It’s been about a year and half since you and I sat down in Atlanta before the show and talked. I see you have been hard at work on the new album, any personal favorites?
Hello again. At the moment I’m loving Autumn Carnival and Slide
I really like the song “Enjoy Yourself”, can you describe the creative process on that song?
That’s one that Courtney busted out and we all came in and tracked separately on.
Who’s idea was it to cover “16 Tons”?
Courtney’s, I think he was really enjoying singing low.
On “I am Free”, is that a personal journey song that stems from growing older and moving past personal addictions, or more of an overall anthem?
I think it’s both.
When we talked last , we spoke extensively about being moms and having careers also. How have you found that to change in the last year as your child gets older, and are
you planning on having any more children?
No plans for more kids, I am very content with the one little handful that I already have. I’m noticing her independence develop as she gets older, which like anything with kids, it’s bittersweet. I’m really looking forward to bringing out on the road again this summer. It’s been a couple of years and it will be fun to run around the European festivals with a bigger kid.
We also spoke about your other projects, can you fill me in on those?
Brush Prairie (my country band) has released an EP since we last met called Carry Yourself Back To Me and we have plans to record an album this year provided I have enough time between Dandy tours.
Tell me what Atlanta can expect from this tour and the show on May 25th?
We always do our best to represent each album and well, it’s gonna rock!
Have you had a chance to explore Atlanta? How do you like it?
I haven’t really, seems like we always roll in, play, roll out. Though I did take my daughter to the aquarium once.It was pretty good. I was surprised to have my bag searched at the entrance.
What does Europe get about you guys that the U.S doesn’t? It seems you’re way bigger there.
We’re not really though, it’s evened out over the years. What we didn’t get in radio support in the US, licensing as made up for. The venues vary in size over here the same way they do in Europe, there is the difference of there being so many more festivals for us to play in Europe.
Do you care about The Shins or Arcade Fire?
Do I care about them? Both bands have some songs I like if that’s what you mean by care.
Does your vetted sound and die-hard fan base make you impervious to shifting trends in the indie scene?
I feel we’ve always done our best to stay impervious of the ‘shifting trends in the indie scene’. It’s certainly something I don’t pay much attention to.
Have Satellite Radio and Indie blogs made what you do easier than say it was in the late 90s early 0-decade?.
I think those things affect how easy it is to get the word out as a new band, since we’re already established, we haven’t noticed their influence as much.
The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!
Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.
Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.
We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.
TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?
Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.
Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.
The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.
Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.
After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.
Ho Ho Ho Steve-O? Holiday Laughs with Steve-O at the Improv Atlanta
Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) has become a household name over the last two decades. Famous for his cringe worthy stunts on MTV’s Jackass and WildBoyz, he is never shy and always up for a challenge! Steve-O is coming to Atlanta this week to perform at the Improv Atlanta 12/3 – 12/5 so get ready for holiday cheer, Steve- O style!
We asked Steve-O a few questions, you can read his answers below:
TBB:First of all, since you are coming to Atlanta this week, tell us what your favorite thing about Atlanta is. Also, do you plan to visit anywhere other than the Improv while in town? Ever heard of the Clermont Lounge? ;)
Steve-O: It was July 4th the last time I was in Atlanta, and I had a great time taping big fireworks to my skateboard and blowing them up while I rode around a skatepark. That was a really wild time. Next week I go to jail for the crane-climbing stunt I did earlier this year in Los Angeles, so this weekend I’ll be sure to enjoy my last days of freedom roaming around Atlanta. I’m sure the Clermont Lounge is awesome, but I think I’m going to skip that spot this weekend.
TBB: The Clermont just might be a little too much for you Steve-O!
Kurtis Blow and the Hip Hop Nutcracker
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary work set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, embarks on an international tour on the strength of last December’s sold-out performances of the world premiere at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) in New York City. The Hip Hop Nutcracker will make a stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the all-female hip-hop crew Decadancetheatre in Brooklyn. It is adapted to today’s New York by Mike Fitelson, executive director of UPCA – the work’s original producer – and includes hip-hop interludes remixed and reimagined by DJ Boo and violinist Filip Pogády.
For its stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 28, The Hip Hop Nutcracker features special guest MC Kurtis Blow, one of the founders and creators of recorded rap music.
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