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Almost Kings of the World

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An independent rock band from Marietta, Ga. has hit it big! Almost Kings was crowned the winner by CBS (Interactive) in the “From Your Garage to GRAMMY® Live” contest, a fan-driven, month-long Facebook promotion that gave the band with the most votes an opportunity to play a live, online streaming performance, on Sat., Feb, 11, during the Grammy awards expo, in Los Angeles. (The 54th annual Grammy awards televised event featuring main category winners will air Feb. 12, on CBS, at 8 p.m.)

Upon their return to Atlanta from Los Angeles, Almost Kings will play live at Wild Bills, in Duluth, on Sat., Feb. 18, with opening acts Avenue of the Giants, SuperBob and SidAerial.  Billed as the “Biggest Mardi Gras Party Around”, the show costs just $15 for general admission tickets for ages 18 and up.  Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.  For more information, call the Wild Line at 678-473-1000.
Almost Kings was nominated for the “From Your Garage to GRAMMY® Live” contest by a fan in early December, and then contest participants on the Facebook social media network were required to access the Grammy Awards official page where they engaged an interactive contest tab. Once there, they could search the nominee bands from a dialogue box and vote up to 10 times each day.
Almost Kings beat out more than 916 other unsigned acts selected regionally by contest organizers from across the country, said Almost Kings general manager Alejandro Simmonds.

The Almost Kings live Grammy performance will accompany a litany of online and interactive events the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which presents the Grammy awards each year to the best in the music business, is pushing during this year’s expo.

“We’ve been very anxious, but very patient over the course of the contest,” Simmonds said. “And man we’re so thankful to all our fans and everyone who voted for us and believed in us from the get-go. Now we just gotta’ put together some killer sets and blow everybody’s brains out!”

Simmonds hopes the international exposure will lead to gaining new fans and broader touring opportunities.

For its part, CBS will fly the band and its general manager round trip from Atlanta to Los Angeles and will put them up for four days and three nights, Simmonds said.

Formed in 2008 and comprised of a group of friends and musicians from Lassiter and Sprayberry high schools in unincorporated Marietta in east Cobb County, Almost Kings has gained a reputation as one of the hottest, most energetic and sought-after live acts touring the club, venue and festival circuit today.

Almost Kings sound has been described as a hybrid between Linkin Park meets Beastie Boys on steroids, with Eminem as the front man.

Almost Kings has released a self-produced debut LP “Filthy Nice” (Feb. 2009) followed by its “Club Rock” EP (Feb. 2011).

With 200-plus live solo shows behind them to date, Almost Kings has also shared the stage with countless national acts, including Avenged Sevenfold; Korn; Disturbed; 3 Doors Down; Rehab; Saving Abel; Alien Ant Farm; Stone Sour; Sevendust; Drowning Pool; Theory of a Deadman; Everlast; Ludacris; b.o.b.; Molly Hatchet; Fuel; Taproot; and many more.

Congrats to Almost Kings! Make Atlanta proud!

Photo: Almost Kings and TBB contributer April Bumpus

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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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