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Connor Christian CD Pre-Release Party!

Named by Billboard Magazine as the “Artist on the Verge” in their Best Bets of 2012 issue, Connor Christian & Southern Gothic have been lighting up crowds all over the US with their infectious blend of country, roots-rock and Americana. The Georgia-based, multi-instrumentalist quintet



with The Daniel Brothers @ Vinyl
Tickets $15
Doors at 8
MUSIC starts at 9
All Ages

Everyone through the door will receive a download card to download the new CCSG album, “New Hometown”!
Listen to new Connor Christian right here!

Named by Billboard Magazine as the “Artist on the Verge” in their Best Bets of 2012 issue!

Connor Christian & Southern Gothic have been lighting up crowds all over the US with their infectious blend of country, roots-rock and Americana.  The Georgia-based, multi-instrumentalist quintet, known for dynamic live performances, thick vocal harmonies and huge melodies, has spent the better part of the past three years on the stage in clubs, theaters and festivals, sharing stages with acts ranging from Zac Brown Band, Corey Smith and Big & Rich, to Uncle Kracker, Heart and Foreigner.  New Hometown, their forthcoming release on Rocket Science Ventures/The Orchard, will be available everywhere on February 12, 2013.Few questions for Connor:

Share the stage with anyone Dead or Alive who and why?

Emmy Lou Harris  the most innovative harmonies! I’d love to hear what she sang along with my songs. Also really love to do a double piano rocker with Beth Hart. She’s wild!

Who is on your playlist right now?

Shovels & Rope, Brandi Caralile, Dawes, Eli Young Band, Regina Spektor, Some Dark Holler, Young the Giant and always Sam Cooke, the Band, Radiohead, Jamey Johnson, Indigo Girls & older Ryan Bingham.

Describe your band mates.

Joe– the shy guy. He can play a MEAN bass (and guitar too if you ask him) but if you (meaning anyone who doesn’t know him) wants to talk to him, you’ll have to find him first.
Spirko– he’s my right hand – not only does he play just about every instrument under the sun, he’s an amazing band leader, promoter, and great friend.
Elena– the queen of big smiles and outgoing as you could hope her to be. Always has a kind word and healing hand.
Shawn the nicest tough guy you’ll ever meet. He’s carved out of marble, but if you ever need help, he’s the first person to be there for you. Shawn has been with me longer than anyone else-since October 2004, and on top of his mad drumming skills, he’s someone who I can count on in all areas of my life

Tell us what we should expect to hear from”New Hometown”.

You can expect a LOT from New Hometown- there are 20 songs! There’s a little bit of everything here- Country, rock ‘n roll, Folk, Americana, even a little reggae. The album, in large part, is auto biographical so it’s also my most personal work so far. I also had more help on this one, from Jeff Spirko, Channing Wilson, & Stuart Oliver, so it’s a little more diverse too.

Advice for new Players?

Yikes, that’s always a tough one… I’m the worst example of how to do anything! I took the long way just about every chance I got.

What is coming up for CCSG?

So much on the horizon for CCSG. “Sheets Down” premieres on Jan. 22 and “New Hometown” is in stores Feb 12. After that, we just do what we do- take it to the highway and hope people keep catching onto what we do and spreading the word!

Jeff Spirko Friend and band mate had this to say about Connor :

“Connor Christian is a one of a kind personality, vocalist, performer, and true artist. Right from the beginning I was always impressed with the songwriting ability. I am honored to be able to co-write with him. His vocal timbre sets him apart from everyone in the business, and he has complete command of the room when he starts singing. When you combine these things with the killer instinct, and do-it-yourself attitude that he has brought to this band, it was clear from the beginning that this guy/ band had something special!”

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1374 West Peachtree St

Artists to Watch

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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