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Remembering Whit Connah & The Importance of Music in the Community

6 Sep

whitThis past Saturday I attended the memorial service for Whit Connah.  It was a true celebration of the life of an amazing person, one who touched the lives of so many.  His impact in the community will be felt for our lifetime and hopefully beyond.  The service consisted of some of the rawest, most heartfelt performances I’ve ever witnessed, and the individuals who spoke about Whit – daughters, friends, brother, granddaughter among them – painted a vivid portrait of someone who had a passion for living and was very good at passing that passion along to those who interacted with him.  He was labeled an introvert by several folks, but I certainly never saw that side.  One can credit wife Barbara for bringing him out of his shell.  Whit was an artist and a musician.  He taught art at Georgia Tech in their architecture department for 30 years and created many masterpieces of his own over the years as well.  He also was a mainstay in the Atlanta Cajun band Hair of the Dog, which rocked around Atlanta and the Southeast for over 30 years, their last show being a performance in early March as part of the Frank Hamilton School Concert Series.  I was fortunate to be able to see them many times over the years and include them in several of my projects.  Like many folks and especially his family and close friends, I will miss Whit and the energy he exuded onto others and within the Atlanta music community.  However, I have no doubt that his spirit will live on.  Below is a video I shot in the WREK studio where Hair of the Dog did a promotional appearance for the FHS show.

Whit’s passing has brought me full circle in my current career path for the Frank Hamilton School, of which Barbara has been a fiddle instructor.  It is our mission to provide an opportunity to people to learn and enjoy playing an intstrument, by yourself or in a group regardless of skill level.  I had a personal epiphany along that line of thought on Saturday after the memorial service.  Those who know me know my continued love of roots music and all its different sounds.  However, and for whatever reason, I have never really picked up an instrument to jam, noodle, or much of anything.  A bit of harmonica here and there, a couple of bass lessons.  Someone has to present the shows, too, right?  On Saturday, inspired by what I had witnessed at the memorial service, I passed on my much anticipated day & night of college football and brought out a mandolin that has found a home in our house.  I have never played the mandolin before, but I learned a couple of chords and away I went, offering mainly “ambience” notes but they fit in with the more experienced notes of my friends.  For about five hours I did my best and certainly felt a release of emotion that was much needed, and I look forward to continuing the learning process!

I am sending lots of love to Whit’s immediate family and his friends who so dearly loved him and will do my part to ensure his spirit lives on continuously.

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Frank Hamilton School Concert Series Off & Running!

22 Feb

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We had a great week last week at the Frank Hamilton School!  Check out this great article that James Kelly wrote in the Atlanta Creative Loafing edition out now!  Many thanks for the push as we move forward in our journey to become an integral part of the musical DNA of the greater Atlanta area.

Please consider coming out Tuesday evening to Epworth United Methodist Church (across from Candler Park) for the start of our next term (6 sessions for $100) – you’ll be glad you did!  We will be featuring Guitar I & II, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Fiddle & Vocals…there’s something for everyone!  It really doesn’t matter what level you are, and if you’re shy about playing with others then this is your ticket.  Please visit http://frankhamiltonschool.org for more information, and we hope to see you on Tuesday, February 23!

The opening concert of the Frank Hamilton Concert Series on Thursday night with Jeff IMG_0461Mosier starting the festivities followed by The Georgia Crackers was an amazing experience that was fitting for a kick-off celebration, and we had a great crowd for the festivities!  Below are some videos that highlight how wonderful the evening really was.  The first video features Jeff Mosier performing the classic John Hartford tune made famous by Glenn Campbell, “Gentle On My Mind”.  The next song is performed by The Georgia Crackers, and the last couple of videos feature Jeff joining on stage with the spoons.  Great stuff!  Hope you enjoy!

We hope to see y’all out on March 3 for our next concert at the Red Light Cafe, featuring Atlanta’s own Hair of the Dog!  Great Cajun music with a twist of pedal steel thrown in for good measure.  You’re sure to leave a fan!  Advance tickets are available for purchase, $10 Adv/$12 door.  Please let your friends know, show starts at 8pm!

Back Porch Hootenanny & Newly Added Concerts by TDawg Presents!

30 Mar

Folks we’re LESS THAN TWO WEEKS out from the finest lil’ spring fling – better known as TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny – that you’ve been waiting for after this last little cold front.  Make your plans to join in the fun with your family, friends, and new friends you haven’t met yet!  This is a wonderfully relaxing piece of property with beautiful woods all around, providing a great environment for some R’n’R and might fine jams!  Everyone involved – performing artists, staff & volunteers – is super excited about the 18th edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny.

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FRI-SAT (April 10-11) $60ADV/$75 Gate

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SAT ONLY (April 11) $55 ADV/$65 Gate

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CONGRATULATIONS to PACKWAY HANDLE BAND as they embark on a journey this summer, performing in major venues around the country and opening for KID ROCK & FOREIGNER!  What an amazing opportunity for these hardworking musicians – be sure to catch them SAT APRIL 11 at the Hootenanny, taking the stage at 8:30PM for what promises to be one helluva rocking set and to be followed by STRUNG LIKE A HORSE!  For the rest of the SCHEDULE CLICK HERE.

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Please share this event with your friends, and let’s have ourselves one helluva Hooooooooootenanny!!!

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TDawg Presents is excited to bring you THE LARRY KEEL EXPERIENCE & DANGERMUFFIN to Terminal West on Thursday, July 2, co-producing with the kind folks at Terminal West!  Advance tickets go ($14 adv/$17 door) go on sale April 3!  We are very excited to bring this wonderful combo to you, stay tuned for more details soon!!!  Yeah u right!!!

Final Lineup Additions for TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny + Schedule!

28 Jan

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TDawg Presents is excited to bring N. GA favorite Jason Kenney onto the lineup for Saturday evening, April 11!  Kenney is a Dahlonega native who has been impressing folks for quite a while now with his songwriting and musicianship, and you know he won’t disappoint in his own back yard!  In addition, please welcome a new band on the scene that features veterans of the circuit for many years calling themselves Blackberry PossumWildman Steve has brought former bandmate Brian Fowler (Bibb City Ramblers) as well as stellar Alabama guitarist Tony Brook into the mix for what promises to be one of those sets that you don’t want to miss!

Here’s a video of Jason Kenney and band in action at the Crimson Moon in Dahlonega.  Enjoy!

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My wife and I attended the Dangermuffin concert last Saturday night at Eddie’s Attic, witnessing one of the freshest, finest performance in quite a while!  Hard to believe it’s only three fellas up on stage.  Playing in front of a packed house, they created such an amazing groove that had folks standing and boogeyin’ where you’re usually sitting!  I personally can’t wait until their Friday Night Hootenanny Showcase at Starbridge on April 10!  It’s going to be a very special set, mark my words.

FRI-SAT (April 10-11) $60ADV/$75 Gate

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SAT DAY PASS (NO camping) ~ $50 GATE.  Kids 12 & under are admitted FREE!  Kids ages 13-16 $20 at gate.  NO DOGS PLEASE!

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Schedule (subject to change)

FRI APRIL 10
Tree Stage
Dangermuffin 8:30PM 11:30PM
SAT APRIL 11
Tree Stage
Blackberry Possum 12:00PM 1:00PM
The Higher Ground 1:45PM 3:15PM
Hair of the Dog 4:00PM 5:30PM
Jason Kenney 6:15PM 7:45PM
Packway Handle Band 8:30PM 10:00PM
Strung Like A Horse 10:30PM 12:00AM
MOMS Cabin Stage
MOMS Showcase 1:00PM 1:45PM
Gibson Wilbanks Band 3:15PM 4:00PM
Gibson Wilbanks Band 5:30PM 6:15PM
Mikhail Peterson & Friends 7:45PM 8:30PM
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