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Sublime with Rome came to Atlanta on July 23, 2010. They played to a packed house at The Masquerade Music Park.

I was surprised to see all the young people there, teens and early twenties.  I enjoyed Sublime in 1996 when they released their multi-platinum selling  “Sublime”.  I remember driving around with my friends cranking that CD!  To see that they have since reformed with Rome Ramirez as their new singer/guitarist, I had to see it for myself.

I was blown away at how good they really were.  I had done some research before the show and read numerous reviews that were mostly negative.

All I can say is Rome has found himself and his comfort zone on stage.  He did not just stand there and sing… He moved and moved everyone in the audience. The rhythm section was rock solid.

After the show, The Backstage Beat talked to Eric Wilson (Bassist) and asked him how he felt about Rome. He told us “Rome is the next big thing.  We are excited to have him and we are looking forward to what he will do with us in the studio in September. You know he co-wrote the Dirty Heads hit song “Lay Me Down” don’t you?”  Of course we knew that Eric! ;)

Todd Forman on Sax and Keys also took some time to talk with us. Todd is very happy with the new set up and is looking forward to getting into the studio as well.  The Backstage Beat will have an exclusive taped interview with Todd up later this week.

So for now, we leave you with this…. Sublime with never be the same.  Bradley is gone.  If you are willing to embrace the new set up and Rome Ramirez, you will enjoy what they are doing.   As for The Backstage Beat, we can not wait to see what these boys kick out this fall!

Thanks to all the guys in Sublime with Rome for taking the time to talk with us and to Lisa  for the passes to cover the show!

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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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