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2012 GA Music Hall of Fame Awards

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I’m a sucker for glitz, glamour and musical talent and I got it all at the 34th Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards that was televised live on October 14th.  The night started off with the excitement of the Red Carpet which was full of flashing cameras, beautiful gowns and leather and lace.  From Douglas, GA, Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) was glowing in her maternity dress (that didn’t even look like a maternity dress) looking fabulous as she posed with her Sugarland partner, Kristian Bush.  American Idol, Diana DeGarmo was happy to show off her engagement ring with her fiancé, fellow American Idol, Ace Young (to be married June 1, 2013).  Southern Rock Band, .38 Special, (Donnie Van Zandt, Larry Junstrom, Don Barnes, Bobby Capps, Danny Chauncey and Gary Moffatt) filed into Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center with energy and excitement – pretty cool since they have been doing this for over 30 years!  Some of the others that flowed down the red carpet were Governor Nathan Deal, Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), Bo Bice and music industry veteran, Alex Hodges along with several others.

I’ve been to these awards before and this year was different – in years past, it was a dinner event with the traditional awards “dinner tables” that were full of past and present inductees with a lot of hob-knobbing and socializing between the guests.   This year it was in an auditorium that had, disappointingly, plenty of empty seats.  I wasn’t sure if it had to do with the promotions or maybe the fact that the GA Music Hall of Fame in Macon had closed its doors this year (sad, but true).  Though the crowd was down from past years, that didn’t hold the ones there from having a great night of entertainment.  The night started out strong with Wet Willy banging out several of their old tunes. One song featured Otis Redding the 3rd with his inherited incredible talent. Wet Willy also backed Charlie Daniels performing ‘The Devil Went Down to GA’.  It was nice to see long time Atlanta personality, Monica Pearson who, along with Justin Gray, did a wonderful job as emcee for the night.  And yes, Monica is still sporting new hairstyles, as she had on a bright white (blonde) wig to match her gown.  Diana DeGarmo (from Snellville) and Ace Young sang a sweet duet (confirming their love for one another ending it with a kiss) I had forgotten what a wonderfully strong voice Diana has. Charlie Daniels introduced Gary Rossington , as the 2012 Song Writer Inductee.  Rossington is the only original band member that still plays with Lynyrd Skynyrd today and one of the few members that survived the catastrophic plane crash in 1977. He has written hits like ‘What’s your name’ and ‘Don’t ask me no questions’.

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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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