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Holiday Hootenanny Update!

15 Nov

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Where: Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

When: Showtime 7PM, Doors @ 6PM

Tickets: Gen Adm $35 ADV / $45 Door, Reserved $45 ADV / $55 Door. Available online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

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We are thrilled to announce that two more sponsors have jumped on board with the Holiday Hootenanny movement! THANK YOU to McGriff, Seibels & Williams and Tito’s Vodka in addition to Creature Comforts Brewing Co. for their support this year. We are grateful for the enthusiasm and support that has come our way this year for this amazing annual concert benefitting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!

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Lineup Addition

Please welcome the incomparable Joe Craven as the final piece to a magnificent puzzle of a lineup! Joe was a member of the David Grisman Quintet for 16 years, performed on the legendary Garcia/Grisman recordings, including the most legendary of them all – The Pizza Tapes – that also featured the great Tony Rice. Joe participated as an emcee in several HarvestFests back in the day, and we’ve been fortunate to have him available around the holiday season for quite a few years now and are thrilled to have him on board for this roots music extravaganza! He is truly one of the most talented musicians I have ever known, capable of playing more types of instruments than imaginable.

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Holiday Hootenanny Schedule

6 PM: Doors open

7-7:50 PM: Jeff Sipe & The State Birds feat. Ike Stubblefield, Brian Lopes, Neal Fountain & Mike Seal and some friends

8:10-9:25 PM: Jim Lauderdale (bluegrass & electric), feat. the Zambi Horns

9:55-11 PM: A Tribute to Johnny Knapp by Jez Graham + quite a few special guests

11:15 PM-12:30 AM: THE JAM feat. Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman, Larry Keel, Steve ‘Big Daddy’ McMurry, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jason Carter, Jeff Sipe, Jared Womack, Neal Fountain & more!

(schedule is subject to change)

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I know that I’ve posted this video before but it is so damn good it’s worth another viewing! A one of a kind performance that featured 18 musicians on stage for the finale, and it never let up from the get go. Col. Bruce Hampton with the Anywhere But Here Horns featuring Joe Gransden and the late Johnny Knapp (whom we will pay tribute to this year) really let it rip. You won’t be disappointed! Let’s just say that the Holiday Hootenanny brings this level of energy every year, and we are forever grateful to the Colonel for what he gave to us. Zambi!

Holiday Hootenanny (12/18) Lineup Additions

11 Sep

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Where: Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

When: Showtime 7PM, Doors @ 6PM

Tickets: Gen Adm $35 ADV / $45 Door, Reserved $45 ADV / $55 Door. Available Friday, August 30 @ 10 AM online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

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We are thrilled to announce a few additions to the Holiday Hootenanny lineup y’all! Our official statesman, multi-Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale, will be joining us once again! His sets have been quite a highlight each of the previous three years, and we’re grateful that he is able to return again for what promises to be another memorable set. Jim is a very successful songwriter in Nashville, having written songs performed by the likes of George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, Patty Loveless, and countless others. He also is co-host of the highly successful Buddy & Jim Show on Sirius/XM’s Outlaw Country. We are also pleased to welcome multi-Grammy winner and fiddling master Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band, Travelin’ McCourys) Also, please welcome Acoustic Syndicate’s own Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry as well as Jeff Sipe’s State Birds, featuring bassist extraordinaire Neal Fountain, guitarist Mike Seals (Jerry Douglas Band, Sierra Hull), and saxophonist Bryan Lopes.

Fast , elegant and beautiful, this dynamic quartet take musical flight together as “State Birds” (the name is a nod to Col. Bruce Hampton). With the lineup growing for the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny, this set promises to present some surprises for all of us!

The music is mesmerizing and delivered with joy and passion. The near telepathic communication is a result of years of chemistry together.
The bands’ roots go back to 1983 in Atlanta. Each of the band members played with Bruce Hampton for a spell and share a unique musical bond. Below is a video captured by good friend Ron Currens at Music On Main Street in 2018, enjoy!

Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry is a founding member, lead vocalist, guitarist & mandolin player of the amazing band, Little King recording artist Acoustic Syndicate. My history with this band goes all the way back to the first HarvestFest on October 10, 1998, and they are “still my favorite band after all these years!” Big Daddy’s friendship and comradery with just about everyone on this lineup only means the family vibe for this year’s Holiday Hoot is going to be felt by everyone in the room. The jams will be plentiful and the music joyous.

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The current lineup: Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman, Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel, Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Jason Carter, A Tribute Johnny Knapp, Jeff Sipe, The State Birds, Bryan Lopes, Neal Fountain, Mike Seals, Daniel Wytanis, more to come!!!

Stay tuned for the remainder of the lineup for the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny to come your way soon! PLEASE spread the good word, and get your tickets now if you know you can go! We’re going to have a nice-sized crowd this year, so dont’ be left out! Zambi!!

Lineup Announced for Holiday Hootenanny (12/18)/Tix On Sale Friday, Aug 30!

29 Aug

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Where: Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

When: Showtime 7PM, Doors @ 6PM

Tickets: Gen Adm $35 ADV / $45 Door, Reserved $45 ADV / $55 Door. Available Friday, August 30 @ 10 AM online through Variety Playhouse and at their Box Office (M-F Noon-6 PM and on show nights)

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We are thrilled to bring you a very exciting lineup to the 9th Annual Holiday Hootenanny, which will yet again benefit Atlanta Habitat for Humanity! There will be more to add including some of the finest that Atlanta has to offer, but below is a list of performers up to this point in time:

Drew Emmitt & Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon)

Larry Keel

Rev. Jeff Mosier

Jeff Sipe

A Tribute Set to Johnny Knapp

And that’s just the initial lineup! Stay tuned for more announcements in the upcoming weeks. Meanwhile here’s a gem from the 2nd Annual Holiday Hootenanny in 2012 at the Variety Playhouse that featured Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, Count M’Butu, Yonrico Scott, Ike Stubblefield, Papa Mali and Wet Willie’s own Jimmy Hall. Enjoy! Spread the good word!

Holiday Hootenanny 2 Days Out!

18 Dec
6th Annual Holiday Hoot 2016, at Terminal West

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS: General Admission $35 Adv/$45 Day of Show, Reserved $45 Adv/$55 Day of Show (No service fee if purchased at the Variety Playhouse box M-F 12-6 PM or during all shows)

Where: The Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018

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Folks, yet again, we have a wonderful variety of music centric items on the silent auction block! Here is a list of some of the items that will be present: Lock’n Festival: 1 Pair of General Admission passes w/ camping ~ Suwannee Spring Reunion: 1 Pair All-Access passes w/ camping ~ Widespread Panic New Year’s Eve at the Fabulous Fox Theatre: 1 Pair tickets ~ A signed-by-everyone guitar ~ Custom-framed concert photographs ~ Restaurant Gift Certificates ~ Jewelry, and more!

Y’all come ready to do some bidding, with proceeds benefitting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!   

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Schedule:

7:00 – 7:15 ~ Vassar Clements Tribute

7:20 – 8:05 ~ Heather Gillis

8:30 – 9:30 ~ Jim Lauderdale

10:00 – 11:15 ~ Peter Rowan

11:20 – 12:15 AM ~ Jeff Mosier leads Jam Finale


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Vassar Clements Tribute to kick off Holiday Hoot (Dec 20!)

14 Dec

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS: General Admission $35 Adv/$45 Day of Show, Reserved $45 Adv/$55 Day of Show (No service fee if purchased at the Variety Playhouse box M-F 12-6 PM or during all shows)

Where: The Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018

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Vassar Clements was a dear friend to many, and I know I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him professionally and developed a close personal friendship with the man in the final chapter of his amazing life. Vassar first performed with Col. Bruce Hampton at HarvestFest in 1999, with Col. Bruce introducing him to the stage as the King of Kings. What a fitting title. 

Vassar & TDawg 2002

On December 20, the 8th Annual Holiday Hootenanny will pay tribute to this amazing American music legend who transcended genres and generations to create a mystique all his own, performing with everyone from Bill Monroe to Jerry Garcia to Stephan Grapelli and all points in between. We will be kicking off the show with a short set of fiddle jams by one of the finer trifecta of players – Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band), Lyndsay Pruett (John Stickley Trio), John Mailander (Bruce Hornsby) – and joined by Jeff Mosier on banjo, Mark Henry on the upright bass, Matthew Williams on guitar, and Nick DiSebastian on mandolin. What a great start to the evening! The adjusted schedule is below:

7:00 – 7:15 ~ Vassar Clements Tribute

7:20 – 8:05 ~ Heather Gillis

8:30 – 9:30 ~ Jim Lauderdale

10:00 – 11:15 ~ Peter Rowan

11:20 – 12:15 AM ~ Jeff Mosier leads Jam Finale

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Here’s Vassar performing Orange Blossom Special with an all-star cast, including Jason Carter!

Holiday Hoot (Dec 20) Only 10 Days Out!

10 Dec

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS: General Admission $35 Adv/$45 Day of Show, Reserved $45 Adv/$55 Day of Show (No service fee if purchased at the Variety Playhouse box M-F 12-6 PM or during all shows)

Where: The Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018

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12/20/17 at Terminal West w/ Johnny Knapp

Wow – I can’t believe the time is almost here for another Holiday Hootenanny! What a great gift to give during this holiday season, one which supports a great cause AND provides the gift of amazing music to lift your spirits even higher! Each year I am amazed at the love and positive spirit that surrounds this event – it really is OUR holiday party and celebration. Everyone in attendance feels a connection to the music and to each other, creating quite a memorable evening in the process! Get your sitter if you need one, go ahead and purchase your ticket, and plan on coming out to the Variety Playhouse for a special night on Thursday, December 20. Zambi!

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Here’s a great clip from 2012 featuring the Mosier Brothers (Jeff & Johnny) & Friends, the last time the Holiday Hootenanny took place at the Variety Playhouse. It was an incredibly special evening with wonderful friends on stage and in the audience. See if you can name all the participating musicians 😉 


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Holiday Hootenanny (Thursday, Dec 20) Only 3 Weeks Away!

28 Nov

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS: General Admission $35 Adv/$45 Day of Show, Reserved $45 Adv/$55 Day of Show (No service fee if purchased at the Variety Playhouse box M-F 12-6 PM or during all shows)

Where: The Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

When: Thursday, December 20, 2018

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Four Set of music, Silent Auction to Benefit Atlanta Habitat for Humanity!

Y’all we are so excited about the Holiday Hootenanny this year! It is truly going to be an epic musical experience had by everyone, from musician to patron, and all for a great cause! The Holiday Hootenanny has evolved into  “OUR” Holiday Party, and you certainly get that feel. Such amazing talent from top to bottom, and expect the unexpected – I know I do! 

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Schedule (schedule and set lineups subject to change):

7:00 – 7:45 PM ~ HEATHER GILLIS w/ Evan Sarver, Jeff Sipe, Kevin Thomas, Bill Fleming, more TBA

8:15 – 9:15 PM ~ JIM LAUDERDALE w/ Jason Carter, Lyndsay Pruett, Jeff Mosier, Bill Fleming, Evan Sarver, Richie Jones, Kevin Thomas, Papa J, Daniel Wytanis, Bryan Lopes, Jared Womack, Matt Williams, Bobby Miller, more TBA

9:45 – 11:00 PM ~ PETER ROWAN w/ Jeff Mosier, Larry Keel, Jason Carter, Lyndsay Pruett, Jared Womack, Evan Sarver, Bobby Miller, Nick DiSebastian, more TBA 

11:05 – Midnight ~ ENCORE JAM led by JEFF MOSIER w/ THE WHOLE GANG

Here is the full lineup: Peter Rowan, Grammy-winner Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel, Jeff Mosier, Heather Gillis, Jeff Sipe, Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band), Joey “Papa J” Sommerville, Bryan Lopes, Lyndsay Pruett (John Stickley Trio)Jared Womack (Grass is Dead), Kevin Scott, Evan Sarver, Richie Jones, Bobby Miller, Nick DiSebastian, Daniel Wytanis. Bill Fleming, Matt Williams, Kevin Thomas, Emcee Wildman Steve

And now for a segment featuring our spiritual leader Jeff Mosier, first from 2017 at the 7th Annual Holiday Hootenanny kicking off the ZambiGrass Jam followed by a killer segment that wrapped up the Mosier Brothers set featuring Larry Keel, Jimmy Hall, and many others in 2012 at the 2nd Annual Holiday Hootenanny! Enjoy!

PLEASE share with others, get your tickets now! Here’s your reminder of how you can get yours now:
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS: General Admission $35 Adv/$45 Day of Show, Reserved $45 Adv/$55 Day of Show (No service fee if purchased at the Variety Playhouse box M-F 12-6 PM or during all shows)

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