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Stars Align for Boston’s One Fund Benefit Concert



The all-star packed One Fund benefit concert took place at TD Garden yesterday, and our own Mark McDonough joined the press conference just before the performance, which provided a glimpse of the outpouring that local artists had for their beloved city.

In the wake of the Marathon tragedy, Boston saw a great movement toward unification.  It was no surprise that when TD Garden put together a One Fund benefit concert, artists lined up to offer their talents.

Dorchester‘s own New Kids on the Block were excited to work with so many artists for such a good cause.  “There’s no room for ego at this concert…We’re here to do the right thing.”

“This went,” they said, “from ‘Who can we get?’ to ‘Who can we turn away?’”  The result was an eclectic lineup of various artists which includes James Taylor, Aerosmith, Boston, Godsmack, The Dropkick Murphys, Carole King, Jimmy Buffet, and more.  The concert sold out in a manner of minutes and will be streamed online for free.

NKOTB encouraged people to donate to One Fund, telling the crowd that Mayor Menino would make sure that all of the money goes to the victims and their families.

Three hundred survivors and first responders will fill the front of the concert hall tonight.  “It’s about them.”

They hinted that there would be a surprise during the performance.

Extreme, originally from Malden, MA, will take the stage tonight.  They have played a number of reunion shows since their breakup in 1996, most recently last year in China and Russia.  They came on, saying that a lineup this eclectic has never happened before and probably won’t happen again.

When Paul Geary, a founding member of Extreme who hasn’t played with the band in 5 or 6 years, heard about the benefit concert, he called and told them “I’m playing this show.”  They joked that the band was now too large.

Dane Cook, originally from Arlington, MA, will be performing.  He was in LA when he heard about the bombings and immediately asked what he could do to help.  The city’s response to the attacks impressed him and wanted to give back to the community.  “Boston handled this with an incredible grace.”

He is not the only comedian taking the stage.  Steven Wright is set up to perform as well, though Cook denied any collaboration, asking “What, like a tag team?”

The night will open with a poem by Richard Blanco, an inaugural poet.  As soon as he heard about the explosions, he said, a poem began forming in his head.  Blanco wouldn’t read any of the poem before his performance, but hinted that it was Spring themed.

In case you missed it or experienced trouble during the live playback, a replay is here over at the Boston Herald!

And as always, if you’d like to make a donation, head over to the One Fund site to contribute.


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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Music Gallery

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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