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A Holiday Show with Benefits!

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A Holiday Showcase benefiting the Bridge Music Foundation and Imagine There’s NO Hunger! Featuring performances by The Swear, Graham’s Number and Paris Luna taking place on December 8th at the Hard Rock Cafe’s Velvet Underground, Atlanta, GA. Doors open at 8pm, Advance tickets: $7.00 or $5.00 with 2+ cans of food. At the door: $10.00 or $8.00 with 2+ cans of food. Advance tickets available @ HERE. ALL AGES!!!
“The Atlanta Community and Local Music Community coming together to support one another!” – Jordan Roe, Bridge Music Foundation
Imagine There’s NO Hunger – this is a fight against Childhood hunger and poverty worldwide thru charities in Dominican Republic, USA, India, Kenya, and Thailand.
Bridge Music Foundation – a unique non-profit organization that offers a new approach to artist development. Our revolutionary model enables us to provide musical artists with the developmental and educational resources they need in order to create sustainable careers doing what they love, while simultaneously protecting them from many of the financial and contractual pitfalls to which they would otherwise be exposed in the modern music industry. – Visit their website here.
DIFFERENT AND FRESH MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY:
The Swear – led by the literate swagger of award-winning songwriter Elizabeth Elkins and driven by the punk-rock power of guitarist Jeremy Zamora, bass player Kevin Williams and drummer Alex Grieco. The band has played hundreds of shows across the United States in support of their EP Every Trick’s A Good One and LP Hotel Rooms and Heart Attacks. – The Swear’s Website
Graham’s Number – Like many of the arena bands of the 70s and early 80s, Graham’s Number brings a raw but captivating live performance aimed directly at the very soul of every member in their audience. Their music is young, fresh, fun and yet provides great depth and melody. In this day and age, if ever there was a band that could establish a new revolution in music, then Grahams Number is the dawning of a new era. See them live only once, and you will want to see them again and again. From the very first note you get the sense that you are about to take an exciting new journey, one you’ve never experienced before, and you sense that nothing will ever be the same again. – Graham’s Website
Paris Luna – From the inception of her music career, Paris Luna has crafted classy, subtle songs with shimmering melodies, heartwarming lyrics and timeless sounds. Over the course of 6 years, guitarist Michael Harris, drummer Kane Russell (formerly with Zac Brown Band for 5 years), and Heather Russell (vocalist, pianist, acoustic guitarist and songwriter) known as Paris Luna, have found an exceptional formula to creatively fuse country and rock, producing a unique sound all of their own. The band’s signature sound is delighting both critics and fans alike. Paris Luna’s first album “City Lights” was released early 2007. The album reached rapid success and has, to date, been aired on over 30 television shows from networks like: E!, Lifetime, MTV, VH1 and Showtime. Their single “Having a Hard Time” charted 30 in Top 45.- Visit the Paris Luna site

 

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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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