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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 ūüėČ 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 Hootenanny 2 Days Out!

18 Dec
6th Annual Holiday Hoot 2016, at Terminal West

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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Folks, yet again, we have a wonderful variety of music centric items on the silent auction block! Here is a list of some of the items that will be present: Lock’n¬†Festival: 1 Pair of¬†General¬†Admission¬†passes w/ camping ~ Suwannee Spring Reunion: 1 Pair All-Access passes w/ camping ~ Widespread Panic New Year’s Eve at the Fabulous Fox Theatre: 1 Pair tickets ~ A signed-by-everyone guitar ~ Custom-framed concert photographs ~ Restaurant Gift Certificates ~ Jewelry, and more!

Y’all come ready to do some bidding, with proceeds benefitting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!¬† ¬†

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Schedule:

7:00 ‚Äď 7:15 ~ Vassar Clements Tribute

7:20 ‚Äď 8:05 ~ Heather Gillis

8:30 ‚Äď 9:30 ~ Jim Lauderdale

10:00 ‚Äď 11:15 ~ Peter Rowan

11:20 ‚Äď 12:15 AM ~ Jeff Mosier leads Jam Finale


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Vassar Clements Tribute to kick off Holiday Hoot (Dec 20!)

14 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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Vassar Clements was a dear friend to many, and I know I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him professionally and developed a close personal friendship with the man in the final chapter of his amazing life. Vassar first performed with Col. Bruce Hampton at HarvestFest in 1999, with Col. Bruce introducing him to the stage as the King of Kings. What a fitting title. 

Vassar & TDawg 2002

On December 20, the 8th Annual Holiday Hootenanny will pay tribute to this amazing American music legend who transcended genres and generations to create a mystique all his own, performing with everyone from Bill Monroe to Jerry Garcia to Stephan Grapelli and all points in between. We will be kicking off the show with a short set of fiddle jams by one of the finer trifecta of players –¬†Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band), Lyndsay Pruett (John Stickley Trio), John Mailander (Bruce Hornsby) – and joined by Jeff Mosier on banjo, Mark Henry on the upright bass, Matthew Williams on guitar, and Nick DiSebastian on mandolin. What a great start to the evening! The adjusted schedule is below:

7:00 – 7:15 ~ Vassar Clements Tribute

7:20 – 8:05 ~ Heather Gillis

8:30 – 9:30 ~ Jim Lauderdale

10:00 – 11:15 ~ Peter Rowan

11:20 – 12:15 AM ~ Jeff Mosier leads Jam Finale

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Here’s Vassar performing Orange Blossom Special with an all-star cast, including Jason Carter!

Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny News!!

15 Nov

Well folks, the 3rd Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny keeps getting sweeter by the day, both on the concert side and the silent auction side.¬† It’s been fun to stir the pot and get some exciting items to bid on (see pictures below for one item!), and TDawg Presents is excited to announce some additions to the lineup!

Los Lobos guitar Los Lobos guitar (2)

(Stadium Gibson SG Replica Guitar Brand New signed by legendary LOS LOBOS, provided by John Griffin at The Big House Museum, donated by Scott Kendrick, Middle Georgia Pawn in Macon, GA)

Two amazing songwriters from opposite ends of the sprectrum Рoriginal Capricorn Records recording artist Tommy Talton (Cowboy) and multi-instrumentalist Jason Kenney Рare joining this already on-fire lineup, with just a couple of more to be added soon.  Both bring a passion to their unique sound, full of purity and soul.

Talton is walking music history, as a founding member of Capricorn Records original Cowboy (also featuring Chuck Leavell), and through most of the 70s as a studio musician recording with artists such as Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers Band, Bonnie Bramlett, Martin Mull, Corky Lang (West, Bruce and Lang, Mountain, Dickey Betts, Clarence Carter, country legend Kitty Wells, Alex and Livingston Taylor, Arthur Conley of Sweet Soul Music fame, and more.¬† He toured extensively throughout the U.S. with Cowboy and with the Gregg Allman tour, from Carnegie Hall (as special guests) to Fillmore West in San Francisco and most cities in between. Talton was also the guitarist on Gregg Allman’s “Laid Back” album.

Kenney has been performing and recording professionally for only eight years now, but it seems like a generation’s worth of time based on how he plays, sings, and writes.¬† His most recent effort is a group¬†called the Kenney Blackmon String Band with legendary fiddler David Blackmon, and their album was produced by famed Widespread Panic producer John Keane.

Stay tuned for a couple of more lineup announcements, and SPREAD THE GOOD WORD!¬† There’s not another show with as much heart and positive energy as the 3rd Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny – A Benefit for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!¬† HOOT HOOT!!

Below is nice clip from this past March in NYC at BB King’s Blues Club for the Hittin’ the Note After-party, post Allman Brothers Band concert, featuring the Tommy Talton Band…enjoy!!!

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