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Beauty and the Beast

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Great “Review You” post by Beth Korch .  Beth, her husband Charlie and daughters were winners of our Beauty and the Beast ticket giveaway! Thank you Beth for sending us this review!

My family was lucky enough to win tickets recently to see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at The Fox Theater. Being huge Disney fans, we were all very excited. Unfortunately, the roads were still icy on the night of the show. Driving to The Fox took us over two hours and it was a very nerve-racking drive, to say the least. We were late for the show but there were many others who were late as well. I was worried about missing the first act, but the usher informed us that the show began late so we actually didn’t miss much of the performance. We were then escorted to the very last row of the theater. We looked down on Belle who appeared to be only an inch or so high. We were still enthralled. The theater is gorgeous and the performers were so incredible that it didn’t matter that we were so far from the stage. The music and dancing had us on the edge of our seats.

At intermission we went down to our assigned seats and discovered we were in the 12th row. How amazing!!! From these seats we could really appreciate the costumes and pageantry. My daughter and I really liked the Wardrobe’s costume. She had oversized pockets in her gown where she would reach in and produce something beautiful for Belle to wear. We again were totally engrossed by the fight scene between Gaston and the Beast. Through the magic of stage props and theater secrets the rainy rooftop battle was awesome.

We all had such a great time, I know this was a night none of us will soon forget. Thank you sincerely Backstage Beat for the tickets, we all appreciate you.

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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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