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TDawg Presents Oct/Nov/Holiday Hoot!

6 Oct

Well, that Hootenanny sure was fun wasn’t it!?  Funny how Hoots occur, without fail, exactly when you really need that energy the most.  I know that I’m certainly still feeling the fresh grooves that WE created at the Hootenanny!  The Hootenanny movement is unique in that it combines that festivaaal vibe with the feeling that you’re at an exclusive private party, and it works for everyone involved.  HOOOOOTENANNY!!!

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COMING UP this month on Sunday October 26, TDawg Presents a special Sunday evening triple bill at the Red Light Cafe featuring The Ragbirds, songwriter duo Shawn Spencer & Colin Vinson (from Seven Handle Circus), and Battlefield Collective.  It’s an early show, with doors at 6:30pm, showtime at 7:20pm, and The Ragbirds will take the stage about 9pm.  Grab a sitter for the evening (if you have to!) and reward yourself with a nice evening out and some FANTASTIC music.  ADVANCE TICKETS are $15/$18 Door.  Do yourselves and the show a favor and get your tickets ahead of time – well worth taking the time to do so!

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Secondhand Swagger(3)  Major & the Monbacks

Coming in November, TDawg Presents is excited to bring Secondhand Swagger and their homemade brand of Southern-fried Soul & Norfolk, VA’s favorite rock’n’soul revue Major & The Monbacks to the Red Light Cafe on Thursday, November 13 for a night of old school funk!  Adv tix $10 ($12 Door) will be available soon!  Doors 8pm, Showtime 9pm.  Let’s blow the roof off the place!

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Before you know it, we’re gonna be having the holiday office party of the year in the form of The 4th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny on Sunday, December 21 at Terminal West!  Once again, and hopefully for many years to come, the concert is a Benefit for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and there will be a silent auction taking place before and during the event.

Stay tuned for complete details, including advance ticket info.  Initial lineup to be announced soon, with some familiar faces and some fresh ones interspersed amongst to make this Holiday Hoot the finest yet!

Here’s how last year’s ended, just like they’ve all ended yet different.  Can’t wait y’all!

4 days and counting til TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny!

31 Mar

Spring Hoot 2014 Schedule

Well folks, it appears as if the rites of spring are unfolding right in front of us – opening day of the baseball season is here, college football spring practice is here, and TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny #16 is this weekend!  I don’t know about you, but I am ready for a music explosion and that fresh crisp mountain air that reminds you that spring has indeed arrived!

Advance tickets are still on sale through Thursday, April 3, at 11:45pm.  After that, you’ll need to purchase at the gate upon arrival at Cherokee Farms.  There will be a couple of food vendors there, although you are welcome to bring your own food in.  Also, please note this event is BYOB.

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

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SAT 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!

Y’all this Hootenanny is overflowing with talent, most of it being relatively unknown outside of the region but absolutely as good as it gets.  Like all the other Hootenannies, TDawg Presents prides itself on the ability to harvest the up and coming talent to produce an event that is as fresh as it gets, and you come to expect the unexpected.

We are thrilled to have Music On Main Street as the sponsor for the Grateful Fred Stage, and Tree Sound Studios will be once again manning the Shed Stage, as they have for every Hoot!  Light Show Design will be running the lights for the third consecutive Hootenanny.

Please encourage your friends and family to come on out, come on up, come on over, and get yourself ready for quite a ride that’ll leave you grinning from ear to ear by the end!

HOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

Top 10 Reasons Why You Need to Head to TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny April 4-5!

29 Mar

We are exactly a week out from being in the throes of one helluva jam at Cherokee Farms!  This time next week we’ve just wrapped up the Songwriter Showcase and we’re kicking into a set by the Vinyl Gypsies.  At 5PM it’s cocktail hour with Strung Like A Horse!  As if you need more convincing, below are 10 reasons (I have posted these before) why you KNOW you need to be there if you can!  HOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

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10. Cherokee Farms is a very reasonable distance from Nashville, Knoxville, Birmingham, Atlanta, and especially Chattanooga!  Ya KNOW you want to get away to feel the fresh mountain air and hear some damn fine music!

9. You’ve had so much fun at previous Hootenannies at Cherokee Farms that your friends want to come now, so you willingly and happily lead the way.

8.  Cherokee Farms is like your own state park.  We strive to keep it pristine!

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7.  The bonfire jams late night are as fun as the ones on stage all evening FRI and all day SAT!

6.  You experience an incredible display of musicians in various collaborations that are created within the sets.

5.  TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny is a great place to introduce your kids to family camping and to enjoy the outdoors and the association of music with great people!

4.  You will ALWAYS leave TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny having heard something new & fresh!

3.  If you’re lucky you get to try some of TDawg’s world famous freshly made jambalaya and boiled peanuts. 😉

2.  You get to scream the HOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY Battlecry in the midnight hour and mean it!

1.  You can feel GREAT about supporting the BEST LIL’ FESTIE in the Southeast!  The bands get to showcase and make new friendships along the way; the musicians become the audience once they’re done, prepping themselves for the late night jams to come; and YOU are rewarded by being there, witness to the magic of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny at the beautiful and spiritual Cherokee Farms!

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Get your tickets NOW by visiting the event page – sure hope you can make it!

HOOTENANNY Around the Corner! April 4-5

25 Mar

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We are now only 10 days out from the 16th edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, a tradition since 2006 y’all!  I’ve been running the lineup through my mind frequently the last few days, and I have to say that there simply is no let up in the sequence.  Strap yourself in for an incredibly fun musical journey and just about as relaxing an experience as you will have any time soon!

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A special Saturday morning (April 5) get up and moving session will take place from 11am-12:30 on the Grateful Fred Stage  for a short hoop workshop brought to you by Jessi “HoopJ” Harris.  Even if you haven’t hula hooped in your life, Jessi can teach you a few beginner tricks.  After a short beginner introductory lesson, experienced hoopers are welcome to learn advanced tricks with single, double and triple hoops!  What a great way to get your day going!  Trampoline not included.

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One quality of the Hoots I appreciate so much as a producer and presenter is the fact that every set is a showcase set.  With such a limited number of slots, it is so much fun to prepare a schedule with the anticipated artist interaction and cross-pollination of bands that creates an extra layer of musical ecstasy for the audience.  The day turns into a dizzying display of musicianship topped off with great friends, family, and new friends!

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I hope y’all can plan to join us in just two weekends.  Please feel free help the cause and purchase your advance tickets NOW!  Regardless, spread the good word, and start practicing your Hootenanny battle cry for the midnight hour on Saturday night 😉  Be sure to come out Friday night for a very special evening of jams by road warriors Big Daddy Love on the Shed Stage with a mighty fine collection of special guests to join the madness!

I couldn’t resist adding the below video captured last fall of David Via & Curtis Burch w/ special guests Larry &  Jenny Keel performing Via’s classic “Corn Liquor” – enjoy!

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

Music On Main Street joins Hoot Family!

11 Mar

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TDawg Presents is excited to bring Music On Main Street – a musical gem in Lilburn, GA – into the Hootenanny mix!  Not only are they a sponsor for the Grateful Fred Stage, MOMS will lead the 2pm HOOTENANNY JAM!!

My good buddy Scott Mecredy, his wife Alicia, and so many friends, have constructed this establishment from the ground up in a house that dates back to 1895 and converted it into a place for music lessons, an instrument store, and a vital music venue.  Well worth the journey from anywhere in metro-Atlanta and beyond.

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Y’all we’re going to have a special time in just a few weeks up at Cherokee Farms!  Bring on the fresh springtime air and evenings just right for a big ol’ bonfire, bring on this time for healing and personal growth, and let’s use it as an opportunity to appreciate what is in front of you, beside you, and inside of you, all the while enjoying some kick-ass music by some of the region’s finest!

Remember, you can save a few bucks and really help the Hoot out by purchasing advance tickets!  Regardless, be sure to show up with your posse of friends and family!  HOOT HOOT!!

Less Than 6 Weeks ’til Hootenanny #16!

24 Feb
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Tell and bring your friends!

The first TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny happened in May of 2006, about eight months after Blue Ridge HarvestFest was laid to rest following an incredible run from1998-2005, battling so many weather forces over the years.  Through all of the weather-inflicted turmoil, a dedicated audience was born, and many of those in that audience still remind me how much they wish we could have HarvestFest back.  Hopefully one day there will be a similar event – that festival certainly had an energy all its own 😉

A TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny weekend represents the simple things in life that can make an outdoor music & camping experience so wonderful  – one or two food vendors, a few arts/crafts vendors, BYOB, and focus on the music.  The Hootenannies are a great chance to bring groups of families and friends together in an intimate musical environment, where the musicians truly become one with the audience.  I realized that bringing the shows back to the basics really made a lot of sense for both reviving my love of producing unique outdoor events and affordability for the patron.

The ensuing Back Porch Hootenannies certainly embodied those qualities, and through the years they have maintained quite an incredible energy and evolved into a small festival that leaves you so satisfied at the end.  After a long winter, the spring Hoot always offers you a chance to stretch your legs in the great outdoors, breathe in that fresh mountain air, feel the musical vibes, and kick off your spring in grand fashion .  Hootenannies are about the music and community – each and every time there is a lineup that has the patrons expecting the unexpected musically, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who attended a Hoot and had a miserable time because of the event itself.

Here is one of my favorite musical moments from last September’s Hoot featuring David Via & Curtis Burch with Larry Keel and wife Jenny sitting in.  A true crowd pleaser 😉

Make your plans now for the weekend of April 4-5 and help the event by purchasing your tickets now!  Please share with your friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to come on board for a great time!

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

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SAT 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!

Meet Big Daddy Love & Copious Jones!

5 Feb
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This spring’s 16th Edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny has a blueprint for absolute magical music mayhem, and the two bands in this posting – Copious Jones & Big Daddy Love – embody that quality equally as much as Seven Handle Circus and Moontower!

Friday night Hootenanny headliner Big Daddy Love is a Winston Salem, NC-based quintet that really will “rock your world”.  Their brand of music, aptly titled “Appalachian Rock”, ties together the elements that make their sound unique – rock, roots and bluegrass – and the end result is a sound that has you stompin’ up a storm to some mighty fine pickin’ & grinnin’, BDL style!  Their set up is like a southern rock band, with interplay between slide and acoustic guitar and a banjo sound that lends itself toward Earl Scruggs & Bela Fleck, and the rhythm section keeps you jumpin’!  BDL has had the good fortune to open for music icons Willie Nelson and Bob Seger, and they had those audiences shouting for more.  As organic as it gets, playing off their varied musical influences to produce a sound all their own, Big Daddy Love is going to tear it apart at the Hootenanny!!

The video below is from their set opening for Bob Seger at PNC Arena in Raleigh.  Enjoy!

TDawg Presents is excited as can be to welcome back Copious Jones to the Hootenanny mix!  This diverse six-piece based out of Atlanta brings quite an array of musical styles into the mix, including jazz, latin, rock, funk, African, folk and blues.  Combining these elements into one sound creates an energy that is Copious Jones, led by the talented song-writer Mikhael  Peterson.  A fine mixture of youth and well-seasoned veterans of the music scene, Copious Jones has evolved from a bar band playing around Atlanta into a highly regarded regional act.  They have earned the praise of both fans and industry folk, including notables like the legendary keyboardist Chuck Leavell and Rob Barraco of Phil Lesh & Friends fame.  These fellas have the medicine to satisfy your musical needs, so be ready to be taken away at the Hootenanny!  The video below is from the recent performance at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta opening for The Grapes.  What a night!

Support the Hootenanny and get your tickets early!

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

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Meet Seven Handle Circus & Moontower!

27 Jan
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I am very excited to welcome to the Hootenanny family the band Seven Handle Circus (performing 9:30pm on Shed Stage, April 5) from Atlanta!  This sextet brings it every time and has been paving nice roads around the Southeast since they formed in 2010, and their music has been described as “bad-ass bluegrass” with the “drive and energy of a rock band.”  Chandler May from Atlanta Music Guide sums it up nicely following a performance where they performed as a trio (Seven Handle Sideshow), opening for Justin Townes Earle in December of 2012 ~

“Their songs have the pop sensibility of Mumford and Sons and the joie de vivre of Yonder Mountain String Band. Folky three part harmonies filled the air as the Sideshow plucked their way through many original numbers, my favorite being “I’ve Been Around The World“. The opening guitar riff immediately grabs you, and the hook most definitely ‘brings you back’.”

Here’s a clip from their most recent performance at Terminal West last year.  Needless to say, they have that “it” factor going on!

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Moontower returns for a second appearance (performing 11:30pm on Shed Stage, April 5) at TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, and folks are pumped!  These fellas have built quite the loyal following and for good reason.  Mixing a strong dose of original material with the perfect covers, their music propels your groove as well as any fine jam ever has.  The video below is from their previous Hootenanny appearance in September of 2012 performing an epic 27 minute jam with the help of Benji Shanks on slide guitar that is one of the more unlikely medleys you’ve heard in a while.  Enjoy!

 

TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny Schedule!

24 Jan

Spring Hoot 2014 (Final)

Here is the initial schedule for the 16th Edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny on April 4-5 at Cherokee Farms in LaFayette, GA!  Please note that the schedule is subject to change – HOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY y’all!

FRI APRIL 4
SHED STAGE
9:30PM – 12:30PM BIG DADDY LOVE & FRIENDS
SAT APRIL 5
SHED STAGE
12:30PM – 2:00PM HIGH STRUNG STRING BAND
2:45PM – 4:15PM TDAWG PRESENTS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE
5:00PM – 6:30PM STRUNG LIKE A HORSE
7:15PM – 8:45PM COPIOUS JONES
9:30 – 11:00PM SEVEN HANDLE CIRCUS
11:30PM – 1:00AM MOONTOWER
GRATEFUL FRED STAGE
2:00PM – 2:45PM HOOTENANNY JAM!!!
4:15PM – 5:00PM VINYL GYPSIES
6:30PM – 7:15PM DONNA HOPKINS
8:45PM – 9:30PM RALPH RODDENBERY TRIO

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.

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