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Incredible Holiday Hoot & Happy Holidays!

25 Dec

Life is good 👍

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I feel like it’s a perfect time to reflect on the recent edition of Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny. Each year has surpassed expectations on every level, and with next year being the fifth annual, expect some extra special jams that reach a musical crescendo representing a cornucopia of styles and performed by some of the finest musicians Atlanta and the Southeast has to offer (just like the first four!)! 😳 I will say here that the love and admiration among the artists really makes for an incredible night of music – the sit ins on each set perfect in the moment, no rehearsal necessary (unless you’re Blueground Undergrass and haven’t played together in several years!). It was a pleasure to once again team up with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, and without the support of our sponsors – Mellow Mushroom, Sierra Nevada, Tree Sound Studios, Tree Leaf Music – we would not have been able to pull off this year’s Hootenanny!

Deep Blue Sun kicked it off in grand fashion with special guests abound, featuring special guests abound throughout the set and culminating in a version of “Let It Be” with Papa Mali that rivaled any. They certainly set the bar high for the night, and no one failed to continue raising it through the evening.

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Delta Moon did what they do best, entwined by the swampy Delta blues and slithering dual slide to create a groove all their own and keeping the folks wanting more!

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Grant Green Jr. captivated the audience with his sincere and soulful performance that soothed the soul and took you away from your worries and had the crowd singing along with him.

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Papa Mali returned to the stage for the second time in the four year run of the Holiday Hootenanny and did not let down. Featuring a mesmerizing, almost voodoo style of guitar and vocals combined with some mighty fine interplay with mandolinist Bobby Miller, and backed by his former drummer (currently with Donna the Buffalo) Mark Raudabaugh and Grammy-winner Yonrico Scott (played with EVERYONE), Papa Mali simply left me in my tracks at one point in the performance.

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Col. Bruce Hampton never disappoints, and damn did he come through on this fine night! Bringing together a lineup that included the legendary Johnny Knapp on keys and John Hibbert on the saxophone, Bruce created a big band style jam that only the Colonel would be capable. Featuring a horn section, three drummers (including a lil’ fella – Richie Jones’s drum student), two percussion, Kevin Scott on the bass and Papa Mali sitting in, the set was full of surprises when you would expect nothing less.

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The night wrapped up with a reunion by one of my favorite groups, Blueground Undergrass. It’s been several years since we had laid eyes on the lineup present for this set, but it was worth the wait! Closing out with their unique and beautiful version of Black Muddy, it was unfortunate that the set was cut short due to time constraints, but just having them present again and enjoying being together was worth every ounce of energy it took to get them to the Holiday Hoot!

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Happy Holidays to everyone and I hope that each of you has a Happy New Year!

5 Days Away from Holiday Hootenanny Heaven

16 Dec

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The happy exulted faces you see in these pictures will be YOU on Sunday night at Terminal West at the fourth installment of Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny! There are going to be surprises for certain, quite a few sit-ins, and some simply stellar jams, as good as it gets, by world-class musicians that we are fortunate to have in our lives!

ADVANCE TICKETS are available now! $25 Adv/$30 at the Door!

The SCHEDULE is as follows:

7:00-7:40 Deep Blue Sun
7:50-8:30 Delta Moon
8:40-9:20 Grant Green Jr.
9:30-10:15 Papa Mali
10:25-Midnight Col. Hampton & Johnny Knapp > Blueground Undergrass
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Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny is evolving into a must see concert for all the right reasons and right in front of us. Come on out and be a part of music history, witnessing one-time only collaborations, and most importantly supporting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity! The Holiday Hoot will be around for years to come, and it takes the effort and energy of many kind folks to steer the ship in the right direction. YOU are kind folk, so come on out!

You never know, you might take home the pair of FLOYDFEST High-Roller VIP All-Access passes from the silent auction 😎

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Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny Poster unveiled!

18 Nov

ADVANCE TICKETS ONLINE

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$25 ADV/$30 Door ADVANCE TICKETS

Jump on board the Holiday Hoot Express right now and help the cause! Please spread the word to your friends and family about this amazing concert experience, all for a wonderful cause ~ Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

There will be some mighty fine items to bid for during the silent auction as well, so stay tuned!

Blueground Undergrass Reunion at Holiday Hootenanny,Sun 12/21!

14 Nov

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TDawg Presents is excited and proud to add a BLUEGROUND UNDERGRASS REUNION to the lineup for the 4th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny – A Benefit for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity! There might be one more addition to the lineup, but we are set to have what amounts to a rather large jam of these fine musicians, which is also known as a HOOOOOOOTENANNY!

LINEUP
Blueground Undergrass Reunion
Papa Mali
Col. Bruce Hampton
Grant Green Jr.
Delta Moon
Deep Blue Sun
Johnny Knapp
Yonrico Scott
Bobby Miller
Gaurav Malhotra

I can speak for a lot of folks whose lives have been touched greatly by the music of BGUG and the musicians involved. All are selfless individuals who care about the whole much more than the individual parts. I spent many hours in the car traveling to see these fellas, as did an amazing group of friends. The musicians who will be present as Blueground Undergrass on Sunday, December 21 include the following:

Rev. Jeff Mosier
Johnny Mosier
David Blackmon
Mark Van Allen
Vic Stafford
Edward Hunter

Check out the video below, a promo shot at HarvestFest in 2000:

ADVANCE TICKETS ($25 ADV/$30 Door) can be purchased online at the Terminal West Website and at the Terminal West box office TUES-FRI 11AM-5PM and on show nights.

Lineup Announcement for 4th Annual Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny!

28 Oct

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TDawg Presents is thrilled to announce the initial lineup for the 4th edition of Atlanta’s Holiday Hootenanny!  There will be just a handful of musicians added to this list in the next month or so, so stay tuned!  This concert is for a great cause in Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.  I personally have become more involved with Atlanta Habitat over the last few years indirectly through my catering work and very much feel the difference that this wonderful organization and the people involved make in a family’s life.

Venue: Terminal West at King Plow Arts Center

Admission: $25 adv/$30 door (advance tix available soon)

Door 6pm, Showtime 7pm, Silent Auction begins at 5:30pm in the Stationside Restaurant

LINEUP: Papa Mali, Col. Bruce Hampton, Delta Moon, Grant Green Jr., Rev. Jeff Mosier, Johnny Knapp, Yonrico Scott, Deep Blue Sun, Gaurav Malhotra, more TBA!!!

Emcee: From 97.1FM The River Kaedy Kiely, Wildman Steve

Ambassador of Good Will: Spike Brantley

Stay tuned for more information coming soon – PLEASE spread the good word, round up your friends and family for an absolutely incredible evening of music and fun, and all the while supporting Atlanta Habitat!  HOOT HOOT!!