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Len and Pete Open Mic



Len Rosen & Pete Orenstein have been performing around the Atlanta area as “The Len & Pete Show” for a couple of years now. They have taken the acoustic duo model and shaken it up a bit, featuring Len on acoustic guitar and Pete on the keys, with both of them weaving some tight vocal harmonies together.

In the past, Len fronted the band Radio Theory, which toured extensively for about 6 years all over the Southeast. He has hosted many open-mic events around Atlanta, and even was the host of the famous “Monday Night Musician’s Jam” at the Brandyhouse for years before the club was forced to close it’s doors. Len has had extensive experience doing both solo and duo acoustic gigs, and brings a unique spin to whatever he is playing.

Pete Orenstein made his mark on the scene here with his band Bonobos Convergence, but has also become a very well known “gun for hire” and performs with many of Atlanta’s better known musicians. Pete plays with Len in the “Tribe of Good Fortune”, but currently his main project is the flamenco inspired Insonnia, where he blends his amazing technical skill with some serious soulfulness.

Together as “The Len & Pete Show”, the duo tends to be more of a cover project, but they like to put their own take on the songs, and never play a song the same way twice. With this new Tuesday Night show at Cinco, they will also be opening up their stage to various friends and newcomers who will be able to sit in with them or just do their own thing. Think of it as a “not-so-open-mic”, in the sense that this is not a place for the rank amateurs to play, but rather a new showcase for musicians who can already command a room and give a professional presentation.At the beginning of the show, The Len & Pete Show will perform and then they will open up the microphone to those cats in attendance.

So if you want to catch some great music, played well by great musicians please grab some friends and come on out to join the party. There are already some fantastic musicians signed up to play during the first night, which will be Tuesday, September 27, but there is still plenty of room for more.

Tuesday nights
7pm – 10pm or so
Cinco @ Aker’s Mill (in Smyrna)

If you are interested in performing, please contact Len Rosen at


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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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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