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Peelander-Z – Out of this World!

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Peelander Z with TBB's photographer, Nate Thiel (with beard)

 

Are you ready for this? Are you really ready? Well, I don’t think you’re ready. I’ll have to check back in when I return from the show from another planet.

Seriously, the Peelander-Z show was out of this world! It was like we were in a universe created by Edgar Wright (the man who wrote the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). Everything had a sign for it and the music was exactly the way you would imagine it to be, if you were in the dramatic storyline of a super hero comic book. Their show was on a whole new level. They had complete and total audience involvement, and they fed on that. They made it fun. Their show is so action packed that each member of the band is highlighted at some point in during the show. One of the high points included Peelander Red stepping out into the crowd with his guitar, suspended from the banister, as he proceeded to play upside down. Even better was the crowd limbo, baseball, and human bowling. There is not a show that can compare to these guys.

The music is exactly what you would expect from a punk band, and yet their style is revolutionary. It reminded me of soundtracks from TV shows and movies from years ago, specifically Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, maybe even Speed Racer.

The band taught lessons during their songs, like you should only order steak in “Medium Rare” and “Mad Tiger.” The song “So Many Mike” explains how Peelander Yellow can only love you if you are wearing glasses.

I had a blast, they had a blast, there is no one in the world, or outside this world, that wouldn’t have fun at this show. It rids you of your shyness and introduces you to a whole new world. If only this band and genre could be more mainstream, these guys would get the recognition they deserve and change the concert world forever. I honestly don’t know if I can enjoy another concert as much as I did this one. I hope other bands take note of their shows and learn from them.

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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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