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Letting it all “Hangout”



The Hangout Musicfest in Gulf Shores, Alabama!!! It was clear from Day 1 that this was a top-notch festival! Things were running smoothly and we were set for Day 2!

On our agenda was of course the headliners, Cee Lo Green, The Avett Brothers, The Flaming Lips, Primus, and The Foo Fighters.

Making our way to the Hangout Stage (which took about an hour) , we were so excited to see Cee Lo! It was hot and the crowds were there to party! This was shaping up to be a great day!

Somewhere about ten minutes past Cee Lo Green’s scheduled set time of 3:30 in the afternoon, the sound guys were still out on the stage and there was no Cee Lo to be found.  I was just about to leave that area and head back to the media tent when we heard these amazing words ” We had a problem, and Cee Lo Green, forget you! The Foo Fighters are here!”  Holy Crap! Really!?!?  I was prepared to finish my night with them, but to have a mid day show too??? Yes please! Just like that, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters came out  to the stage.  I don’t think I can say I have ever heard a crowd react like that before….sand was flying in the air as everyone was trying to get closer to the stage.  “Looks like we’re playing two shows today,” Grohl said, “Let’s make this one fun!”

This was one of the best cover sets I had ever witnessed, starting off with Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” then going into  Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and Tom Petty’s “Breakdown.” I have to say that when Cee Lo finally arrived and came out on stage half way through “Darling Nikki”, I felt the crowd, the song, and the moment on that beautiful beach could not have been better. Superstars united and it made for quite an unforgettable moment.

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Pushing our way through the crowds to get to the other side of the beach, we had to get to Primus! Seeing the two giant inflatable astronauts on stage, we knew we were there!

Their Setlist was great!

Groundhog’s Day

Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread

The Last Salmon Man

Tommy The Cat > The Awakening > Tommy The Cat
(The Reddings cover)

Over The Falls

Seas of Cheese

Jilly’s on Smack

The Green Ranger

My Name Is Mud

Jerry Was A Race Car Driver

Harold of the Rocks

Miss The Misery


The crowd was in the mood for Primus and it was amazing to see that many people on the beach. I saw my buddy Frenchy in the VIP area painting the portraits so you will have to look for those in the future!

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The Avett Brothers…. The Backstage Beat had interviewed them, covered them in Athens, and has a few writers who absolutely adore them! It seems that the crowd at Hangout adored them as well! Fighting our way back to the other side, we knew we were in for a good show when I guy holding a giant stuffed dog walked by to take his place on the beach for the show! The Avett’s set consisted mostly of newer songs mixed in nicely with oldies but goodies. My favorite of the set was  “At the Beach” which seemed way too appropriate for this setting.   Scott had yelled out  “Rapture” during Spanish Pipedream, which of course made me stop and look for a second… but proved they all had a great sense of humor.

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Off to see Flaming Lips…. how can you watch a Flaming Lips show and not have a good time? Seriously… is there anyone out there that has had a miserable time at a Flaming Lips show? I think not.

The show at this years Hangout Music Festival was a great Wizard of OZ theme.  Wayne Coyne really wanted to drive home the whole “We’re not in Kansas anymore” thing as stage hands were dressed as scarecrows and tin men and lots of Dorothy’s filled the stage.

Fun and Spectacular is precisely how we would sum up that performance.

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Finally, ending the night with the Foo Fighters…. again :) I think there aren’t any words to describe their night-time show… it was better than you could imagine. RAWK! This was the setlist:

Bridge Burning


The Pretender

My Hero

Learn to Fly

White Limo



Cold Day in the Sun

Stacked Actors

Hey, Johnny Park!

Monkey Wrench

Let It Die


Walk Play

Times Like These

This is a Call

All My Life

Long Road to Ruin

Best of You

Young Man Blues
(The Who cover)

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Rounding out the bill were the likes of Motorhead, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, Ween, and Matisyah, Umphrey’s McGee, Slightly Stoopid, Drive-By Truckers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show, G. Love & Special Sauce, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Keller Williams, Galactic, Xavier Rudd, Minus the Bear, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Portugal. the Man, Beats Antique, Dead Confederate, Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights, Easy Star All-Stars, Mariachi El Bronx, Truth & Salvage Co, Kristy Lee, Civil Twilight, Rich Aucoin, A Thousand Horses, Jon Black, Cas Haley, and Roman Street.

Finishing the night with fireworks on the beach.  Hangout Music Festival really knows how to put on 3 amazing days of music on the beach! With 20 million dollars estimated going back into Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, this was a good call on Hangout’s part and we salute you for giving us all such a great weekend!

Looking forward to next year!

Thanks to Dave Vann, Josh Rhinehart, and Ian Rawn for the amazing pix!

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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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