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Frank Turner with Dropkick Murphys!



Celebrated singer-songwriter Frank Turner is set to bring his rousing brand of literary folk punk to fans across North America in 2012. The charismatic young British troubadour will be performing with his band the Sleeping Souls in support of his acclaimed new album England Keep My Bones. Turner will first be joining Southern California rock ‘n’ roll rebels Social Distortion for a series of West Coast dates, before heading out with Celtic rock sensations The Dropkick Murphys.

Critical Acclaim for Frank Turner:

“The people’s prince of punk poetry” – NME

“Blends punk-inspired beats with touching homages to his homeland, and finds him setting blunt poetry to brilliantly catchy melodies.” – NPR

“England Keep My Bones is the perfect complement to the perfect pint, a salve for anyone who didn’t grow up to become an astronaut or a Nobel laureate. It’s a temporary antidote to the longest workday, a no-show dinner date, a crumbling economy, or really anything that reeks of BS.” – Village Voice

Frank Turner Tour Dates:

Jan. 27 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel with Social Distortion
Jan. 28 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theatre
Jan. 31 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater with Social Distortion
Feb. 01 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre with Social Distortion
Feb. 02 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
Feb. 03 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater with Social Distortion
Feb. 04 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater with Social Distortion
Feb. 05 – San Louis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew with Sharks
Feb. 06 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory with Social Distortion
Feb. 07 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory with Social Distortion
Feb. 09 – Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium with Social Distortion
Feb. 10 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater with Social Distortion
Feb. 11 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater with Social Distortion
Feb. 12 – Eugene, OR – John Henry’s
Feb. 13 – Chico, CA – Senator Theater with Social Distortion
Feb. 14 – Modesto, CA – Modesto Center Plaza with Social Distortion
Feb. 16 – Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theatre with Social Distortion
Feb. 17 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater with Social Distortion
Feb. 18 – Pomona, CA – Fox Theater with Social Distortion
Feb. 21 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
Feb. 22 – Columbus, OH – Outland Live
Feb. 23 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian with Dropkick Murphys
Feb. 24 – Milwaukee, WI – Bradley Center with Dropkick Murphys
Feb. 25 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue with Dropkick Murphys
Feb. 27 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues with Dropkick Murphys
Feb. 28 – Houston, TX – House of Blues with Dropkick Murphys
Feb. 29 – Austin, TX – Emo’s East with Dropkick Murphys
Mar. 01 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues with Dropkick Murphys
Mar. 03 – Pompano Beach, FL – Popano Beach Amphitheatre with Dropkick Murphys
Mar. 04 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues with Dropkick Murphys
Mar. 05 – Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor with Dropkick Murphys
Mar. 06 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle with Dropkick Murphys
Mar. 07 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works with Dropkick Murphys
Mar. 09 – Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues with Dropkick Murphys
Mar. 10 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena with Dropkick Murphys
Mar. 11 – Huntington, NY – Paramount Theatre with Dropkick Murphys
Mar. 15 – Boston, MA – House of Blues with Dropkick Murphys
Mar. 16 – Boston, MA – House of Blues with Dropkick Murphys
Mar. 17 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Arena with Dropkick Murphys

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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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