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Frank Hamilton School Community Appearances & Concerts!

15 Feb

fhs_shelleyManaging Director Shelley Satonin-Hershkovits has published a new blog posting that places emphasis on the nurturing process of learning provided by the Frank Hamilton School – it really is a wonderful sight to behold witnessing people of varying skill levels coming together for a harmonious jam where one can just play what is natural in the moment. It is this sort of environment that can be so welcoming to an individual (take me, for instance!) who has never played before or hasn’t played in 20 years and encouraging towards continuing beyond each session and Second Half to enjoy his/her instrument(s) of choice.

Come Play With Us and see what it’s all about. You’ll be glad you did! The new term begins Tuesday, March 7 & Wednesday, March 8.

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Showtime 8:30 PM, Doors 7:30 PM / $10 ADV-$15 Door Advance Tickets Available

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TIME: Doors at 11am Music Starts at Noon-7pm PRICE: $15 in Advance & $20 Door Kids under 12 get in free. Advance Tickets Available

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Coming in April:

Sunday, April 9 ~ The International Stage at Atlanta Dogwood Festival, 11 AM, FREE

Friday, April 14 ~ FHS Presents Dusty Roads and CJ Jones & The Spirit Bones @ Red Light Café, 9 PM, $10 Adv/$12 Door. Advance Tickets Available

Upcoming Frank Hamilton School Concerts

20 Jan

fhs_frankchompThe Frank Hamilton School is excited to bring you a stellar group of concerts that are diverse musically and equally engaging.  We are fortunate to be able to bring you such amazing regional talent representing different genres of Americana and roots music. As the year moves forward, you can expect more activity with workshops and performances at our home, Oakhurst Baptist Church, and within the community at festivals and a variety of local events. Please visit the Frank Hamilton School website for information about how you can be involved, from taking a class to volunteering to becoming a member.

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$10 Adv/$15 Door, ADVANCE TICKETS

Showtime 9 PM, Doors 8 PM

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$10 Adv/$15 Door, ADVANCE TICKETS

Showtime 8:30 PM, Doors 7:30 PM

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$10 ADV/$12 Door, ADVANCE TICKETS

Showtime 9 PM, Doors 8 PM

The Hamilton Hoopla Around the Corner!

8 Dec

“Everything Joe touches turns to music,” says mandolinist David Grisman, with whom Joe played for almost 17 years as a member of the David Grisman Quintet.

We are only one week out from The Hamilton Hoopla (Wed Dec 14, Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Dr., Decatur, GA 30030), an absolutely incredible evening of music in a perfect acoustic environment and featuring a potpourri of musicians representing styles such as jazz, jamgrass, old-time, gypsy jazz, and Joe Craven!  Hosted by and featuring the great Joe Craven (David Grisman Quintet, Garcia Grisman recordings, Alison Brown Quartet), we are excited to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Frank Hamilton School and its commitment to bring music and music education into the Decatur and Atlanta communities as we enter our second year!  It is an exciting time for us for certain and invite YOU to be a part!

Please get your advance tickets to help the cause and we absolutely can’t wait to see you on Wednesday, December 14 at Oakhurst Baptist Church!  Share this with your family and friends!

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The full lineup is as follows: Joe CravenFrank HamiltonCharles Williams & Dan Coy (The Bonaventure Quartet), Mick KinneyBob BakertMusicians/teachers from The Old Town School of Folk MusicJason KoornickJared Womack

 ABOUT JOE CRAVEN
Joe Craven is not just an entertaining musician with a penchant for the mischievous, he is a teacher and student all at once and he will draw you into his performance by including you as thou gh you’re part of the show itself. His gift of gab is unprecedented and his musical knowledge impressive. Joe’s openness and expression of gratitude for the gifts he’s acquired make it all the more fun for him to share them with his audience.
Creativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, event emcee and recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year, Joe has made music with many folks – notably violinist Stephane Grappelli and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia – to multi-whirled string guy David Lindley, harmonica wizard Howard Levy and seven years recording and touring with banjo fusionist Alison Brown.
Joe is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, tenor guitar/banjo, mouth bow, canjoe, cuatro, CBG, berimbau, balalaika, boot ‘n lace and double-necked whatever.

Hamilton Hoopla, Joe Craven Workshop, Jugtime Ragband All in December!

8 Nov

fhs_frankchompOn the heels of a fantastic day at Chomp & Stomp where Frank performed “This Land Is Your Land” to several thousand folks supported by Smokey’s Farmland Band and The Georgia Mountain String Band (scroll to bottom for a clip of the performance!), the Frank Hamilton School is thrilled to bring you some wonderfully unique offerings for the month of December!  Beginning with our special holiday 1/2 term commencing at the end of November, followed shortly by our final FHS Concert Series Concert featuring Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband plus a rare appearance by Frank and his ragtime jazz band called The Clams (Bill Rutan, LA Tuten, Matt Phillips & Frank), an improvisation workshop with Joe Craven, and culminating with our first ever Hamilton Hoopla also featuring Joe Craven, we are entering a great period of time as we celebrate our our recently obtained non-profit status and the Grand Opening of the Frank Hamilton School at Oakhurst Baptist Church!

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Please click here for complete information!

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Doors @ 7 PM ~ Advance Tickets only $10/$12 Door!

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Music Improvisation with Joe Craven

 How to be In the Moment & Without a Net
 Tuesday, December 13, 2016
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Limited enrollment!  Click Here for complete information how you can be a part!

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A Tribute to David Grisman, July 12 @ Eddie’s Attic!

11 Jul

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Advance Tickets (Reserve a table for front and center viewing!)

Core Musicians include (counter clockwise from top left)Casey Cook – guitar, Keith Morris – bass, Michael Smith – mandolin, Andy Carlson – fiddle

The Frank Hamilton School Presents an outstanding night of music that pays tribute to legendary mandolinist/composer/producer/collaborator David Grisman.  Join us as members of Atlanta’s top bluegrass band, The Dappled Grays, and a multi-state fiddle champion perform music from the different styles of the David Grisman Quintet as well as various projects over the years.  These sessions include (among many) his legendary Garcia/Grisman recordings, Tone Poems – a duet between Grisman and Tony Rice, the jazz and Latin infused acoustic music known by many as Dawg Music, and the bluegrass side of David Grisman, highlighted famously by his collaboration with both Doc Watson and Del McCoury and his participation in the legendary bluegrass group Old & In the Way that also included Jerry Garcia, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements & John Kahn.

Our goal at the Frank Hamilton School is to create a sense of community around music, and this show is no different.  We are thrilled to be a part of the Decatur and Atlanta communities, contributing to the teaching of playing music together in addition to exposing you to the finest in real music, music that touches the soul and inspires.  Please visit http://frankhamiltonschool.org for complete information about how you can become a part of the new folk movement, which is as diverse as ever!  Come play with us!

Get your Advanced Tickets now – reserve a table or do general admission!  This is truly going to be a memorable night featuring some top notch Atlanta area musicians and some special guests.  A portion of the proceeds benefit The Frank Hamilton School.

 

Frank Hamilton School Summer Concerts!

7 Jun
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New Term Starts THIS EVENING, 7pm @ Oakhurst Baptist Church!

This past weekend the Frank Hamilton School Band kicked off the main stage at the Virginia Highland SummerFest at Noon with a rousing set that was followed by FHS Concert Series paticipant Donna Hopkins (Sept 1 @ Red Light Cafe with Daniel Hutchens).  Later that evening, the Frank Hamilton and the band performed an outstanding set at the Hungry Ear Coffee House.

We are thrilled about the upcoming concerts that are part of the Frank Hamilton School Concert Series!  This summer between now and the end of August, expect some FHS_Frankoutstanding performances from some homegrown talent, high octane North Carolina acoustic energy, the celebration of the music of one of the most important visionaries of the past 50 years, and a critically acclaimed Southern songwriter with a theatrical flare.  Scroll on down for more details!

We also have plans to participate in some free outdoor summer activities so please stay tuned as we continue to move forward.  There are many wonderful things ahead involving FHS both on the class side and the community outreach side, and now is a special time to become involved as a volunteer, a student, a patron of the concerts or attendee at a free public event.  There is a great energy out there, and we at the Frank Hamilton School are ready to bring it to all of you!

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Admission: $12 Adv/$15 Door ~ Advance Tickets Doors 7 PM, Showtime 8 PM

The Frank Hamilton School Concert Series brings the captivating Southern minstrel from LA (Lower Alabama) and former New Orleanian Grayson Capps for an evening of songs that simply suck you in they’re so good. To witness Grayson in action is a beautiful thing and I’m sure you’ll think so, too. Currently touring with his guitarist Corky Hughes or with the superstar Americana outfit Willie Sugarcapps, you will be blown away by Grayson’s stage presence – he certainly applies his theater degree from Tulane into his performance – and his ability to tell a story.  More…

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$10 Adv/$15 Door ~ Advance TicketsDoors @ 7PM, Showtime 8PM

Frank Hamilton School is excited to bring you some high energy sounds from North Carolina with the The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project and special guest Rev. Jeff Mosier!

Formed in early 2014, The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project is a fiery string band blending bluegrass, soul, reggae and rock n’ roll into a style uniquely their own. Respecting their Appalachian roots, these passionate multi-instrumentalists have a way of blending their harmonies and intricate string work in to something that appeals to a wide variety of listeners.

“A little of everything finds its way into their sound.” – Jim Lauderdale

Jeff Mosier will open the evening with a rousing solo set that will leave you captivated and wanting more.  I’m certain there will be some jamming going this evening!  More…

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The Frank Hamilton School Concert Series Presents ~

A Tribute to David Grisman ~

~ Featuring Casey Cook, Michael Smith & Keith Morris from The Dappled Grays and two-time Georgia State Champion Fiddler Andy Carlson.

Wed July 13, 2016 @ Eddie’s Attic, Showtime 8 PM, $12 Adv/$15 door ~ Advance Tickets available soon!

The Frank Hamilton School is excited to present an amazing lineup of musicians paying tribute to one of the most influential musicians of the last several generations and the creator of his own style called Dawg Music, David Grisman. For nearly half a century, Grisman_mando mandolinist/composer/producer Grisman has been at the forefront of the always evolving world of acoustic music, weaving in and out of many genres, tradition and styles.

Bluegrass, Jazz & Latin are just a few of the styles that will be represented throughout this performance, so sit back, relax, and take in the musical notes of Grisman as seen through this A-list of musicians who will be bringing you the music this evening.  it is an honor to pay homage to such a musician as David Grisman, who has influenced so many musicians either through being a member of the David Grisman Quintet (or Sextet) or through any number of his collaborations with a who’s who of American string music or simply as a fan being turned onto something so incredible.  Don’t miss this one!

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$10 ADV/$13 Door – Advance Tickets
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Smokey’s Farmland Band blends musical influences ranging from bluegrass to gypsy jazz to Cajun, creating a progressive sound they like to call “Goodtime Eclectic Bluegrass”. While they enjoy venturing outside the realm of the traditional, they still respect the roots of bluegrass, and retain the energy and twang of mountain music. A typical set features original tunes, good ol’ pickin numbers, and some unexpected covers too. It all comes together in an exciting genre-bending style that keeps listeners on their toes, and on the dance floor!

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Come on out to any and all of these shows, as they are going to be REALLY GOOD!  On a personal note, I can say that I am truly happy to be doing this job, as it allows me to continue bringing you some great music, and as the School grows, so will the concerts!  Please consider participating as a donor, a patron, a volunteer, a student!  Please spread the good word about what we’re doing.

Frank Hamilton School Relocation & Other Happenings!

15 Mar

The Frank Hamilton School is relocating to the Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Dr., Decatur, GA 30030, beginning with the next term that starts on Tuesday, April 19!  We are thrilled to find a new home for the next several years that will allow FHS to grow into an organization that actively contributes to the community.  Expect some fun events to sprout up from our new location as we move along – come play with us, and Click Here for more information about how you can become part of the movement!

We’re gearing up for what promises to be a fantastic spring season for the Frank Hamilton School as we continue to move forward!  Tune in next Thursday, March 24, at 8 PM on WRFG 89.3 FM as Frank Hamilton visits with Dave Chamberlain on the long-running show Sagebrush Boogie.  Expect a little live music in the studio as well as discussion about the school, the history of Frank Hamilton, and the ongoing Frank Hamilton School Concert Series.   Please scroll down for some opportunities to get involved, attend one of our concerts, or to see one of the initial performances of the Frank Hamilton School Band that features some of our instructors, led by Frank Hamilton of course!  Also please visit the Website for complete information.

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Sunday, March 20, 4PM @ Red Light Cafe, 100% of proceeds to benefit FHS!

A special performance with Four Shillings Short, a husband/wife duo from Ireland & California, respectively, that travels the world promoting world folk music through a plethora of instruments on stage that weave a story untold of different cultures coming together.  Advance tickets and more information click here.  

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Thursday, April 7, 10 PM at Red Light Cafe, Frank Hamilton School Concert Series

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This night will be the only 10 PM start of the concert series, but folks it’s well worth it to get on out to watch this incredibly dynamic trio take the stage and wow you with their incredible songwriting and instrumentation.  You can explore more about Dangermuffin on their website.  Advance tickets and more information click here.

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Sunday, April 10, 10:15 AM @ 80th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park, International Stage

This performance is the first in public by the Frank Hamilton School Band, so come out early to enjoy your coffee and hear some wonderful music to start your day.  You might do a little shopping while you’re at it 😉  We had a fun time on Sunday getting together for a band rehearsal and some gumbo at TDawg’s house!  The band managed to assemble a list of 13 songs from which to choose.  Below is a little snippet of “You Are My Sunshine.”  Also heard while cooking up the gumbo was the classic “City Of New Orleans” so expect some great songs you can sing along to, and even play along to if you bring your instrument!

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