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Harvest Family Hoot (April 6-7) More Than A Celebration!

2 Apr

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When: FRI-SAT  April 6-7, 2018 / Advance Ticket purchases end on Thursday night, April 5, at MIDNIGHT. Don’t wait…get them now!

Where: Cherokee Farms, 2035 Old Mineral Springs Rd, Lafayette, GA 30728

~ ADVANCE FRI-SAT TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW at $55 + service fee $70 @ GATE / SAT ONLY $45 ADV – $55 @ GATE / FREE ADMISSION FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER / AGES 13-16 ONLY $30 @ GATE / SAT DAY (No camping) $40 @ Gate

~ NO DOGS ALLOWED / BYOB / CAMPING INCLUDED in 2-DAY PASSES, FULL SAT ONLY PASSES

~ THE HARVEST FAMILY HOOT IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT

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Hoot_NightAs we get closer to THE weekend of The Harvest Family Hoot, I’ve been pondering what this event represents beyond a celebration of 20 years & going strong. We are gathering for what promises to be an absolutely amazing collaboration of musicians Friday night, all day Saturday and into the late night, yet I have come to the realization that this event is as much a segue way to another 20 years of reinvention and ways to bring music to the community, be it through the Frank Hamilton School or creating fresh community events that impact my immediate surroundings in the greater Atlanta area. I’m not sure what the future brings as far as camping events are concerned; I am certain that TDawg Presents will continue to provide a reason for folks with different ideals and beliefs – religious, political & otherwise – to enjoy the music together, as music is a strong common bond. It’s important to be reminded in such a polarizing world in which we live that there is more opportunity to unite than divide. I intend to do my part with the former rather than the latter.

I hope that you can join us this weekend – I know that you’ll leave with renewed energy for life and purpose. HOOOOOOOOTENANNY!

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FRI APRIL 6
Shed Stage
Blackberry Possum 8:30PM 11:30PM
SAT APRIL 7
Shed Stage
Pickled Holler 12:00PM 1:00PM
Dead Affect 2:00PM 4:00PM
Rev Jeff Mosier & Biscuit Tragedy 5:00PM 6:30PM
Snake Oil Medicine Show 7:30PM 9:00PM
Deep Blue Sun 10:00PM 11:30PM
MOMS Grateful Fred Stage
Spackle 1:00PM 2:00PM
Honeywood 4:00PM 5:00PM
The GMOS 6:30PM 7:30PM
Ralph Roddenbery 9:00PM 10:00PM
Strung Like A Horse 11:30PM 1:00AM

 

Harvest Family Hoot (April 6-7) One Week Out!

30 Mar

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When: FRI-SAT  April 6-7, 2018 / Advance Ticket purchases end on Thursday night, April 5, at MIDNIGHT. Don’t wait…get them now!

Where: Cherokee Farms, 2035 Old Mineral Springs Rd, Lafayette, GA 30728

~ ADVANCE FRI-SAT TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW at $55 + service fee $70 @ GATE / SAT ONLY $45 ADV – $55 @ GATE / FREE ADMISSION FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER / AGES 13-16 ONLY $30 @ GATE / SAT DAY (No camping) $40 @ Gate

~ NO DOGS ALLOWED / BYOB / CAMPING INCLUDED in 2-DAY PASSES, FULL SAT ONLY PASSES

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Well folks, we are gearing up for what promises to be an incredible weekend of reunions with friends, family & musicians both on the stage and off! The Harvest Family Hoot is truly a celebration of the journey that has transpired over the course of the last 20 years in my life and many of the musicians involved. This journey includes not only the evolution of HarvestFest to a nationally known 3-day roots and Americana extravaganza known as Blue Ridge HarvestFest in partnership with High Sierra Music and more than 20 smaller festivals that included 19 editions of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, two Keel Family Functions and a Cherokee Farms FiddleFest, but also all the concerts that have happened in venues around the metro Atlanta area and various points of the Southeast that are too numerous to recall right now. We’ve all been blessed with such an amazing array of music legends, future legends, and all-around phenomenal musicians over the years! The music never stops my friends.

HOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

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6 Weeks Out from Harvest Family Hoot April 6-7!

2 Mar

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Where: Cherokee Farms, 2035 Old Mineral Springs Rd, Lafayette, GA 30728

~ ADVANCE FRI-SAT TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW at $55 + service fee $70 @ GATE / SAT ONLY $45 ADV – $55 @ GATE / FREE ADMISSION FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER / AGES 13-16 ONLY $30 @ GATE / SAT DAY (No camping) $40 @ Gate

~ NO DOGS ALLOWED / BYOB / CAMPING INCLUDED in 2-DAY PASSES, FULL SAT ONLY PASSES

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Harvest Hoot_StageThat’s right y’all! Before you know it, the weekend of April 6-7 will be here, and you KNOW where you should be – HOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!! I am grateful to still be able to bring quality live music to the community, and the Harvest Family Hoot is a celebration of that continuation. It’s been a long strange trip for the last 20 years, and I look forward to what the future brings on this level. (Blue Ridge) HarvestFest, the 19 editions of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny that followed, the Annual Holiday Hootenanny, the free community events, and all the TDawg shows over the years in and around the Southeast have all had a strong common bond in the amazing talent that has always come together to produce memorable and transcending music experiences for just a few patrons or a few thousand and all points in between.

Similar to the final Back Porch Hootenanny in 2016, this upcoming Harvest Family Hoot is bringing together musical talent that spans the history of TDawg Presents from 1998 to the present. I am honored that all the musicians involved have been a part of the journey – we’re in for a weekend of sit-ins and jams that will leave you right where you need to be!

The band closing the The Shed Stage (scroll down for schedule), Deep Blue Sun, is known for their amazing jams and musicianship, and you can rest assured they will leave nothing on the the table at the Hoot! Below is a video from the 4th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny featuring some special guests, Jeff Mosier and Bobby Miller among them, who will be present at the Harvest Family Hoot. Please note the use of only one hand playing bass 😉 You can expect more of this in six weeks, and more! Enjoy!

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Schedule (subject to change):

FRI APRIL 6
Shed Stage
Blackberry Possum 8:30PM 11:30PM
SAT APRIL 7
Shed Stage
Pickled Holler 12:00PM 1:00PM
Dead Affect 2:00PM 4:00PM
Rev Jeff Mosier & Biscuit Tragedy 5:00PM 6:30PM
Snake Oil Medicine Show 7:30PM 9:00PM
Deep Blue Sun 10:00PM 11:30PM
MOMS Grateful Fred Stage
Spackle 1:00PM 2:00PM
Honeywood 4:00PM 5:00PM
The GMOS 6:30PM 7:30PM
Ralph Roddenbery 9:00PM 10:00PM
Strung Like A Horse 11:30PM 1:00AM

Holiday Hootenanny Artist Profile: Johnny Knapp, Jazz Legend

15 Dec

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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

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I feel so blessed to have met many amazing people because of Col. Bruce Hampton, and one that sticks out is the legendary Jazz pianist Johnny Knapp. The man has performed with a who’s who of jazz music, including Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, and the list goes on. At age 89, he is still actively performing, and I can’t wait to see him on stage in just five days paying tribute to his good friend. I recall meeting him five years ago at the 2nd Annual Holiday Hoot when Bruce introduced us before the show, and I haven’t looked back. I am fortunate to be a part of the Tuesday lunch crowd with Johnny when I can make it, and it’s always a treat. Please click on this link to an article written by Jerry Grillo for Atlanta Magazine about Johnny back in December of 2015, and you’ll feel the historical significance of Johnny’s career. What a joy to have his presence in our lives. Yet another great reason to attend this year’s 7th Annual Atlanta Holiday Hootenanny.

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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 (Live Auction begins)

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

Holiday Hootenanny 12/20 at Terminal West! Lineup Changes, etc.

12 Dec

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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

The countdown is ON, with just eight days remaining to pure musical ecstasy supporting a wonderful cause and dedicated to a musician so revered by so many. Y’all this edition has been a seven month process on several levels of comprehension, and those who are fortunate to attend will certainly feel that energy. Songs are being exchanged amongst the musicians, potential set lists are forming, and yes, there will be some surprises!

Please welcome the talented saxophone player Bryan Lopes and trumpet extraordinaire Joey “Papa J” Sommerville to the lineup. I first saw Bryan perform over 20 years ago with Jeff Sipe, Count M’Butu and Ricky Keller at Smith’s Olde Bar, performing in an avant-garde sort of way.  Both Papa J and Madrid Express trombonist Daniel Wytanis participated in the Hampton70 Concert at the Fox Theatre in May, and rest assured this trio of horn players will tear it up with Jim Lauderdale and within the Zambi Jam Finale in addition to wherever else it makes sense! Needless to say we’re looking forward to what promises to be an incredibly special night of music!

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 (Live Auction begins)

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

I can’t implore upon you enough what it means to have your support of the Holiday Hootenanny, Atlanta Habitat, and a love for great music. Get a sitter, drop what you’re doing, and just come on! You will be thankful that you made that decision. Below is Jim Lauderdale from last year’s edition performing Headed For The Hills – enjoy!

 

A Tribute to David Grisman, July 12 @ Eddie’s Attic!

11 Jul

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Advance Tickets (Reserve a table for front and center viewing!)

Core Musicians include (counter clockwise from top left)Casey Cook – guitar, Keith Morris – bass, Michael Smith – mandolin, Andy Carlson – fiddle

The Frank Hamilton School Presents an outstanding night of music that pays tribute to legendary mandolinist/composer/producer/collaborator David Grisman.  Join us as members of Atlanta’s top bluegrass band, The Dappled Grays, and a multi-state fiddle champion perform music from the different styles of the David Grisman Quintet as well as various projects over the years.  These sessions include (among many) his legendary Garcia/Grisman recordings, Tone Poems – a duet between Grisman and Tony Rice, the jazz and Latin infused acoustic music known by many as Dawg Music, and the bluegrass side of David Grisman, highlighted famously by his collaboration with both Doc Watson and Del McCoury and his participation in the legendary bluegrass group Old & In the Way that also included Jerry Garcia, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements & John Kahn.

Our goal at the Frank Hamilton School is to create a sense of community around music, and this show is no different.  We are thrilled to be a part of the Decatur and Atlanta communities, contributing to the teaching of playing music together in addition to exposing you to the finest in real music, music that touches the soul and inspires.  Please visit http://frankhamiltonschool.org for complete information about how you can become a part of the new folk movement, which is as diverse as ever!  Come play with us!

Get your Advanced Tickets now – reserve a table or do general admission!  This is truly going to be a memorable night featuring some top notch Atlanta area musicians and some special guests.  A portion of the proceeds benefit The Frank Hamilton School.

 

The Journey Begins: FHFS Concert Series Kick-off 2/18

6 Jan

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$12 Adv/$15 Door – ADVANCE TICKETS, Showtime 8PM

The Frank Hamilton Folk School (FHFS) is excited to kick-off its inaugural concert series with a journey back to 1920s old-time and country music with The Georgia Crackers and a performance by one of the more eclectic, genuine musicians Atlanta has to offer in Jeff Mosier! A portion of the proceeds will benefit FHFS and its continuing development & community involvement!  Other dates on the calendar include March 3, April 7, May 12, June 16, July 7, August 4, Sept 1, October 6, November 3,  & December 1.

ABOUT THE GEORGIA CRACKERS
Take a trip back in time to the early era of Country Music. Before Hank Williams or Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys, Georgia musicians such as Fiddlin’ John Carson, Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers, and many others pioneered the golden age of “Hillbilly Stringbands”. The Georgia Crackers faithfully re-create the vintage sound of the 1920s, while keeping alive the spirit of spontaneity and improvisation. Their irreverent stage banter is always a crowd pleaser. Along with old time singer, Kenneth Johnson (Pea Ridge Ramblers) on guitar and Chip Corbitt on clawhammer banjo, this rhythm section holds it down for Fiddlin’ Mick Kinney. Kinney has a unique but authentic fiddle style. When asked for his secret, Mick says, “steal licks from the best” and “keep it hot and greasy, but take it easy”. The Georgia Crackers reach back for that old time feel and surge forward in a rush so entertaining it’s mesmerizing.

ABOUT REV. JEFF MOSIER
Jeff Mosier is the conceiver and leader of the psychedelic hick-hop sound that is Blueground Undergrass. Before forming BGUG in 1998, he primarily played banjo alongside brother Johnny Mosier in their band Good Medicine for nearly 23 years. Also with Johnny, Jeff co-hosted the popular bluegrass radio show “Born in a Barn” for 14 years on 89.3 FM WRFG in Atlanta. In the late 1980’s, Jeff got his first experience playing rock n’ roll when he joined Col. Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit. Mosier continues today with song-driven rock / bluegrass ensemble, The Jeff Mosier Band, that also includes guitarist extraordinaire Matthew Williams.

Jeff’s special ability to combine bluegrass with trance, jazz and rock have made him an icon in the jam band world. The Reverend has shared the stage with Leftover Salmon, Widepsread Panic, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, and many more. In 1994, he toured with Phish while teaching the band all about the world of bluegrass.

To add to an already eclectic musical career, Jeff also performs for senior citizens and Alzheimers patients, as well as children. He is active in public service, combining his musicianship with speaking engagements.

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Jam at the Frank Hamilton Folk School following a group lesson in each instrument. We had about 35 folks participating last night!

This truly is the beginning of a new chapter in my life, and I’m excited to have y’all on board with me for it!  The second full six-week session of classes (guitar I, guitar II, banjo, fiddle, vocal, and ukelele) at FHFS began last night at Epworth United Methodist Church and the energy was great!  All levels of skill were represented, and by the end of the first session, they were playing chords & taking home some instruction to practice until next Tuesday (Jan 12).  If you would like to come observe or participate in a session please feel free!  They start at 7pm EST each Tuesday evening, lasting a total of about 1 hr 40 min.  The first hour is a group lesson followed by a group jam with everyone.  I can testify that a good buddy of mine came by last night who had won the lessons in the silent auction at the Holiday Hootenanny.  He had a blast and can’t wait to continue on the banjo next week!  For more information on participating in the classes or finding out how you can volunteer, or if you would like to make a donation to support the cause, please visit the Frank Hamilton website for information!

 

 

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