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Jeff Sipe, Horn Section added to Holiday Hootenanny Lineup!

5 Oct

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS: General Admission $35 Adv/$45 Day of Show, Reserved $45 Adv/$55 Day of Show

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018 

Where: The Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

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Jeff Sipe at 2nd Annual Holiday Hoot

Folks, the lineup is now complete for the 8th Annual Holiday Hootenanny, benefitting Atlanta Habitat for the sixth consecutive year! TDawg Presents is thrilled to bring the one and only Jeff Sipe (Apt. Q258) back into the Holiday Hootenanny mix! His many accolades include being a founding member of Col. Bruce Hampton’s legendary band the Aquarium Rescue Unit that also featured Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, Jeff Mosier, Count M’Butu, and Matt Mundy. He spent three years on the road with another one of my favorite bands, Leftover Salmon, and he was also a co-creator (along with the late great Ricky Keller) of the Zambiland Orchestra, a holiday extravaganza from which the Holiday Hootenanny is heavily influenced. This is Sipe’s fourth appearance in the Holiday Hootenanny and his first since 2013. I have to say that the rhythm section featuring Jeff Sipe & Richie Jones on drums/percussion and Kevin Scott & Evan Sarver on bass is as strong as it gets!

TDawg Presents is honored to bring back intact the horn section from last year’s show horns_holiday hootthat includes Joey “Papa J” Sommerville on trumpet, Bryan Lopes on saxophone, and Daniel Wytanis on trombone. A common link among these three incredible horn players is their love for and friendship with Col. Bruce, as all three participated in the Hampton 70 concert in May of 2017. I remember fondly in the mid-90’s heading to Smith’s Olde Bar on rainy & cold weeknights to see The Apartment Project perform. Lineup included Jeff Sipe, Bryan Lopes, Ricky Keller, Count M’Butu, and an amazing assortment of musicians.

Folks, we are going to have an incredible time on December 20 at the Variety Playhouse! If you know you are going, then go ahead and purchase your tickets! Remember, no service fee applied if you pop by the Variety Playhouse box office during normal business hours or on a show night. This one’s gonna blow the roof off the place!

If you’ve not seen Heather Gillis before, you are in for a treat! Check this video out from Pisgah Brewing in NC from September of 2017. Enjoy!

Final Lineup: Peter Rowan, Grammy-winner Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel, Jeff Mosier, Heather Gillis, Jeff Sipe, Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band), Joey “Papa J” Sommerville, Bryan Lopes, Lyndsay Pruett (John Stickley Trio)Jared Womack (Grass is Dead), Kevin Scott, Evan Sarver, Richie Jones, Bobby Miller, Nick DiSebastian, Daniel Wytanis. Bill Fleming, Matt Williams, Kevin Thomas, Emcee Wildman Steve

Hootenanny time is almost upon us! Artist preview: Secondhand Swagger, Sam French

3 Sep

Wow y’all!  We sure have rounded that corner quickly, and the 17th installment of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny is just about here!  I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend and that your team won! 😉

Now that we’re into September and just over two weeks out, you can clear your head for a moment and realize that you not only WANT to go to Hootenanny, but you also NEED to go!  The amazing energy that is created at Cherokee Farms – the camaraderie of your friends, camping neighbors and musicians – the spontaneity of the jams – the amazing flow of this tightly wound small festie that releases a giant multi-layered musical explosion – the knowledge that you WILL hear something you’ve not heard before and it will make an impact on your already impeccable musical tastes.  These are all great qualities of what a Hootenanny is at the core, a joyful healing and re-energizing experience for the mind, body and soul.  TICKETS & LODGING INFO

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Speaking of soul, check out this southern soulful groove laid down by Secondhand SwaggerThese folks will be rockin’ the infamous “Happy Hour Set” from 5-6:30PM on SAT Sept 20!  And folks, the musical mojo will kickin’ hard that day! 

For those of you who are not familiar with Sam French, well that’s a great reason to show up on Friday night, September 19, at the Hootenanny!  This man is drenched in southern, his style genuine, and his product real.  Ted Norton, guitarist for The Grapes, will be joining Sam’s band that night and also be around all weekend long sitting in as an artist-at-large.  Below is some fine video of Sam and his band performing an original, “Few Regrets”.  Enjoy!

Spread the good word to your friends and family, y’all, as HOOT #17 promises to be as good as advertised!  HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

 

A TDawg Reflection

22 Jan

Well folks, we have officially moved past the realm of Happy New Year and into the juggernaut that is the dead of winter and sub-freezing temperatures!  One month ago, I was gearing up for the 3rd Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny at Terminal West.  On Sunday, December 22, what transpired over 5 1/2 hours was pure magic.  Both as a fan of the music and as a producer, a simply amazing feeling overtakes me – gives me goose bumps actually – listening to and watching these well-seasoned musicians get up and do their thing without any rehearsal!  Let’s just say that the sound check is one of the best 😉  The family vibe is alive and strong, and without that family at the core, the Holiday Hoot would be hard to bring to the stage.  In Atlanta, we are so fortunate to have such a wonderful, loving, amazing group of musicians in the form of bands and individuals that blow your mind on any given night.  One night a year, everyone looks forward to Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny!

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For me personally, I feel like the Holiday Hootenanny has helped me to purge some lingering effects of years’ past and create some special, new opportunities for 2014 and beyond.  Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny (4th Annual on Sun Dec 21 at Terminal West) is here to stay, and the upcoming 16th edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny (April 4-5) is going to be off the chain musically and energy-wise.  All that needs to happen now is for YOU to be there!

Words of advice, EMBRACE live music that has any sort of a hook on you.  You’ll be glad you pursued further.  The Hootenannies, and before that HarvestFest, without fail have provided many opportunities to see some of the finest live music out there in it’s initial stages.  I hope you’ll take some time to check out the bands at the Hootenanny this year, as I guarantee there will be something fresh that hits you.

I recently listened to the Eye of the Dawg Songwriter Showcase from the Keel Family Function in 2009, and let’s just say I was as blown away now as I was then.  Two sets, featuring the incomparable Larry Keel, Col. Bruce Hampton, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Grayson Capps, Caroline Pond, Ralph Roddenbery, Donna Hopkins, Lefty Williams, Michael Tolcher, Scott Mecredy, Apt Q258 Jeff Sipe on drums accompanied by Duane Trucks for the finale, and fiddlin’ by Zebulon Bowles, Caroline Pond & Erin Zindle (The Ragbirds).  WOW!  Y’all this was spontaneity at its finest, presenting the best in each of the musicians in a relaxed and “damn I’m glad I’m here and not there” feeling that pervaded the audience as well 😉

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We live in a wacked out world – politically, economically, and socially – however, one thing is true here.  Through all the sometimes harsh divides we have to put up with, a common thread is good music to heal the soul regardless of beliefs.  We are all music farmers, constantly looking for the perfect crop that provides that ultimate satisfaction and yearning more.

Enjoy the video below from the Eye of the Dawg Showcase featuring Larry Keel performing Dreams.  It will soothe your mind, body & soul.

Holiday Hoot Low Down & Silent Auction!

19 Dec

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We are just a few days out from a freakin’ incredible musical experience!  For those of you who attended Warren Haynes’ 25th Annual Christmas Jam last weekend in Asheville, well, this should be a solid capper for you!  Musicians are communicating amongst themselves, the auction is falling into place, and I hope that we can have a packed house at Terminal West in our first year working with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!

Here is a general flow to the concert, music starting at 7pm.

Silent Auction 5pm, Doors to venue 6pm, SHOWTIME 7PM.

SET I ~ 7:00pm-8:00pm

Featured Musians: Jeff Sipe Trio, Lefty Williams, Donna Hopkins, Ralph Roddenbery & Diane Durrett.

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SET II ~ 8:30pm-9:45pm

Featured Musicians:  John Cowan, Tommy Talton, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jason Kenney & Leah Calvert

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SET III ~ 10:15pm-MIDNIGHT

Featured Musicians: Randall Bramblett, Grant Green Jr., Col. Bruce Hampton, Women of Rock feat. Caroline Aiken, Diane Durrett & Donna Hopkins

Core Musicians: Jeff Sipe, Joe Craven, John Cowan, Ted Pecchio, Kevin Scott, Count M’Butu, Gaurav Malhotra, Yonrico Scott, Leah Calvert, Bobby Miller, Tony Giordano, Donna Hopkins, Lefty Williams, Diane Durrett, Jeff Autry.

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Get your advance tickets now and know you’re doing your part for a great cause!

Come at 5pm and enjoy an incredible silent auction with live music from Sans Abri.  Below are samples of some of the items up for auction!

Sandy Beaches Cruise (Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball and much more!)  Sixthman
Artwork – ARU 2001 Variety Playhouse (4 prints)  Scramble Campbell
Artwork – 3D String Cheese Incident – Conscious Alliance 2010  Scramble Campbell
Artwork – Yonder Mountain String Band – Bonnaroo 2003  Scramble Campbell
Artwork – Woodstock 30th Anniversary  Scramble Campbell
Artwork – Drumhead Artwork  Yonrico Scott
Artwork – Guitart  Tommy Talton
Autographed WSP Tour Poster  John Griffin
Bhojanic for 10 ($150 value)  Bhojanic
Calloway Garden getaway package  Callaway Gardens
Stadium Gibson SG Guitar Replica signed by Los Lobos  Scott Kendrick

Tickets on Sale NOW for the 3rd Annual Holiday Hootenanny!

28 Oct

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Alright folks!  Let’s go on and get your tickets, supporting a great cause while anticipating yet another incredible one-of-a-kind jam that you probably will never see again in such a way!  This show is stocked full of southern soul, Americana, and that space in between that gets jazzy, bluesy, and funky in a moment’s notice ~ You’ll certainly be as happy as those in the picture just above!  Advance tickets are $30, $35 at the door, click HERE to get yours now!

The initial lineup is as follows with more to be announced soon!

Randall Bramblett

John Cowan

Col. Bruce Hampton

Rev. Jeff Mosier

Caroline Aiken

Count M’Butu

Jeff Sipe Trio

Grant Green Jr.

Yonrico Scott

Mark Van Allen

Jeff Autry

Donna Hopkins

Diane Durrett

Bobby Miller

Ralph Roddenbery

Leah Calvert

Gaurav Malhotra

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