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The music industry! What is it about the music industry that drives people young and old to want to build their career in it? Is it the glamour, the money, the fame, or is it their love for music? In any event, in order to build a career in anything, certain tools are required. Well with the music industry, getting involved in NARAS is one of the first and most important tools a musician needs to have in their inventory. NARAS is not just about the GRAMMY AWARDS every year. This is an organization founded by musicians for musicians. It’s one thing for a band or an artist to build their fan base, in order to sell albums, merchandise, or tickets, but it’s an entirely different thing to build your awareness or exposure to your peers. Your peers are the ones that have already been there done that! They will be the ones to give you valuable insight and open doors that you would have never known to open or would have never been able to open yourself. On top of that are the valuable learning opportunities thru panels and workshops. NARAS is so much more. Please check out the official website here.


New this year for Georgia is the Georgia Music Partners. Headed up by music industry veterans that live, work and play here in Georgia, this organization is working on legislation to award the music industry the same tax incentives that the television and film industries of received. This would be good all around from studios, engineers, producers, to musicians, songwriters, and performers. In a report published by the Georgia Music Partners, the music industry has brought in access of 3 billion dollars of revenue to the Georgia economy. The industry is much bigger and stronger than what is portrayed in the media. More to come from this organization.  Read more about them here.


Another most important tool that needs to be in a musician’s arsenal is networking events. A new one that works on bringing the worlds of music, film, television, internet, fashion, photography, etc. is “Get Connected”. On to its 6th month on June 30th, will be music month. Already on board as a sponsor is NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) and NARIP (National Association for Recording Industry Professionals).  We do welcome them and any other music organizations to respond and get involved. For the past 5 “Get Connected” events, the patronage has grown from small beginnings at The Lucky Lounge to where it is now at 200 Peachtree (old Macy’s building) in the heart of downtown Atlanta, boasting over 1,200 industry professionals mingling and making deals. Have several more announcements coming soon about the June “Get Connected” event. Be looking for the invite via email or facebook. Keep in touch, stay informed, and get connected!


In the introductory article I have highlighted several important organizations and events that will help to enhance and build a musicians career.  Over the next several months, I will keep you updated on new developments, educate you on these on other organizations that mean something, and keep your calendar packed with events that will get you in front of the right people. Until then, keep safe and RAWK ON!!


Eric Newcomer, The Artist Advocate

Artists to Watch

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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Music Gallery

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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