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It’s Saturday in Atlanta and live music illuminates the nightlife scene.  Tonight’s choice of where to go is easily made.  I hit the road with a friend and head to  The Original Tin Roof Cantina located in the heart of the city.  Hank Barbee and Michael Johns are playing on stage.  I know as I walk from my car to the front door of the bar I am entering a session of auditory delight and I will see great skill as Hank Barbee plays a guitar like it is a natural extension of his body.  His fingers move like butter across the instrument’s strings.  Michael Johns stole our country’s heart on American Idol.  Although he speaks with an Aussie accent, he claims Atlanta as his home away from home and truly possesses the gift of a wonderful  lyrical performer that can capture the attention of any group.  Observing Hank and Michael play together  resembles a  musical Laurel and Hardy show as they crack jokes with the crowd and entertain with a spectacular concert.  Tin Roof is far from unfamiliar to the entire Atlanta scene. As I walked through the doors, I hope you can imagine my excitement when my eyes lay upon a full band and  Georgia homegrown artists in the crowd.  Seems to me when people who play damn good tunes show up to sit in an audience that exceptional melodious skill and unexpected wonders will definitely ensue.  Man oh man it  sure happens tonight.  Dave Anthony sits on stage behind his drums tapping out rhythms and rocks to every song in the set. Have you seen Dave live on percussion? Wow!. He makes me throw up imaginary drum sticks and I feel the rhythm in my bones.  Sean McIntyre stands with his bass guitar directly to the left of Dave and strums the melody with boom and awesome sound. I scoot closer over towards him so I can admire his groove. These two make Bob Marley’s famous quote pop into my head : “The one good thing about  is that when it hits you feel no pain.” Others jump on and off the stage all evening and include awesome Atlanta players such as Chris Price, Jon Morrison, and Ben Denigen. At one point Jon Hopkins of The Zac Brown Band appears like a mystery from the mist and sings for the house.  Jon is not someone I would expect to see off of television or tour due  to  his  lack of time to dedicate to other ventures as he concentrates on the huge success of ZBB.  It is nice  to see him back  in one of his first true elements as he entertains us with all that makes Jon shine.  Harmonious camaraderie clicks among the circle of friends and glows from the stage which in turns adds that extra special “sauce”  that makes this show dynamic. The clock keeps ticking away and the  sounds flow and  remain pure  until the late hours of the night. Those who stay until the unwanted end get a wonderful treat as Jon Hopkins closes the show with The Tin Roof’s own, Arie, and they rap us out to Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s Baby’s Got Back. The people sing out the words and visions of  silicon butts made for toys is laughter inducing.  Oh baby! The microphones cut off and I pay my tab and walk out the door.  I turn and see close buddies extend goodbyes and slowly disperse. This reiterates to me that life is all about the relationships we build with all the people whom we come in contact. I want to thank each and every one of the band for allowing me to share, sing and dance with them on Saturday night.  I feel these   moments are the ones you wish to stumble upon any time a night in Atlanta is planned and when discovered should be treasured like a gem.  I was lucky enough to be a very welcome uninvited guest at a party of a longtime fold of friends who  simply got together to jam,  and boy did they jam hard. Very well done. [nggallery id=25] Pictures and Review sent in by April Bumpus

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Seven Handle Circus

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Walking into Buckhead Theatre I have no clue what to expect from tonight’s music. I know Mumford & Sons saw the headlining act at a Bluegrass festival downtown and invited them to open their show. That is why I am here. As I head inside I hear rock coming from the stage. I make my way down to the front of the crowd. Justin Allmet is performing and I see people dancing and demanding more.  He only plays a short set but I will find him in Atlanta again! Next up is Lera Lynn, a country music group. Twang and heartfelt ballads belt from Lera’s mouth.  This is my “type” of country: a mixture of classic country with a modern Southern twist. Last to come on is Seven Handle Circus. The Circus enters playing and soon the crowd is jumping and swaying as a unit to the sound of Bluegrass, rock, alternative, and even rap. Seven Handle Circus wows me. There is non-stop sound and a stage performance that engages the audience. These guys pack the house. If you have not been out to see a Seven Handle Circus show,  it is an Atlanta “must” do.  At the end of the night I did not want to leave or have the music stop. I expect to see these guys on top of the charts soon.

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Dokken Concert at Wild Bills

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Great Show! I though Great White Lion Snake was awesome as an opening act! Great stage presence. Dokken opened with “Just Got Lucky” and it was a great start. Crowd was very much into the band. Just wished Don had his voice at full capacity. He used the fans to sing high chorus notes to save his voice. Other than that….very entertaining!

 

~Sent to us by Lenny B. ~ Thanks for your contribution to The Backstage Beat Lenny! Keep rockin!

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Atomic Boogie/Creepshow

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It’s a Tuesday in February, but it feels like spring has finally sprung on the city of Atlanta. Though it’s a school night, there’s a lot going on in our fair little city this evening. I’ve made my way to The Masquerade to see the local rockabilly band Atomic Boogie open for Canadian psychobilly band The Creepshow. The Creepshow are beginning their tour this evening in support of their recently released CD, They All Fall Down. Perhaps it’s the mild temperatures or the promise of a night filled with amazing music, but the room seems to have a certain electric energy.

As Atomic Boogie takes the stage, old friends greet each other and new friends are made. The band begins with the instrumental title track of their most recent CD, Slung A Rod and visits many fan favorites like Leadfoot Mama, Shakin’ My Heart Apart, I‘ll Be Leaving Memphis, and Broken Hearted Blues. By the time that the band ends with Broken Whiskey Bottle, it’s obvious that Atomic Boogie was the perfect choice to start the night!

The Creepshow takes the stage and the crowd welcomes the visitors from the great white north with wide open arms! The band plays songs from They All Fall Down and their previous CD, Run For Your Life. Every song seems to garner the same excited response from the fans who are singing and dancing. The Creepshow set list includes Rue Morgue Radio, Run For Your Life, Hellbound, Demon Lover, Get What’s Coming, Going Down (one of my personal faves!), and Take My Hand. Lead singer Sarah Sin announces that the band is going to do a slow song to dance to and couples break off to dance to Sleep Tight, a sweet du-wop sounding tale of a boyfriend who kills his girlfriend and buries her under his floor. Have no fear dear readers because soon The Creepshow is rocking again with other favorites like Keep Dreaming, Buried Alive, and Dearly Departed. All too soon, however, the music is done and as I glance around the room…noone looks disappointed! The fans look happy and satiated, content that they got their money’s worth on this night.

Backstage, Sarah confesses to me that she was worried that they weren’t going to make it to Atlanta since they had to contend with snow in Ohio. “We had to drive like 600 miles today! That’s why we got here so late today.” She also compliments me on my ring, a black heart with the word Bitten across the middle. While I do admit to paying $5 for the ring at Wal-Mart, I don’t mention that it was from the Twilight line of accessories. ;o)

I’m sure I’ll have a killer hangover tomorrow, but the night was worth it. Tonight was the kind of night that reminds me why I love music so much.

Photos by Karla Hill

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Visit The Creepshow’s Myspace page for upcoming tour dates and to hear songs off the newest CD.

Be sure to check out local boys, Atomic Boogie for upcoming dates (there’s a lot of ‘em!) and songs from their CD, Slung A Rod.

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