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Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam to Headline Music Midtown!



The Meadow @ Piedmont Park | Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22

At a press party held at Greystone in Piedmont Park tonight, Live Nation’s Peter Conlon, along with other city notables Atlanta City Councilmen Alex Wan and Kwanza Hall, announced the 2012 Music Midtown lineup and official expansion to a two-day music experience.

“We will continually endeavor to bring amazing artists to Music Midtown, making sure that everyone has the best experience they could want at this festival,” says Festival Promoter, Peter Conlon of Live Nation.  “Last year we moved quickly to re-introduce the festival and this year, we have expanded our dates to encompass Friday, making this a two-day experience with a more diverse lineup.”

The 2012 lineup features the following artists on Friday: Foo Fighters, Van Hunt, TI,Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Avett Brothers and Saturday includes: Pearl Jam, Ludacris, Girl Talk, Florence and The Machine, Civil Twilight, LP, O’Brother, plus more acts to be announced!

“One of the best things about Atlanta is its thriving arts and culture community,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “This is a city that is deeply tied to the music, film and entertainment industry. The Music Midtown concert series, which returned to Atlanta last September, is a world-class event which attracts thousands of music lovers to the heart of the city for unparalleled live music, food, energy and excitement.”

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m. at, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. As the official credit card of Music Midtown, Citi® card members will have access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m.through Citi’s Private Pass® Program until Friday, April 27 at 10 p.m. For complete presale details visit

Early Bird general admission tickets are $55 for a one-day pass or $100 for a two-day pass + $1 for Centers for Hope.*
VIP packages will be available for an enhanced festival experience to include:

Citi® VIP Club       $ 250.00 per day/ticket
·                     Admission to the festival
·                     Private VIP entrance
·                     Private Hospitality area with complimentary food and beverage
·                     Private air-conditioned restrooms

Super VIP               $ 1,000.00/ticket
·                     Admission to the festival with complimentary commemorative t-shirt
·                     Private VIP entrance
·                     Valet parking
·                     Backstage Viewing Area of both stages
·                     Private Hospitality area with complimentary food and beverage
·                     Private air-conditioned restrooms
·                     VIP Laminate

All tickets are subject to applicable service charges and acts, event time and date are subject to change.
For more information, visit Produced by Live Nation.

Music Midtown 2012 is sponsored by: Toyota, Citi®, Red Bull, Vitamin Water, Dasani, MillerCoors,  SweetWater Brewing Company, Jack Daniels Honey, El Jimador, Rex Goliath Wine, Dos Equis and SOUL by Ludacris.

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* General Admission ticket prices will increase to $65 for a one-day pass and $120 for a two-day pass + $1 for Centers for Hope at a later date.

Artists to Watch

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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Holiday Fun

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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Music Gallery

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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