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Corey Smith and Rehab: I Really Did It This Time.

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Did not get to the concert on time.

Rehab and Corey Smith

Felt like I was choking dust

The box office handed me my tickets

Said, nope you no longer get a photo pass

I was ready to blow my lid

But I did what any late arrival would

Just shrugged and hung my chin real low

And in my disappointment

I did what I really did not want

Took my camera with me and took it back to the stinking trunk.

So,

No pictures of the rocking show on the stage

I felt my heart fill with vinegar, spite,  and rage

Then by some miracle to my left appeared the drummer for Rehab

And I walked over to him real nice

Told him my sad story,  he looked at me and shook his head twice

He grabbed Derek, said walk her to her car

Let get her camera bag

The Tabernacle let me thru

Let me take pictures of all of you.

I was able to catch some of “Moe”.

And hang out with the fellas after the show.

So now I am here writing to you, after having SO MUCH FUN!

-Poem by April Bumpus set to the infamous Rehab song, “Bartender”.

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Yes this did happen.  I am glad it did. I was able to meet all the guys from the Rehab  and hang out with them after the show.  I was there when Rehab went on stage with Corey Smith and sang Drinking Time.  I was allowed to have my camera!  I really enjoyed meeting everyone: Foz, Chris, Mike, Hano, Danny, and Demun. Lola was even backstage and is such a sweetie.  I sat with good people and watched Corey Smith perform.  He had me and the crowd kicking up our heels!  Really after thinking I was about to have a missed opportunity of a  night I say thanks guys!  Both bands performed amazingly!  You never know where you will end up.  In a span of twenty minutes I went from thinking I was going to have a “crappy”night (not to mention what the heck was I going to tell my boss) and you all turned it into a pleasurable evening filled with great music and new friends.  I see Rehab will be in Clarksville, TN in December.  Well, I have family in that part of the country, and I will be telling them I am coming up!  See you soon!  Check out Corey Smith and Rehab’s tour dates here:  REHAB TOUR

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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!

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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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