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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

Scramble_ARU   Delbert Cruise

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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