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Get Off The Grid Fest Takes Off with CD Launch on 4/27/2017

26 Apr

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM LINK!

Get Off The Grid Fest – an earthly community fair for renewable energy, sustainable lifestyle and brilliant homegrown music – launches its CD at LEJ Recordings in Ellijay, GA Thursday, April 27th.

You are invited to tune in online on Thursday and come on out and get off the grid with us August 18-20! After the launch party, the CDs will be on sale at www.getoffthegridfest.com. The CDs are your ticket to Get Off The Grid Fest.

Bill Fleming and LBJ Recordings’ Michael Cornett host the launch starting at 4:20 pm until whenever. Get Off The Grid Fest will livestream and podcast the event featuring all 19 songs on the CD along with personal experiences in getting off the grid. CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM LINK!

Inspired by the cosmic event of the Aug. 21st 2017 total solar eclipse, across America dozens of musicians, artists, song writers and sound engineers have aligned to create this collection of original songs acknowledging the importance of our sun and of our planet in sustaining life. 

Artists include:
Bill Fleming – Gonna Get Off The Grid and Sun and Moon
Jason Kenny, Fern Cook, Seth Livengood – Make a
Mountain of My Mind
Joyce Brookshire – Love Crisis
John Cable and Billy Gewin – The Levee
Clay Maselle – Gold in Their Souls
George Eckard – Bury Me in My SUV
Joanne Steele – Honor the Atmosphere
Bobby Don Bloodworth – Woody Come Back
Mikhail – Sunshine
Aviva – Clap for Food Quality
Elise Witt – Only Love Will Do
Trey Gibbs – Reboot the System
Craig Rafuse – According to the Planets
Heidi Pollyea – Toccoa River
Tom Ferguson – Love Law
B. J. Wilbanks – In This Life
Michael Cornett – Rejoice
Terry Garthwaite – Shine On

Below is a video announcing the lineup ~ enjoy!

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 April 10-11! Adv tix, Lineup Announcement!

9 Jan

The worst cold spell of the winter is the perfect time to announce the SPRING edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny happening Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, at beautiful Starbridge in Murrayville, GA! Make your plans NOW for the second weekend in April to gather with your family and friends for the 18th installment of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, and stay tuned for complete details coming next week!

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FRI-SAT ADVANCE TICKETS $55 ADV/$70 Gate

SAT ONLY ADVANCE TICKETS $50 ADV/$60 Gate

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INITIAL LINEUP (More to come!)

DANGERMUFFIN

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THE HIGHER CHOIR

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HAIR OF THE DOG

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GIBSON WILBANKS BAND

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AT-LARGE ARTISTS: RICHIE JONES, JARED WOMACK, MIKHAEL PETERSON

Full lineup and complete schedule to be released next week!

Back Porch Hoot Lineup Addition and Schedule Change!

24 Jun

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TDawg Presents is excited to bring FREDDY’S FINEST into the Hootenanny family mix!   These soulful funk’n’groovers also serve as Jimmy Hall’s (from Wet Willie) band, so you KNOW there’s some southern soul going on inside these fellas!

Please note below the updated schedule.  So much musical goodness here y’all, you aren’t going to want miss any of it!  Get your advance tickets NOW to support one of the finest little festies in the entire Southeast.  A TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny is more like a private showcase with a few hundred of your best buddies – how can you not have an incredible time?!

FRI SEPT 19
SHED STAGE
9:30PM – 12:30PM SAM FRENCH & FRIENDS
SAT SEPT 20
SHED STAGE
12:30PM – 2:00PM JASON KENNEY
2:45PM – 4:15PM ROLLING NOWHERE
5:00PM – 6:30PM SECONDHAND SWAGGER
7:15PM – 8:45PM COL. BRUCE & MADRID EXPRESS
9:30 – 11:00PM LINGO
11:30PM – 1:00AM STRUNG LIKE A HORSE w/ LACY JO
GRATEFUL FRED STAGE
2:00PM – 2:45PM MOMS JAM!!!!
4:15PM – 5:00PM THE JUGTIME RAGBAND
6:30PM – 7:15PM FREDDY’S FINEST
8:45PM – 9:30PM DONNA HOPKINS

TDawg Presents THE DUHKS – Thu May 1, 2014

9 Apr

Check out the event page folks!

When: Thursday, May 1

Where: Red Light Cafe

Time: Doors @ 7pm, showtime 8pm, special guest TBA

Tickets: $17 Adv/$20 door, Click Here to get yours!

 

Fun version of “Down to the River” from String Break last spring!  Enjoy 😉

Please spread the good word y’all!

4 days and counting til TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny!

31 Mar

Spring Hoot 2014 Schedule

Well folks, it appears as if the rites of spring are unfolding right in front of us – opening day of the baseball season is here, college football spring practice is here, and TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny #16 is this weekend!  I don’t know about you, but I am ready for a music explosion and that fresh crisp mountain air that reminds you that spring has indeed arrived!

Advance tickets are still on sale through Thursday, April 3, at 11:45pm.  After that, you’ll need to purchase at the gate upon arrival at Cherokee Farms.  There will be a couple of food vendors there, although you are welcome to bring your own food in.  Also, please note this event is BYOB.

FRI-SAT (incl camping) ~ $50 ADV/$65 GATE

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SAT ONLY (incl camping) ~ $45 ADV/$55 GATE

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SAT DAY PASS (NO camping) ~ $40 GATE.  Kids 12 & under are admitted FREE!  Kids ages 13-16 $20 at gate.  NO DOGS PLEASE!

Y’all this Hootenanny is overflowing with talent, most of it being relatively unknown outside of the region but absolutely as good as it gets.  Like all the other Hootenannies, TDawg Presents prides itself on the ability to harvest the up and coming talent to produce an event that is as fresh as it gets, and you come to expect the unexpected.

We are thrilled to have Music On Main Street as the sponsor for the Grateful Fred Stage, and Tree Sound Studios will be once again manning the Shed Stage, as they have for every Hoot!  Light Show Design will be running the lights for the third consecutive Hootenanny.

Please encourage your friends and family to come on out, come on up, come on over, and get yourself ready for quite a ride that’ll leave you grinning from ear to ear by the end!

HOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

HOOTENANNY Around the Corner! April 4-5

25 Mar

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We are now only 10 days out from the 16th edition of TDawg’s Back Porch Hootenanny, a tradition since 2006 y’all!  I’ve been running the lineup through my mind frequently the last few days, and I have to say that there simply is no let up in the sequence.  Strap yourself in for an incredibly fun musical journey and just about as relaxing an experience as you will have any time soon!

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A special Saturday morning (April 5) get up and moving session will take place from 11am-12:30 on the Grateful Fred Stage  for a short hoop workshop brought to you by Jessi “HoopJ” Harris.  Even if you haven’t hula hooped in your life, Jessi can teach you a few beginner tricks.  After a short beginner introductory lesson, experienced hoopers are welcome to learn advanced tricks with single, double and triple hoops!  What a great way to get your day going!  Trampoline not included.

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One quality of the Hoots I appreciate so much as a producer and presenter is the fact that every set is a showcase set.  With such a limited number of slots, it is so much fun to prepare a schedule with the anticipated artist interaction and cross-pollination of bands that creates an extra layer of musical ecstasy for the audience.  The day turns into a dizzying display of musicianship topped off with great friends, family, and new friends!

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I hope y’all can plan to join us in just two weekends.  Please feel free help the cause and purchase your advance tickets NOW!  Regardless, spread the good word, and start practicing your Hootenanny battle cry for the midnight hour on Saturday night 😉  Be sure to come out Friday night for a very special evening of jams by road warriors Big Daddy Love on the Shed Stage with a mighty fine collection of special guests to join the madness!

I couldn’t resist adding the below video captured last fall of David Via & Curtis Burch w/ special guests Larry &  Jenny Keel performing Via’s classic “Corn Liquor” – enjoy!

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!

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