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Talking Turtles with John Popper

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Friday April 15th.  John Popper, known for his amazing harmonica sound from Blues Traveler, came in Atlanta and played The Masquerade!  Amanda Wilson and I arrived early to meet with John and do what we had hoped to be a very informative interview.  We were ambitious to say the least!  John was funny, witty and way too hard to reel in so it was never an ‘interview’.  It’s more like “Hanging with Popper”.  It is by far the strangest interview ever!

We stayed for the set and right off the bat John Popper and his band, The Duskray Troubadours opened with “Something Sweet” from their newest  CD “John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours”, (released 3/2011)   This was a great show, a much different vibe than Blues Traveler, with a little more rock and more harmonies.

The band, which he had the pleasure of meeting consisted of bassist Steve Lindsay, drummer Mark Clark, guitarists Kevin Trainor, Aaron Beavers and Jono Manson.

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The band stuck to  songs from their newest album.  Playing through “All The Way Down” we saw some great harmonies.  “Alot Like You”, “But Anyway”, and “Bereft” followed. They played “Champipple”, “Inspiration”, “The Mountains ”, “Hurts So Much”, “Under The Stone”, “Make It Better”, “Hurdy ”, “End Of The Line”, and “Dont Tread On Me”.  The crowd was feeling it from the beginning and John’s remarks throughout the show kept them wanting more. I  like how he drew the crowd in and made it as though they were all friends, having some drinks and jamming.

There was no better way to end the set and night then with Blues Traveler’s hit “Run-around”.

Opening for John that night was the lovely and very talented Lisa Bouchelle.  We spoke with her briefly backstage and loved watching her and John sing “Tequila” at the end of her set!

Check John out through www.johnpopper.net and keep up to date with his tour and more!

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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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