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Sublime with Rome coming to Atlanta!!



July 23, 2010 Sublime with Rome comes to the Masquerade Music Park  and this in one show we can not wait to cover!

Go back twenty-two years to a small Long Beach club…. Sublime played their first show with vocalist/guitarist Bradley Nowell, bassist Eric Wilson, and drummer Bud Gaugh.  That same year, in Fremont, California a boy by the name of Rome Ramirez was born.  Who would ever have known that twenty years later their paths would cross and Sublime with Rome would form.

Sublime’s greatest success came sadly the same year that Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose.  Sublime (the album originally titled “Killin’ It”) was released in July of 1996 and had such hits as “What I Got”, “Santeria” and “Wrong Way”.  The album was certified gold by the end of 1996.  With the death of Bradley, Sublime disbanded and the remaining members went on to enjoy success as The Long Beach Dub Allstars (LBDAS for short).  Frequent contributors to Sublime including Michael “Miguel” Happoldt,  Todd Forman,  and “Field” Marshall Goodman (Ras MG) are also members of the band.  LBDAS parted ways in 2002.

In 2009, the surviving members decided to reform the band with a new lead singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez.However, weeks after performing at Cypress Hill’s Smokeout Festival, a Los Angeles judge banned the new lineup from using the Sublime name.  In January 2010, the lawsuit was settled and the new lineup now performs together as Sublime with Rome.

With sobriety and family in the forefront  for Eric and Bud, they are ready to attack their demons and embrace the music they so once enjoyed performing.  I think it’s great and am happy for them.  There is sooo much negativity being spewed on the internet about these guys.  Rome has proven himself to be a worthy partner with the rock solid Sublime rhythm section.  If the guys want to get back to doing what they love . . . more power to them. The Backstage Beat is looking forward to what these guys cook up in the studio and will be there supporting them all the way.

Be sure to check them out this Friday at Masquerade Music Park with Matisyahu and Dirty Heads.


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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando



Ange Alex

I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.


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Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!



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Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!

Photo: Emily Butler

We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.

TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?

Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.

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Turkuaz at Aisle 5



Brooklyn based funk band Turkuaz played at Aisle Five in Atlanta last week and here are some shots from the show!

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