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“Atomic Boogie” For Your Listening Pleasure

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Atomic Boogie will be playing two shows for you this weekend! Friday 10/29 and Saturday 10/30 at Johnnie McCracken’s in Marietta (The address is 15 Atlanta Street SE, Marietta 30060)!!  Show times are at 9 p.m. both nights. Don’t forget to come in costume!  I have heard some great things about this band and I can’t wait to see them in action!

A little bit about the band:

Take a vintage Sun Rockabilly 45 RPM record and a classic Chess Blues 45 RPM record; apply enough musical heat to fuse them together into a toe tapping, body gyrating boogie explosion; and then you’ve got a band like Atomic Boogie! Taking their name from an eclectic 1950s radio show called The Atomic Boogie Hour, this rockin’ three piece band has been tearing up the Georgia club circuit for the past six years.

They have just released a second CD “slung a rod” that features all original songs and now plans to tour the southeast and beyond. Guitarist John Barton has been playing his trade of patented twangin’ Rockabilly riffs and scorching dirty Blues lines on guitar for over twenty-three years. Combined with his over the top vocal style which has been described as Howlin’ Wolf meets Elvis, he has played in dozens of Blues and Rockabilly bands during his musical career. When Barton decided to form a band that played roots style music, combining the best from both the Blues and Rockabilly worlds, the first person he enlisted was his best friend and musical kindred spirit, Chad Vaillancourt. Vaillancourt is a 10-year veteran of various Psychobilly, Hillbilly, Blues, and Rockabilly bands. With a slap happy attitude and manic energy, Chad plays outrageous upright bass and has a cool west coast jump vocal style. He is also a clever and talented song writer, sharing the song writing duties with Barton on the Atomic Boogie original tunes. Atomic Boogie’s rhythm section includes drummer, Steve Duncan (aka: “The Sultan of Snare”). Originally from Rome, Georgia, he is a solid veteran of popular Blues bands such as “DeJa Blues”, “One Eyed Cat”, “Blues Pond” & “The Russel Gulley Band” that features the well known Johnny Neal of the “Allman Brothers” & Chris Anderson of the “Outlaws”. Steve’s considerable skill & knowledge of music shines through powerfully each night as he lays down a heavy fat-bottom beat accompanied by a true Rockabilly Texas Swing that forms a hot rhythm section.

Playing a personalized brand of roots rock music, including elements of Rockabilly, Blues, Hillbilly, Psychobilly; Surf, and good old traditional Rock and Roll, Atomic Boogie has gained a loyal following of fans known affectionately as Boogie Heads. With a professional attitude and a credo of God loves you if you dance, every show is an unpredictable fun filled good time so get ready for the shack to shake and the house to rock!!! Its Atomic Boogie comin at ya!

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando

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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

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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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