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Anoushka Shankar’s “Traces of You” Premieres on VEVO

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The title track from Anoushka Shankar’s upcoming Traces of You now has a gorgeous video, co-starring her half-sister Norah Jones. The pair are the daughters of the late Ravi Shankar, under whom Anoushka learned the sitar. Norah’s relationship with Ravi was much more distant and complicated, but the girls have grown close as sisters over the last decade and formed an incredibly loving relationship.

Anoushka and Norah collaborate on this beautiful song that is sure to net the ladies plenty of accolades. Check out the video below, as well as more information on Anoushka’s album and tour dates.

Anoushka Shankar’s seventh album, Traces of You is set for release October 22, 2013 on Deutsche Grammophon. Visually stunning, the clip was directed by Shankar’s husband, acclaimed filmmaker Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Anna Karenina), and stars her half-sister Norah Jones, who also guests on three Traces Of You album tracks. You can watch and share the video courtesy of VEVO HERE.

Shankar’s new album marks a significant step along her pathway as a musician and woman. The musical exploration on Traces of You was inspired by the idea that everything in the universe leaves an indelible mark, or a subtle “trace,” on everything else it comes into contact with.

Having lost her legendary father, Ravi Shankar, during the recording process, it was inevitable that her loss became the central focus of the song writing. However, the record is ultimately hopeful rather than mournful; a juxtaposition of the sorrow surrounding the loss of her father alongside the joy of raising her young son, Zubin.Traces of You was conceived as a unified concept and an unending circle, from the first track to the last.

“I approached the album as a whole,” she explains, “as opposed to a series of songs. A lot of it happened unconsciously. Life took a journey of its own and the music followed that form. The sitar leads the listener through the album like a narrator.”

Shankar is one of the leading figures in World Music today. In her twenties, after establishing herself as one of the foremost classical sitarists on the world’s stage, she began thriving as a composer, exploring fertile ground in the crossover between Indian music and a variety of genres including flamenco, jazz, electronica and Western classical music.

Among various accolades she has been nominated for three Grammy® Awards, making her the first Indian female and youngest-ever nominee in the World Music category. As a classical sitarist she debuted professionally at the age of thirteen and has performed in prestigious venues such as Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall (over a dozen times), and championed her father’s orchestral works with the world’s leading orchestras.  In 2011 Anoushka signed to the prestigious classical music label Deutsche Grammophon, and released her sixth album, the Grammy-nominated Traveller. The Grammy-award winning sitar player and composer will be embarking on a U.S. tour kicking off November 7th in Birmingham, AL (dates below).

Tour Dates
11/7 – Birmingham, AL – Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center
11/8 – Sewanee, TN – The University of the South
11/11 – Grinnell, IA – Grinnell College
11/12 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
11/13 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
11/14 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
11/15 – Washington DC – Lisner Auditorium
11/16 – New York, NY – NYU Skirball
11/17 – Hillside, NJ – Kean University
11/21 – Burlington, VT – Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
11/22 – Cranston, RI – Rhode Island Center for Performing Arts

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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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