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Sailing to Denver EP Release at Star Bar

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According to the Mayans there aren’t too many days left on the calendar. It’s safe to assume that the end of the world is near, right?

Sailing To Denver will be releasing their new album on what may be the last day of the world.  A great night of music with the AMAZING Sans Abri and The DustUp Reunion!!

 

Cover $8
Doors at 9pm
437 Moreland Ave

 

Sans Abri – 9:15

Not necessarily adhered to strict expectations associated with bluegrass, but still connected to Americana roots and infused with a bit of alternative rock. This is what forms a shelter for Sans Abri. Josh Erwin and Michael Paynter are able to give their sound and songs a home by creatively involving acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, live and looped percussion, as well as vocal arrangements.
The literal translation of “Sans Abri” is “without shelter”. The French use it as a term for “homeless”. Josh and Michael have given a home to these songs and are providing shelter for many more creations to come.

Sailing To Denver – 10:15


Sailing to Denver is a band, comprised of veteran musicians from the deep South who simply want to sing their favorite songs together. To help distract us all from the bad news on T.V., they appear regularly around the Atlanta area harmonizing timeless choruses, and playing rhythmic strings that echo through the concrete maze, brightening, and bringing joy unto the road-raged. From songs easilyrecognized, and universally adored, to the obscure classics that everyone feels they somehow already know, this eclectic group’s catalog contains about every known genre, but always with a hint of country and the south. HELP KEEP THEM HERE! By enjoying their music together, maybe we can all do our part to stop them from Sailing To Denver.

The DustUp – 11:15
(Reunion Show)

The DustUp is part of a shift in the local music scene with a non-commercial approach to song writing and an emphasis on live performance. The band digs gently around its roots to nurture its southern fried, blues basted brew of rock, funk, bluegrass and soul. Those looking for the typical whiny Atlanta Emo band with a my-daddy-didn’t-love-me complex need not apply, as they will be blasted out of their comfort zones by The DustUp’s original compositions that attack dynamic, face-melting rock head on. All members of the band take the role of lead singer to an already soulful blend of original music, and the band’s intricate harmonies are one of the elements that add to their music’s depth. Each member lends his heart and soul to the songwriting that is influenced by substance and perspective. The final draft boasts songs where not one note is played without feeling.

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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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