EVANS BLUE with over a million albums sold and a heavy presence on radio with two current singles HALO and THIS TIME IT’S DIFFERENT as they are bringing their show to town to promote their 4th album GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES. You are probably familiar with their big hit COLD (But I’m Still).
The members of Evans Blue are located all over North America, with two in Canada and the others in St Louis and Dayton. The band’s previous three albums have collectively sold a million records. The rock hit “Erase My Scars” continues to resonate with fans worldwide and raise awareness for the band’s charity, KeepingChase.com.
The members of Evans Blue unanimously credit their passionate and dedicated fans (aka the “Evans|Blue Nation”) for their continued positive, forward momentum. “Seeing what has happened with the last record and seeing the acceptance and the approval, the people showing up, and the crowds growing, has given me more confidence; I feel like I have a lot of people backing me up and supporting where we’re headed as a band,” Chandler adds. Evans Blue will hit the road in July to headline the GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES 2012 TOUR, which will cover the entire US between now and the end of the year. “I’m more excited than I’ve ever been, and I know the guys are with me on
that,” Chandler asserts. This is a band that has come a long way through a tough string of challenges, and every experience has made them stronger. Whoever said “rock is dead” is about to get his ass kicked.
Evans Blue’s fourth album with long-time producer Trevor Kustiak, GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES, was released April 17th on Sounds+Sights to rave reviews from fans, music writers and radio alike. The first single “This Time It’s Different” is a Top 30 rock radio hit nationally and a #1 song on SiriusXM Octane, The Buzz in Houston, 89X in Detroit and The Banana in Flint, as well as Top 5 on KUPD Phoenix, and the song debuted in the Top 25 Rock Singles on iTunes. Evans Blue has progressed as a band, and the difference comes through in each one of the album’s twelve songs.
Dan Chandler elaborates, “With the last record, we were writing songs before I even met the guys in person. Since then, we’ve grown a ton as a band: the chemistry between each member, the relationships, and the trust we have developed with each other.” He continues, “The album has a lot to say this time around, and it comes from every one of us in the band.”
GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES takes the listener on a lyrical and musical journey through the highs and lows of human emotion and offers a few surprises along the way, including the haunting instrumental title track, comprised entirely of piano and a oneman, 14-piece string orchestra. The fan favorite “Warrior” is a dark rock ballad that captivates from the first listen, and the closing song “Halo” just debuted alongside “This Time It’s Different” in the Top 10 on the SiriusXM Octane “Big Uns Countdown.” “Live To Die,” “Alone Not Lonely” and “Beyond The Stars” are also early standout tracks.
Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando
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.
Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!
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!
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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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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