds for the ear with amazingly talented musicians.  I love y’all to the moon and back, as do many many others!

The second THANK YOU goes to Roy, Rebecca & Dave, who are the masterminds behind High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA and DelFest in Cumberland, MD.  They joined forces with TDawg Presents in 2001, and we were able to continue the magic that was Blue Ridge HarvestFest, taking the festival from a popular regional festival to one of national stature.  Unfortunately the hurricanes from 2001-2005 won the battle, but the magic produced despite the setbacks was unrivaled, and it was a fantastic experience to host Bob Weir & Ratdog and John Prine, among many, many others.  I love what High Sierra has continued to do through the years and hope our paths will cross once again!

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On that note, I hope you can make it out Thursday night for the third installment of the Frank Hamilton School Concert Series featuring Dangermuffin at the Red Light Cafe!  Showtime is 10PM, and trust me when I tell you that these fine fellas from Folly Beach, SC will simply blow your mind with their of level of talent and amazing instrumentation.

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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!!!

 

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