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Steve’s Live Music Saturday, March 30 Steff Mahan~Hannah Thomas~Emily Kate Boyd~Laurie Ray

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Steve’s Live Music
Saturday, March 30
Tickets: $10 Adv
Door $15
MUSIC at 8

 Sweet and soulful is the sound of alt-country’s Steff Mahan. With a voice that is pure and powerful and lyrics that are heart-crafted and rock-solid, it’s hard not to get hooked on the emotional truth that comes out of this born songwriter’s mouth. Billboard Magazine calls her “An entertaining, can’t miss performance” and itunes described her third independent album as “a song collection displaying both craft and heart, sung by an artist who wins extra points for her honesty.” Steff has shared the stage with such big name artists as Patty Griffin, The Indigo Girls, Tift Merritt, 10,000 Maniacs, Blame Sally, Holly Williams and Antigone Rising, and has established herself as a popular Nashville singer/songwriter. Performing approximately 200 hundred dates a year, Steff has graced the stages of such notable venues as Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, Nashville’s The Bluebird Cafe, NYC’s The Bitter End, Charlotte’s The Evening Muse, and Birmingham’s Workplay Theater.

Hannah Thomas has a style of her own that is hard to define, a little too rock to be country, a little too country to be rock. Amy Ray, half of the Grammy winning duo Indigo Girls, probably describes her best when she calls Thomas an “outlaw songwriter.”Hannah began performing in 2006 at 16 when she wasn’t even old enough to be in most of the venues, but they recognized her talent and drive and decided to support this up and coming super star of tomorrow and she has been honing her craft and building a loyal fan base ever since.Hannah is already a force to be reckoned with, having won the several music awards including the 2011 Georgia Lottery’s All Access Music Search. This award, something like the Georgia version of American Idol, started out with a field of thousands of contestants and led to Hannah getting to record an EP in Los Angeles at Capitol Records.Those “outlaw” roots can be heard in her music. With influences like Johnny Cash and Terri Clark, Heart and even Aerosmith it’s easy to understand why Hannah’s music can be so hard to label. But there is no mistaking the power in Thomas’ voice.

Emily Kate Boyd Artist, musician and writer living in Atlanta is currently writing a new solo album called “Billie in the Woods”. EKB is the author of several published creative works, including multiple albums of music.EKB has contributed to many works, including collaborations with contemporary writers Gareth Asher, Matthew Kahler, Nick Niespodziani, Paul Warner,Heather Luttrell and many more.She lectures at taverns like Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA and is researching a book on the philosophical mysticism of queer folk singers in the American South. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

 

Laurie Ray has a love of music that is bigger than her 15 years. From her band Starry Streets, formed at Girls Rock Camp ATL, to her solo songs, Laurie shows a wisdom beyond her years. A big fan of Brandi Carlile, you can hear Carlile’s influence in Ray’s style. This singer/songwriter from Decatur should definitely be on your “ones to watch” list.


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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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