PLANTING THE SEED 2016 - Dinner & Concert with Chef Hugh Acheson, featuring live music by 6 String Drag
Seed Life Skills
6 String Drag
Planting the Seed 2016 Menu
Jan 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Doors open 5:00 PM
Ticket sales ended Jan 11, 2016 1:00 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
On Sunday, January 10, 2016 as The Foundry at Graduate Athens hosts an evening of Southern fare, live music and philanthropy called Planting The Seed 2016. Dinner & show ticket holders will enjoy an exclusive dinner prepared by acclaimed chef Hugh Acheson along with a private concert from regional favorite 6 String Drag. Proceeds from the event will benefit Seed Life Skills, a living curriculum dedicated to empowering youth to be sustainable stewards of food and financial resources. Tickets are now SOLD OUT for the dinner & show portion but tickets still remain for the balcony only ticket (does not include the dinner, only the show) at
*In the spirit of community, you will be seated for a family-style meal and may be joined with other diners at your table.
- 18+ Show -
Seed Life Skills, founded by award-winning chef and dedicated dad Hugh Acheson, is a living, multimedia curriculum built to serve the needs of the modern Family & Consumer Sciences (founded as Home Economics) classroom. We believe that 21st century students must blend the best of their creative, engineering, and entrepreneurial skills to thrive in a dynamic, global environment, and Home Economics classes provide the necessary foundation to get prepared. Seed Life Skills emphasizes retainable real life skills with topics including hands-on culinary instruction, conscious consumer economics, and D.I.Y. design principles. This organization is a collaboration of University and industry professionals leveraging our collective resources to provide teachers everything from STEM-based curriculum materials to tools like canning supplies that bring lessons to life in the classroom. We believe that supporting teachers is our best way to empower future generations of healthy, resourceful, and resilient citizens. more >>>
6 String Drag | 6:15 PM
After 16 years in hibernation, 6 String Drag is back to remind us a few things about real rock ‘n’ roll. In the late ‘90s, the Carolina quartet stood out as pioneers of the nascent alt-country movement. Their Steve Earle-produced LP, High Hat remains an undisputed classic of its era. (the band was also on Earle's E-Squared Records)

Now battle-scarred and road-wizened, today’s 6 String Drag is the sound of kindred souls reunited, letting their own histories as human beings mingle freely around their shared love of classic, bygone sounds. Their exhilarating new recording, Roots Rock 'N' Roll, welds Kenny Roby and Rob Keller’s trademark harmonies to surging rhythms. Cut mostly live to tape, the effort is equal parts slap-back swagger and openhearted honesty – a triumphant return that celebrates rock’s first golden age by virtue of the grace, wit and insight found in Roby’s songwriting.

“I was banging out these rock ‘n’ roll songs about being teenagers, about hanging out and passing time in small towns,” says Roby. “They were pretty uncomplicated musically but we still had no idea how the recording would go. We showed up on Thursday and left on Monday. I didn’t know if we’d be able to cut four songs in four days, let alone capture most of the 11 tracks that became the album.”
That knife’s edge intensity is matched by a wooly, woody sound: Instruments bleed into vocal mics, bonding the sonority. Imperfection is celebrated, rather than painstakingly avoided. Ray Duffey’s swinging drums and Keller’s upright bass are the foundation, embroidered by Roby’s rhythm guitar and guitarist Scott Miller’s pointed leads—then thickened by an old-school horn section. The immediacy translates beautifully to record, elevating everything from the plaintive desperation of “Hard Times, High Times” to the self-effacing word play rave-up “Kingdom of Gettin’ It Wrong” to the rousing slide guitar snarl of “Sylvia.”

“I’ve played with so many different people over the last 16 years,” Roby says. “But being back with these guys sure felt like home again. Back in the day, we were rarely at a loss for ideas. It was great to realize that’s still the same. When we undertook this record, we all hoped there would be chemistry. It turned out that there was way more than any of us expected.”

“So thrilled to get to see 6 String Drag again. They’re as great as ever. Like reconnecting with a long lost friend.” - Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers)

“Led by frontman Kenny Roby, 6 String Drag merges the band’s early punk roots with no-frills southern honky tonk in a show that is sure to see your southern pride surge. Roby’s story telling excels, too, making the band’s songs resonate long after the amplifiers have gone quiet.” - Charlotte Viewpoint more >>>
Planting the Seed 2016 Menu | 6:30 PM
Little Gem lettuces, pistachio, mint, lemon, olive

Trout with gribiche, fine herb salad
Rack of Lamb with parsley chermoula
Leeks aux vinaigrette
roasted carrots, beets, feta, cumin dressing
farro, charred onion, Brussels, pumpkin seeds

butternut squash pannacotta, meyer lemon, sesame streusel, vanilla bean strained yogurt

**In the spirit of community, you will be seated for a family-style meal and may be joined with other diners at your table
Event Schedule

Seed Life Skills

6:00 PM

6 String Drag

6:15 PM

Planting the Seed 2016 Menu

6:30 PM