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Artworks at The Goat Farm

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AM 1690 BOOSTS CITY’S ARTS SCENE WITH KICKOFF EVENT

WMLB’s ArtWorks program launches with a musical bash at The Goat Farm. The Voice of the Arts isn’t simply a tag line for AM 1690, it’s a mantra.

The award-winning station is reaching beyond the airwaves with ArtWorks, a new website to help bolster volunteerism among Atlanta’s arts organizations. To commemorate the launch, AM 1690 is hosting a special party at The Goat Farm in the Westside/Home Park area. The evening of entertainment includes a special acoustic performance by The Jagged Stones, a spot-on tribute to The Rolling Stones, featuring an array of classics many of us know by heart. Popular Atlanta-based indie rock act Christ, Lord shares the stage.

The centerpiece of the night, however, is “Vari-Okey,” AM 1690’s crowd-pleasing hybrid of classic variety show performance and live karaoke. While all are welcome to try his or her hand at singing on the “Vari-Okey” stage, the evening is packed with unexpected performances. Surprise celebrity guests, wacky talents and jaw-dropping live acts are all a part of “Vari-Okey.” Cage, best known as frontman for Atlanta-based Neil Diamond tribute Nine Inch Neils, wrangles the music while Jon Waterhouse, host of AM 1690’s “The Pop Culture King Show,” serves as emcee. Both help encourage the crowd by grabbing the mic themselves and even making a few costume changes in the process.

In addition to celebrating the ArtWorks concept, guests have the opportunity to learn more about upcoming arts-related volunteer opportunities and the organizations behind them. Volunteer sign-up sheets will be available.

The AM 1690 staff say the purpose of ArtWorks is twofold. Through volunteer opportunities, the public will become a part of the Atlanta art scene while learning skills that will help them in future artistic endeavors. By connecting people to arts organizations through productive work, art will become a more integral and participatory part of the Atlanta public.

The following groups will be partnering with ArtWorks:

MASS Collective

WonderRoot

EyeDrum

Living Walls

Beltline Arts

Flux

Push Push

One Love Generation

GloATL

ArtWorks Launch Party. 9 p.m. May 26. Free. The Goat Farm, 1200 Foster St., Atlanta. www.1690wmlb.com.

AM 1690 The Voice of the Arts:

Joe Weber, founder of AM 1690 The Voice of the Arts, had a vision: To break the rules of mainstream radio by turning the dial back to its roots. Weber’s idea was to dispense his love for the arts through the airwaves, sharing his passion for music and creativity with others. The result is AM 1690 The Voice of the Arts, which continues to challenge radio’s boundaries one song at a time with Atlanta’s most eclectic and essential collection of music. It would take a dozen satellite radio stations to make one AM 1690. The station’s playlist jumps genres and decades featuring the best music from yesterday, today and tomorrow.

You’ll hear songs by composers ranging from Dylan to Debussy. AM 1690’s wide array of original specialty programming taps the full spectrum of Atlanta’s creative community. Musicians, educators, actors, journalists and many others bring their artistic knowledge to AM 1690. Specialty shows and segments explore topics including books, film, arts, food and a wealth of musical genres.

AM 1690 The Voice of the Arts:

Redefining radio with the most musical variety and original programing on the Atlanta dial. Where the past and present meet the future.

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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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