2017 marks the tenth year that Atlanta musicians Jeffrey Butzer (pictured) and T.T. Mahony have staged live performances of Vince Guaraldi’s cherished soundtrack to the 1965 animated TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas. What started a decade ago as a fun one-off idea proved so popular that Butzer and Mahony added shows in subsequent years, and began performing it in nearby cities as well.
This year, augmented by musician Mike Beshera and a small chorus of guest singers, they’ll play Chattanooga on Dec. 2nd, Woodstock, Georgia on Dec. 6th and Birmingham, Alabama on Dec. 14th before taking up their annual two-night stand at The EARL in Atlanta on Dec. 15th and 16th. As an added bonus for the Birmingham and Atlanta shows, they’ll also perform Phil Spector’s 1963 album A Christmas Gift for You in its entirety.
In related news, Butzer’s band The Compartmentalizationalists, along with vocalist Scotty Hoffman from Atlanta’s Small Reactions, wrote two songs for the upcoming Laura Dern movie Trial By Fire, which recently filmed around Atlanta. It’s expected to be released sometime next year; look for The Compartmentalizationalists portraying a punk band in it.