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Jupiter Coyote – Friday Night The Peachtree Tavern



In one of our favorite venues, The Peachtree Tavern, Jupiter Coyote will be taking the stage and showing off old and new tunes alike.

Opening for them is Atlanta’s own Sun Domingo.

In the course of their 20 year history, Jupiter Coyote has played over four thousand shows, traveled everywhere and done just about everything a touring band can do.  The innovative group has independently sold nearly half a million CDs and tens of thousands of downloads.  Throw in several hundred thousand bootlegs and you start to get the picture. Jupiter Coyote is a name brand that shows no signs of fading, despite today’s ever-changing, increasingly unpredictable music scene.

JC plays it the way they feel it — with little regard as to where they fall between the cracks of what is considered trendy and fashionable.  A band prolific in its writing, skilled in its musicianship and congenial in its nature, they remain the prototype of the truly independent band.

Coyote has shared the stage with The Allman Brothers Band, Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, String Cheese, The Radiators and Kansas to name a few.  They have played large festivals from coast to coast, including: High Sierra Music Fest in California, Charlotte’s Center City Fest, Atlanta’s Mid-Town, Birmingham’s City Stages, Asheville’s Bele Chere and The Magnolia Fest in Live Oak, Fla.

Ange Alex talked to Matthew Mayes and learned about their start in music and much more.

M.M. ” We got our start playing in North Carolina, then moved out to Macon.  I never actually lived in Athens, but everyone likes to think we are from Athens, GA”

A.A. “I read that you were in fact from Athens, How funny… can’ t believe everything you read online….  when was it that you really began to feel like you were on your way in the music business?”

M.M. ” I would say it really took off in 1995 after our release of our third album ‘Lucky Day’.  We we’re selling our own CD’s, had our own label and things were really picking up for us.”

A.A. ” I have read that you describe yourselves as ‘Mountain Rock”, is that what you would tell me?”

M.M. “Well, that is actually a funny story. We were playing a show in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at a place called the Mangy Moose. When we got there I saw a flyer type thing on the table and it said ‘Mountain Rock Legends, Jupiter Coyote’ and I laughed cause I thought legends had to be dead. So, they actually coined that phrase for us.”

A.A. “What do you want people to know about this show coming up on Friday the 19th?”

M.M. “Well, we are blazing our own trail as we have for 20 years…. If you want to see some real country jamming, come see us and watch one of our twenty minute jams! We have Sun Domingo opening for us and they are awesome. Kyle Corbett is like a guitarist from another planet, like a freak show.  It’s amazing to see him play!  They are like Jeff Buckley meets Rush – its truly remarkable.  They take the stage about 10 p.m and then we’ll hit it about 11 p.m.”

A little fact that I was not aware of, Jupiter Coyote was told once by a big record label in Nashville that they were ahead of their time and they were not cliche enough for them.  If they wanted to change and wear the cowboy hats and sing the songs that they didn’t write, they had a place and a major label.  They passed, saying “We are a rock band at the heart of it, yes we have good old southern derivatives but we are a rock band, we blaze our own trail.”

And that they did, selling CDs off their own record label and touring more than 300 days a year, Jupiter Coyote made their way. They have slowed their schedules down a lot choosing to focus on their families and children, while they are young.

I am looking forward to seeing Matt play along with the rest of his band and to see Sun Domingo, Friday night at the Peachtree Tavern!

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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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