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Music for Meals @ The Alamo

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~A night of  music to support Meals On Wheels Of Coweta~
Dec 8th
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Barry Richman is considered one of –if not the best–guitar players in Atlanta, having played with or recorded with some of the great like Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Little Feat, and Skynrd to name a few. Barry’s originals are a mix of  psychedelic-blues-rock fusion, matching that of his Idol Hendrix.

Here is a recent interview I did with Barry.

For Kris Youmans, coastal country living was the beginning of her songwriting, and now recreated on the backroads of West Georgia, where good country music is born & raised. Kris’ Song “Rocking Chair” was picked for independent film Going Green, which will be released soon. Kris was nominated in 2010, 2011, and now in 2012 for Female Vocalist of the Year through Georgia-Country.com

Paige McCauley is a 15-year-old state and national award winning singer/songwriter. She’s recently released her all original CD The Little Things. She’s just recorded three more singles she wrote about topics such as relationships hoped for, struggles some teens face, and her Christian faith. Paige uses her talent also for a number of charity organizations. She was honored in 2010 by her original single “The Little Things” being a winner in the national AMTC Singer/Songwriter competition and her song being featured on their benefit album. This year, she also was a winner with her song “When She Cries.” You can purchase these songs at www.amtcmusic.com, where the proceeds will go to Project Dream Repair. She also has performed at charity functions raising money for the homeless and cancer victims. Finally, she sings regularly with the Praise Band at her church.

The Highlife Band is a high energy band playing Rock & Roll, Blues, Country & Redneck Rock with a dose of humor thrown in. The set list will cover a lot of ground with anything from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Jimi Hendrix to Hank, Jr. to Pearl Jam to Merle Haggard to Collective Soul.

Daniel Williams is a young man with strong roots in gospel and country traditions, with a voice that continues to project all of this on every song he sings -whether it’s a Dwight Yoakum or Waylon cover, or an original tune. Daniel watched and played along with his grandfather, uncle, and his father as a kid. His fingers were too small for the guitar in the beginning, so his grandaddy Ernest Williams, Jr.  introduced the mandolin to young Daniel. He learned that the heart and soul of country music could be found in gospel singing and playing in church.

Meals On Wheels Of Coweta (MOWOC) is a non-profit community supported organization that receives no funding from local, state or federal agencies. MOWOC applies for grants that are offered through United Way and Meals On Wheels Association of America to subsidize private donations. MOWOC hosts fundraisers throughout the year to raise awareness, recruit volunteers and raise money to support and grow the organization.

MOWOC’s ongoing goal is to serve more clients and create more programs that promote independent living for older residents of Coweta County, those 60 and up.

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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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