It’s always nice to see Berklee alum light up the music scene. Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig met in Boston, moved to Brooklyn, and formed their now five-piece band Lucius, a tremendous rising star in the indie music scene.
Lucius dropped the debut Wildewoman (twice) with the amazing single “Turn It Around.” Today, they release the lyric video for “Don’t Just Sit There,” along with a digital iTunes release accompanied by a new recording of “Genevieve.”
The band is set to have a busy summer, hitting the road with Tegan and Sara, The Head and the Heart, and Sara Bareilles. A complete list of tour dates can be found after the video.
# = w/ Tegan and Sara
^ = w/ The Head and the Heart
% = w/ Sara Bareilles
5/6: Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note #
5/7: Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom #
5/8: Covington, KY @ The Madison Theater #
5/9: Upland, IN @ Taylor University
5/10: Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at The Old National Centre #
5/12: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works #
5/13: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29 #
5/14: Charleston, SC @ Music Farm #
5/15: Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre #
5/16: Jacksonville, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall #
5/19: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore #
5/20: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel #
5/21: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club # – SOLD OUT
5/22: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club # – SOLD OUT
5/25: Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival – SOLD OUT
5/28: Kalamazoo, MI @ The State Theatre ^
5/29: Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium ^
5/30: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE ^
5/31: Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
6/2: Richmond, VA @ The National ^
6/3: Richmond, VA @ The National ^
6/4: Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live ^
6/7: Randall’s Island, NY @ Governors Ball
6/8: Hunter Mountain, NY @ Mountain Jam
6/21: Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival
6/22: Concord, NH @ Granite State Music Festival
7/4: Toronto, ON @TURF Festival
7/6: Ottawa, CA @ Ottawa Bluesfest
7/12: Greenfield, MA @ Green River Festival
7/14: Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap %
7/18: Chattanooga, TN @ Nightfall Summer Series
7/20: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
7/22: Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre %
7/23: Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Amphitheatre %
7/25: Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Music Festival
7/26: Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival – SOLD OUT
7/29: Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion %
7/30: Nashville, TN @ Woods of Fontanel %
8/1: Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza – SOLD OUT
8/5: Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park %
8/6: Portland, OR @ Edgefield %
8/10: San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
8/15: Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
8/16: Hamburg, DE @ MS Dockville
8/29-8/31: Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival
9/13: Burlington, VT @ Grand Point North
10/3-10/5 + 10/10-10/12: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
Featured photo credit: Peter Larson
Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando
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.
Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!
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!
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.
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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