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Sparkle and Fade with Art Alexakis of Everclear

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As we sat down he was asking Aleena about her age, if she goes to a lot of shows with me and small talk which spawned us to discuss our fierce protection of our kids. We laughed while talking about how, as parents, we become almost like  Al Pacino in Scarface in that we will mess someone up, and their family, for messing with our kids.

Art is a father of two. A grown daughter and an 8 year old who was just on tour with him in Florida at the Walt Disney Resort’s Epcot Eat to the Beat Concert Series.

Art mentioned that one of the best things you can do as a parent is to model kindness for your children. “My daughter is 8 and she is so kind. She can get along with any adult and is so outgoing. As a result, she was being bullied.” That just goes to show you that no one is immune to bullying. He said the best advice is to just keep being kind and learn how to communicate. Communication is key.

As we continued our conversation, Art brought up what he would be doing in the future. “I am doing the soundtrack for this zombie movie called, Dead 7. Once I finish that, I am doing another movie, a documentary. I am doing the soundtrack for that.” He pauses, and laughs while saying, ” I have so much going on right now. I am doing so much. I am putting together a tour with some other artists called, Songs and Stories. It is really just a real intimate performance where we do the songs and tell the stories behind them. It’s stripped down, acoustic or piano on stage. Just real close and comfortable. I want to bring out about four or five people and do songs together. ” He goes on to tell us that he is still planning the Summerland tour next year and that he is continuing to pursue his acting as well as modeling.  I said to him, “That is the thing about life, you just never know where this journey is going to take you right?” Art agrees and leans in towards my daughter and offers her this advice, ” You point yourself in that direction, but the path might move. You just never know.” Aleena smiles as if she really does already know.

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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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