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Tim Armstrong…. Rock N Roll Theater, Rancid and more….

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Iconic musician and GRAMMY®Award winning producer Tim Armstrong has created a new and original series entitled Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater. The debut episode premiered exclusively on VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, on October 21, 2011.

Homage to the classic American Musicals, Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater will center on Armstrong as today’s punk rock Rod Serling, leading and narrating suspenseful episodes with a variety of special guest actors and musicians. Each episode will feature extensive song and dance numbers with hard-hitting rock musical songs and rousing dance numbers all wrapped in a dark edge all written by Armstrong.

The pilot episode of Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater entitled “Dante,” will bring the 14th Century epic poem, Dante’s Inferno, roaring into the 21th Century with a new take on greed and corporate corruption. The episode stars AFI frontman Davey Havok, guitarist and vocalist Lars Frederiksen of Rancid, and actor Robert David Hall known for his extensive work on CSI.

Check out our exclusive interview with Tim here as he called into The Backstage Beat to talk about the series, what he has in the works and new Rancid album for 2012.

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Robert Earl Keen, One “Happy Prisoner”

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Legendary Americana singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen is on tour in support of his latest release, the bluegrass compilation Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (Dualtone Records). Thirty years since his debut No Kinda Dancer, and twenty-six after taking the roots genre by storm on West Textures, Robert Earl pays tribute to his favorite music and artists with amazing interpretations of bluegrass standards. Joined by the likes of Sara Watkins, Natalie Maynes, Lyle Lovett Robert Earl is in good company on his 12th studio record.

Robert Earl talks with The Backstage Beat about cooking up the title for the album, recording outside of songwriting, advocating for fair artist compensation, his appearance on the Texas Monthly cover with Lyle Lovett, and more.

Be sure to see Robert Earl Keen in concert when he stops by Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse this Saturday, July 18. He’ll be joined by Ruston Kelly as well! Get your tickets here.

Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Cost: $25 Adv/ $27.50 Day Of Show

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You Can Go Home Again: Interview with Home by Dark’s James Casto

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Today, we bring you a delightful interview with James Casto, creator of songwriter concert series Home by Dark. A regular fixture at Chukkar Farms in Alpharetta, Home by Dark will embark on a new series at the Gwinnett Center for Performing Arts on June 13 to bring the best and brightest in engaging performers to music lovers in an intimate, homey setting. James communicates the Home by Dark experience so eloquently, and it’s a great comfort to know that the music world has such a series to further bridge the gap between performer and audience.

The upcoming show at Gwinnett Center features artists JP Williams and James David Carter, both of whom James sings the praises of as brilliant, captivating talents.

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When: Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m.

Where: Gwinnett Performing Arts Center

Tickets for Home By Dark range from $20-50 and are on sale now. Buy tickets at GwinnettCenter.comAXS.com, The Arena box office or by calling (770) 626-2464.
 
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von Grey with KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

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This Thursday, January 8, Atlanta’s von Grey head to Kennesaw State University for a special performance with the KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Not only will von Grey premiere new material with a symphonic arrangement, but proceeds from the event will also benefit KSU’s Proctor Scholarship. 

TBB spoke with Annika von Grey about the upcoming show, the band’s Loundfund campaign, and the girls’ year ahead.

Catch this amazing concert at KSU’s Bailey Performance Center. Grab your tickets here.

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