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Farmageddon – The Unseen War On American Family Farms
Everyone should have the right to access fresh, healthy foods; filmmaker Kristin Canty was trying to provide her four children with healthy foods and found that access to those foods was being threaten, so she made a film about it. Farmageddon is a documentary about small, family farms that are forced to stop or are threatened by big agribusiness and government bureaucracies. These small farms were stopped from providing safe, healthy food to their communities and in her film, Canty seeks to find out why. Farmageddon highlights the urgency of farmer’s freedom to preserve their individual rights to provide their communities with safe food without unreasonable burdensome regulations.

The movie is sponsored by Georgia Organics, Yeah Burger, High Road Ice Cream, and White Oak Pastures Farm.

Farmageddon is playing at the Plaza Theatre:
Thursday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.


Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306-4219

Beautiful Darkness presents de Circ Boemă
If you are looking for a little bit darker, more artistic entertainment for Friday night, then check out Beautiful Darkness presents de Circ Boemă. There will be a diverse showcase of Flow & Play gypsy artists and circus hijinx, including (hula) hooping, poi (fire spinning), juggling, and acrobatic feats. Deejays Flynt and Jack Babalon will be spinning eclectic tunes. The night will include live performances, body painting, and much more! Any September birthday gets in free and receives a Gypsy Good Luck Charm.

Beautiful Darkness is a weekend long photography event for alternative models, photographers, MUA, stylist, and designers. The event will be held September 23-25, 2011 in Atlanta. The event will include – a Friday night art show featuring work from attending artists, a Saturday Night event party, Sunday morning brunch, as well as several themed shoots throughout the Atlanta area. This event is a chance to work with multiple models, photographers, MUA’s, stylist, and designers all in one weekend!

Event starts at 9 p.m. $10 cover charge. 21 and up only.

205 Holtzclaw st. SE
Atlanta, GA

The Rebel Surfers Pre Surf Fest Night w/The Mystery Men?
Get your pre-party Surf Fest on Friday night at The Highland Ballroom with The Rebel Surfers and The Mystery Men?. The Rebel Surfers will be joined by Phillip Townsend on drums from C.N.I.

Show starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $7 at the door.
The Highland Inn Ballroom
644 North Highland Ave, NE
Atlanta, GA

Blair Crimmins and The Hookers at Star Bar
Blair Crimmins and The Hookers ONLY show this fall will be held on Friday night at the Star Community Bar. Blair Crimmin and The Hookers play energetic music influenced by ragtime, Dixieland, and hot jazz with blues-y vocals…and they are really good at what they do! The openers will be Matty Sheets and the Blockheads (from Greensboro, NC) at 9:30 p.m., Lonesome City Travelers (from Orlando, Fla.) at 10:30 p.m. and the headliners, Blair Crimmins and The Hookers will go on at 11:30 p.m.

Star Bar
437 Moreland Ave
Atlanta, GA 30307

Little Five Fest
Come on out Saturday and hang with the Atlanta Backstage Beat as we cover Other Sounds’ Little Five Fest. Held in Little Five Points (between Moreland Ave and Euclid Ave), there will be more than 30 bands playing on five stages all day long on Saturday! The bulk of the festivities and music will happen at the Star Bar (indoors – both upstairs and downstairs, and out in the parking lot), with additional stages at Criminal Records and Aurora Coffee. Bands and musicians will be playing simultaneously on the different stages (so pick your plan of attack for which bands you want to see at different times throughout the day!). Tickets are a steal at only $10 for a full day of music (from 12 p.m. until 12 a.m.)! Check out this awesome lineup:

Criminal Records
12:30pm – Lille
1:30pm – Jack Preston & the Dojo Collective
2:30pm – Jade Lemons & the Crimson Lust
Aurora (ALL AGES)
4pm – The Head
5pm – Jack of Hearts
6pm – Lucy Dreams
7pm – Baby Baby
Star Bar Outside (Earthshaking Music Stage)
2pm – Darling Norman
3pm – This Piano Plays Itself
4pm – I Want Whisky
5pm – Young Antiques
6pm – Young Orchids
7pm – Gun Party
8pm – Anna Kramer
9pm – West End Motel
Star Bar Upstairs (AM 1690 Stage)
5pm – Jeffrey Butzer
6pm – King Congregation
7pm – Hawkeye Pierce
8pm – Grand Prize Winners from last year
9pm – What Happened to your Fire Tiger
10pm – Back Pockets
11pm – Mermaids
12am – Cousin
DJ Dusty Bottomz
Late Night: Le Sexoflex Dirty Dance Party
w/DJ Homosexual & Miss Lady Flex
Star Bar Downstairs
2pm – Shepherds
3pm – Hip to Death
4pm – Glen Iris
5pm – Order of the Owl
6pm – Tornado Town
7pm – Aku You
8pm – Skin Jobs
9pm – GG King
10pm – Ralph
11pm – Street Violence
12pm – Ghost Bikini

Star Community Bar
437 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Criminal Records
1154-A Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

Aurora Coffee
468 Moreland Ave
Atlanta, GA 30306

The Great Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off

Stone Mountain Park (in Coliseum Meadows area) from 10am-7pm on Saturday. 4 live bands, free chili samples, games, and giveaways. Check out the website for more details:

The 1st Annual North Georgia Bluegrass Music & Arts Festival

Presented by Garage 71 (Internet radio station) and hosted by The Lodge at Copperhead (located in Blairsville, GA) will take place this Saturday. The festival is FREE to the public and families are welcome to join in the festivities. FREE parking too! Live bluegrass bands will perform at the outdoor amphitheatre, including The Stumblers, Jason and the Punknecks, John Sosebee Band, Husky Burnette, and Sweet Georgia Brown and the Blister Sisters. More than 25 national and local artists will be showcasing their works. The Lodge at Copperhead and Gravity Pub will have food & beverage for sale. (No coolers or outside food or beverage is permitted at this event.) There will be a special children’s play area with bounce house and slide. A car and bike show will round out the festivities; there will be trophies in all classes ($20 registration to participate).

Overnight RV parking, camping, and rooms or cabins at the lodge are available (see website for availability and registration –

Surf Fest 2011
Need a full day of FREE surf music? Of course, you do! On Saturday, head on out to the Clarkston Community Center Athletic Field for The Annual Clarkston Surf Fest featuring the best and most diverse surf music bands in the southeast. This year’s lineup includes: Daikaiju (Alabama), Aqualads (North Carolina), The Intoxicators (Florida), The Mystery Men? (Georgia), The Surge! (Georgia), The Necronomikids (Alabama), Kill, Baby…Kill! (Alabama), The Monterreys (North Carolina), Stratogeezer (Georgia), and El Fossil (Georgia). The sponsors and vendors include: The Surf King Surfwear, Foster Productions, MLT Creative, Kona Brewing, WREK 91.1 FM, Tamale Queen, Totally Fried and the King of Pops.

Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Music starts at 12 p.m. and ends around 10 p.m. Admission is free. Families are welcome.

Clarkston Community Center Field
3701 College Ave
Clarkston, GA 30021

Music Midtown
For a Saturday full of music at Piedmont Park, go to Music Midtown. It’s $55 for a full day of music plus $1 donation for the Centers of Hope. Music starts at 1 p.m. and goes until 12 a.m. with bands starting at alternating times on stage (so you can actually see all the bands play!). The lineup includes:

The Electric Ballroom Stage
1:45-2:45pm – The Constellations
3:30-4:30pm – The Joy Formidable
5:15-6:15pm – Manchester Orchestra
7:00-8:15pm – The Black Keys
9:15-11:00pm – Coldplay

The Great Southeast Music Hall Stage
1:00-1:45pm – The Postelles
2:45-3:30pm – Walk The Moon
4:30-5:15pm – Band of Skulls
6:15-7:00pm – Young The Giant
8:15-9:15pm – Cage the Elephant

The Meadow at Piedmont Park
Atlanta, GA 30309

Incognito – A WarholBoy Factory Birthday Extravaganza!
Late night on Saturday, you can go to the Warhol inspired dance party with Westwood A Go-Go and Ajuju Jax spinning outrageous dance tunes at the Masquerade. There will be a “15 Minutes of Fame” talent show and Edie Sedgwick look-alike contest for prizes. Eye candy performances and drag shows will be performed by The Chelsea Girls, The Factory Gang, Ultra Violet, and more! A special photo booth staging area will be set up by Wooten Creative so you can create a memory of the night. Tarot cards will be read and you are expected to dress to impress – whether it be in your best homage to Andy Warhol or as a plastic celebrity or wrapped in silver aluminum foil or covered in body paint. Psychedelic 60’s, slutty 70’s, or awesome 80’s attire is encouraged! The evening will end with a psychedelic raffle sponsored by local vendors.

Party starts at 9 p.m. 21 and up only.
The Masquerade
695 North Ave NE
Atlanta, GA

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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