The Festival that gives back to the community. Gov't Mule, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Robert Walter's Super Heavy Organ, and Tishamingo to headline Down on the Farm II.

Spanish Moss Productions (SMP) will present the second Down on the Farm festival this November. SMP is a grass roots production company with a non-profit philanthropic foundation dedicated to providing financial support to those in need in the name of music, scholarship, ecology, and community, so it is no surprise that this year's festival will benefit one of our nation's great charitable organizations. Habitat For Humanity has been building houses for those who lack shelter for close to thirty years, building more than 175, 000 houses and providing shelter for nearly 900,000 people in that time. Habitat is the philanthropy of choice for Mr. Warren Haynes (who puts on the annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam – a benefit for Habitat for Humanity), so SMP felt it appropriate to make it the main beneficiary of this year's DOTF. Subsequently, since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, SMP further designated the beneficiary to be for Hurricane Relief (via Habitat). SMP and the members of the Spanish Moss Foundation feel for all those suffering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and has taken an extra step by giving five dollars from every ticket sold to Habitat. The secondary beneficiary for DOTF II is the same beneficiary they support in some way with every event they do, and that is the Gadsden Co. Public High Schools Music Programs. These kids have basic needs for instruments, music lessons, and creative encouragement. In addition to these worthy causes, everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and clothing for food and clothing drives to benefit the Big Bend/Gulf Coast of Florida on over to our neighbors in New Orleans (wherever the need is greatest).

Gov't Mule original members Haynes and incredible drummer Matt Abts continue to gel with bassist Andy Hess and keyboardist Danny Louis each of whom now has over two years under their belt as permanent members. The band will be in the heart of their "About To Rage" tour (named for a particularly adventurous song on their wildly successful Deja Voodoo album). The fiery eclecticism of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, also returning for their second DOTF, will be another chief feature of this year's festival. Described as, "An expression of the fourth dimension; time, making rhythm and emotions relative," their music clearly fits the spirit of this festival. While they delve into rhythm and blues, hip-hop and jazz (sometimes simultaneously), his former Greyboy Allstar bandmate Robert Walter focuses mainly on funky organ-driven Jazz in Robert Walter's Super Heavy Organ. Walter recently moved to New Orleans and was greatly impacted by Katrina - and his new CD (named after his current band) features many New Orleans musicians. The denizens of The Big Easy, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, will also perform, as well as Crescent City's Ivan Neville and his new band Dumpstaphunk, and Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes. In conjunction with the philanthropic nature of the festival and this year's main beneficiary, it is SMP's honor to welcome these beloved neighbors to the DOTF stage.

Written up in Honest Tune magazine as "the next big thing in Southern Rock," Tallahassee's own (by way of Athens) Tishamingo will be back for its second DOTF along with the rockin' songcrafters of modern Macon music, Moonshine Still. The festival will also feature the acoustic virtuosity of Larry Keel's Natural Bridge and a long anticipated reunion of the Atlanta jamband Ancient Harmony. Early bird tickets are only $65 which includes camping, parking and three days of music and good times. Ticket price will rise to $80 and then to $95 at the gate.

The free camping will be provided at the Spanish Moss Farm - 450 acres of heaven, large grassy fields with manicured sod, beautiful old canopy oaks, vast pine forests with trails & ponds, extensive tree and field camping, the Tobacco barn, and The Old Farmhouse.

The Current Line up Features:
Gov't Mule (2 shows), Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Robert Walter's Super Heavy Organ, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Moonshine Still, Tishamingo, Blueground Undergrass, Larry Keel's Natural Bridge, Cadillac Jones, Captain Soularcat, Yo Momma's Big Fat Booty Band, Jon Nicholson, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, The Shady Deal, Donna Hopkins Band, Ralph Roddenberry, Stillwood, Full Black Out, Soular System, Polyester Pimpstrap, Pan Handle String Band, Old Union, Ancient Harmony, Rebecca Jean Smith, Deep Blue Sun, and The Legendary JCs.

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Show details:
Friday through Sunday November 11th - 13th, 2005
Spanish Moss Farms Quincy, FL
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Advance Early Bird 3-day passes are $65 (till 10/7/05) then go up to $80 and available online at Tickets at The Gate will be $85.00 per person. One day passes are $40 at the gate. One-Day passes to Sunday only will be $20. Children 10 and under are admitted FREE with paid adults. Tickets are on sale now!

[Published on: 10/21/05]

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