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Holiday Hootenanny Schedule Posted/Lineup Change

9 Dec

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Advance Tickets Only $25!  $30 Door

Well folks, we’re on the homestretch to the 6th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny and we’re looking at one helluva time! There are going to be some special moments for certain, and with the group of musicians gathering for this fine concert how can there not be? On that note, the schedule is out!

Schedule

5:30 PM: Doors open, Silent Auction begins

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: The Pussywillows

8 PM – 9 PM: Jim Lauderdale & Jeff Mosier

9:30 PM – 10:30 PM: Kevn Kinney

11 PM – Midnight: Papa Mali

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Folks, Benji Shanks got called in for guitar duties in a last minute booking for Kristian Bush and will be unable to make the show.  In his absence, I have called on good buddy and fellow Holiday Hootenanny alum Matt Williams (Blueground Undergrass, Capt. Soularcat, Pickled Holler) to step on in!  Matt killed it last year with Jim Lauderdale, and his presence will be felt throughout the evening.  His new band, Pickled Holler, rings loud and true in sound and tone,

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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Beautiful Weather for The Hoot!

29 Mar

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Advance Tickets (Check in at Will Call & available through Thursday, March 31st 10PM!)

SAT ONLY – $45 Adv/$55 Gate 

FRI-SAT ONLY – $50 Adv/$65 Gate

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This could be YOU this weekend!

The forecast for Friday and Saturday is a beautiful one!  We can’t wait for the music to start up on Friday night!  We hope you can come on Friday, as we have Wildman Steve’s band, Blackberry Possum, kicking off the weekend high energy jamgrass and some special guests throughout.  These fellas are highly skilled and will blow your mind.  They’ll do two long sets so get ready!  Bring your hammocks, too, as we’ll have some edge domes set up for your enjoyment, not to mention the jungle gym effect 😉  This is really going to be a fun weekend with friends and family, and the music is going to be off the chains!

The primary goal of a TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny has never been about bringing in the headliner that draws the big crowd – it’s about the extremely high quality of musicians and those in attendance joining forces for a incredible experience that leaves you happily decompressed from the rigors of your daily lives.  You always leave with a new band in your head and memories of unique combinations of the participating musicians.

Below is the schedule for the weekend.

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SCHEDULE

SHED STAGE, FRI APRIL 1

8:30PM – 11:30PM > Blackberry Possum

SHED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

Noon – 1:20PM > Smokey’s Farmland Band

2:10PM – 3:40PM > The Rickety Crickets

4:35PM – 6:05PM > Ralph Roddenbery Band

7:00PM – 8:30PM > Caroline Aiken

9:25PM – 10:55PM > Rev. Jeff Mosier & Friends

11:25PM – 1:00AM > Strung Like A Horse

MOMS/GRATEFUL FRED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

1:25PM – 2:10PM > MOMS Jam

3:45PM – 4:30PM > The Ain’t Sisters

6:10PM – 6:55PM > Brian Ashley Jones

8:35PM – 9:20PM > Donna Hopkins & Friends

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Below is the video (filmed at Cherokee Farms no less!) for Gypsy Jane by Strung Like A Horse.  Enjoy!

We’ll see ya at the Hoot!!!

 

TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny Next Weekend (4/1-2)

23 Mar

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Advance Tickets

SAT ONLY – $45 Adv/$55 Gate 

FRI-SAT ONLY – $50 Adv/$65 Gate

We’re just over a week out from the final Back Porch Hootenanny, and it is going to be an amazing time had by all, from the musicians to staff & volunteers to the patrons who have supported the Hootenannies all these years and HarvestFest before that!  We all WANT to be there.  The music will be continuous, first from the stage and carrying over to the late night acoustic jams!  We will celebrate all that has been, that has brought an amazing group of individuals together to form an extra special potpourri of family and friends for so many years already and for the unforeseeable future.  The message of bringing together community through music via TDawg Presents events doesn’t end; there is simply a change of venue in the Frank Hamilton School that will continue the trend of outstanding performances and on a more regular basis!  Meanwhile, HOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY y’all!!!

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SCHEDULE

SHED STAGE, FRI APRIL 1

8:30PM – 11:30PM > Blackberry Possum

SHED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

Noon – 1:20PM > Smokey’s Farmland Band

2:10PM – 3:40PM > The Rickety Crickets

4:35PM – 6:05PM > Ralph Roddenbery Band

7:00PM – 8:30PM > Caroline Aiken

9:25PM – 10:55PM > Rev. Jeff Mosier & Friends

11:25PM – 1:00AM > Strung Like A Horse

MOMS/GRATEFUL FRED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

1:25PM – 2:10PM > MOMS Jam

3:45PM – 4:30PM > The Ain’t Sisters

6:10PM – 6:55PM > Brian Ashley Jones

8:35PM – 9:20PM > Donna Hopkins & Friends

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Here’s a fun video from the spring Hoot in 2012 featuring a nice little jam from led by Donna Hopkins and featuring The Bibb City Ramblers.  Enjoy!

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2016 Hoot

 

TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny 2 Weeks Out 4/1-2

18 Mar

Advance Tickets

SAT ONLY – $45 Adv/$55 Gate 

FRI-SAT ONLY – $50 Adv/$65 Gate

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Y’all we’re going to have a fantastic time of it in just TWO weekends!  There is some great energy in the air around this last edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny; I am so very thankful for having the opportunity to be an enabler of such amazing music with soooo many amazing musicians and like-minded individuals, as both groups have continued to support these wonderful small festies over the years and that is what has kept the spirit alive.  Small festivals are becoming a thing of the past, I feel, so come experience why they’re so special!  The journey will certainly continue in the new position as Director for Concerts, Community Outreach & Development for the Frank Hamilton School!

Scroll down for a great raw clip from Hootenannies past of Ralph Roddenbery on stage backed by the grooves of the Atlanta’s own Moontower.

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SCHEDULE

SHED STAGE, FRI APRIL 1

8:30PM – 11:30PM > Blackberry Possum

SHED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

Noon – 1:20PM > Smokey’s Farmland Band

2:10PM – 3:40PM > The Rickety Crickets

4:35PM – 6:05PM > Ralph Roddenbery Band

7:00PM – 8:30PM > Caroline Aiken

9:25PM – 10:55PM > Rev. Jeff Mosier & Friends

11:25PM – 1:00AM > Strung Like A Horse

MOMS/GRATEFUL FRED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

1:25PM – 2:10PM > MOMS Jam

3:45PM – 4:30PM > The Ain’t Sisters

6:10PM – 6:55PM > Brian Ashley Jones

8:35PM – 9:20PM > Donna Hopkins & Friends

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TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny ~ How Sweet It Is

11 Mar

Advance tickets are on sale NOW for both FRI-SAT and SAT ONLY (both include camping) – SAT day passes can be purchased on site only, and there will be NO FRIDAY ONLY passes available.  As usual, NO DOGS ALLOWED, BYOB (& food if you’d like), and LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR!

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SAT ONLY – $45 Adv/$55 Gate 

FRI-SAT ONLY – $50 Adv/$65 Gate

 

We are only about THREE WEEKS OUT (April 1-2) from the biggest little blow out you’ve ever witnessed, should you be there.  I’ve had a few contemplative moments over the last few weeks as 2016 HootI begin a new journey that is currently overlapping with my passion of the past 18 years.  Come the time of the Back Porch Hoot Wrap Party, I feel only celebration and not sadness as I move forward with a life’s worth of experiences in only the first half of my time here.  The musicians assembled for TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny #19 represent the beginning of HarvestFest, my time being involved with the Atlanta Dogwood  Festival, and the Back Porch Hootenanny era.  We are all excited to go down the road one more time as a Hoot, and you can rest assured the midnight Hootenanny Battlecry on Saturday night will be a true Howlin’ At The Moon experience!

Every note will reciprocate the appreciation from the audience, regardless of whether they’re listening from the front of the stage, out in the field with your family in warm sunlight, under the tent where the shade is nice, or from your campsite.  The jams continuing into the night will be energetic andbonfire soothing to the soul as they always are.  The large bonfire burns to what seems like an eternity, creating a mesmerizing and meandering flow of yellow and orange flames, while smaller and equally inviting fires sprout up in the darkness, often accompanied by the sound of music being made.  I, for one, am really looking forward to celebrating what first HarvestFest and then the Hootenannies have done to bring together so many family and friends.

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SCHEDULE

SHED STAGE, FRI APRIL 1

8:30PM – 11:30PM > Blackberry Possum

SHED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

Noon – 1:20PM > Smokey’s Farmland Band

2:10PM – 3:40PM > The Rickety Crickets

4:35PM – 6:05PM > Ralph Roddenbery Band

7:00PM – 8:30PM > Caroline Aiken

9:25PM – 10:55PM > Rev. Jeff Mosier & Friends

11:25PM – 1:00AM > Strung Like A Horse

MOMS/GRATEFUL FRED STAGE, SAT APRIL 2

1:25PM – 2:10PM > MOMS Jam

3:45PM – 4:30PM > The Ain’t Sisters

6:10PM – 6:55PM > Brian Ashley Jones

8:35PM – 9:20PM > Donna Hopkins & Friends

Hootenanny Lineup Announcement! 4/1-2

28 Jan

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SAT ONLY – $45 Adv/$55 Gate (SAT 4/2, includes camping)

FRI-SAT ONLY – $50 Adv/$65 Gate (FRI 4/1 – SAT 4/2, includes camping)

SAT day passes can be purchased on site only, and there will be NO FRIDAY ONLY passes available.  Kids 12&under are admitted FREE.  Ages 13-16 $20 at gate.   As usual, NO DOGS ALLOWED, BYOB (& food if you’d like), and LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR!

TDawg Presents is thrilled to bring you a true family reunion for this 19th and final installment of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, April 1-2 at Cherokee Farms!  The Hoots have always been about a special relationship between musicians, patrons, and Cherokee Farms – such an idyllic setting for some incredibly intimate and phenomenal music.  You can expect some fantastic collaborations, bonfire jams, and a welcome jolt to the spring that you need!

The 2016 lineup is almost complete, but here is the list to date.  I hope to have the complete lineup within the next two weeks.

Strung Like A Horse

Caroline Aiken

Ralph Roddenbery Band

Smokey’s Farmland Band

Blackberry Possum

Donna Hopkins

Brian Ashley Jones

Bobby Miller (artist at-large)

Let’s go out in style with one, y’all.  Everyone is excited to be a part, and it promises to be a period of non-stop fun!  PLEASE spread the good word – invite your friends through FB, word-of-mouth, however you can.  HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

 

TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny Apr 10-11! Featuring: Jason Kenney, Packway Handle Band, Strung Like A Horse

18 Mar

So many amazing performers have graced the stage at TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, and this year is certainly no exception to what we take for granted at these events!  The Friday night showcase with Dangermuffin commences festivities, and Saturday will leave you dizzy with musical interludes spinning around your head all day long, while enjoying the intimate confines of Starbridge Event Center.  Please read on to view some videos of the bands!

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Strung Like A Horse (10:30-midnight) is going to take the 18th edition of the Hootenanny out with a bang!  Check out this great video shot at Cherokee Farms in LaFayette, GA, of the song “Gypsy Jane”.

TDawg Presents welcomes back Packway Handle Band (8:30PM-10PM) to the Hootenanny stage for the second time!  This Athens, GA-based quintet really grips you as they make their way through their set with genuine songwriting and tight instrumentation, single-mic or all-electric.  You don’t know what you’ll get sometimes!!  Check out this clip from Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Packway Handle Band performing “I Wish I hadn’t Done It”.

Please welcome Jason Kenney (6:15PM-7:45PM) to the Hootenanny stage for the first time!  This incredible singer/songwriter comes from just down the road in Dahlonega, and you feel the local roots in his music.  Pure and true is his music, and you’ll see for yourself in the video for “Turn This Sorrow Into Joy”, title track from his latest album.

Atlanta’s own Cajun masters Hair of the Dog bring their rockin’ sound to the Tree Stage at the Hootenanny for the first time!  Trust me, they’re the real deal.  Been around a long time playing what they love, and pedal steel maestro Bill Fleming will keep his rig up there for the rest of the evening so you never know what will happen with all those great musicians gathered all night long!  Check out this raw yet rockin’ clip from a neighborhood party (I was there!) featuring HoD performing “Leona Had A Party”.  Your whole family will be kickin it during this set!

The Higher Choir (1:45PM-3:15PM) has been climbing the ladder for several years now, and folks, they very well might be reaching a moment of reckoning, in a state of mind where their Southern rock sound touches your bones and your soul!  They wowed the crowd on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Cruise, have been packing venues around the Southeast, and as you see from this video, “The Working Title” from their CD Release party in 2013, it’s a kickin’ sound that has you boogey’in!  I first saw these folks at the Wheelbarrow Fest in Reynoldstown a few years back, and they blew me away!

Performing on the Music On Main Street (MOMS) stage, Gibson Wilbanks Band is going to bring two sets (3:15PM-4PM, 5:30PM-6:15PM) , one after The Higher Choir and the second after Hair of the Dog, that are gonna have you groovin’ even more so.  The interlay of slide and rhythm by both Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks, along with at-large artist Richie Jones on drums and the insane harmonica of Brad Bauman, will make these two sets ones you don’t want to miss!  The soulfulness comes through loud and clear on this video, enjoy!

TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny April 10-11! Adv tix, Lineup Announcement!

9 Jan

The worst cold spell of the winter is the perfect time to announce the SPRING edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny happening Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, at beautiful Starbridge in Murrayville, GA! Make your plans NOW for the second weekend in April to gather with your family and friends for the 18th installment of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, and stay tuned for complete details coming next week!

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FRI-SAT ADVANCE TICKETS $55 ADV/$70 Gate

SAT ONLY ADVANCE TICKETS $50 ADV/$60 Gate

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INITIAL LINEUP (More to come!)

DANGERMUFFIN

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THE HIGHER CHOIR

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HAIR OF THE DOG

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GIBSON WILBANKS BAND

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AT-LARGE ARTISTS: RICHIE JONES, JARED WOMACK, MIKHAEL PETERSON

Full lineup and complete schedule to be released next week!

TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny 3 Days Away – Sept 19-20! Artist Preview: Freddy’s Finest & Col. Bruce Hampton

16 Sep

My how time flies!  Here we are the week of the 17th edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny y’all!  The temperature will be just right for a big ol’ bonfire, and the music will keep you moving all day and all night!

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If you’ve not had a chance yet to catch Col. Bruce Hampton, mark my words you’re in for a special treat.  His shows seem to always fit the moment, never a weak link.  The Zambi master will bring it on Saturday evening, you know that for certain.  Below is a fun clip from last year’s 3rd Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny in December (mark your calendars for SUN DEC 21 and the 4th Annual Holiday Hoot!)

Freddy’s Finest has evolved into quite the funk/jazz ensemble that can really tear it up.  A perfect for the 6:30pm set on the Grateful Fred Stage, and an ideal band to directly precede Col. Bruce!  Check out their Lettuce jam from the Moonshadow Tavern not too long ago.  Let’s just say it’s a very involved jam where each participating musician brings it!

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Cherokee Farms, 2035 Old Mineral Springs Rd., LaFayette, GA 30728

***ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE

FRI-SAT Sept 19-20 (incl camping) ~ $50 ADV/$65 GATE

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SAT Sept 20 ONLY (incl camping) ~ $45 ADV/$55 GATE

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SAT DAY PASS (NO camping) ~ $40 GATE.  Kids 12 & under are admitted FREE!  Kids ages 13-16 $20 at gate.  NO DOGS PLEASE!  BYOB

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