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Around Town FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
Special Olympics Duck Pluck Post Chastain Apartment’s Pool
Contribute to a great cause with an opportunity to win great prizes! Support the 27,115 athletes in Georgia by adopting your duck. The event takes place Friday, August 11 at the Post Chastain Pool. Visit DuckRace.com/atlanta/teams/6137 for more info.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12
Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Harmony Park in Oakhurst
The 17th annual Decatur BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival takes place Saturday, August 12th and has a musical lineup that features something for everyone. Eight bands and two stages will include local, regional and national Blues, Bluegrass, Folk and Rock acts. Headlining this year’s event is the country & bluegrass group Farewell Angelina. For more information visit Decaturbbqfestival.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Atlanta Wine Festival
City Winery @ Ponce City Market
The third annual Atlanta Summer Wine Fest will be held on Saturday, August 12th from 12-4 pm. There will be over 50 wines
Events and Performances taking place this Month
as well as a selection of beer to choose from. Live music and a DJ will be on site, and food will be available for purchase. The wine list will be added to the website the week of the event. Visit AtlantaWineFestivals.com.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13
Gwen Hughes & “Grit Hits” Chattahoochee Nature Center
The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell is offering great nighttime entertainment this summer. Their Sundays on the River Concerts series is held the second Sunday of each month through September. Enjoy a night out with families and friends and listen to the American jazz sounds of Gwen Hughes & “Grit Hits!” Sunday, August 13 from 6 - 9:30 p.m. Chattnaturecenter.org.
Goose’s whereabouts in this highly interactive, original show meant for children ages 2 and up. Theatre for the Very Young allows the audience to have a role in the show and constant interaction. Visit puppet.org.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 Taste of Helen
Festhalle, Helen, GA
Take a short drive up to Helen, GA, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Chattahoochee River, for Taste of Helen. Enjoy culinary tastes from top area restaurants, live music and libations! Event takes place Wednesday, August 16 from 5:00 8:00 pm. Go to helenchamber.com or call (770) 878-1908 for ticket information.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 ABBA The Concert
Center for Puppetry Arts
Little ones are invited to sing, wiggle and clap along with classic nursery rhyme characters to find Mother Goose. Kids will help Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Jack & Jill and all the other citizens of Rhymeville piece together clues to solve Mother
Tower of Power roared onto the scene in the late 1960s with a world-class, in-yourface horn section, inseparable rhythmic chemistry, and knowing what was hip before everyone else did. The legendary ensemble will play two performances at the intimate venue, August 21st and 22nd. Visit CityWinery.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Dionne Warwick
Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre
Cobb Energy Centre
AUGUST 15 – SEPTEMBER 17 Mother Goose
City Winery @ Ponce City Market
ABBA The Concert continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling all who see with their fantastic performance while playing the most iconic hits from ABBA, including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “Dancing Queen.” Tickets at CobbEnergyCentre.com.
MON & TUES. AUGUST 21 & 22 Tower of Power
Underneath the stars at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City, the scintillating, soothing and sensual voice of five-time Grammy Award winning music legend, Dionne Warwick, takes the stage on August 26. She has become a cornerstone of American pop music and culture. Warwick's career, now celebrating 50 years, has established her as an international music icon. She has earned more than sixty charted hit songs and sold over 100 million records. Tickets available at their box office (770) 631-0630, TicketAlternative.com or Amphitheater.org.
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Friday, August 11: Cobb Energy Centre
3 DOORS DOWN
Multiplatinum rock band 3 Doors Down will perform at Cobb Energy Centre on Friday, August 11. e Mississippi quintet has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide, received three Grammy nominations, and won two American Music Awards. eir debut e Better Life, went multiplatinum in 2000 and was fueled by the success of juggernaut hit “Kryptonite.” Tickets at CobbEnergyCentre.com and Box Oﬃce.
Sunday, August 13: Infinite Energy Arena
LIONEL RICHIE W/ MARIAH CAREY 2017 Kennedy Center honoree Lionel Richie has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He is also a ﬁve-time Grammy Award winner. Hit maker Mariah Carey was the world's best-selling recording artist of the 1990s and named the best-selling female artist of the millennium in 2000. e two superstars appear onstage together. Tickets at InﬁniteEnergyCenter.com.
aug 1,8,15 Kevn Kinney’s Rocket Shop & Travel Show
UPCOMING SHOWS RC & THE GRITZ (THE BAND BEHIND ERYKAH BADU)
KEVN KINNEY’S ROCKET SHOP & TRAVEL SHOW FROM NEW YORK CITY: LENNY KAYE (PATTI SMITH GROUP), TOM CLARK, KEVN KINNEY, TIM NIELSEN, DAVE V JOHNSON & MORE
CELEBRATION OF JERRY GARCIA W/ REV JEFF MOSIER, MIGRANT WORKER, MEMBERS OF PACKWAY HANDLE BAND, & MORE ALONG W/ INSIDE OUT WTNS LIVE
8.11 THE STRANGER: A TRIBUTE TO BILLY JOEL 8.12 MARY BLACK 8.13 ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO & JOE ELY
N’Dea Davenport (The Brand New Heavies)
8.14 ANITA BAKER TRIBUTE 8.15 KEVN KINNEY’S ROCKET SHOP & TRAVEL SHOW EAST NASHVILLE COMES TO ATLANTA CHUCK MEAD (FOUNDER OF BR-549), BRIAN WRIGHT, JOHN LATHAM, SHELLY COLVIN & MORE 8.16 THE HIGH KINGS 8.17 THE FIXX 8.20 DORIA ROBERTS + THE BLACKEYED SUSANS 8.21-22
Lee Roy Parnell
TOWER OF POWER
8.23 TEEDRA MOSES 8.24 MICHELLE SHOCKED PERFORMS ARKANSAS TRAVELER 8.24 CW WINE SCHOOL: ANTINORI FASCINATION W/ CABERNET SAUVIGNON FT. ST. MICHELLE WINE ESTATES 8.25 RIK EMMETT OF TRIUMPH 8.26 JESSE COLIN YOUNG
Saturday, August 26: Woodruff Park
e 14th Annual Atlanta German Bierfest is back for an incredible day ﬁlled with authentic German beers, music and food. Festival fans will receive a commemorative glass to use to enjoy unlimited samples of more than 35 authentic German Beers. Atlanta area German restaurants and food vendors will serve up authentic cuisine. ere will be live music and plenty of family activities. Visit GermanBierfest.com
8.26 FEAST OF KINGS GoT THEMED DINNER 8.29 N’STYLE ATLANTA PRESENTS 8.30 JARROD LAWSON
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THE FREDERICK BROWN JR. AMPHITHEATER
September 1 - 4: Downtown Atlanta
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Celebrating their 31st year, Dragon Con returns this Labor Day weekend. Dragon Con is the largest multimedia, popular culture convention focusing on science ﬁction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music and ﬁlm in the world. Dragon Con boasts close to 40 fan-based tracks, a ﬁlm festival, parade, art show, comics, pop art exhibits and displays, nightly concerts and parties. Visit DragonCon.org for more details.
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September 2 & 4: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
is season opens with a pair of prime time Chick-ﬁlA Kickoﬀ Games with top-ranked matchups Florida State vs. Alabama and Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech. ey will be the ﬁrst college football games played in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. e Florida StateAlabama game will kick oﬀ at 8 pm on Saturday, Sept. 2, while the Tennessee-Georgia Tech game kicks oﬀ Monday, Sept. 4 at 8 pm. Chick-Fil-AKickoﬀGame.com
Sunday, September 3: The Fox Theatre
BEAUTY & THE BEAST SING-A-LONG Capping oﬀ the 2017 Summer Film Festival is the singa-long version of Walt Disney’s animated gem “Beauty and the Beast.” roughout the summer, modern and vintage movie classics were shown on Fox eatre’s big screen as patrons enjoyed movies under the “stars”. Also playing this month are the Harry Potter ﬁlms 1 8. Harry Potter movies shown on Saturday, August 5, August 12 and Sunday, August 13. Visit Foxeatre.org
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Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Petty vs Clapton Tribute featuring The Pettybreakers & Journeyman
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on the visual arts. is event features up to 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters. e Festival will also oﬀer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a Street Market, children's play area plus festival foods and beverages with healthy alternatives.
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Sunday, August 13
CONCERTS BY THE SPRINGS Heritage Green in Sandy Springs Free; HeritageSandySprings.org
Concerts by the Springs is presented free of charge by Heritage Sandy Spring. On August 13, the multi-genre e Rupert’s Orchestra Performs everything from top 40 hits to Motown to Classic Rock to Swing. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. with the FREE concert from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Coolers welcome. Beverages are sold during the concert. Concert-goers may visit onsite food vendors or pre-order picnics from local restaurants.
Thursday, August 17
ALIVE IN ROSWELL
Historic Roswell Square Free; MariettaSquare.com Alive in Roswell is held the third ursday evening of each month from 5:00 - 9:00 pm through October. e festival features live bands, food trucks, hundreds of interactive vendors, kids’ games and entertainment. Also participating will be surrounding boutiques, small businesses and restaurants. is year for the ﬁrst time, an interactive zone will be populated
by several of Roswell’s ﬁtness, sports and other physical activity providers. Roswell’s Parks and Recreation Department will oﬀer a diﬀerent program each month, and festival goers will be invited to participate in activities and demonstrations.
Saturday, August 19
TASTE OF JOHNS CREEK
Free Admission; Chattahoochee High TheTasteofJohnsCreek.com Taste of Johns Creek returns for all you foodies out there. Sample more than 20 local restaurants on the campus of Chattahoochee High School. ere will be an Art Walk with shopping abound, live music, local entertainment, kid’s activities and taste some of the best food the Johns Creek-area has to oﬀer at this exciting event for the whole family. Admission is free; food tastings range between $1- $4.
Saturday & Sunday, August 19 & 20
PIEDMONT PARK SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Free Attendance; Piedmont Park piedmontparkartsfestival.com
e Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival is a 2-day outdoor event focusing
Thursday, August 24
Chattahoochee Nature Center Free; ChattNatureCenter.org Sunset Sips is a laid back, family friendly event taking place on the 4th ursday of the month, 6:30 - 9:30pm through September. Enjoy the red hot blues, jazz and americana music of Electromatics, August 24. Sunset Sips is included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members. Grab a friend and head over for live local music, a cash bar and feel free to bring a picnic dinner.
Zone, a 5K run, and much more.
Saturday, Sept 2 - Monday, Sept 4
MARIETTA IN THE PARK Marietta Square Free; ArtparkMarietta.com
e 31st Annual Marietta Art in the Park will showcase 175 top-notch ﬁne artists and plenty of entertainment for the entire family. For the ﬁrst time, Art in the Park includes the One Piece Project, a beneﬁt for nonproﬁt organizations and celebration of art and beauty. It all takes place amid a variety of dining options and historic sites. Art in the Park is Cobb County’s only annual ﬁne art show. is three-day festival draws more than 45,000 attendees. Admission is free.
Saturday & Sunday August 26 & 27
SUMMER SHADE FESTIVAL Grant Park Free. SummerShadeFestival.org
Held in Atlanta’s oldest park, celebrating their 15 Year Anniversary, the festival will once again feature an impressive lineup of live music throughout the weekend on two stages. e artist market has doubled in size and the farmers market now takes place both days. Open to all ages and free to attend, the festival will also have a diverse selection of local food trucks with oﬀerings for all tastes, craft beer, a Kids
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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
One Week Run; August 15 - 20 The Fox Theatre (855) 285-8499 FoxTheatre.org/paris
Playing now through August 27 Horizon Theatre (404) 584-7450 HorizonTheatre.com
An American in Paris, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards, will play Atlanta’s Fox Theatre for a limited one-week engagement August 15 - 20. Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, “An American in Paris” is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in April 2015. Directed and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon won the Tony Award for the play. The show features the music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Craig Lucas.
Award-winning writer/director Thomas W. Jones II is back with his musical adaptation of the novel Blackberry Days of Summer in this emotionally charged stage musical with unforgettable stories of love, hope, survival, and redemption. It is the end of The Great War, and a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets and seduction as Herman Camm, a provocative gambler (played by TC Carson of Living Single fame), weaves his magic on the lives of three unsuspecting women, Mae Lou and her daughter Carrie, and Pearl, a blues singer at the local juke joint. Herman is a charismatic ladies man, but he’s plagued by a dark past.
Thru August 20 Actors Express (404) 607-7469 Actors-Express.com In this deviously delicious musical comedy, budding b o t a n i s t S e y m o u r Krelbourn is down on his luck and secretly in love with his c o w o r k e r Audrey. When he discovers a new species of plant that promises him unending fame and fortune, he thinks all his problems are solved – the only catch is the plant is a bloodthirsty carnivore bent on world domination! Don’t miss AE’s horrifically hilarious take on one of the longest-running musicals in off-Broadway history. Originally heralded “a fiendish musical creature feature” by the New York Times, the cult classic will follow up on past summer hits Company, Rent and The Rocky Horror Show. Actor’s Express is located on the west side of Atlanta in the King Plow Arts Center at 887 W. Marietta Street.
Aurora Theatre (404) 733-5000 AuroraTheatre.com Based on the novel by Victor Hugo with songs from the Disney film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame transports audiences to 1482 Paris. There they follow the tales of Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer in a cold, cathedral tower who discovers his inner strength; a conflicted priest, Frollo, who battles the specter of damnation and Phoebus, a dashing soldier who shuns duty to pursue Esmeralda, a beautiful dancer. At every turn, a malevolent force propels each of them toward fate. This musical retelling of the beloved medieval love story features a score by Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin); the only stage collaboration between the two giants of the American musical theatre.
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Playing now through August 27
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
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SOME FUN TO KEEP US INDOORS NEW RELEASES BY BENJAMIN CARR
HIS SUMMER HAS BROUGHT US the return of some favorite stories and one favorite storyteller. As the heat rises outside, quality dramas have brought a lot of fun to keep us indoors.
THE LATEST DVD, BLU RAY & VOD RELEASES
The Last Tycoon
By John Moore
WAKEFIELD (Shout! Factory)
Last year, the comic-inspired action-adventure ended with a literal bang. The Texas town that provided the show with its settings exploded, killing most of the regular cast. Also, the show revealed that God had left Heaven and wasn’t available to help mankind. And a demon cowboy escaped from Hell to gun down all the other main characters. The show centers around Jesse Custer, a minister who was granted the voice of God last season and now has the power to control people who hear that voice. Because he is also a former thief, criminal and tough guy, he’s hard to defeat. After the town detonated, Jesse went on a quest to find God with his badass girlfriend Tulip and vampire best friend Cassidy. And as the season begins, they’re on the run - unaware that the town is gone - trying to find the path to God. But they don’t seek enlightenment. They have a grudge to settle. This show is filled with energy and creative verve. Dominic Cooper is excellent as the title character, and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga and Joe Gilgun continue to steal every scene they can. The opening episode featured a rather great chase scene, tinted in gold and set to Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ “Come on Eileen.”
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
The Queen of Dragons has finally arrived on the shores of Westeros, and war is coming along with winter. The George R.R. Martin-based phenomenon has returned for its penultimate season with an amped-up momentum. Its ending is in sight, and the show is pulling no punches as it heads right for it. The characters are situated across the fantasy continent, like an elaborate game of Risk. The
biggest power players are now in charge of specific kingdoms. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has control of Winterfell in the North. Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) now has control of the Iron Throne at King’s Landing. And Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) now have control of Dragonstone. The quality of the show remains high. The opening scene of the season actually involved an act of vengeance that was years in the making and vastly satisfying. With hope, the rest of the show will provide as much thrill and satisfaction.
THE LAST TYCOON (Amazon)
F. Scott Fitzgerald died before completing his last novel, a Hollywood tale of movies and manipulation. The lead character Monroe Stahr is a producer on the rise, trying to make a biopic about his late wife, a 1930s movie star who helped make his studio successful. Now a widower, Monroe has to juggle the advances of any number of women, including his boss’s wife and daughter. As a period piece, this new show is lovely, and Matt Bomer is excellent as Monroe. Lily Collins and Kelsey Grammer also star, with Grammer being particularly oily as a studio exec. The first season is full of promise, and it is great to have a new Fitzgerald project in production. Leave it to Amazon to use its programming to promote its books.
Game of Thrones
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Based on an E.L. Doctorow short story, Wakefield is based on a lawyer stuck in a rut, married with two daughters, his life is a grind, working long hours and commuting daily from the suburbs into the city. One day he decides to simply not come home hiding out in the attic to spy on the reaction of his family, friends and neighbors. Days turn into months as he leaves at night to search through neighborhood trash cans for his essentials. The movie succeeds almost entirely on the merits of Bryan Cranston who does a brilliant job inhabiting the character. Much like Tom Hanks in Cast Away, he is the only character on the screen for most of the movie. A fascinating film that simply wouldn’t have worked with a lesser talent.
BEHIND THE MASK – THE BATMAN: DEAD END STORY (Candy Factory Films) Long before Ben Affleck put on the batman suit, design artist and Batman acolyte Sandy Collora gathered some friends and no-name actors to film a low-budget short film for his demo reel. The result, The Batman: Dead End Story became a cult favorite thanks to a slew of packed screenings at Comic Con 2003.
HICKOK By Lee Valentine Smith
UKE HEMSWORTH STARS AS the infamous “Wild Bill,” but in many ways, Hickok belongs to Kris Kristofferson, Trace Adkins and Bruce Dern. Shot on Melody Ranch, featured on HBO’s “Westworld,” the gritty film, directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. (Traded, Weaponized, 4Got10) is a hyper-realistic take on the lingering mystique of a gloriously flawed anti-hero. Hemsworth brings the legendary gunslinger to life with a gripping and decidedly humane portrayal of the notorious raconteur. Director Woodward, Jr adds a distinctively modern touch to the dusty tale, offering engaging pathos and refreshing empathy to the classic anti-hero genre. Adkins again proves he’s as comfortable with period-piece storytelling as he is with ruggedly rumbling vocals and songwriting prowess. The production blends the languid landscapes of Sergio Leone’s most picturesque cinematography with hair-trigger touches of Sam Peckinpah’s unflinching violence. It’s “Once Upon A Time In The West” meets “Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid,” a must-see for discerning fans of intelligent, character-driven, ‘70s-style westerns. Hickok is a wild ride, a thoroughly authentic take on classic western storytelling. Up and coming filmmaker Woodward, currently on year four and movie number ten of his career, said recently, “There’s definitely a romantic feel about the western. But as times have changed, we can change with the storytelling. In film as in life, even
The reaction from fans and fellow directors hinted at a massively successful career that never panned out. In this compelling doc, director Eric Dow gives an exhaustive look into Collora’s career, how he pulled together this cult short and what went wrong in the years after.
SIMPLE MINDS – ACOUSTIC IN CONCERT (Eagle Vision) Simple Minds may best be remembered in this country for their song that played out across the screen during the final shot of The Breakfast Club, but the band has an exhaustively large cannon of music that pre-and post-dates that mid ‘80s gem. The proof can be found throughout this impressive live show (captured on DVD and CD), recorded in London in 2016 for BBC Radio 2’s In Concert Series. Simple Mind’s are in prime form, arguably sounding better than they did in the 1980s. Songs like “Alive and Kicking,” a show high point, as well as “Stand By Love” and, yes, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” capture a band that has a long way to go before simply turning into just another jukebox nostalgia group. And they are playing to a crowd that is clearly as elated as the band members. the bad guy doesn’t think he’s the bad guy. The bad guy is the hero of his own story. So I think what we’re seeing now in a lot of really good TV and cinema is complex characters who are allowed to have their own faults.” On the title character: “There’s a lot of people who’ve played this character in the past, so we wanted to do something a little different. I didn’t want to get stuck in the moustache and long hair thing, to me that was too much like Captain Hook. But I wanted to add some of his backstory to show that he wasn’t always the greatest person, he was just a normal person. He wasn’t the hero trying to save everybody.” On the cinematic demands of history: “Every single extra and all of the clothing has to be prefect, and you have to have a wild west town. You can’t just walk out on the street like a modern film. You have to isolate yourself within the world you created.” On working with one of his admitted heroes Kris Kristofferson: “He’s picky about what he does now, but he just loves westerns. He has a real grit about him, a real, manly grit. That ‘I’ve seen it and done it,’ grit. He’s 81 and he’s seen and done so much in his life. I think you’re always in awe of people like that.”
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Tony Henchcliffe Hits the Road for a Monster Comedy Tour
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
HERE’S NO BETTER EMBODIMENT of cold-blooded snark than Tony Henchcliffe. The acerbic writer and performer began his career at the Hollywood’s Comedy Store in 2007. Back then, live comedic performance was at a low point and Henchcliffe took the opportunity to hone his craft in nearly empty rooms. As he perfected his stage persona, he began a successful gig writing for Comedy Central’s Roasts. He currently hosts live podcasts including the popular “Kill Tony” series and is in development on a movie with Snoop Dogg. His first comedy special, the stylistically unique One Shot premiered early last year on Netflix. This month Henchcliffe is on the road headlining national music venues with his newest material as he preps the content for his next special. Before he headed out on tour, he spoke with INsite from his office in Los Angeles. In what can be described as a comedy boom, comics are becoming the new rock stars. I don’t know, I’m friends with some rock stars and I would trade with them in a heartbeat! But it is a great time to be a comedian because there are so many outlets. You can make things now and put it out on the internet and because everyone’s sense of humor is so different, there’s a little something for everybody. There are more stand-up specials than ever, but do you think it will ever reach a saturation point? I think people like me are always gonna be
looking out for what’s next, what hasn’t been made yet. Globally, more people are getting into comedy so I don’t know if there’ll ever be a glut. When I was in Australia, I sold out 10 shows in a row in four different cities and they all knew me for my Netflix special and podcasting. They don’t even have Comedy Central there. As long as comedians try to stay creative, there’ll always be a place for us. Current events are always good for comedy and there’s plenty of fodder for material at the moment. And that’s exactly what we get to talk about. Just yesterday, we all found out that O.J. is gonna be free in October. To some people that’s terrible news. But for me, I’m excited. I want to hire him to come to my house and answer the door when the trick-or-treaters come. People need an escape for this stuff and as long as the news keeps making people feel scared and causing hysteria, it actually helps the artists on the other end. Social and political commentary seem particularly perfect for your style. I always like to take an as
weird as possible entry point. Things that Your Netflix show from last year was just other people aren’t talking about. Like with added to iTunes. Will this tour lead up to a Trump, comedians want people to like them, new special? so they’re taking an anti-Trump stance. I don’t Yep, I was ready to rock and then Monster say whether I’m for or against him, but I take Energy came up with this tour for a whole a different angle. I like villains and it think it month. So I decided to delay taping of the kinda rubs off on my stand-up. I’m not up there special and I’ll use the tour to get in fighting to get people to like me off of my likeability. shape and make it even tighter and stronger, so I’m there for them to I’m taking the new hour and 15 and hittin’ the like me because of my road with it. This will be my first time playing material. a rock venue in Atlanta. Normally I do the And you started at the Laughing Skull and that club is unbelievable. I’ll make my way back there again soon. Comedy Store, which is a really tough place You’re bringing another monster of comedy for any new comic. along with you, Jeremiah Watkins. That’s true, there were Yeah, he’s done Comedy nights Central’s Roast Battle and he we had to wait for six has his own hit show Stand people to come in so Up On The Spot. He’s a cast we could start the show. member on Kill Tony so the And now it’s doing great, AUGUST 16 • 7:30PM people who know me from the with hundreds of happy podcast definitely know him as people every night, many Eddie’s Attic well. He’s just a cold-blooded nights are sold out and tonyhenchcliffe.com assassin. I’m really excited for just monster comics, people to see him doing standone after the other. up. I think we’re really going to push each other on this tour and it’s going to be an exciting You still do the Kill Tony podcast growth period for us. from there, right? Yeah every Monday at 8 p.m. The Monster Energy Outbreak tour starring [PST] in the main room. It’s Tony Henchcliffe with special guest Jeremiah on Ustream [www.ustream.tv/ Watkins arrives August 16 at Eddies Attic Deathsquad] so people can see showtime is 7:30. For tickets, visit www. and hear it anywhere. tonyhinchcliffe.com.
insiteatlanta.com • August 2017 • PG 9
Taste of the Month - Pizza!
Where to Go for the Best Pizza in Town Athens Pizza House
1341 Clairmont Rd. 404.636.1100 AthensPizzaAtlanta.com Since 1966 the Papadopoulos family has been serving up great Greek and Italian cuisine to the Emory / Decatur area. They offer many terrific pizzas at various sizes and over 25 toppings to choose from. You will also find great specialty pizzas like the Mediterranean, Santorini and Athens. But don’t let the name fool you, there is much more here than great pizza. Some of the favorite recipes on their Greek dishes go back over 50 years! Try the Veal Parmesan, Roasted Lamb or the Oven Baked Chicken. Athens Pizza offers daily specials for lunch and dinner and has an extensive catering menu. Athens Pizza is Zagat rated and winner of several awards including Best Greek Cuisine. The restaurant can also accommodate parties large and small with their private room.
265 Ponce De Leon 404.881.0111 NancysPizza.com Chicago has arguably the best pizza in America and that great pizza can be found in midtown Atlanta at Nancy’s Pizza. Nancy's serves up authentic Chicago style thin, their famous stuffed deep dish and new Rustic Crust Italiano Pizza as well as a full menu including great appetizers, sandwiches and signature salads. Nancy’s in Midtown displays multiple TV screens in their two dining rooms. They recently completed a major renovation doubling in size and now are able to seat over 200 patrons comfortably. The new room is perfect for large parties and private events while take-out, delivery and catering are available. Nancy’s Pizza is the perfect place to call when planning a tailgate or get-together.
3109 Briarcliff Rd. 404.320.1258 MosPizza.com Mo’s has been serving up great pizza in Atlanta for over 30 years! But the menu isn’t
Your Neighborhood Pizzeria!
limited to pizza: sandwiches, subs, wings, nachos and salads ensure that anybody who comes here can find something they like. Check for daily lunch and dinner specials. Everything is made using the freshest ingredients including the dough built from scratch every day. Come to Mo’s this fall to watch all your college and pro football games. They have a huge deck to hang out on and plenty of HD Flat Screens offering great views from any table. Stop in Monday nights and get a Large Cheese Pizza for just $7.95. Mo’s is one of the longest running pizza joints in Atlanta, come in and see why they are one of the best.
Harry’s Pizza and Subs
2150 Powers Ferry Rd. 770.955.4413 harryspizzaandsubs.com Since 1989, Harry’s has been serving exceptional pizza to Atlanta. As you walk in the door, you experience an authentic New York vibe. Family owned and run, Harry’s is an excellent place for any occasion from a business meeting to an outing with your family. Not only do they serve real New York style pizza, they are also known for their chicken wings, oversized salads, and mouthwatering sandwiches. Harry’s offers daily specials on menu items and always has a special on draft beers. Visit on a Wednesday night and play a few rounds of BINGO, or come on a Thursday to find the restaurant filled for weekly trivia. Harry’s is a great place to visit during any sports season and watch on the big screens downstairs as well as in the upstairs dining area. Stop by and visit Rich, Ilene, and the family, and see for yourself why Harry’s is always filled with happy, pizza loving customers!
7 Area locations FellinisAtlanta.com Fellini’s Pizza is an Atlanta icon. The fact that all seven locations are always bustling can be attributed to the great pizzas they make here. They have kept their menu simple, and focus on what they do best. Fellini’s pizzas can be ordered by the slice or as medium, large and Sicilian sizes. Try the classic Fellini’s special; which consists of pepperoni, mushrooms, Italian sausage, onions, meatballs, green peppers, green and black olives, and extra cheese. Another popular menu item is the White Pizza with mozzarella cheese, fresh garlic, oregano, and ricotta cheese. They also have a great Spinach and Mushroom pizza, and a Vegetarian pizza filled with meatless toppings.
6 WINGS, SLICE OF PIZZA, AND A DRINK
Harry Says: My Pizza is the BEST! Don’t settle for less!
• Pizza • Harry’s Speciality Pizza • Oven Baked Subs • Pizza By the Slice • Spaghetti • Calzones • Appetizers • Fresh Salads • Wings
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Soak up the sun! PATIO SEATING Great Subs, Sandwiches, Salads & Wings
Atlanta’s Favorite Pizza! Multiple Atlanta Locations: JohnnysPizza.com PG 10 • August 2017 • insiteatlanta.com
$7.95 Large Cheese Pizza!
Just off I-85 @ Clairmont (Corner of Briarcliff & Clairmont)
3109 Briarcliff Rd. • (404) 320-1258 • MosPizza.com
Fellini’s also serves 5 different types of Calzones and great Salads. Fellini’s uses only the freshest ingredients. All their locations have large patios to enjoy the outdoors and the view. So come to one of the Fellini’s locations today and you will see why they are the landmark of Atlanta pizza.
Johnny’s NY Style Pizza
Over 50 Atlanta area locations: Order online @ JohnnysPizza.com Johnny’s Pizza is synonymous with great pizza and subs in Atlanta. The secret to their success is in the preparation. They always use the finest ingredients. Johnny’s specializes in NY style pizza, They have several house specialties including the Johnny’s Deluxe, Italian Special, Veggie, Steak & Cheese, Pesto and Buffalo Chicken. Johnny’s also offers plenty of individual toppings to create your own masterpiece. In addition Johnny’s offers subs, salads, sandwiches and other popular Italian dishes including calzones, strombolis, and lasagna. Johnny’s restaurants offer dine-in, take-out and delivery and now online ordering. Go to JohnnysPizza.com to find the location nearest you.
484 Moreland Ave. 404.523.0500 115 Laredo Dr. @ Clarendon 404.299.5799 SavagePizza.com This eclectic neighborhood restaurant is a favorite hangout among residents of Little 5 and Avondale Estates. Savage prepares all their menu items using only the freshest vegetables and first quality meats, cheeses, breads and pastas. You'll find homemade sauces, fresh dough and thoughtfully prepared dishes made from scratch every day. In addition to their famous pizzas they also have great calzones, salads, subs and pasta dishes. Both locations offer the same great menu with ample seating inside and out with delivery to the area.
309 N. Highland Ave. 404.880.9559 FrittiRestaurant.com Located in the heart of historic Inman Park, Fritti is nationally recognized for its pizza and state of the art wood-burning oven. This world class oven can maintain a temperature of 1,000 degrees and cooks pizza unlike anything you have ever experienced. Fritti serves authentic Neapolitan Pizza that is prepared according to traditional artisan methods. The dough is made with Caputo flour and natural yeast. They use San Marzano tomatoes and the finest quality buffalo mozzarella. Try their Salsiccia e Pepperoni (Italian sausage and roasted peppers), the Cotto e Funghi (Crimini and Portobello mushrooms with cotto ham) or the vegetarian Estiva (fresh tomato, red onion & arugula). Along with their award winning menu Fritti is known for their great value. Fritti offers a variety of antipasti dishes for $10 or less including offerings of funghi fritti (fried mushrooms), fried calamari, classic Sicilian arancini and bruschetta. All their pizzas are available between $10 - $14.
4058 Peachtree Rd. Brookhaven 404.266.1661 1770 Peachtree St. Buckhead 404.687.4766 mellowmushroom.net Mellow Mushroom is a great place to gather with friends this fall. They offer an affordable menu with extensive selection of pizzas, hoagies, salads and calzones. The Brookhaven location holds events each weeknight. So grab the gang and head up to the Brookhaven Shroom to watch all of your favorite sporting events on one of their many HD screens. The Buckhead location features 35 beers, many American craft beers and others from all over the world. Have a drink on their shaded patio or meet up with friends on their inside patio with fish pond and big HD TV. Bring in the kids and let them watch the suspended train travel across the tracks around the private dining room.
BEST IN GREEK & ITALIAN CUISINE Since 1966
• Zagat Rated • Dine In or Take Out • Lunch & Dinner Specials
insiteatlanta.com • August 2017 • PG 11
Movie Reviews BY STEVE WARREN
ATOMIC BLONDE (R)
Sorry, DC fans, but Lorraine Broughton could kick Wonder Woman’s butt any day, and without superpowers or special effects. The British agent played by Charlize Theron doesn’t fight like a girl (even if crotch-kicking is one of her go-to moves), and she’s involved in some of the most brutal fight scenes of any gender ever seen on the screen. (Great stuntwork!) The plot she’s involved in, mostly set in Berlin in 1989 in the days before the wall came down, is one of those affairs that’s too complicated to follow, so you just relax and enjoy the action. In fact it’s so full of clichés it could be a spoof of the genre. Basically, Broughton is sent to retrieve “The List” that several countries are after and discover the identity of a double agent called “Satchel.” (The screenplay offers too few suspects.) Of course Theron is too beautiful to be a spy because she stands out in any crowd, and for a Western agent she does a lot to support Russia’s vodka industry; but if you’re going to be that picky you should be a critic, not an audience member. With its ultimate ‘80s soundtrack, Atomic Blonde is a movie, like Baby Driver, that lets my critic side relax and my audience side have a blast.
BRIGSBY BEAR (PG-13)
½ Why not combine Room with Be Kind Rewind? I don’t know how a pitch like that could get Brigsby Bear greenlighted, but I’m really glad it did! (Get greenlighted, I mean. I’m not sure that was the pitch.) Though its creators include comedy teams The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg has a small role and all three are producers) and Good Neighbor (the director and writer/star), this is hardly a comedy; yet it’s almost always on the verge of funny, while having moments that are surprisingly moving. It’s an amazing balancing act! I wish you’d trust me and see it before you read further, but I’ve tried to leave some surprises. James (SNL’s Kyle Mooney) was kidnapped as an infant and raised in a remote desert hideaway by Ted (Mark Hamill) and April Mitchum (Jane Adams). (Is it too soon to have a character named Ted in a movie about a bear?) James was never allowed outdoors, except on the roof, and never saw entertainment from the outside world except 736 episodes of the supercheesy kids’ TV show Brigsby Bear. Freed after 25 years, reunited with his real parents (Matt Walsh and Michaela Watkins), and introduced to movies, James decides to make a feature film to continue Brigsby’s story. Entering the world like the boy in Room but at five times his age, James begins to hang with his teenage sister’s crowd and become somewhat socialized, especially when they start to share his Brigsby obsession.
Written by Mooney with Kevin Costello and directed by Dave McCary, this movie seems to float effortlessly over a minefield. It could have gone wrong so many ways so easily, but it’s gone wonder-fully right.
CITY OF GHOSTS (R)
I went to college to become a journalist. Now anyone with a smartphone can be one. If I’m bitter it’s because some of them are doing the world a lot more good than I’ve been able to. City of Ghosts is about some of them, the Syrians known as Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS). Flashing back from their receiving an International Press Freedom Award in New York in 2015, Matthew Heineman’s documentary shows how Raqqa students, inspired by the Arab Spring, revolted in 2012 against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Taking advantage of the unrest, the Islamic State (ISIS), a cure worse than the disease, took over the city for their headquarters in 2014. Several public executions encouraged most of the surviving citizens to join them; they even recruited young children to be suicide bombers. They destroyed all satellite dishes to keep out news of the outside world and only let out their own propaganda. But a few brave souls joined together in RBSS to film the truth and reveal it to the world. Some stayed behind in Raqqa to do the filming and report to the others, who had escaped to Turkey or Germany, so they could circulate it broadly. We meet a few of them as they carry on despite the deaths of friends and family members and death threats against themselves, not to be taken lightly when ISIS is killing or inspiring the killing of large numbers of people around the world. Heineman combines footage smuggled from Syria with coverage of the refugees in their temporary new homes - including Berlin, where a Trump-like anti-immigrant rally shows they’re not entirely welcome. The story’s well told and achieves its aims of informing and empowering, but I found it more depressing than anything. If you can handle that, it’s worth seeing.
Traditionally, American war movies were about John Wayne winning the war singlehandedly and were used to generate public enthusiasm for the next war; British war movies featured less combat and more homefront nostalgia with Vera Lynn singing in the background. In Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s masterful epic, Hans Zimmer’s score is too much in the foreground, unnecessarily reminding us we’re watching a tense situation. In the spring of 1940 some 400,000 English, French and Belgian soldiers are trapped on the French coast, surrounded on three sides by Germans and on the fourth by
ATOMIC BLONDE the English Channel. German planes strafe and bomb periodically while their troops advance on the ground. Most military ships and planes are being kept in England in anticipation of a German attack, but a call goes out for fishing boats and pleasure craft to cross the channel and evacuate the pinned-down troops. (Millennials will wonder why they didn’t call Uber for a ride, but a Brexit from Europe was no easier in those days.) We’re given some individuals to follow but we learn very little about them as characters, often not even their names. Fionn Whitehead is a crafty soldier who pushes himself to the head of the queue on the beach but finds himself no better off. Tom Hardy is one of the Spitfire pilots who engage the Germans in dogfights to deter their bombing. Mark Rylance sails his small boat to help with the evacuation, picking up shipwrecked and shell-shocked Cillian Murphy along the way. The differing timelines of these three stories create some confusion but Nolan’s immersive style puts you in each situation with them so you won’t care. This nontraditional war movie must earn him his first directing Oscar nomination and quite possibly a win.
THE EMOJI MOVIE (PG)
½ Talk about lowered expectations! By the time I saw The Emoji Movie it had risen from 0 to 3% on Rotten Tomatoes. I was ready for the cinematic equivalent of the character Sir Patrick Stewart voices, the Poop emoji. Like Inside Out with emojis instead of emotions, this animated feature deals with what’s inside us and how we express it – here through our cellphones instead of our bodies. In this film’s universe each phone comes with a set of living emojis – multigenerational, with no explanation of what happens to the old ones when the young ones replace them. Gene (T.J. Miller) is the Meh emoji. At least that’s what he’s supposed to be on the day of his debut; but when his cellphone’s owner, shy teen Alex tries to text Meh to his dream girl, Addie, he catches multifaceted Gene in the wrong facet. Rather than be disemployed as malfunctional, Gene escapes into the cyber world, pursued by robots but helped by the Hi-5 emoji (James Corden) and a hacker called Jailbreak (Anna Faris). As they travel through Candy Crush, Dropbox, etc., young viewers will discover new worlds to explore on their phones. (Just What We Need emoji.) The concept would seem to allow for a lot more imagination than is shown here in stringing together tired old tropes, but The Emoji Movie isn’t terrible – it’s just meh.
GIRLS TRIP (R)
½ “A few longtime female friends reunite for a wild weekend.” Did someone sell the same pitch to two studios, or is it really a coincidence that PG 12 • August 2017 • insiteatlanta.com
Rough Night and Girls Trip opened a month apart? Rough Night didn’t set the bar too high so Girls Trip easily passes it, even if I didn’t love it as much as a lot of critics did. It’s got more than its share of raunchy comedy, much of it laugh-out-loud funny; but it gets more and more soapy-serious as it goes along. As we learn at the outset, the girls have issues, individually and as friends. Ryan (Regina Hall) has been at odds with Sasha (Queen Latifah) since the latter started a gossip blog, which is now on the verge of going under. So is Ryan’s marriage (to Mike Colter), which has devolved into a business relationship despite her successful book, “You Can Have It All.” Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) is a stressed-out control freak, the single mother of two kids, who really needs to get laid. Dina (the movie’s breakout star, Tiffany Haddish) recently lost her job, but this girl just wants to have fun. Her description could get “grapefruiting” added to hygiene class curriculums (or ripped off by John Waters). The “Flossy Posse,” as they were known in college, get together in New Orleans, where Ryan is the keynote speaker at the Essence Festival, which provides enough musical cameos that they could make a companion concert film if they shot the full performances. There’s enough comedy to make everybody laugh, but the serious stuff is strictly for the girls.
There’s no shortage of women in the cast and credits of Landline, starting with director Gillian Robespierre and star Jenny Slate, reuniting after Obvious Child. That doesn’t mean Hollywood’s problem of gender inequity has been solved. It also doesn’t mean women can’t make good movies, just that the women who made this one have made a bad one. It’s about one big unhappy Jewish-Italian family; and even in their happy moments, usually when having sex, they’re no fun to be around. Edie Falco and John Turturro are the parents of twentysomething Dana (Slate) and teen Ali (Abby Quinn). Dana is engaged to Ben (Jay Duplass) but fooling around with Nate (Finn Wittrock). Ali has casual sex with a casual boyfriend, Jed (Marquis Rodriguez). When Ali discovers their father may be having an affair, it makes both sisters question the permanence of relationships and the desirability of getting into one. The story takes place between Labor Day and Halloween of 1995, with a coda in the following weeks but no sign of Thanksgiving or Christmas. Robespierre milks the period for nostalgia: record stores, floppy disks, hit songs and of course landline phones. Slate and Quinn must create believable characters if I disliked them so much, but that doesn’t justify this unpleasant experience. That IMDb classifies it as a comedy is funnier than anything in the movie. See the rest of our movie reviews at insiteatlanta.com/movies.asp
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
Musician / Activist / Filmmaker Michael Franti on the Healing Power of Music
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
volatile climate. I started making records during the Reagan administration and now we have a president who tweets things on a daily basis that I would ground my teenage son for. I feel like the love, the kindness, the ability to listen to each other is more important now than ever. I feel that music is one of the ways to do that.
OR THREE DECADES, MICHAEL FRANTI HAS preached his swirling gospel of social renewal to a steadily growing audience. His activism has propelled his music around the world, balancing on a funky rock/soul/jazz/hip-hop/ spoken word platform of styles - all cradled within an uplifting message of personal and global evolution. This has been your message since the very beginning of At the core of his message is the eternal spirit of love. It has your career. permeated his material from the nascent output of The Beatnigs Yeah, since I started, I’ve believed that every single person on the in the ‘80s through the early ‘90s with The Disposable Heroes earth deserves to be happy, healthy and equal. That’s why I do it. of Hiphoprisy. By ’94, his message was in sharp focus and presented with his typically varied approach. Today the Spearhead The central theme of your music is also the centerpiece of the Do experience continues to pulse with bold expressive swaths of It For The Love foundation. Can you tell us how it started? danceable R&B, reggae and delivered with unbridled enthusiasm Well it was inspired by a couple who live in Atlanta, actually, and heartfelt empathy for his fellow man. Steve Dezember and his wife Hope. He has very The band’s recent release, Soulrocker has been on advanced stages of ALS. Hope tweeted me saying the market since last spring, but he’s currently on her husband was a big fan, but he might die soon the “Love Out Loud” tour which looks back on his and he would love to come see the show. We entire catalog. Since Franti’s coming back to Atlanta invited them to a show in Florida at the Wanee this month, INsite caught up with him by phone Festival. We invited them to come onstage. I heard from Maine. their story about when Steve found out he has ALS AUGUST 8 and he perhaps only had a few years to live, he was Variety Playhouse Tell us about the “Love Out Loud” tour. variety-playhouse.com told that by his doctors at least. He said to Hope, I wrote a song a couple of years ago and I didn’t “I’d understand if you leave. But if you don’t, will put it on any album. A line in it said, “I will love you marry me?” She said yes immediately. So there out loud and live without permission.” I believe right now, with they were in the middle of the stage, and mind you, his whole body everything going on with the environment, in politics, in sexuality has rigor. He whispered to Hope that he wanted to get up and and so many other things, it’s so important for people to speak out dance. With all her strength, she lifted him up and they had this about the world we want to live in - and the world we hope to see. beautiful slow dance in front of 20,000 people at the festival. But at the same time, if you’re just speaking and not listening to anyone else, then you’re not really loving. I feel like the roadmap to That’s beautiful. the future is to learn to listen to people with opposing viewpoints It really was. Afterward, I asked what it was like for him. He said, and other perspectives with an open heart and an open mind. “the first day I was at the festival, people were ignoring me or just That’s the only way to grow or learn, especially in today’s looking at this funny-looking guy in a wheelchair. Then the next
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
day after that, I was Steve and people came up to me and said, ‘Hi Steve, it’s great to meet you.’” I said to my wife Sara, “We’ve got to find a way to do this for as many people as possible.” So our mission now is to bring children, adults and veterans with serious medical conditions, PTSD or special needs to see any live concert by any artist in North America. It’s been years, and we’ve sent over 900 families to shows. That’s a lot of shows. It’s almost one a day now, with everything from Jay-Z and Beyonce, Garth Brooks to Justin Bieber to Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift. I never imagined I’d buy as many Taylor Swift tickets as we have but she’s our most popular artist at the moment. It’s amazing to see how the families react, but also the artists themselves. The healing power of music is universal, isn’t it? It is. When someone has a life-threatening illness, it also becomes a full-time job for the family. So we do this for the family as much as the person who has been diagnosed. Michael Franti and Spearhead play August 8 at the Variety Playhouse. For more information on the Do It For The Love Foundation, visit doitforthelove.org.
insiteatlanta.com • August 2017 • PG 13
Album Reviews AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
REVIEWS BY JOHN B. MOORE
Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star
(Omnivore Recordings) Big Star were a tragically underrated band for their time and while they have finally clawed their way up to cult status, thanks in part to a deep love from a slew of influential musicians, sadly there is only one surviving original member of the band left. As this deep cutscollection from a pre-Big Star Chris Bell shows, the talent was there long before the band was founded. Omnivore Recordings has become the curator of all things Big Star over the past few years, re-releasing their albums, digging up demos and rarities and pulling together some truly brilliant collections. “Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star” is yet another gem in that crown. Coming in at 22 tracks, it may seem a little intimidating for those unaware of Bell’s work, but with time these songs will grow on even the most novice of Big Star fans. For diehards, this set is like mana for heaven. While many of these songs have been around on bootlegs and other out-of-print records, it also includes six songs that have never been released before. A must-have for Big Star acolytes.
Mid-Century Sounds: Deep Cuts From the Desert (Fervor Records)
Since the resurgence of vinyl records there seems to be a race to the bottom as labels everywhere cleaned out their vaults to put everything they own on wax in a cynical attempt to cash in on nostalgia. But every now and then, there is a vinyl release that is wholly justified. That’s certainly the case for “Mid-Century Sounds: Deep Cuts From the Desert”. This remarkable 29song collection, spread across two LPs can only truly be appreciated via a record player, with no skipping ahead, allowing the setlist to play out in this perfectly sequenced order. The album focuses on the career of Phoenix-based music entrepreneur Floyd Ramsey, a behind-the-scenes recording whiz who founded the legendary Audio Recorders of Arizona recording studio, as well several record labels. From the mid ‘50s through the ‘60s, he helped a slew of rock, country and even surf guitar heroes and would-be heroes find and refine their sounds, from Sanford Clark to Waylon Jennings. Though there are not a lot universally recognizable names on this collection, there is an immense amount of talent represented here. The songs are timeless and should only be experienced via the warmth that comes from a record player. This stellar two-LP set deserves to remain in your collection for the next several decades.
Wembley Live 1996
PG 14 • August 2017 • insiteatlanta.com
Bryan Adams is one of those musicians that just seems to have been around forever. He’s managed to revive his career countless times, all the while still having one of karaoke’s most go-to songs (“Summer of 69”). His latest live record, “Wembley Live 1996” holds more than a few hints at why he’s still touring today. The two-disc is a great snapshot of his career, the good and the bad. Songs like “Cuts Like a Knife,” “Kids Wanna Rock” and “Somebody” have all held up remarkably well despite decades of music trends and fads that have all come and gone since those songs last charted. On the other hand, some of the tracks from his soundtrack years, like “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman” (Don Juan DeMarco) and “(Everything I Do) I Do it For You” (Prince of Thieves), haven’t aged well at all and come off a little too corny next to some of Adams’ bona fide rockers. This London show was recorded at the end of Adams’ “18 Til I Die” tour, so along with a slew of classics and solid covers (“I Fought the Law,”) it also hosts a number of songs from this album that likely (hopefully) never made a set list after this show, like the groan-worthy “I Wanna Be Your Underwear”. Aside from a few missteps, overall, it’s a impressive collection and his interaction with the crowd and their overwhelming approval is proof that decades into his career, Adams shouldn’t hang up the mic anytime soon.
Visonland (Bloodshot Records)
The past two years spent on the road have done nothing to dull the sound and ambitions of Nashville, by way of Birmingham’s Banditos. Their 2015 debut was a magnificent mix of ZZ Top and the Georgia Satellites. The follow up, “Visionland,” doubles down on those same ingredients and the result is twice as rewarding. Lyrically, there are plenty of hints at struggle and trying to get by throughout the record, ultimately, there is a sense of optimism that rises above all else here. The title song, named after a now-defunct Birmingham theme park, for example, highlights that feeling perfectly – a theme park opened to big ideas and ambition, shuts down after just a couple of years, but the dreams are still there. The band, like others, plays a solid mix of swamp funk, country and rock, but the secret to the Banditos brilliance lies in their two singers, Mary Beth Richardson and Corey Parsons (shown off beautifully on songs like “Thick N’ Thin” and “Lonely Boy”). Elsewhere on the record, Richardson’s sweltering vocals on a slow jam like “Healin’ Slow” adds an impressive depth to the band’s catalogue. Considering the exhausting schedule they’ve been under since their last record, it would be understandable if the band decided to take some time off to walk away for a while. Thankfully, for us though they didn’t.
Brings Incredible Singing and Dancing to The Fox Theatre!
BY MARCI MILLER
As a professional dancer, how thrilled were you to land a role in a show like An American in Paris? Landing this role was the break of a lifetime. I have been searching for opportunities to further my performing arts skills and disciplines and was eager to take on such an iconic role.
N AMERICAN IN PARIS, THE most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards, will play Atlanta’s Fox Theatre for a limited one-week engagement August 15-20. Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, An American in Paris is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an Were you a fan of Gene Kelly before you indomitable European city, each yearning for a were cast? new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed I was a fan of Gene Kelly! He has either and choreographed by 2015 Tony Awarddirectly or indirectly influenced every American winner Christopher Wheeldon, male dancer after him. the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and What other challenges have you Ira Gershwin, and a book by have had in this role? Craig Lucas. The show is based The other challenges for this on the 1951 film which starred role have been the singing Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron and the acting. These are new JUNE 24 and was directed by Vincent disciplines for me but rewarding Minnelli. The iconic film has Fox Theatre and fun to explore on stage. inspired modern day culture foxtheatre.org/paris including last year’s award There are so many iconic winning film, LaLa Land. Gershwin songs featured in The score of An American in the play…which are some of your favorites to Paris includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” perform for the audience? “’’S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “I’ll Build My favorite song to perform is “Beginners a Stairway to Paradise,” and orchestral music Luck”. It’s my first big number in the show and a including “Concerto in F,” “Second Prelude,” thrilling one at that. “Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture” and “An American In Paris.” Why do you think so many of the Gershwin The production opened to widespread critical songs are still popular today? acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway These Gershwin songs are still popular today in April 2015 after its world premiere at the because they are timeless. I think the audience Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. In addition to will be reminded of melodies that they might its four Tony Awards, the show has won four have forgotten. Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Tell us about the costumes and sets. Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, Bob Crowley has done a brilliant job with the and two Theatre World Awards. sets and costumes. He captures a time period Joining the cast in the title role is newcomer and a style that is a joy to visit night after night. McGee Maddox (Jerry Mulligan) who comes from the National Ballet of Canada. Maddox How has the audience response been to the trained at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson show? Is there a lot of energy in the theatre Academy, joining Houston Ballet as an during the performance? Apprentice in 2005. He joined The National These audiences could not be any better. They Ballet of Canada in 2009 and was promoted to get a kick out of every number, the laugh at every Principal Dancer in 2014. Recently, Maddox joke, and cry at every heartbreak. The energy is debuted as Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, palpable from the back row to the stage. Albrecht in Giselle and L’Aviateur in the world premiere of Le Petit Prince. Maddox has danced Tickets can be purchased by visiting principal roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and FoxTheatre.org/paris, calling 1-855-285-8499 Juliet, Onegin, Cinderella, The Nutcracker and or visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office. For more many more. information, visit AnAmericanInParisBroadway. We recently spoke to McGee Maddox to get com or BroadwayInAtlanta.com his take on starring in this amazing show:
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BUCK ROGERS IN 2017 EMBRACE YOUR KITSCH Actor / Raconteur Gil Gerard is Alive and Well and Coming Back to Dragon Con
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
IL GERARD IS BEST KNOWN AS the wisecracking, time-travelling astronaut in the late ‘70s film and television series “Buck Rogers In The 25th Century.” But the goodnatured actor has had a number of other major roles and appearances, including “Airport ’77,” all the way through last year’s “The Nice Guys,” filmed in Atlanta. Now based in West Georgia, the good-natured actor is set to return to Dragon Con for panels, autograph sessions and as host of an irreverent, sci-fi themed version of TV’s popular Match Game. INsite caught up with Gerard by phone between recent convention appearances. The trek to Dragon Con isn’t light years away for you because you actually live in Georgia these days. I do. I fell in love with a girl from here and she couldn’t take the L.A. weather and I was sick of it out there anyway. I thought, “Well Atlanta’s got an international airport,” so I moved here. Now I’m about 45 miles west of Atlanta and I love it. Your appearances at Dragon Con are becoming an annual event. Will this be your sixth visit? Oh, I think it’s even more than that. For the last six years, I’ve had a show I do called “Match Game In The 25th Century.” And this year, I have a new three-year deal, so I’ll definitely be back again. Is your version of Match Game similar to the television game show? Yeah, I get a lot of celebrity friends of mine to be on the panel and we just have a good time. It’s like the show in that we can get a little risqué and raunchy at times, but it’s not dirty. Everybody loves it, and we give away great prizes, too. After all these visits, do you still enjoy the fan interactions at the Con? I really enjoy meeting them and Dragon Con is such a great venue, particularly for the fans. They’re really committed to something they love which is so unusual these days. They go at it wholeheartedly so God bless ‘em for their enthusiasm. The trivia they carry around with them is incredible. They know more about your career than you do. Oh I know! Many, many years ago, when I lived in L.A., they drove me down to do the San Diego Comicon. I’d never done one and I had no idea what was going on in there. I walked into this room and it’s probably got 2500-3000 people in it, and sat down at the table on the podium. People were asking me so much stuff. I said, “Man, I don’t know. I just went where they pointed me to go!” There’s a great clip from a recent convention Q and A and a fan is asking you about what was Buck like as a kid. These people put a lot of thought into their questions and they obviously respect your work. Oh, yeah. The last time we shot that show was 1981. What is that, 36 years ago this year? So the fact that I can have a Q and A and there’s more than just me in the room is amazing. I remember one time they scheduled me for a panel here at Dragon Con and they had it on a Sunday morning. I was like, “Oh that’s great, there won’t be anybody there.” The place was standing room only! I’ve seen your interactions with fans and there’s no age limit in your line. It’s kids to senior citizens. I’m always amazed. I find that I’ve got 15 or 16
Artist Shag infuses Cocktail Culture with a Modern Twist
BY LEE VALENTINE SMITH
influence on what I was doing.
HE ANTITHESIS OF THE OFTEN dark and foreboding imagery of many of the stereotypical Dragon Con guests, the collected works of Shag (aka California-based artist Josh Agle) looks back on the space-age excesses of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s imagery with a bright and timeless touch of cheeky modernism. The busy artist exhibits internationally and is featured on album covers, posters, limited edition prints, annual projects for Disney and his own line of merchandise. The gregarious Shag took a break at his studio to discuss his instantly recognizable style before he brings his swanky pop-up store to Dragon Con.
The tiki lifestyle is incredibly popular in certain circles. Out here we have the Tiki Oasis, which is the world’s largest tiki convention. I think southern California was really ground zero for the resurgence of that style.
T year-old kids coming up for an autograph because they’ve watched the show with their parents or grandparents! It’s got a whole new audience because of the DVDs. With that age span, do you feel an obligation to be “family friendly” on your Match Game? I’m careful. People bring their kids because Buck Rogers was a family show. I don’t want to be grossing their kids out - or embarrassing the parents in front of their kids. That would tarnish their memory of you for life. I’ve been mindful of that for that for my entire career. I remember many times I’d be out travelling and people would come up to me in airports or whatever and say, “We love watching something you’re in because we know the entire family can watch it.” That means a lot to me. I feel like I have a responsibility to everyone to uphold that image. There’s a definite comradery of fans at the convention. Do the guests have a similar bond? It’s a small kind of fraternity. I’ll give you an example. When I was doing Buck Rogers, I’d go to the commissary at Universal. I’d be there with Lorne Green and Chuck Heston and we’d just be standing there talking. Heston was talking about the great set on this movie he was doing called “Grey Lady Down.” Green was doing, of course, Battlestar Galactica. We were just standing there shootin’ the breeze. You’re just kinda all in it together. Looking at your IMDB page, you have an impressive body of work besides Buck Rogers. I’ve always prided myself on being an actor and I’ve tried not to be typecast. Sometimes it’s worked to my benefit and sometimes it didn’t. I turned down “The Right Stuff” because they wanted me to be an astronaut and I’d just finished playing an astronaut. Your latest film “The Dragons of Melgor” co-stars another convention fave, the late Richard Hatch. Richard and I weren’t close until sadly, the latter part of his life. Actually, the last time I saw him we were sitting table-to-table at Dragon Con. We were laughing and having a good time but didn’t really didn’t know each other much before then. I would see him occasionally at different conventions but we never really got a chance to hang out. I got to know him the last couple of years just as he passed away.
Is kitsch a bad word to you? No but I think - to me anyway - “retro” is derogatory. People can write stuff off because it’s so-called retro. Of course, you can do the same with kitsch, but if you truly embrace kitsch and really own it, then I guess it’s ok. “Retro” sounds like you’re about to cough up a hairball. Like many artists featured at Dragon Con, your work also depicts a specific fantasy world. I don’t know if it ever really existed, but it’s that lifestyle of moneyed hedonism that is so connected to the idea of Hollywood or even Palm Springs of the ‘60s. That’s what I’m trying to capture. I’d love to live in those scenes. Me too! I’ve tried as hard as I could to make my life look like those scenes - visually. But the rest of my lifestyle just doesn’t go along with it. I have two kids and I’ve gotta pay the mortgage. Reality always finds a way to step in. Your ‘60s-inspired imagery actually arrived in the ‘80s. Yeah, I was working as a commercial illustrator - mostly for the record industry in L.A. - and I’d started working on these themes on the side. It was based on things from my childhood like animation from educational films and advertisements. I had no idea who the artists were but they were doing this sort of cubist-beatnik, stripped-down style which I really liked. When I finally had my own art show, then I had to figure out what my art would look like so that’s what I gravitated toward. Did living in southern California influence your style? Absolutely. My friends and I loved to find what we called “old man” bars, basically bars from the ‘50s and ‘60s that hadn’t changed and most of the clientele tended to be older people. A lot of them were theme bars, so there might be a cowboy theme or a New Orleans theme, but our favorites were always the tiki bars. That had a really heavy
What do think is the major appeal of the whole tiki culture? It’s a sort of return to an exoticism that is unfettered by political correctness. I guess it could be the same thing that appealed to someone going to a tiki bar back in 1962 - just leaving your everyday life and entering this exotic world that has nothing to do with what’s going on outside. Suddenly you’re in Tahiti, with a tropical drink in your hand, surrounded by bamboo, tikis and hopefully some beautiful maidens. You’re transported to another place - if only for an evening. You’ve just described half of the LP covers at Goodwill. (Laughs) Yeah old album covers were definitely a big influence on me, too. That “bachelor pad” vibe with a guy putting on a record and a beautiful woman draped across his couch. That imagery seems so antiquated now, but there was a time when that was actually current. Right and I guess Hugh Hefner had a lot to say in that - what books to read, what drinks to drink and what to have in your “pad.” I think now a lot of people gravitate to the pop culture aspect of those images. Is your work primarily paintings or have you embraced modern technology? Almost everything starts out as a painting because that’s how I started. But I’m working on a movie poster at the moment. I did a series of drawings for it and I’ve been digitizing some things and then using the computer to move them around. So you aren’t completely old school. Well I try to be, as much as possible. When I first started, I was trying to make my paintings look like silk-screen prints because I couldn’t afford to do an actual edition of prints. You know, with lots of flat areas of color and sharp edges. Then computer programs came along that could mimic that style so well. I use those programs now as a tool but I still try and keep the hand-built element as much as possible. But I’ve always tried to give it a modern sense of humor and irony so it could be from anytime. Unlike many artists, you actively embrace merchandising. I made the decision early on in my career that merchandising is a good way to get my work out there. So why not put it on coasters or a cocktail glass? If you’re a successful artist, your work is probably gonna end up on merchandise anyway but it might be after you’re dead. I’m sure Vincent van Gogh never pictured his art appearing on oven mits. My main rule is it has to be useful or it has to be art. So basically there’s not going to be a Shag snowglobe. Yet. insiteatlanta.com • August 2017 • PG 15
“THE PAST IS PART OF YOUR FUTURE”
Young Lovers Turned Old Friends, Judy Collins and Stephen Stills (Re)Unite for Tour
“Everybody Knows,” the title track of the new album, is a nice tribute to your old ’LL BE SEEING YOU IN ALL THE friend Leonard Cohen and it really works old, familiar places…” as modern social commentary. The voice on the recording is I’d started singing “Everybody Knows” a unmistakably Judy Collins. Driving across few days after Leonard’s death, which was country the morning after the first show a big blow to the world but particularly on tour with Stephen Stills, Collins is to me since I’ve had such a temporally out of cell range close relationship with his but her short outgoing music. I discovered it, well message electrifies the he discovered me in the first listener just as she has for place. Then I’d gone on to over half a century on records record so many of his songs. and in live performance. And because of the political She quickly returns the climate, I thought it was the call and her candor, charm perfect song. So I’ve been and effusive sense of humor AUGUST 9 doing it after November solidify her spot as not only 7 of last year. I had played Symphony Hall one of the finest performers enough that I got very of the folk-rock era, but atlantasymphony.org itcomfortable with it. Then as one of the most famous Stephen and I’d been talking muses of the ‘60s. about what we were going to A couple of years before his careertry to include if we were going to do this, or defining role in Crosby, Stills and Nash (and if we ever got to the point where we’d do a sometimes Young), Stills was a busy singerCD, or an album. It’s out on vinyl by the way, songwriter/session musician and member of it’s so wonderful to have a vinyl record again. Buffalo Springfield. When he was called in to I sent him a version of it that I’d recorded in play on Collins’ third album in the spring of concert and he said, “We have to do this!” 1968, sparks flew and the two began a brief So I was very happy that he agreed. And not - and by all accounts intense - affair that only do we like the recording we made, but resulted in some of his best-known songs, also NPR likes it - so that’s always good. And including “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” originally Billboard likes it; they’re happy with it. captured live at Woodstock, a mere 48 years ago this month. I like it too. It’s a great version. Now the duo of Collins, 78 and Stills, 72 Good! And now you like it, so there ya go. are currently on the road for an ambitious trek, promoting the September release of You mentioned the lyrics. If ever there was Everybody Knows, their first full-length a time to revisit that song, it’s now. record together. Yeah, I don’t know. What else are ya gonna do, ask [“beleaguered” Attorney General It’s the morning after the first show of the Jeff] Sessions if he wants to come on the tour. I’ve purposely avoided reading any road with us? reviews or comments so I can hear about it straight from you. Now that would be an incredible bill. We had a fantastic time! Chicago is a Well perhaps it would be a better use of wonderful audience out at the Ravinia and his time. it was just went so well, everything about it. We feel like we’re already in the groove. Since we’re talking about the national climate, do you think this era will inspire It seems like with the tour and album a great art movement as in the ‘60s? We’re and all the buzz leading up to it, you two right in the middle of the 50th anniversary are all over the place. How’d this reunion of the “Summer come about? of Love” and We’ve been thinking about it for a few that was an years. Finally, we both had openings in incredible time our schedules where we could do it. My for both you and management has really done a splendid job Stephen. in coordinating the concerts, the album, the Of course, tour and the press. It’s been exciting and horrible things now we’re in it, so it’s great. happen and beautiful, Since your combined body of work spans creative things decades, how did you select the set? Was it get written. a matter of what to leave out? Creativity doesn’t I think that’s probably the best answer. stop because of We’ve figured out what to leave out and then politics. Unless just do the rest. We had a number of months they shoot all the in rehearsal while we pulled the album singers and the together, to decide what we wanted to do. It’s artists. They’ve a work in progress but we had a pretty firm done that. People idea of what we wanted to do from the start. and places have done that in the past. But before they get to us, we’ll have something to Over the years a relationship changes, but say I’m sure. in the case of public personas, it’s even more layered. How has your relationship Have recent world events directly with Stephen changed over the years? influenced your own songwriting? We don’t fight anymore! For this I said, “I’ll I’m personal in my art, which is, of course, do anything you want - except what I don’t politics because politics start at home. It want to do.” starts with your attitudes, your love affairs, your personal stories. That’s where it all
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JUDY COLLINS AND STEPHEN STILLS
PG 16 • August 2017 • insiteatlanta.com
WE DO SEE A LOT OF SYMBOLISM IN THIS CONNECTION OF REUNITING. IT’S A GOOD MESSAGE THAT IT CAN HAPPEN, A VERY POSITIVE MESSAGE. YOU KNOW, THE PAST IS PART OF YOUR FUTURE. begins. One of my new songs is about the American Indian, but it doesn’t speak in broadsheet terms. You know, yesterday I discovered that Lawrence Ferlinghetti is now 98 years old! I was reading some of his poetry and thinking, “Oh my God, what a cutting edge that man had.” His work was very direct. I don’t know if I read much of his work when I was a kid in high school, but he’s still writing and I couldn’t believe he’s still around. Amazing. So I’m sure I’ll get more graphic as things go along here. In a way, my song “River Of Gold” which is on the new album - because Stephen liked it, which was thrilling to me - is about the world. The way we destroy our world in whatever ways. Right, from personal to global. Yeah! Yeah, exactly. Looking at the tracklist, there are a lot of full circles on the new record, starting with the fact that there’s an album at all. That’s true. We do see a lot of symbolism in this connection of reuniting. It’s a good message that it can happen, a very positive message. You know, the past is part of your future. How’d you guys meet? Was it at a party at [photographer] Henry Diltz’ house like with everyone else in Laurel Canyon? Stephen may think we did meet there, I don’t know. But no, I’m the exception to the Henry Diltz rule. I was doing an album in
California in 1968. It was eventually called Who Knows Where The Time Goes and Stephen was part of the band. I knew he was on that album, but I thought it was because you guys were already an item. No, he was brought into the session. He came on board with the band. And what a band that was. Yeah, a lot of illustrious players. Van Dyke Parks was in that band as was Jim Gordon who is still in jail for killing his mother because he was a cocaine freak and went out of his mind. Chris Etheridge, Buddy Emmonds and James Burton - and Stephen Stills. As it turned out, we had an affair and he wrote “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” But the affair itself was very short-lived. But we always stayed in touch with each other. It was very surprising. I’ve been to his shows, we’ve known each other’s spouses, we hang out with each other’s relatives. I was always kind of mixed up with his family. His sister Hannah is a wonderful artist and she did a number of drawings for my songbook in 1969. We were always in touch in some way. Always. That’s very healthy - and so rare. It is. For instance, I’d go down to visit him in Florida. Whenever I’d have a break-up, I’d go down and spend some time with him. But when I got sober in 1978, I was planning on going down to where he was recording. He said to me, “Don’t come because you can’t stay sober down here.” And he was absolutely right. That’s what a friend says to you. When we first started rehearsals for this record, he said to me, “You know, we should have gone straight to this instead of the romance.” I said, “Yeah but then you’d never have written “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes!”
MR. CROWE’S GARDEN GROWS
Rich Robinson Harvests a Bumper Crop of Rock’n’roll with The Magpie Salute
How did The Magpie Salute happen? Were you planning to form a new band last year or INCE THE FIRST LONG HIATUS of did it just gel organically? the Black Crowes in 2001, guitarist and At the studio where I record up in Woodstock, co-founder Rich Robinson has led a [Levon Helm’s Barn] they do a series of shows number of musically diverse bands and released where they invite like 100 people in to watch as an impressive canon of solo material. Beginning a band plays live. You basically make a record in with Hooka Brown, the softfront of a live audience. The Crowes spoken singer-songwriter has …WE’RE RESOLUTE did it with our last album Before The orchestrated several revolving Frost (2009). TO NOT GO DOWN door combos. THAT ROAD OF In 2016, just after a stint as BITCHING ABOUT You’ve always been good with touring guitarist with Bad changing up styles and personnel with EACH OTHER OR Company, Robinson gathered results. what organically morphed TAKING THINGS TOO good Well the older I get, the more I into the current line-up of PERSONALLY. THAT’S realize I’m gifted to play with people The Magpie Salute, a large NOT WHAT WE’RE I’ve had an incredibly strong musical ensemble that includes Marc GONNA DO. relationship with. Like my brother, Ford and Sven Pipien of The Marc Ford, Eddie Harsch, Sven and I Black Crowes with a slate of had it and Joe Magistro and Eddie Hogg have like-minded, internationally-based musicians it now. So I reached out to Marc. We hadn’t including Katrine Ottosen, Joe Magistro, spoken in a long time but we’d started talking Charity White, Nico Bereciartua, John Hogg, through other people. He said “I’m there” Adrien Reju and Matt Slocum. without hesitation. Then I called Ed [the late On the morning of the first show Eddie Harsch, keyboardist for the Black Crowes of their national headlining tour, from 1991-2006], we talked a couple of times Robinson called from Indianapolis to a year because I just loved him and he was a talk about the band and their new brilliant musician and a great person. He was self-titled album. like, “I’m there,” too. My band did 76 songs
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over three shows and I brought those guys in for 25 or 30 songs. I tried to pick the songs that everyone would bring something to, new and old.
But you had a tour of your own to finish after that, right? Yeah and I spent the rest of my tour trying to piece this together. What would I call it? What would the sets look like? How many Crowes songs would we do? How many covers? How would we build this thing?
It gives us so much range. We can go from a Bobby Hutcherson song to a War song to a Pink Floyd song to a Faces song to some Crowes songs and the new song, and have it all kinda sound like the same band and not just a bunch of stuff thrown together.
As you well know, it’s difficult to maintain a four or five piece, but you have a lot of different personalities to juggle within this band. The cool thing is, well Nico AUGUST 18 [Bereciartua] the newest Buckhead Theater How do you plan something member, is from Argentina. that looks back on your own themagpiesalute.com He’s a good person and has stuff and forward at the same the best energy but he’s been time? in some bands that weren’t so Well, after Jerry [Garcia] died we played the cool and weren’t so positive. And obviously, Furthur Festival and that was the guys from the us being in the Black Crowes wasn’t very Dead playing Grateful Dead songs and their positive. I mean, it was early on and there own songs. I thought that was a cool template were moments. But toward the end, it was very dramatic and harsh and not really a cool to go with. place to be. In keeping with the band name, are you Sounds like this one has a much different “saluting” much of the Crowes’ material vibe already. in concert? Our goal is to rise above all that shit and not About half the set is Black Crowes songs and go down that petty road. Touring is hard, being then the other half is some of my solo songs, away from your family, your home, sleeping Marc’s solo songs and really cool covers. The on a bus, playing night to night. Like you said, idea is to go in early next year and make a with all the personalities it’s hard for the best of double-album of all original material. That’ll be us. But we’re resolute to not go down that road the real birth of this band. of bitching about each other or taking things too personally. So this year is just the basic introduction. Yeah, I think this year is mostly about At this point, with this many people involved, educating people about what this is: there’s this the possibilities seem endless. band out there, come and check it out. Also That’s what I’m excited about. Every night we need to become a band. We have so much we play, you can just tell. There’s really only history between us but it’s not until you really been about 17 shows so far, total. Four shows play together and tour together do you really in January, then more shows in April and become a band. I like the idea of Marc, John then eight in July in Europe. It’s not like we’ve and I singing, and then we have three great had a lot of consistency to say the least. But background singers. I’m really excited to see what this band will become in the future, after we have 30 or 40 That much stylistic diversity really opens up shows under our belt. creative possibilities.
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2017 NCAA FOOTBALL PREVIEW BY DEMARCO WILLIAMS
TLANTA’S SPARKLING NEW Mercedes-Benz Stadium is hailing its September 2 season kickoff between Alabama and Florida State as “The G.O.A.T.” or “The Greatest Opener of All Time.” With both college football powerhouses as consensus top five preseason selection (and tickets selling at an unprecedented clip), the declaration more than holds up. The winner of the heavyweight bout will undoubtedly walk the easier path to the national title game slated for the very same venue on January 8, 2018, but a one-loss Crimson Tide or Seminoles squad won’t necessarily be out of Alabama’s contention. It’ll just be that the Jalen Hurts 18 other teams mentioned in this preview will make it their jobs to ensure their journeys are arduous. But such is the tumult-filled life of a college football team. Preseason favorites will rise and crumble. Darkhorses nobody outside the schools’ campuses saw coming will flex some muscle. The media will root them on until they’ve covered every possible story angle. Then, and only then, will they truly voice their desire for an Alabama-Florida State rematch. We’re going to cut to the chase and declare that the squads competing in the “G.O.A.T.” will have another go at it in the title game.
The Tide was one quarter away from their third title in the last five seasons. Thankfully for Tuscaloosa, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is gone but Alabama’s talented young crop of defenders and dual-threat QB Jalen Hurts have returned even hungrier.
2. Florida State
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7. Penn State
Kirby Smart’s first body of work between the hedges was a head-scratching 8-5 campaign. This season’s trajectory will be determined by Jacob Eason’s arm and Nick Chubb’s ankles. The long-suffering Nittany Lions can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, and the shape its glow is making bears a striking resemblance to quarterback Trace McSorley handing the ball off to running back phenom Saquon Barkley.
Bob Stoops is out and Lincoln Riley is in as head coach. Though we don’t feel the shift is quite as seismic as others, we understand that it may take a year before the Sooners regain their footing in the Big 12.
By making it to the Playoff, the Huskies proved they were no fluke. Jake Browning won’t have to repeat his 43-touchdown season to prove his worth to NFL scouts, but it will certainly only help his case.
If the first-half-of-2016 Lamar Jackson outfoxes the sluggish second-half version, these Cardinals will soar for the whole 2017 season.
We love that the underrated Randy Shannon has taken over the defensive coordinator duties in Gainesville. We’ll get back with you after the September 16 tilt against Tennessee with our thoughts on Feleipe Franks under center.
Super sophomore Deondre Francois (3,350 yards, 20 TDs in 2016) has the potential for greatness. If he (and equally gifted RB Cam Akers) shows it versus Bama in the opener, they’ll have to keep it going through a bumpy road schedule that includes visits to Duke, Clemson and Florida.
Like Charlize Theron in Hollywood, these Wisconsin Badgers are models of consistency without the clamoring. Going 32-9 over the past three years, Wisconsin, which is sparked by budding star QB Alex Hornibrook, may be ready for its close-up in 2017.
We have to respect the talent Jim Harbaugh is able to reel into Ann Arbor every year. But until his team figures out to finish strongly (Wolverines lost three of their last four in ’16), any hopes of contending for a national championship are mere fish tales.
Obvious statement of the year: Kelly Bryant (or whomever takes Watson’s QB spot) has massive cleats to fill. Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney just hopes his scary, Dexter Lawrence-anchored defense can keep things in order until that day comes.
4. Ohio State
Did you forget about the Buckeyes’ embarrassing 31-0 loss in the Playoff semifinals? Urban Meyer is hoping his J.T. Barrett-led team, which got to the tournament a year ahead of schedule, has a short memory, too.
With the Trojans’ relevancy and the Rams and Chargers’ relocations to L.A., all of a sudden, the City of Angels has become a pigskin heaven. When QB Sam Darnold takes his 7-0 Trojans to Notre Dame on October 21, SoCal is praying for a Heisman-caliber performance. PG 18 • August 2017 • insiteatlanta.com
14. Oklahoma State
Cowboys stud wideout James Washington can do just about everything with a football. We’ll see if “getting OSU out from under Oklahoma’s wide shadow” can be added to his glowing resume.
These Tigers went a forgettable 8-5 a year ago. But if you think you can keep fiery coach Guz Malzahn (or RB Kamryn Pettway) down for long, you’re only fooling yourself. Rounding Out The Top 20:
LSU, South Florida, Stanford, Tennessee and Texas.
BY DAVE COHEN
EORGIA STATE FOOTBALL kicks off the 2017 season on August 31 vs. Tennessee State with a new head coach in Shawn Elliott and in their own facility, Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field). The Panthers finished 3-9 last season after finishing 2015 with the program’s first bowl appearance at the AutoNation Cure Bowl. However, they could not sustain the momentum from that success to the 2016 season and it cost then-coach Trent Miles his job. Enter coach Elliott, who takes over after serving as the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach under Steve Spurrier and Will Muschamp the past seven seasons at the University of South Carolina. He spoke with INsite’s Dave Cohen about his first season leading the Panthers. That first game will be here before you know it but this team’s been in preparation mode going back to spring practice and all the conditioning during the summer. This time of year, as a coach, there’s always such anticipation to get back on the field. They call it a reporting date but our guys have been here. Football is a year-round job, as is any sport these days. You’ve got to be wellconditioned. Your strength levels have got to be high. We’ve got a long way to go and a lot of preparation work to get done prior to our opener on August 31. I think if you look at our team from an attitude and energy level right now it’s at an all-time high. Are you of the belief that all the work during the summer months, the conditioning goes a long way to winning games throughout a long 12-game season? I think early games, they really are, from a conditioning standpoint. Those early games we’re going to have some heat and they’re going to have to deal with it so the conditioning factor is something you’ve got to be prepared for and the strength level, of course. As you get into the season your practices are your conditioning basically and you have very minimal strength gains during the season so in the summer coach (Scott) Holsopple has had his work cut out for him. So far, he’s done an excellent job and the guys look like they’re ready to go. You’ve been adamant that the Panthers are going to be more of a running team this season. It starts up front. What have you seen from the offensive line? We are going to run the football. I think the line has improved and we have improved our numbers depth-wise. I think we’re going to have sixteen offensive linemen in fall camp and adding another walk-on there as well so there’s
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seventeen guys that are working. I think it may be one of the more surprising positions that you’ll see. Going into the spring I was thinking that we really needed to solidify this offensive line and after spring practice I was fairly pleased with it so I feel like it’s in the right direction. Coming into summer they really had to work hard and now, in fall camp, I’m expecting that group to be among the leaders. Penny Hart missed most of last season with an injury after his outstanding freshman year. How is he coming along with his return? From a healing standpoint, I think he’s probably a hundred percent healed. From a running standpoint, we’re going to take it slow. This is a situation where you don’t want him to go into the third game of the year and something happens. During fall camp, it’s going to be a gradual increase of involvement into the route running and things of that nature. We want to take a cautious approach with Penny because I think he can do so much for us. The university’s acquisition of the Turner Field property (now Georgia State Stadium) certainly is a difference-maker for this football program, not that the Georgia Dome wasn’t nice, but it was somebody else’s building. We’ve got a nice place. Facilities are very important in anything you do in athletics. Recruits want to see the shiny things. Your players put a lot of work into it. The reward for those players to step on that field, it’s going to be so gratifying for those guys. I can’t imagine what it was like playing in the Georgia Dome to tell you the truth. I’m sure it was probably fun at first but it wasn’t theirs. This is our home turf. Players can go there and workout whenever they want. This will give us a home field advantage. Georgia State Football opens the season August 31 vs. Tennessee State at Georgia State Stadium. Call 404-413-4020 for ticket information.
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