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Red Stripe Mid Summer Music and Food Festival



Saturday June 18th – Candler Park from noon until 11 p.m.

Great Music and Great Food and it’s Free to get in!

The Music Lineup
Webster Humpage: 12:00N
Stevie Monce: 1:00 PM
Ponderosa: 2:20 PM
Dirty Guvnah’s: 3:45 PM
Dr. Dog: 5:15 PM
JJ Grey & Mofro: 7:15 PM
Robert Randolph & The Family Band: 9:15 PM 

*Performance schedule subject to change without notice*

Robert Randolph & The Family Band
This record is a celebration of African-American music over the past one hundred years and its social messages from the last thirty. Although we cover a whole timeline of different eras on We Walk This Road, what ties these songs together remain their message of hope, their ability to uplift. 

After we finished our last record, Colorblind, we began searching for a great producer to help guide the follow up. We wanted someone who understood me and the road I’ve walked this far, who understood our connections of my roots within rock and gospel and the church, who would help us put those things in their most compelling context.

T Bone Burnett shared the vision of how gospel, blues and rock could be put together in a way that could relate to my history and connect to my present. It was important to us that we make the record we wanted to make, even if the end result was unclassifiable. We just focused on making great songs and great music that spoke to me, and that reflected the way I try to speak to the world.

I’m very excited to play these tracks live. Those people who have been our fans and followers should see the progression from our last record to this one, and the road we’ve taken won’t seem too foreign to them. When people come to see us, they know that it’s really about the message, about making them feel good. Hopefully, this record will inspire them in the same way. It certainly makes me feel happy. I can’t see myself recording depressing lyrics, lyrics that leave people without a sense of hope. It’s not in me to use the power of the microphone to make music like that. That’s why this record is uplifting – it’s got great messages. It’s all there.

JJ Grey and Mofro
Singing with a passion and fervor directly influenced by the classic soul heroes, JJ Grey has written and recorded five albums of original songs steeped in the rhythm & blues, rock, and country soul of his native backwoods home outside Jacksonville, Florida. Grey comes from a long tradition of Southern storytellers and, in that spirit, he fills his songs with details that are at once vivid, personal and universal. After a decade of hard touring, he still spends eight months of the year on the road, bringing his music to a loyal, ever-growing, worldwide fanbase
In a live performance review in The New York Times, writer Nate Chinen praised JJ’s “balance of wildness and cool” describing his music as “Southern swamp rock with undercurrents of Memphis soul. His songs chronicle ambiguous truths and unambiguous urges,” delivered by Grey’s “winningly uncontrived vocals.” Likewise, Billboard has praised Grey’s “world-beating blend of Southern rock, blues and Florida swamp soul.”
Dr. Dog
Dr. Dog is a psychedelic rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its lineup currently consists of Toby Leaman (bass), Scott McMicken (lead guitar), Frank McElroy (rhythm guitar), Zach Miller (keyboard), and Eric Slick (drums). Lead vocal duties are shared between Leaman and McMicken, with all members contributing harmonies. In addition, each band member has a nickname, and they have explained that friends of the band also receive nicknames, which are drawn from aspects of their lives and personalities (Former member Andrew Jones, for example, is a licensed attorney).  The band’s version of pop-rock is strongly influenced by bands of the 1960s. Their earlier recordings show influence of the lo-fi sound and pop sensibilities of indie rock bands of the 1990s, such as Guided By Voices and Pavement.
The Dirty Guv’nahs
Fresh out of recording “Youth Is In Our Blood” with a Grammy winning team at the legendary Levon Helm Studios (Woodstock, NY) in December 2009, The Dirty Guv’nahs are poised for a huge year. They have been spreading their rock gospel across the Southeast for four years now, showcasing their sound at Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Musikfest, Bele Chere, and Sundown in the City. They’ve also had the opportunity to open shows for Zac Brown Band, Levon Helm Band, Blues Traveler, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Robert Earl Keen, Drive by Truckers, The Whigs, Band of Skulls, Cross Canadian Ragweed,Cracker and Sister Hazel. 

Their sound has been best described as “a passionate, jubilant slice of rock-meets-Americana.” In their hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee they’ve graduated from playing packed out bars where latecomers are turned away from the door, to playing theaters where capacity crowds consistently cram in and press against the stage to hear another three hour helping of what Metro Pulse dubbed, “rock the way God intended.”

Nobody enjoys himself more on stage than front man James Trimble, who draws comparisons to Jagger, Morrison, and Cocker, but the show doesn’t revolve around him. Guv’nahs’ shows are a family affair, with six members and an ensemble of guests pitching in to weave an aural tapestry of all things Southern music—rock, blues, country, and soul.

Voted Knoxville, Tennessee’s Best Band three years in a row by the Metro Pulse Readers Poll, The Dirty Guv’nahs are paving the way for a new chapter of American Rock and Roll. Trimble and Michael Jenkins (guitarist) have continued to mature as songwriters, but die hard fans will recognize those signature sing-along choruses. Their message to lovers of rock and roll remains the same: This is not about us, and we all need family to get by.

“Ponderosa naturally carries the type of swagger that most bands spend years rehearsing. Their catalog of campfire songs, southern rock anthems, and drunken, two-step shuffles has won the admiration of listeners—and the envy of musicians—throughout the Southeast Region. Featuring former members of The Butch Walker Band, Sovus Radio and Variac, Ponderosa’s rhythm section has the chops to craft timeless, impeccable songs. Singer Kalen Nash’s voice has often been described as “golden,” though this gold is equal parts honey and whiskey. The group’s three-part harmonies, jaw-dropping performances, and rock-and-roll lifestyle make them truly peerless, which is why Ponderosa is already a favorite among industry professionals..” -William Cane (Performer Magazine) 

Ponderosa is:
Jonathan Hall – Bass, Vocals
Kalen Nash – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Kris Sampson – Lead Guitar
John Dance – Organ, Wurlitzer, Vocals
Darren Dodd – Drums, Vocals

Steve Monce
Stevie Monce, an Atlanta based musician armed with the old fashion ideals of hard work, passion, and sheer determination has separated this performance driven artist into a very exclusive class of musician. A class that has allowed Stevie to share the stage with the likes of Gavin DeGraw, Tonic, Shawn Mullins, Zac Brown, Angie Aparo, Sister Hazel, Nic Cowan, and many others. With the release of his Debut album entitled “The Broadcast” Stevie has shown the southeast that the hard working DIY musician can still make an impact in a market over saturated with talent through the use of the many distributing avenues of the internet. “The Broadcast” is a record that is quickly setting fire to the ears of fans all across the southeast which has Stevie selling out venues such as The Vinyl, Eddies Attic, Sky Bar, 333 on Broad, and many more. As said by Stevie “I want our live show to not only live up to the expectation of the CD but to also give the fans something different, something new, something to remember and still leave with a craving to experience again…I feel with nothing less than hard work my band and I can push ourselves to let go on stage and give the fans the real us, all of us, so they too can experience the intensity of the situations that these songs were inspired by.” Stevie hopes and promises to do whatever it takes to keep the momentum going and more importantly all the while maintaining his personal “DIY” relationship with every single one of his fans. 


The Food Lineup

Tex’s Tacos (*Atlanta Street Food Coalition Member)

Featuring:  Pastor de Puerco Taco & Chick Fresca Taco
Website: Pup Truck (*Atlanta Street Food Coalition Member)

Featuring:  Locally made, Bohemian Style Gourmet Hot Dogs

The Fry Guy (*Atlanta Street Food Coalition Member)

Featuring:  A Large cone of Hand Cut Belgian Fries w/ 12+ dipping sauces

The Pickle (*Atlanta Street Food Coalition Member)

Featuring:  Chicken & Green Chile Quesadillas, Fish Tacos and Etouffée

S&J’s Woodfired Pizzas (*Atlanta Street Food Coalition Member)

Featuring:  Fresh Baked Wood Fired Pizzas

YUMBII (*Atlanta Street Food Coalition Member)

Featuring:  Korean Tacos, Quesadillas, Sesame Fries

Westside Creamery (*Atlanta Street Food Coalition Member)

Featuring:  Small-batch artisanal ice cream and sorbet, hand-crafted using the most virtuous ingredients.

Yum Yum Cupcake (*Atlanta Street Food Coalition Member)

Featuring:  Wide Variety of Gourmet Cupcakes

King of Pops (*Atlanta Street Food Coalition Member)

Featuring:  All natural frozen treat pops

Tamale Queen (*Atlanta Street Food Coalition Member)

Featuring:  Authentic Mexican Goodness

Sweet Auburn BBQ (*Atlanta Street Food Coalition Member)

Featuring:  Slow Smoked BBQ by Richard Shelor, Howard Hsu and David Buster

Chef Hector Santiago’s El Burro Pollo Burritos (*Atlanta Street Food Coalition Member)

Featuring: Chef’s critically acclaimed fat burrito filled with shreddy, stewy, spicy chicken in red chile

Good Food Truck (*Atlanta Street Food Coalition Member)

Featuring:  Funky Sandwhiches and Waffle Cones

Cafe 640 (*Formerly Café Di Sol – Virginia Highlands)

Featuring:  The Andy Burger, Chicken Salad Croissants

Lafayette’s Fancy Boiled Peanuts

Featuring:  You guessed it…Boiled Peanuts!

Goin’ Coastal

Featuring:  You guessed it…Boiled Peanuts!

Jalepeno Corn Dog Concessions

Featuring:  Corn Dogs, Jalepeno Corn Dogs, Funnel Cakes and Fresh Squeezed Lime-aid

Makara Mediterranean

Featuring:  Gyros, Shish-k-Bob, Baba Ghanoush, Falafels, Hummus, Domas and all your Middle Eastern favorites


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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