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Rialto – Back to the Bayou

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Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts continues its 2011-2012 Series with Back to the Bayou: New Voices in Zydeco & Cajun featuring Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole and Feufollet on Saturday, March 31 at 8 PM.

The Rialto goes back to the Bayou with GRAMMY-nominated Creole sensation Cedric Watson and his band Bijou Creole – whom he debuted on the Rialto stage in 2009 – alongside Feufollet, a band deeply rooted in the francophone soil of Louisiana and pushing boldly and organically into unexplored varieties of the Cajun experience. Watson, one of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun or Creole music in years, is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist, and songwriter of seemingly unlimited potential. Feufollet breaks new ground featuring originals that draw on deep roots tempered by the cutting edge of contemporary life, capturing the spirit of Cajun tradition without mimicking it.

Tickets for the Rialto performance start at $34 and are available at the Rialto Center’s box office, (404) 413-9TIX (9849) or www.rialtocenter.org.  Group and Georgia State University student discounts are offered for this show. The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University is located at 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia.  Free parking is available for all Rialto Series events.

The Rialto’s 2011-2012 season continues with the Georgia State University School of Music’s Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra presentation of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Dave Douglas with the GSU Jazz Band on April 20, and Two Cultures, One Voice: Israel Meets Mali featuring the Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Touré Quartet on April 21.

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Back to the Bayou:  New Voices in Zydeco and Cajun
Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole and Feufollet
Saturday, March 31, 2012, 8 PM
The Rialto goes back to the Bayou with GRAMMY-nominated Creole sensation Cedric Watson and his band Bijou Creole (whom he debuted on the Rialto stage in 2009) alongside Feufollet, a band deeply rooted in the francophone soil of Louisiana and pushing boldly into unexplored yet utterly natural varieties of the Cajun experience. Watson, one of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun or Creole music in years, is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist, and songwriter of seemingly unlimited potential. Feufollet breaks new ground featuring originals that draw on deep roots tempered by the cutting edge of contemporary life, capturing the spirit of Cajun tradition without mimicking it.
Venue: Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University
Cost: Tickets starting at $34
Contact: 404-413-9TIX or www.rialtocenter.org

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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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