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Yacht Rock Revue Holiday Special

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The Yacht Rock Revue – Atlanta’s only all-male 7-piece tribute to dentist office music – will soft rock the Third Annual Yacht Rock Holiday Special at the Buckhead Theatre on Friday, December 9!  Seasonal silliness, celebrity musical guests, and holly jolly cheer will abound as Atlanta’s reigning tribute kings sail their ship to the Theatre for the first time.  “We based our venue choice for the Holiday show this year solely on the room’s carpet quality.  Buckhead Theatre won in a landslide.  They have very nice carpet, “ said Yacht Rock Revue shaker player Peter Olson.
In addition to their usual menu of smooth hits (Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Toto, etc.) the Revue adds Holiday classics from Bing Crosby to Wham, irreverent comedic interludes, and a healthy helping of surprises to create an on-stage musical fruitcake.  Previous Holiday Specials have featured members of the Zac Brown Band and a performance of We Are the World on ice.  “This year we’re basing everything we do on the Spiderman Broadway show, complete with injuries,” said Yacht Rock Revue acoustic guitarist Nicholas Niespodziani.

The Yacht Rock Revue has been selling out – both literally and figuratively – since 2008 when the band played its inaugural show on a whim. The band has performed on cruises with Kid Rock, Train, and Jillian Michaels, played on Turner Field for the 4th of July, sang the National Anthem at Bobby Cox’s last game, grown and shaved many mustaches, played sold-out tours up and down the East Coast, and sold out the Variety Playhouse and Park Tavern on a regular basis.  (That’s a lot of selling out.)  At “The Greatest Yacht Rock Revival in the Universe” in August, Little River Band and Ambrosia opened for the Yacht Rock Revue, drawing almost 2,000 fans of smooth music to Buckhead.

Revelers who bring two cans of food for the Atlanta Community Food Bank will be rewarded with a yachty picture on Santa’s lap, courtesy of Mixtape Atlanta.

The Third Annual Yacht Rock Holiday Special is Friday, December 9 at Buckhead Theatre (3110 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305.)  Doors open at 8pm and the show begins at 9pm.  All-ages.  Tickets ($20 in advance / $25 day of) are on-sale now at the Buckhead Theatre Box Office and at ticketmaster.com.

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando

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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

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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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