2011 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards
The 33rd Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards will take place in Atlanta on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Individual seats are $75 – $100 and are available at HERE. Premium seating is also available and includes program advertising and VIP reception. For more information contact Friends of Georgia Music Festival at (404) 491-9494, ext. 15.
The 2011 class of inductees to be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame include:
Mother’s Finest, like Sly and the Family Stone before it, is one of the earliest bands to have integrated deep funk, heavy guitar-oriented rock and soulful R&B. Founded in Ft. Lauderdale in the early 70s by singers Joyce “Baby Jean” Kennedy and Glenn Murdock, the group soon moved to Atlanta where the original lineup was anchored by guitarist Moses Mo, bassist Wyzard, drummer B.B. “Queen” Borden and keyboardist Mike Keck. Based on the strength of the first two albums for Epic Records, Mother’s Finest and Another Mother Further, the band toured relentlessly and as an opening act, stole shows from major rock headliners. Electrifying live performances and great albums aside, the group never enjoyed commercial radio play and struggled with being characterized as too black for rock radio and too rock for R&B radio. Undeterred, Mother’s Finest has continuing to record and tour for over three decades, bringing their loyal fan base in the States and in Europe their signature brand of no-holds-barred funk rock.
She began singing in Atlanta clubs at just age 15 and by age 17 was fronting Little Phil and the Night Shadows, an R&B show band playing the Southern college circuit. For 30 years, Judy Argo continued to perform in Atlanta, singing jazz and even release three charting country singles, but years of depression, drug and alcohol abuse derailed her career until she found redemption and recognition in the 90s. In 1994, she recorded the album, True Love Ways, which featured musicians including Gerry Mulligan and Ray Brown and about which Rex Reed wrote, “We can all stop worrying about when and how the next great singer will come along to carry on the tradition of Billie, Ella, Bessie and Sarah, Judy Argo is here.” The following year, she debuted in London, where the Independent called her “an impeccably smooth, exquisitely phrased, bracingly professional, wee small hours jazz vocalist” and back in the States, the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs named her the Best Female New York Debut Performer. by In 2004, Argo died in her sleep in Atlanta in 2004 just hours after visiting one of her favorite spots, Libby’s Cabaret.
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(information provided by Georgia Music Magazine)
Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando
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.
Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!
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!
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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