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Holiday Hootenanny Artist Profile ~ Count M’Butu

5 Dec

Count M'Butu

Wednesday, December 20 at Terminal West

Showtime: 6:45 PM, Doors open 6 PM, Silent Auction 6-11:15 PM

Advance tickets $25 ADV/$35 Day of Show

We are just two weeks out from what promises to be one of the finest concerts of the year, celebrating life, music, family, friendship, and charity. One artist whose talent, friendship and love of family is undeniable is Grammy-winning percussionist Count M’Butu. His return to the Holiday Hootenanny has been four years in the making. We in the Atlanta music community and the Col. Bruce army of fans, musicians, writers, promoters, and friends are overjoyed to have him back in our mix and a part of the Holiday Hoot! Part of legendary Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit in the early ’90s – in my eyes one of the greatest bands of all-time – as well as the Derek Trucks Band for many years after that, Count’s presence in the Atlanta music scene has a special place, and as a long-time friend of mine, I personally cannot WAIT to see him back on the Holiday Hootenanny stage! The video below is from the 2nd Annual edition of the Holiday Hoot, and features Count M’Butu SINGING Willie Nelson’s classic “Always On My Mind” with the help of some friends, about as real and genuine as it gets. Enjoy!

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The schedule is as follows:

6:00 PM ~ Doors Open, Silent Auction open until 11:15 PM

6:45 PM – 7:45 PM ~ Ralph Roddenbery & Friends

8:15 PM – 9:15 PM ~ Jim Lauderdale

9:45 PM – 10:45 PM ~ ZambiGrass Jam, featuring Jeff Mosier, Larry Keel, Nick DiSebastian, Bobby Miller, Jared Womack 

11:15 PM – 12:30 AM ~ Zambi Jam Finale, featuring Jeff Mosier, Count M’Butu, Johnny Knapp, The Madrid Express & special guests!

Lineup: Jim Lauderdale,Larry Keel, Jeff Mosier, Count M’Butu, Johnny Knapp, Ralph Roddenbery, Matthew Williams (Pickled Holler), Nick DiSebastian, Bill Fleming, Donna Hopkins, Kevin Thomas (keyboards), Richie Jones (drums & percussion), Gaurav Malhotra (drums & percussion), Bobby Miller (mandolin), Zebulon Bowles (Hot Buttered Rum String Band), Jared Womack (Grass is Dead/RockyGrass Dobro competition winner)

Holiday Hoot Only One Month Out!

20 Nov

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$25 ADV/$35 DOS, Showtime 6:45PM – Doors 6 PM, Silent Auction begins at 6 PM

Advance Tickets ~ No service fee if purchased at Terminal West during box office hours (11A-5P Tue-Fri) or on an evening where there is a concert.

Terminal West ~ 887 W. Marietta St., Studio C, Atlanta, GA 30318

2016 Holiday Hoot JamMake your plans now to join us for a celebration of music, friends, fellowship, and the life and memory of one of the most unique individuals of our time! Great music makes your life a lot happier, and I can assure you that you won’t be leaving this concert with anything but a big ol’ grin on your face! The 7th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny promises to be a positively emotional experience, remembering our good friend Col. Bruce Hampton in a way that only the Atlanta music community can pull it off. His final band that is featured on the Live At The Vista Room recording, The Madrid Express, will be anchoring down the final set, with a plethora of musicians to join in the madness. You don’t want to miss this very unique night!

Below is a video of Col. Bruce singing one his staples, Space is the Place, featuring an amazing horn section (including Joe Grandsden!) and the legendary Johnny Knapp, who will be participating in the Zambi Jam Finale this year.

PLEASE SHARE & SPREAD THE WORD! Don’t be bashful and get your tickets now to ensure your presence for this absolutely amazing night of music for a great cause in Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!

Less Than 6 Weeks ’til Hootenanny #16!

24 Feb
Tell and bring your friends!

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!

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