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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

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

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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

Feeling Grateful

29 Dec

THANK YOU from the bottom of the collective heart that includes Atlanta Habitat forjim-lauderdale_papa-mali Humanity, the Frank Hamilton School, and me, for being a part of the holiday music season. Both The Hamilton Hoopla and the 6th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny were stellar events, and the musicians who gave of their time and energy for great causes really deserve a loud shout out for participating! Despite all the craziness going on in the world, I am so grateful to be a part of a whole that is so much greater than political/religious/racial beliefs & controversies and provides an outlet for everyone through music and community. Music is a unifying force for all of us. TDawg Presents will return in 2017 with Jerry Day ATL in either late July or early August, perhaps a random event thrown in there somewhere, and of course, the 7th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny next December!

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Exciting times are to come in 2017 for The Frank Hamilton School, as we add additional days for classes, more workshops, and of course more shows as part of the ongoing Frank Hamilton School Concert Series. We will be expanding our reach to venues around the greater Atlanta area, and look for us to be involved again in community events! We are already on board for the Atlanta Dogwood Festival in April and look forward to returning to other festivals while creating some new paths as well.

 

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Upcoming concerts in January! The Frank Hamilton School presents two distinctly different shows in the month of January to get you started in the new year, SAT January 7 and SAT January 14.

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$10 ADV/$12 Door

Saturday, January 7 ~ Frank Hamilton School Presents Dusty Roads and CJ Jones & The Spirit Bones, 9 PM Showtime, Advance Tickets $10

Dusty Roads is a high-energy Georgia-grown Americana band with influences spanning the legends of country and bluegrass music, such as Merle Haggard, Flatt & Scruggs, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, and Bill Monroe. You can also expect sprinklings of songs and sounds of the great writers and musicians from across the globe and halls of time, like Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, and Irving Berlin. “Come take a trip, down that long, dusty road!”

CJ Jones & The Spirit Bones is an eclectic outfit out of the Commander Cody textbook of music. You’ll be rockin’ and hoppin’ to their infectious Americana sound that tells the story of the Odyssey of Cledus Jeremiah Jones!
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$15 Adv/

Saturday, January 14 ~ Frank Hamilton School Presents Barry Waldrep  & Kelli Johnson

Barry Waldrep is a Georgia based Bluegrass, Jam Band, Americana instrumentalist, songwriter and composer extraordinaire. Waldrep and another music partner formed the very successful bluegrass/jam band Rollin’ in the Hay in July 1993, touring the Jam Band circuit of festivals and college campuses across the country until May 2009. Rollin’ in the Hay produced 7 CDs and performed over 300 dates per year for 16 years.

His partner, Kelli Johnson, leans on musical influences such as Allison Krauss, Dolly Parton and Rhonda Vincent and has always been inspired by the pure melodies and lyrics found in classic artistry. There’s no question that Kelli 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.

 

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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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!

Exciting Shows on the Horizon for FHS Concert Series!

9 Mar

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Advance Tickets $15/$18 Door

On behalf of the Frank Hamilton School, Atlanta Area Friends of Folk Music is excited to bring this amazing and dynamic performance to the Red Light Cafe featuring Four Shillings Short.  As part of the creative fusion that is happening in World Music today, Four Shillings Short Blends music of India, Ireland, Scotland, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, the Americas, Blues, Folk and Original compositions, all the while carving out a musical identity all their own.  The husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, have been performing together since 1995, tour in the US and Ireland, are independent folk-artists with 12 recordings, perform 150 concerts a year and live as the Troubadours of old traveling from town to town playing at music festivals, theatres & performing arts centers, folk & historic societies, libraries, museums and schools.

100% of the proceeds will benefit the Frank Hamilton School.  We hope you can make it out for this very special performance!  Bring your kids if you want – it’s a very fascinating and captivating experience for all ages!

Here is a video sampler of their varying array of instrumentation and musical paths they will take during one of their performances.  Enjoy!

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The Frank Hamilton School Concert Series is excited to welcome the dynamic trio and national touring act Dangermuffin to the Frank Hamilton Folk School Concert Series! Their Friday night showcase performance at last April’s TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny was off the charts musically, a defining two-set gem that displayed true respect to the traditional roots music while creating a progressive acoustic folk-rock sound all their own. They have developed quite a nice grass-roots following in the Atlanta area, so you can expect a very enthusiastic crowd that appreciates fine musicianship. This incredibly dynamic trio brings out a sound that captures you in their groove almost instantly, and we couldn’t be happier to bring them to you via the FHS! From Folly Beach, SC just outside of Charleston, their melodic sound represents three musicians bringing you something unique. Expect a nice long set mixing acoustic &  and perhaps some special sit-ins along the way.

Here is a wonderful video about the band that provides some great insight the band and their thought process.

Thanks for your support and embracing of a new musical journey with a commitment to bringing community through music!  We hope that you can make it out to either one of these shows or the remaining scheduled concerts!   Please note that more will be added as we move along.  Please visit the Frank Hamilton School website anytime to find out how  you can be a part of the movement!

Frank Hamilton School Concert Series Off & Running!

22 Feb

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We had a great week last week at the Frank Hamilton School!  Check out this great article that James Kelly wrote in the Atlanta Creative Loafing edition out now!  Many thanks for the push as we move forward in our journey to become an integral part of the musical DNA of the greater Atlanta area.

Please consider coming out Tuesday evening to Epworth United Methodist Church (across from Candler Park) for the start of our next term (6 sessions for $100) – you’ll be glad you did!  We will be featuring Guitar I & II, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Fiddle & Vocals…there’s something for everyone!  It really doesn’t matter what level you are, and if you’re shy about playing with others then this is your ticket.  Please visit http://frankhamiltonschool.org for more information, and we hope to see you on Tuesday, February 23!

The opening concert of the Frank Hamilton Concert Series on Thursday night with Jeff IMG_0461Mosier starting the festivities followed by The Georgia Crackers was an amazing experience that was fitting for a kick-off celebration, and we had a great crowd for the festivities!  Below are some videos that highlight how wonderful the evening really was.  The first video features Jeff Mosier performing the classic John Hartford tune made famous by Glenn Campbell, “Gentle On My Mind”.  The next song is performed by The Georgia Crackers, and the last couple of videos feature Jeff joining on stage with the spoons.  Great stuff!  Hope you enjoy!

We hope to see y’all out on March 3 for our next concert at the Red Light Cafe, featuring Atlanta’s own Hair of the Dog!  Great Cajun music with a twist of pedal steel thrown in for good measure.  You’re sure to leave a fan!  Advance tickets are available for purchase, $10 Adv/$12 door.  Please let your friends know, show starts at 8pm!

Learn More About Frank Hamilton School and the Living Music Icon!

16 Feb

 

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Frank Hamilton is living music history – he is an educator, musician, leader & visionary all wrapped into one.  I am fortunate to be involved in continuing his vision in the new millennium.  While the world is a much different place than it was in 1957, one particular constant that remains is the importance of music and the arts in the community.  That is the ultimate goal of the Frank Hamilton School, bringing together community through love of music.  The classes are group sessions that finish up with a jam led by Frank and involving all instruments.

There have been a some wonderful interviews with Frank Hamilton since September, where he talks about his history, the Old Town School in Chicago, and bringing the OTS model to the Atlanta area.  When you have a moment, I highly recommend you listen to them.  None of them are more than 15 minutes long and are incredibly informative.

~ City Lights on WABE 90.1 FM, 9/10/15

~ On Second Thought, GPB 88.5, 10/22/15

~ Interview by Noel Morris, 9/14/15

I hope y’all can make it out to celebrate the start to the Frank Hamilton Concert Series on Thursday evening at the Red Light Cafe!  Music will begin at 8pm, so it will be an early night!  Rev. Jeff Mosier kicks it off to be followed by The Georgia Crackers!  Click Here for advance tickets.

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