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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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Ralph Roddenbery Band

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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TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny Lineup Change!

24 Jul

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Howdy y’all!  Jason Kenney was invited to open for Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) on a series of five dates, of which one is Saturday, September 20.  Congrats to Jason on this great opportunity – it’s always great to see folks from Hootenanny family do right!

Please welcome up and coming vocalist Hannah Zale into the Hootenanny mix!  A bright rising star who resides in Athens, GA, Hannah will turn some heads!

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Also, TDawg Presents is excited to have the superior guitar mastery of Ted Norton (The Grapes, Ralph Roddenbery Band) joining the Fall Hoot as an at-large artist!  Ted will also be performing on Friday night as part of Sam French & Friends!

The Hootenanny movement doesn’t skip a beat, and you know it’s going to be off the chains this fall.  Meanwhile, don’t forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, August 9, at Music On Main Street in Lilburn, GA for the first installment of TDawg’s Summer Hoot!  The lineup features the legendary Grant Green Jr., jazz/funk trio DynOMite, and local rising band The Jugtime Ragband.

7th Annual Jerry Day ATL on SUN JULY 27!

22 Jul

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The summer keeps on truckin’ along, which means it’s time for the 7th Annual Jerry Day ATL at Terminal West this Sunday, July 27!  We are extremely excited to bring to you a wonderful showcase of the music that was/is The Grateful Dead and the spirit that envelops music fans of all ages.  Out of this spirit arises interest in the world of roots music – bluegrass, blues, jazz, classic/outlaw country to name a few genres under the umbrella – which is what has been at the epicenter of the Dead’s sound and style.

You can purchase your advance tickets online at the Terminal West website or at the box office TUE-FRI 11AM-5PM and on show nights.  Advance tickets are also available at Maple Street Guitars and The Chamblee Bistro.

I’d like to send out a BIG heartfelt THANK YOU out to our sponsors for your kindness and support as we begin our new chapter at Terminal West.  –

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Also sending out a big THANK YOU to all the folks at Terminal West for their generosity and willingness to work with us on this project as well as our crew of volunteers!  This is a great venue, and I can’t WAIT for 4th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny in December!

Below is a complete schedule of Sunday’s festivities, beginning at 3pm on the Main Stage.

3:00 PM    High Mountain Ramblers

  4:00 PM    Maynard Hicks & Co.

  5:00 PM    Escape Vehicle

  6:00 PM    Charlie Fog Band

  7:00 PM    gr8FLdüde & frenz

  8:00 PM    Swami Gone Bananas

  9:00 PM    Deep Blue Sun

10:00 PM    Electric Codpiece

11:00 PM    David Gans & some Grapes!

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Y’all we’re going to have ourselves one helluva time on Sunday – I hope can make it!  Please spread the good word to your friends about this one even if you are unable to attend!

 

7th Annual Jerry Day ATL 3 weeks out!

7 Jul

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That’s right y’all!  We’re only three weeks out from one helluva celebration of music, fun & friends for this steady stream of Grateful Dead from 3pm – midnight, and no song is repeated!  I spoke with guitarist Ted Norton, who will be performing with songwriter/author/Grateful Dead Hour host/music historian David Gans, and he emphasized how freakin’ pumped everyone is to be part of this jam, so round up your posse and make plans to come where the music never stops…at least from 3-midnight!  Get your Advance Tickets by Clicking Here

**We will soon be releasing a limited number of VIP passes that will include a dinner buffet provided by Bhojanic, a private balcony viewing area, and complimentary Sierra Nevada and non-alcoholic beverages from 6-9pm!**

Terminal West is the perfect venue for this event – they have the Stationside Restaurant directly connected so you will never go hungry.  The second stage will be located inside the restaurant.

We hope to see you there!

 

7th Annual Jerry Day ATL Tickets On Sale Now!

28 May

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Advance tickets are available for the 7th Annual Jerry Day ATL party at Terminal West at King Plow Arts Center!  Y’all this event is quickly shaping up to be one helluva might fine time while celebrating the music of Jerry Garcia.  Visit the Event Page for a listing of the bands and links!

Stay tuned for information regarding special VIP passes that can be purchased in addition and will include a catered dinner and beverages from 6-9pm as well as a private viewing area!

Spread the good word on this happening, as it is one you don’t want to miss!  No song will be repeated the entire day!

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