Peyton Parker is an 18 year old Songstress from Kennesaw that recently relocated to Nashville to follow her Dream of making it as a Singer /Songwriter.Peyton is soon to release her first Ep titled “The World Is Ending” the title track was released 12-12-12.The world did not end and Peyton went on to NAMM where she showcased her new Tunes and worked along side leaders in the industry.
“Keep an ear out for this Songbird
she is on the rise!“
Thursday Feb 21 you can catch Peyton at 120 Tavern and MUSIC Hall as part of the 94.9 The Bull’s Backyard Country Showcase!
Had a few questions for the Songbird:
How was your Namm Experience?
NAMM was absolutely amazing. It’s like a giant toy store for the industry. It was exciting and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to play the Music Group stage. I met so many great people who are dedicating their lives to music in one form or other. Everyone was very nice and welcoming and that made the experience even better. Getting to watch other artists play in such small settings was really great.
My first EP is coming out the end of February. It’s a mixture of my two loves – pop and new country. I wrote four of the five songs that are on it. I started writing the EP when I was 15 so it’s interesting to listen to them now and reflect on where I was as a person and a songwriter in comparison to now.
Who are your Idols?
I was raised listening to a diverse mix of music – everything from The Beatles to Nirvana to show tunes – so I have way too many idols to list! I really admire Taylor Swift,Her work ethic is unbeatable and she’s crazy talented too! I hope I’m able to have even a fraction of her success one day. I love Sara Bareilles, Marilyn Monroe, Kristen Chenoweth, Demi Lovato, the entire cast of SMASH!, Martina McBride, Greg Herrington, Reese Witherspoon, Andrew Rannells, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Patsy Cline, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, Brandon Flowers, Morrissey…. See? Too many!!!!
My advice for young artists is to never give up their goals. Not every person is going to like what you do or “get” you. Keep writing or playing(or both!) and work hard every day. Harder than anyone else. Listen to others and learn from them but trust your gut to make decisions. Believe in yourself and you’ll be fine!
Sam Ivey Owner of 120 Tavern and Music Hall had this to say about Peyton:
“Don’t let her age fool you, Peyton Parker is a consummate professional musician.
Whether she’s belting out a Civil Wars cover or one of her moving originals
she transports her audience to a state of musical bliss.”
The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!
Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.
Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.
We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.
TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?
Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.
Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.
The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.
Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.
After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.
Ho Ho Ho Steve-O? Holiday Laughs with Steve-O at the Improv Atlanta
Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) has become a household name over the last two decades. Famous for his cringe worthy stunts on MTV’s Jackass and WildBoyz, he is never shy and always up for a challenge! Steve-O is coming to Atlanta this week to perform at the Improv Atlanta 12/3 – 12/5 so get ready for holiday cheer, Steve- O style!
We asked Steve-O a few questions, you can read his answers below:
TBB:First of all, since you are coming to Atlanta this week, tell us what your favorite thing about Atlanta is. Also, do you plan to visit anywhere other than the Improv while in town? Ever heard of the Clermont Lounge? ;)
Steve-O: It was July 4th the last time I was in Atlanta, and I had a great time taping big fireworks to my skateboard and blowing them up while I rode around a skatepark. That was a really wild time. Next week I go to jail for the crane-climbing stunt I did earlier this year in Los Angeles, so this weekend I’ll be sure to enjoy my last days of freedom roaming around Atlanta. I’m sure the Clermont Lounge is awesome, but I think I’m going to skip that spot this weekend.
TBB: The Clermont just might be a little too much for you Steve-O!
Kurtis Blow and the Hip Hop Nutcracker
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary work set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, embarks on an international tour on the strength of last December’s sold-out performances of the world premiere at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) in New York City. The Hip Hop Nutcracker will make a stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the all-female hip-hop crew Decadancetheatre in Brooklyn. It is adapted to today’s New York by Mike Fitelson, executive director of UPCA – the work’s original producer – and includes hip-hop interludes remixed and reimagined by DJ Boo and violinist Filip Pogády.
For its stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 28, The Hip Hop Nutcracker features special guest MC Kurtis Blow, one of the founders and creators of recorded rap music.
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