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Ange and Angie – Angie Aparo talks to TBB

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Our good friend Angie Aparo talked to us briefly about his upcoming show this Saturday with The Producers and Gareth Asher, at The Buckhead Theatre.

Angie is also in the process of recording a new solo album and working on a cartoon.

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1) Tell me about the Tim McGraw songs that came out the beginning of this year…

I wrote one of them (a song called ‘The One’) with the Warren bros..longtime co-writers of mine. The other song has a sordid past..haha. Its called ‘Only Human’ and was originally recorded by Tim McGraw and Chris Brown. Just before it was going to be released, Chris Brown punched Rihanna and Tim pulled it from his record.
A year or so later, he called me and said he wanted to re-cut the song with Ne-Yo.. Tada!

2) I hear you are working on a new solo album, when can we expect that and what is it called?

As of now the working title is ‘Joy Land’ 
Release is June ’13.

3) Also, can you give me some insight into the solo album? What the general vibe is, a story you are trying to tell, etc

Its the story of a square boy’s search for Love and God (apparently they’re not always the same). It also addresses the 
psychological effect on his (my) life. The songs feel like weird mini-musicals… to me…

4) I also hear that you have a cartoon in the works… what can you tell me about that?

The Cartoon is a short season of mini-sodes called ‘The Infidels’ (title may change). It’s a music-based cartoon and the whole season is part of a multi-media release that will include the album and a video game we’re developing.

5)  Will this cartoon feature your voice? If so, have you always wanted to be a voice actor and how do you find it similar to performing on stage?

Yea.. I’m the creator of the show and I’m doing three of the character voices. I’m also writing/recording the music for it. Doing the voices is an interesting adventure in finding those emotional characters in my throat. A lot like singing a song but without the help of a melody to enhance the emotion I’m trying to put forth.

6) What can we expect from you come this Saturday at The Buckhead Theatre?

I’ll be playing with Derek (my longtime drummer) and Will, our new bass/piano player. Mostly covering songs from my past albums… maybe an acoustic version of a few new ones… 

7) Will you be doing another New Years show in Atlanta this year? Another peach drop by chance?

Haha… Hopefully, except this time I’m gonna open the can before I drop it!

 

Thanks so much to Angie Aparo and our good friend Ken Green.

Check out Angie this Saturday at The Buckhead Theatre!

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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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