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Martina McBride’s “The Joy of Christmas” Tour Kicks Off November 23



The favorite time of year for Martina McBride is Christmas, and the country superstar will be sharing the holidays with fans old and new this year with appearances in two television specials, a new music video, a cut on the popular A Very Special Christmas album and her 16-city “The Joy of Christmas” Tour.

The new tour kicks off at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Friday, November 23, 2012 and wraps up December 21 in Chicago. Backed by a 12-piece band, complete with a string section, Martina brings her love of the holidays to intimate theaters. A video screen depicting wintery street scenes, busy shoppers, snowy mountains and more, tastefully complements traditional and contemporary holiday classics. Multiple wardrobe changes, a duet with “The King,” local celebs reciting “The Grinch,” and a home video of the McBride’s on Christmas morning are guaranteed to put fans in the Christmas spirit.

“My goal is to put everyone in the Christmas spirit by bringing every aspect of Christmas to life on stage,” said Martina during her tour rehearsal. “We perform everything from pop classics like ‘Let it Snow’ and ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ to the beautiful hymns such as ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘O Holy Night.’ One of the parts I’m most looking forward to is when I go into the audience to chat with fans. It’s spontaneous and fun, because you never know what’s going to happen! I love Christmas, and I’ve put together a show that is powerful and full of emotion, as well as fun for the whole family. I would love for this show to become a holiday tradition for everyone.”

On Thanksgiving Day this week, The GRAMMY® Award winner will be performing on the 52nd Annual “The Thanksgiving Day Parade On CBS,” which will air live from New York City on the CBS Television Network from 9:00am until noon ET. Fans can see some of Martina’s biggest hits performed at at 9:15am, 10:45am and 11:45am ET.

Main Street in historic Franklin, Tennessee was transformed into a winter wonderland recently for the production of Martina’s “Please Come Home for Christmas” music video. Lights, decorations, Christmas trees and even an artificial snow-making machine were brought in for the shoot, which also included appearances by several Special Olympians. The clip was directed by Roman White and will begin airing later this month. The cut is one of the highlights on the 25th anniversary of the A Very Special Christmas holiday music series, benefiting the Special Olympics.

 A Very Special Christmas 25th Anniversary and A Very Special Christmas: Bringing Peace On Earth are available for download on iTunes and at retailers nationwide, including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and more. To learn more about A Very Special Christmas, visit

ABC’s “CMA Country Christmas” network television special taped in Nashville earlier this month, and one of the highlights of the show was Martina’s beautiful rendition of “Oh Come All Ye Faithful.” The popular two-hour show will air will air Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 9:00pm ET and repeat Saturday, December 22 and Sunday, December 23.

A three-time Academy of Country Music “Top Female Vocalist” award winner, four-time Country Music Association “Female Vocalist of the Year” and GRAMMY®-winning recording artist, Martina McBride has sold more than 18 million albums and garnered numerous #1 hits throughout her career.  She was recently announced as the special guest on George Strait’s final tour, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, which begins January 18, 2013 in Lubbock, Texas.
For more news, tour dates, ticket information and more, visit


Twitter: @MartinaMcBride.


Martina McBride’s Joy of Christmas 2012 Tour Dates:

11/23 – Atlanta, GA                    Fox Theatre

11/24 – Norfolk, VA                   Constant Convocation Center

11/25 – Roanoke, VA                 Roanoke Civic Center

11/29 – Green Bay, WI               Time Warner CableTheatre

12/1 – Milwaukee, WI                Milwaukee Theatre

12/6 – Kingston, Ontario           K-Rock Centre

12/7 – Westbury, NY                  Theatre at Westbury

12/8 – Williamsport, PA            Community Arts Center

12/9 – W Long Branch, NJ        MAC Center at Monmouth

12/12 – Springfield, IL               Prairie Capital Convention Center

12/13 – Pittsburgh, PA               Benedum Center

12/14 – Albany, NY                     The Palace Theatre

12/15 – Lowell, MA                      Lowell Memorial Auditorium

12/17 – Fayetteville, NC            Cumberland County Auditorium

12/20 – Kansas City, MO            The Midland by AMC

12/21  – Chicago, IL                     Chicago Theatre


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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando



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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Holiday Fun

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



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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