8:00pm / doors at 6:30pm
Advance general admission: $13
At the door: $16
Table of 4 reserved seats: $65
Emotional Traffic, Tim McGraw’s much anticipated studio album debuted January 31, 2012 on Billboard’s Country Album chart at #1, featuring the songs “The One” and “Only Human,” co-written by EMI singer/songwriter ANGIE APARO. Mr. Aparo has had his compositions recorded by McGraw before, as well as by Faith Hill and Miley Cyrus, among others, and has appeared on stage and recordings with Hill, Edwin McCain, Matchbox 20 and The Zac Brown Band to name but a few.
In 1999, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter released his first major label record The American, produced by Grammy-winning producer Matt Serletic. The album included “Cry,” a song that was later recorded as title track of a hit album by singer Faith Hill. Hill went on to win a Grammy for her performance of “Cry.” Hill’s husband Tim McGraw then recorded Aparo’s “Free Man” from The American for the soundtrack album for HBO’s documentary about the election of Barack Obama.
Aparo first began playing the Southeast with his acoustic guitar in hand. He released his first solo album Out of the Everywhere in 1996, recorded at David Briggs Studio in Nashville, Tennessee with Jim Stabile as engineer and David Briggs at the piano. This was followed by The American, his label debut for Arista Records.
Running into problems with his label, Angie released Weapon of Mass Construction (2001) (later re-released under the title One With the Sun), a collection of cover songs taken from varying artists from Beastie Boys to Neil Young and Elton John, as well as two previously unreleased originals. In his own words, “I had been playing these cover songs ‘unplugged’ in clubs and thought it would interesting to record those arrangements.”
Following in 2003 was For Stars and Moon, an album heavily influenced by the Beatles. Angie then released the live album 9Live in 2004, a recording from a performance for Atlanta radio station 99X featuring many songs from The American.
Angie’s music started moving in a new direction, first apparent on El Primero Del Tres (Spanish for “The First of the Three”) recorded with producer Dann Huff. He continued moving forward stylistically with his most recent release Praise Be.
For 2012, Angie has a new solo album and book in the works, and a cartoon in development.
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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