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Against Me! Sun 1/16



The Punk Rockers from Florida are hitting the road again!

After taking some time off,  Against Me! are touring with Cheap Girls and Fences.   They will be coming to the Masquerade this Sunday!

Andrew Seward, from Against Me! talked to me on the phone today and told me how he was looking forward to getting on the road.

He told me Thursday afternoon,”This is the longest, I think, that I have been home in a long, long time.  We are usually out touring and we took some time off, about three months and I am ready to get back out.”  He also told me that while growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, he would come to Atlanta to hear good music.  “If you ever wanted to hear good music and see big bands, you couldn’t do that here in Huntsville. You couldn’t do that in Birmingham or even Nashville, you had to go to Atlanta.  I loved it, The Masquerade, The Cotton Club and The Tabernacle were my favorites. Saw some awesome shows there.”

Their tour is starting in Gainesville, Florida this Saturday and then they make their way to Atlanta Sunday Night.

I asked Andrew what they had planned while they were here in Atlanta and after of few chuckles about the Clermont Lounge (Which they have been to and do not plan on going this time), he said he was going to get some food and play a kick ass show.

The New Year ahead for Against Me! holds a lot of touring and more writing, hopefully getting some new songs for a new album.  They will be on tour with The Dropkick Murphy’s in Febraury and March and Andrew spoke very highly of them.  He is looking forward to playing the St. Patricks Day show with them in Boston, even though he isn’t Irish  ;)

The Backstage Beat is sure this year will be great for the boys from Against Me! We wish them well!

Check back for exclusive pictures and a review from the Atlanta 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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Holiday Fun

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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