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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 Concerts & Festival Sightings

9 May

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Come play with us this week, as we have a very busy one out and about!  Music classes continue Tuesday at Oakhurst Baptist Church – if you’re curious about how they run, come on out and see for yourself.  Courses for this term include guitar levels 1-3, mandolin, fiddle, vocals, and banjo.  We will pick back up with ukulele next term beginning June 7!

Our calendar filled up this week quite nicely – keep reading to get the scoop!  Hope to see you out at one of our events!

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As part of the Frank Hamilton School Concert Serieswe are excited to present Grant Green Jr.Thursday, May 12 at the Red Light Cafe!  Grant is a member of the legendary group Masters of Groove, along with drummer Bernard Purdie and B3 Organ player Reuben Wilson, and his live shows are extremely soulful and uplifting, his skills on the guitar are second to none. Expect an incredible evening of music by a music gem we are fortunate chose to make Atlanta his home (by way of New York). 

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TDawg Presents Martha Scanlan in a relaxed backyard setting, 466 Ridgecrest Rd., Atlanta, GA 30307.

Sunday, May 15, Gate at 5PM, Showtime 6 PM ~ ADVANCE TICKETS $15/$20 GATE

BYOB, bring a chair, bring a grillable if you like, some apps will be available but feel free to contribute! Bring your instrument for some pre/post show jamming!

A PORTION OF PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT Frank Hamilton School.

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On behalf of The Frank Hamilton School, TDawg Presents is excited to bring you the acclaimed and gifted songwriter Martha Scanlan, formerly from the Reeltime Travelers, for a Sunday backyard gathering. This concert is a benefit for the Frank Hamilton School, so come on out and support a wonderful cause while witnessing magic on the stage with Martha’s presence. Martha hasn’t been around these parts very much in recent years so this will be a special performance! On a personal level, I worked with the Reeltime Travelers several times throughout their too brief of a career as a band, and I can’t express to you how excited I am to be presenting this show.

Martha Scanlan’s long-awaited third release, The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape Of Things To Come, is already being heralded as her best work yet. “A revelation, an instant classic and one of those rare albums that defies genre and generation. Scanlan evokes western landscapes as effectively as Georgia O’Keefe did on canvass.” – Dirty Linen

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On Saturday May 14, The Frank Hamilton School will be present at two wonderful community events!

Kirkwood Spring Fling, Bessie Branham Park, 2051 Delano Drive NE, 30317 

We will be located in the artist market performing acoustically with sets at Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM featuring Frank Hamilton.  Two more sets from 3 PM – 5 PM!  Come visit us!

~ Tucker Day, Main St., Tucker, GA.  Performance at 3:30 PM on the First Avenue Stage featuring Frank Hamilton.

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If you would like to get involved as a volunteer with The Frank Hamilton School, please contact us through the website and we will get back to you quickly!  Plenty of opportunities available that can utilize particular skill sets, from accounting and bookkeeping to membership development!  Become a part of the New Folk Movement!

 

Frank Hamilton School/TDawg Presents News!

3 May

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We are well underway with classes at the new location at Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur and are thrilled about future opportunities that we create and are invited to participate!  Our May/early June schedule is quite busy beginning with next week!   Please

read on to see all the exciting events we are part of, as well as some mighty fine concerts as part of the Frank Hamilton School Concert Series.

Frank will be interviewed this evening before classes begin by the Georgia News Network, which is working on the Year In Georgia Music project in conjunction with the Georgia Economic Development.  The interview will be heard soon over the airwaves on stations around the state.  Stay tuned for more details!  Below is a complete list of FHS band appearances and FHS Concert Series dates through mid-June!

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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 with Frank Hamilton, Two more sets between 3 & 5 PM, FREE

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

May 15 ~ TDawg Presents Martha Scanlan (Reeltime Travelers), Backyard Concert at 466 Ridgecrest Rd., Atlanta, 5PM, $15 ADV/$20 DOOR.

May 21 ~ Fire in the 4th Festival, Old Fourth Ward, 6:15-6:45 PM, FREE

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

June 4 ~ Virginia Highland Summer Fest, Noon-1 PM, FREE

June 16 ~ Frank Hamilton Concert Series Presents Grayson Capps, 8 PM, $12 ADV/$20 DOOR

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Below is a very cool video of Grant Green Jr. doing what he does best, at the Inman Park Festival in 2012.  Ike Stubblefield on the keys.  Enjoy!

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Finally, it’s not too early to mark your calendars, especially as fast as this year has flown by!  Sunday, December 18 at Terminal West is the date and location for the 6th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny & Silent Auction!  TDawg Presents is thrilled to have Atlanta Habitat for Humanity  involved once again.  Y’all, this show keeps getting better and better as we go along!  Here is a clip from last year’s monumental show that closed out with one of the greatest sets by Col. Bruce Hampton that I have ever witnessed, and I’ve seen many!  Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the Colonel!

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

TDawg Presents in May!

28 Apr

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DATE/WHERE: Thursday, May 1 @ The Red Light Cafe
TIME: Doors @ 7pm, Showtime 8pm, special guest Rev. Jeff Mosier
ADMISSION: $17 adv/$20 door  Advance Tickets

TDawg Presents is excited to bring internationally acclaimed performing artists The Duhks back to Atlanta!  “Canada’s premier neo-tradsters romp from world-beat to blues, urban-pop to old-timey, with wild-eyed invention, haunting traditionalism, and spine-rattling groove.” (Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe)

Opening the evening is the amazing Rev. Jeff Mosier!  Expect the unexpected on this one, y’all. You don’t want to miss this show.  The Duhks haven’t been through Atlanta in several years, and we have them in the intimate and friendly confines of The Red Light Cafe!

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DATE/WHERE: Monday May 5 @ The Red Light Cafe
TIME: Doors @ 7pm, Showtime 8pm
ADMISSION: $10 adv/$12 door  ADVANCE TICKETS

TDawg Presents is very excited to welcome back Caroline Pond to the Red Light Cafe, on Cinco de Mayo no less!  She will be joined by old friends Ami Worthen and Jason Kreckel for what promises to be quite the fun night of music, more than anyone deserves on a Monday night especially!

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WHERE: Twain’s Billiards & Tap
TIME: 1-4pm, 8pm-midnight
ADMISSION: $50 adv only for afternoon session, $5 cover after 5:30pm

ADVANCE TICKETS

SpringFest will be featuring a Beer and Food tasting event from 1pm-4pm, featuring food from Twain’s, Leon’s Full Service, Pinewood Tippling Room, Steinbeck’s, and Pine Street Market. Each restaurant is being paired with a local brewery, Blue Tarp, Wild Heaven, 3 Taverns, and Ale Yeah and Twain’s are making a special beer for the event.

Music during this time will be provided by Ralph Roddenbery, who will perform two sets!

ADV TIX are $50 and inlcude 5 tastes from 5 chefs, with beer pairings, and a commemorative glass, and all proceeds go to the ACFB!  Please visit the ticket page at Brown Paper Tickets to get yours today and help us make this event a huge success for the ACFB and all the wonderful things they do to help out our fine city!

Twain’s will open at 5:30 that evening and will feature two killer bands that night for only a $5 cover charge, and all of the door money will go directly to the ACFB.  The music will begin at 8pm and go until shortly after midnight.  Evening schedule is below:

8-9:45pm ~ Atlanta Hair of the Dog
10:15pm-12:15am ~ Rolling Nowhere

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