Your participation is strongly encouraged as we summon the sounds of hell – beginning this Friday night at the Flicker Theatre in Athens, GA. The establishment is proud to welcome GF veterans Garett Hatch (and his one-man-band extraordinaire), The Shoal Creek Stranglers (performing a peculiar blend of various interest), Pine Tar Rage (Carolina Rock ‘n Roll quartet of souls) with Old Smokey (haunting the musical hairs off of you). 10pm / $5 / RSVP to the official event page
T.S. Woodward and friends (pictured above) earlier this month sinking in an attempt to capture what will eventually become the cover of his upcoming release, planned for 2016. Photo courtesy of Woodward’s facespook – Many thanks to Dominar productions.
Below are the GF happenins for OCTOBER
Oct 1st / Caledonia Lounge – Launch into the month as Atlanta’s own Gringo Star revisits the classic city with our pals Slow Parade and Tedo Stone – Visit the official event page for more details – Show starts at 9:30pm – Athens, GA
Oct 2nd, 3rd and 4th / BRWA Music Fest – Elf Power, Athens Cowboy Choir, Shoal Creek Stranglers, Scott Spillane, Sea of Dogs, Shade and so many more! Tent Camping and other activities. Visit official Event Page for details – this happening is at Camp Kiwanis in Danielsville, GA
Oct 10th / Lavonia Gazebo – Celebrated poet and local resident John W. Williams will host an autograph session for his latest book “A Cup of Warm Words” as Zeke Sayer provides musical entertainment from 10am-11am at the Gazebo in downtown Lavonia, GA
Oct 16th and 17th / Mountain Hitchin – The Shoal Creek Stranglers are off to the South-East end of Appalachia this weekend to croon a lovely couple into holy matrimony for all eternity. Our highest congratulations to Ashlie and Andrew! – Asheville, NC
Oct 22nd / Salem Community Center – Sponsored by the Salem Branch/Oconee County Library presents The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show performing at 7pm in Salem, SC
Oct 23rd / The Optimist – It’s the infamous return of the Midnight Stranglers performing various renditions of rock and roll treasures from 7-10pm while you sample some of the towns finest seafood cuisine. We wholeheartedly recommend the lobster roll – Atlanta, GA
Oct 30th / Flicker Theatre – Join us for a fabulous evening of music from Old Smokey, Pine Tar Rage (from the upstate of South Carolina), The Shoal Creek Stranglers special electrified set and a solo performance by Garett Hatch. For more details visit the official event page – Show starts at 10pm / $5 – Athens, GA
Oct 31st / Flicker Theatre – Prepare for a night of ghoulish delight summoned forth by our ole friends LOS MEESFITS along with ANTLERED AUNT LORD and JOWE HEAD (of Swell Maps – all the way from England!) Visit the official event page for more details – Show starts at 10pm – Athens, GA
Gypsy correspondents confirmed that numerous assemblies have been taking place within the studio sector during this month and seem to entertain a slight promise of some strange (and exciting) projects that will finally be coming-to-light as time allows through out this year and next.
The remaining GF happenin’s for JULY (and early AUG) include :
The Rodney Kings at Little Kings / Athens, Ga / 10:45pm / July 30th
Old Smokey at 40 Watt / Athens, GA / 9:00pm / July 30th
Shoal Creek Stranglers at NICK’s / Clemson, SC / 10:00pm / July 31st
All City Cannonballers at Little Kings / Athens, GA / 7:30pm / Aug 1st
The Cryptides at Hi Lo Lounge / Athens, Ga / 10:15pm / Aug 2nd
The Cryptides at Kavarna / Decatur, GA / 8:00pm / Aug 15th
May 1st – Shoal Creek Stranglers Square in Hartwell, GA (RSVP)
May 2nd – SCS at COBB’s Annual Derby Social in Atlanta, GA (Private)
May 2nd – The Subsonics at Hi-Lo Lounge – Athens, GA (RSVP)
May 2nd – Jacob Morris at Flicker Theatre and Bar – Athens, GA (RVSP)
May 9th – The Cryptides at Creature Comforts – Athens, GA (RSVP)
May 10th – Neutral Milk Hotel at Orange Twin – Athens, GA (RSVP)
May 16th – Parkertown Pickers at PUMC – Lavonia, GA (Directions)
May 17th – SCS at Burgess Historic Cemetery in Lavonia GA (RSVP)
May 23rd – SCS at Nick’s Tavern in Clemson, SC (RSVP)
May 27th – MTC on the Roof-Top at Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA (RSVP)
May 30th – Shoal Creek Stranglers at The Den – Anderson, SC (RSVP)
The first day of April has long been remembered as “All Fools’ Day” for many reasons. However, exempt from that list of foolery is one T.S. Woodward, whom you may have spotted traveling around the classic city; mid-way through his tango-of-death with 88 keys. Woodward made an “official” debut in 2013 with the release of Dominar’s “BLUE RIBBON” music video. Since then, he has been hard at work on an album of recordings that will ultimately be submitted as his senior thesis in Popular Music Composition, a degree that Woodward designed himself. The finished album is titled “How to Breathe Underwater” and it will premiere on April 1st @ exactly 5PM for one showing only in The Dancz Center for New Music on the 2nd floor of UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music.
To better explain the situation, we requested a statement and the following descended upon the field at Gypsy Farm late last week, attached to a fast-dwindling balloon, it read :
“A few years ago I created my own major at UGA; I did this by outlining a unique path of study which was specific to my interests and incorporated upper level coursework from the departments of Music Composition, Creative Writing, and Music Business. Additionally, I proposed a senior thesis project which would require me to write, record, and produce a full length “album” of original material, the graded submission of which (alongside an academic paper) would ultimately determine whether or not I graduate. This major is called Popular Music Composition, and on Wednesday, April 1st, at exactly 5PM within the grand hall of The Dancz Center for New Music, the question of my graduation will finally be answered as I present my completed thesis, How to Breathe Underwater, in front of a live studio audience and my 3 esteemed committee members, Dr. Valdez, Dr. Pavlic, and Mr. David Barbe.
The first half of this recital will consist of the world premiere of my thesis, How to Breathe Underwater, in the form of a stereophonic playback of the 28 minute album in its entirety from start to finish and without pause. This is not an “album release” but rather an exclusive public screening of the album before the inevitable waiting period to get it pressed and distributed to record stores. It is worth noting that The Dancz Center for New Music, aka The Black Box, is the same state-of-the-art performance hall in which the majority of this work was recorded and mixed and is therefore the ideal place in which to listen to it.
The second half of this recital will consist of a live performance of B-sides and other material written by T.S. Woodward, performed by himself at the piano and with the help of his friends, The Phantasmagoric Chamber Orchestra, whose makeup is as follows:
Zeke Sayer – Drumset
Matthew Garrison – Upright Bass
Nicholas Mallis – Electric Guitar
Dave Kirslis – Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Webber – Synthesizer
Ember Remliel – Backup vocals
This performance will be recorded and archived by the hardworking composition staff at UGA, as well as by my talented friends and colleagues Mr. Neal Warner & Alex Kroh.
I would like to note that none of this is or would be possible without the graciousness and support of those closest to me both inside and out of The University of Georgia. And so…
It is with the utmost pleasure and excitement that I invite you to please join me for this one of a kind performance of a work that is representative of years of study and labor… whose surreal nature has been at once borne out of and painstakingly constructed atop the ruins of my dreams and nightmares… and which was conceived during the quiet, borrowed hours between midnight and dawn within the hallowed halls of The Hugh Hodgson School of Music.”
Please visit the official event page by clicking the above flier or RSVP here
Here lay a handful of interesting GF related happenings that are to take place this month of March – Beginning TODAY as Mother the Car returns to the city of soul, Augusta, GA where they’ll be visiting the ever awesome SOUL BAR. Flashing forward to Friday the 13th we see T.S Woodward and The Shoal Creek Stranglers performing for the first time at Fernbank Museum in Atlanta, GA as part of their “Martinis and IMAX” series. Following unconfirmed appearances, The Shoal Creek Stranglers will croon on for the remainder of March, celebrating Saint Paddy’s Day with Rabies Scythe Fight at the GO BAR in Athens, GA on the 17th followed by a stringing of Hartwell, GA at the legendary Bluegrass Express venue on thee 28th.
Feb 5th at the fabulous 40 Watt club — we’ll find GF veterans KOKO BEWARE returning to Athens for an echo-squashing good time along side Small Reactions and NOVUS. 18+ / Doors at 8pm / $5 / RSVP to Official Event Page
Feb 13th (also at Flicker Theatre) A must-see Friday The 13th Celebration! Mother The Car, Free Associates, Charlie & the Foxtrots (TN) and Rabies Scythe Fight. 21+ / Doors at 9pm / $5 / RSVP to Official Event Page
Feb 15th at Flat Shoals Baptist Church in Hartwell GA – will welcome The Shoal Creek Stranglers as they string their way through thee old time spirituals you know and love so well. All ages / 7pm / Free – Donation
Various pictures taken by GF correspondents from 2012-14 were recently dee-classified and uploaded onto the photo page. Unconfirmed sources theorize that more are to be released.