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Holiday Hootenanny (12/18) Lineup Additions

11 Sep

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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

When: Showtime 7PM, Doors @ 6PM

Tickets: Gen Adm $35 ADV / $45 Door, Reserved $45 ADV / $55 Door. Available Friday, August 30 @ 10 AM online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

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We are thrilled to announce a few additions to the Holiday Hootenanny lineup y’all! Our official statesman, multi-Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale, will be joining us once again! His sets have been quite a highlight each of the previous three years, and we’re grateful that he is able to return again for what promises to be another memorable set. Jim is a very successful songwriter in Nashville, having written songs performed by the likes of George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, Patty Loveless, and countless others. He also is co-host of the highly successful Buddy & Jim Show on Sirius/XM’s Outlaw Country. We are also pleased to welcome multi-Grammy winner and fiddling master Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band, Travelin’ McCourys) Also, please welcome Acoustic Syndicate’s own Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry as well as Jeff Sipe’s State Birds, featuring bassist extraordinaire Neal Fountain, guitarist Mike Seals (Jerry Douglas Band, Sierra Hull), and saxophonist Bryan Lopes.

Fast , elegant and beautiful, this dynamic quartet take musical flight together as “State Birds” (the name is a nod to Col. Bruce Hampton). With the lineup growing for the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny, this set promises to present some surprises for all of us!

The music is mesmerizing and delivered with joy and passion. The near telepathic communication is a result of years of chemistry together.
The bands’ roots go back to 1983 in Atlanta. Each of the band members played with Bruce Hampton for a spell and share a unique musical bond. Below is a video captured by good friend Ron Currens at Music On Main Street in 2018, enjoy!

Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry is a founding member, lead vocalist, guitarist & mandolin player of the amazing band, Little King recording artist Acoustic Syndicate. My history with this band goes all the way back to the first HarvestFest on October 10, 1998, and they are “still my favorite band after all these years!” Big Daddy’s friendship and comradery with just about everyone on this lineup only means the family vibe for this year’s Holiday Hoot is going to be felt by everyone in the room. The jams will be plentiful and the music joyous.

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The current lineup: Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman, Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel, Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jason Carter, A Tribute Johnny Knapp, Jeff Sipe, The State Birds, Bryan Lopes, Neal Fountain, Mike Seals, Daniel Wytanis, more to come!!!

Stay tuned for the remainder of the lineup for the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny to come your way soon! PLEASE spread the good word, and get your tickets now if you know you can go! We’re going to have a nice-sized crowd this year, so dont’ be left out! Zambi!!

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 😉 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 – 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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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!

Holiday Hoot (Dec 20) Only 10 Days Out!

10 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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12/20/17 at Terminal West w/ Johnny Knapp

Wow – I can’t believe the time is almost here for another Holiday Hootenanny! What a great gift to give during this holiday season, one which supports a great cause AND provides the gift of amazing music to lift your spirits even higher! Each year I am amazed at the love and positive spirit that surrounds this event – it really is OUR holiday party and celebration. Everyone in attendance feels a connection to the music and to each other, creating quite a memorable evening in the process! Get your sitter if you need one, go ahead and purchase your ticket, and plan on coming out to the Variety Playhouse for a special night on Thursday, December 20. Zambi!

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Here’s a great clip from 2012 featuring the Mosier Brothers (Jeff & Johnny) & Friends, the last time the Holiday Hootenanny took place at the Variety Playhouse. It was an incredibly special evening with wonderful friends on stage and in the audience. See if you can name all the participating musicians 😉 


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Tickets on sale TODAY 9/5 for 8th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny feat. Peter Rowan!

5 Sep

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

Vassar & TDawgThe 8th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny is dedicated to the memory of the late great fiddler Vassar Clements, whose career spanned seven decades. Vassar performed alongside many musical luminaries, including Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Linda Ronstadt, Jerry Garcia, Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Stephane Grappelli, Dicky Betts, John Hartford, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Col. Bruce Hampton and so many more. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him and get to know him on a personal level. On a side note, Vassar first performed with Col. Bruce at HarvestFest in 1999. The WOW factor was in full effect needless to say as Vassar simply tore it up on “Time is Free” that also featured Barry Richman on guitar.

Please plan to join us on Thursday, December 20 for our “annual holiday party” that never fails to provide a WOW factor by the end, and rest assured this one will be no different!

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Enjoy this video from the 2nd Annual Holiday Hootenanny on 12/16/12 at the Variety Playhouse led by Grant Green Jr and featuring Jimmy Hall, Ike Stubblefield, Jeff Sipe, Oteil Burbridge, Count M’Butu, Yonrico Scott & Gaurav Malhotra.

 

 

 

 

8th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny Lineup Announced!

30 Aug

Holiday Hoot Zambi

When: Thursday, December 20

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

Tickets: On Sale Wednesday, September 5 at 10 AM EDT! General Admission $35 Adv/$45 Day of Show, Reserved $45 Adv/$55 Day of Show

Lineup: Peter Rowan, Grammy-winner Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel, Jeff Mosier, Heather Gillis, Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band), Lyndsay Pruett (John Stickley Trio)Jared Womack (Grass is Dead), Kevin Scott, Evan Sarver, Richie Jones, Bobby Miller, Nick DiSebastian, Bill Fleming, Matt Williams, Gaurav Malhotra, Kevin Thomas, more tba!!!

TDawg Presents is excited to bring you the 8th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny back home at the Variety Playhouse on Thursday, December 20! If you’ve not been to the Variety Playhouse since it’s major makeover, it is truly a shining gem of a venue not only for Atlanta and region but nationally, too. This year’s edition is paying tribute to old friend, the late great Vassar Clements, who passed in 2005 but whose musical prowess lives on forever. There’s still a couple of more pieces to the puzzle that is the Holiday Hoot lineup and the ensuing four sets of music. Proceeds from the event and silent auction will benefit Atlanta Habitat – let’s make a difference!

Stay tuned for more information on the event, and please share, spread the word!

 

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