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Get Off The Grid Fest Takes Off with CD Launch on 4/27/2017

26 Apr

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM LINK!

Get Off The Grid Fest – an earthly community fair for renewable energy, sustainable lifestyle and brilliant homegrown music – launches its CD at LEJ Recordings in Ellijay, GA Thursday, April 27th.

You are invited to tune in online on Thursday and come on out and get off the grid with us August 18-20! After the launch party, the CDs will be on sale at www.getoffthegridfest.com. The CDs are your ticket to Get Off The Grid Fest.

Bill Fleming and LBJ Recordings’ Michael Cornett host the launch starting at 4:20 pm until whenever. Get Off The Grid Fest will livestream and podcast the event featuring all 19 songs on the CD along with personal experiences in getting off the grid. CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM LINK!

Inspired by the cosmic event of the Aug. 21st 2017 total solar eclipse, across America dozens of musicians, artists, song writers and sound engineers have aligned to create this collection of original songs acknowledging the importance of our sun and of our planet in sustaining life. 

Artists include:
Bill Fleming – Gonna Get Off The Grid and Sun and Moon
Jason Kenny, Fern Cook, Seth Livengood – Make a
Mountain of My Mind
Joyce Brookshire – Love Crisis
John Cable and Billy Gewin – The Levee
Clay Maselle – Gold in Their Souls
George Eckard – Bury Me in My SUV
Joanne Steele – Honor the Atmosphere
Bobby Don Bloodworth – Woody Come Back
Mikhail – Sunshine
Aviva – Clap for Food Quality
Elise Witt – Only Love Will Do
Trey Gibbs – Reboot the System
Craig Rafuse – According to the Planets
Heidi Pollyea – Toccoa River
Tom Ferguson – Love Law
B. J. Wilbanks – In This Life
Michael Cornett – Rejoice
Terry Garthwaite – Shine On

Below is a video announcing the lineup ~ enjoy!

Ralph Roddenbery, Donna Hopkins & Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry@ Red Light Café FEB 4!

26 Jan

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$10 ADV/$15 Door ~ Advance Tickets available

9 PM Showtime/8 PM Doors

The Frank Hamilton School is thrilled to present this incredibly dynamic trio of singer/songwriters/performers and we REALLY hope you can make it on out. Each musician is unique, and they blend together for a wonderful symmetry of sounds. Ralph Roddenbery, Donna Hopkins, and Big Daddy are going to bring it, and we hope you’re there to receive it! Below is a great video of Donna Hopkins and Ralph Roddenbery at Suwannee Roots Revival at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park last fall with a full band backing them – enjoy! A special thanks goes out to Richard Baumgarten for recording this set!

The next video is Big Daddy with his absolutely amazing band Acoustic Syndicate (one of my absolute favorites!) and it’s a five video playlist. Enjoy!

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

Winter-time Upcoming Concerts for Frank Hamilton School & Other News

5 Jan

fhs_hamiltonhooplajamHappy New Year everyone! I hope that whether you endured or enjoyed the holiday season, you are happy to be in a new year, and 2017 promises to bring some goodness to our collective soul when we most need it.  THANK YOU to those of you who made it out to the inaugural Hamilton Hoopla for the Frank Hamilton School and the 6th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny for Atlanta Habitat!  So many wonderful moments scattered through both performances with lasting memories to carry you into the new year!

Sat Jan 7 ~ Frank Hamilton School Presents Dusty Roads + CJ Jones & The Spirit Bones atfhs_dusty-cj2 the Red Light Café in a very explosive start to the new year!  Bringing two different approaches to the Americana sound, this night will be sure to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside 😉 Please see below a video of Dusty Roads from a recent performance, and Advance Tickets ($10 ADV/$12 Door) are available now!  Showtime 9 PM, doors 8 PM.

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fhs_barry-kelliSat Jan 14 ~ Frank Hamilton School Presents Barry Waldrep & Kelli Johnson at the Red Light Café. Advance Tickets $15/$18 Door, Showtime 9 PM/Doors 8 PM.  Barry Waldrep is one of the finest guitarists and instrumentalists around and we are grateful to have him perform as part of the Concert Series!  Combined with Barry’s prowess as a master multi-instrumentalist is Kelli Johnson’s ability as a songwriter who commands authority in her writing. Smart and charming, she captivates her audience with raw honesty and talent. Deeply rooted in Bluegrass, Country, and Americana music, Kelli has an innate ability to produce fresh music that defies genre boundaries. Check out the beautiful music below as captured on Music City Roots in November.  Y’all this is going to be a special evening.

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Winter Term classes begin Tuesday & Wednesday, January 10-11, at Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur!  Treat yourself right and check out what is going on, as the Frank Hamilton School has added a second evening of offerings for each Wednesday evening during the term as well.  For more information click on the picture above or click here! C

COME PLAY WITH US!

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Just Announced! SAT Feb 4 ~ In-the-Round with Ralph Roddenbery, Donna Hopkins & Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry!

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$10 ADV/$15 Door, Advance Tickets Available, Showtime 9 PM/Doors 8 PM

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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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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