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TDawg Presents Shows & News!

25 Oct

I find myself in a peculiar position right now and feeling blessed simultaneously.  While continuing to dig in as the Director of Concerts & Community Outreach on the Frank Hamilton School front, and there is A LOT of goodness going on there, TDawg Presents is producing just a few concerts presently, which is exactly how I need it to be.  On that note, the select two events coming up courtesy of TDawg Presents include one this Friday night, October 28, a Halloween bash at the Red Light Cafe with Hootenanny favorite Strung Like A Horse featuring Bill Fleming on the pedal steel and The 6th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny ~ A Benefit for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ~ at Terminal West on Sunday, December 18.  Advance tickets are available now for both events.  Please click on the pictures below to visit the online ticket page for either one!

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Advance Tickets $12 ADV/$15, Doors @ 8PM, Showtime 9 PM, NO OPENER

If you’ve never experienced getting STRUNG before, now’s your chance!  These fellas are so much fun and high energy with their gypsy punk grass you won’t know what hit ya!  Come dressed up or not, just come!

Check out this fun video, “tiny desk” style of their song “Free” ~ Enjoy!

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Jim Lauderdale & Jeff Mosier 2015, photo by Laura Simon

Returning artists Rev. Jeff Mosier, Papa Mali, Americana music icon Jim Lauderdale (pictured from 2015 Hoot w/ Jeff Mosier), and Yonrico Scott compliment nicely the addition of Drivin’n’Cryin’s own Kevn Kinney to the bill.  Backed by a group of stellar A-List musicians, the ensuing four unique sets of music will leave you with a huge smile at the end of the night and grateful you were witness to a one of a kind lineup at the 6th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny!  Mark your calendars now and hope to see you there!  More to come on the silent auction benefiting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity later in November.  Meanwhile, get your Advance Tickets ($25 ADV/$30 Door) and know you’re supportingh a great cause and a great holiday tradition!

PLEASE spread the good word as always!

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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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Hootenanny News, Larry Keel, and more!

29 May

May 27 marked the official 17 year anniversary of the existence of TDawg Presents/TDawg’s Productions.  What a long strange trip it’s been indeed, and the may the second 17 years bring continued growth, stability, happiness, and the joy of bringing the shows that matter!  There have been many growing pains, incredible musical experiences, and the creation of friendships & relationships to last a lifetime.  Thanks for all the support for all these years, and when change happens, know that it’s a good thing!

Over the last 17 years, I have learned to keep my approach fresh.  With that in mind, TDawg Presents won’t be producing the fall edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny this year so more energy is available to put into the other events already on the calendar, including the 5th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny ~ A Benefit for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ~ scheduled for Sunday, December 20 at Terminal West and the spring Back Porch Hootenanny scheduled for April 1-2, 2016, at Cherokee Farms!  Please stay tuned for details on both as we move through the year!

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Terminal West & TDawg Present The Larry Keel Experience, Dangermuffin & The Jugtime Ragband

THU July 2, Doors 7:00PM, Showtime 8PM, $14 ADV Purchase NOW!

Terminal West and TDawg Presents are excited to bring you a hot, hot show to kick off your July 4 weekend featuring The Larry Keel ExperienceDangermuffin, and The Jugtime Ragband!  Mark your calendar for THURSDAY, JULY 2, for what promises to be a smokin’ night of absolutely stellar acoustic music, exploratory and traditional simultaneously while taking you on a journey from 20’s ragtime jazz to progressive acoustic music that embodies elements of old-school bluegrass, new grass, and folk-rock.  Personally, I am thrilled to have long-time buddies and shenanigan cohorts The Larry Keel Experience performing on the Terminal West stage.  This is a great room for them, and to add the skills and sounds of Dangermuffin to the night just makes this a rock solid night.  The addition of Atlanta’s own The Jugtime Ragband seals the deal as one helluva night.  Read more…

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Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 2, for the 8th Annual Jerry Day ATL at Terminal West!  Complete details coming soon, including lineup, two stage schedule, and advance tickets!  Last year was an absolute treat, and this year will be much of the same.  Come and celebrate the birthday of a true musical genius as we roll through the catalog, no repeats the entire day (and night)!

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