Cyndi Lauper brought ‘Detour’ to Atlanta Symphony Hall June 5

Written and Photographed by Danielle Boise

Cyndi Lauper brought 'Detour' tour to Atlanta Symphony Hall

Cyndi Lauper brought ‘Detour’ tour to Atlanta Symphony Hall

Cyndi Lauper definitely did deviate with her latest album, Detour. Going the route of old school country glamour mixed with a splash of rockabilly, Detour is not only delightful, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun in a way that only Lauper could pull off. She takes the best of classic country, circa 40s and 50s, and then puts her own twist on it and it’s absolutely heavenly. Cyndi Lauper brought her Detour tour to Atlanta Symphony Hall on Sunday, June 5, with The Peach Kings in support for a full night of heartfelt music.

The Peach Kings open for Cyndi Lauper at Atlanta Symphony Hall on her 'Detour' Tour

The Peach Kings open for Cyndi Lauper at Atlanta Symphony Hall on her ‘Detour’ Tour

This fantastic duo, Paige Wood and Steven Dies, out of L.A., make up The Peach Kings. They started the night off with a soulful, indie alt-rock vibe that hit the right note. The chemistry between the duo was palpable, especially when they performed “Thieves and Kings,” but when they performed “Mojo Thunder” it was searing. This is a band that is on the rise and is one you want to keep on your radar. I always love who Cyndi has accompany her on tour, because of her I’ve been introduced to a wealth of talented performers, like The Dresden Dolls (who I am an uber fan anything Amanda Palmer does) and now The Peach Kings, who I cannot get enough of.

Cyndi Lauper brought 'Detour' tour to Atlanta Symphony Hall

Cyndi Lauper brought ‘Detour’ tour to Atlanta Symphony Hall

Cyndi is such a unique and lovely soul and with each song she performed, she gave a little bit of herself to all of us. She started the night off with “Funnel of Love” (a Wanda Jackson cover), followed by “She Bop,” “Heartaches by the Number” (a Ray Price cover), “ I Drove All Night,” “The End of the World” (a Skeeter Davis cover), “Walking After Midnight” ( a Patsy Cline cover), “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” (a Patsy Montana cover), “You Don’t Know,” “When You Were Mine” (a Prince cover), and ended the regular set with “Money Changes Everything” (a cover of The Brains). For the encore, Cyndi did a cover of Eddy Arnold’s “Misty Blue” followed by the tear jerking “Time After Time.” And of course, no Cyndi Lauper show would be complete without “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” where she had The Peach Kings join her on stage for a rousing rendition of the 80s classic. For her final song of the evening, Cyndi did a medley of “A Part Hate” mixed with “True Colors.”

Cyndi Lauper brought 'Detour' tour to Atlanta Symphony Hall

Cyndi Lauper brought ‘Detour’ tour to Atlanta Symphony Hall

For me, I am truly a byproduct of growing up in the 80s, with Cyndi being an idol of mine. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” was my generation’s anthem of choice. Like a great bottle of wine, Cyndi Lauper has just gotten better with age. And each time I’ve had the distinct pleasure of seeing her perform live, it’s like it’s the first time; it’s pure perfection. There is so much love and heart that she explodes into each performance, but what makes her shows so special is how she gives insight into her personal life. With Detour, she gave us glimpses into her childhood and what it was like growing up as an Italian in Brooklyn. The crazy Saturday morning cartoons and songs helped inspire her with this album. But for me, the most impactful part of the night was right before she did “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” because she paid homage to a time, not too far back in our history, where for a woman the best you could hope for in order to become anything was to be attached to a man. It was a very powerful statement and one that resonated with me personally.

Cyndi Lauper brought 'Detour' tour to Atlanta Symphony Hall

Cyndi Lauper brought ‘Detour’ tour to Atlanta Symphony Hall

If you get a chance, this is a tour you do not want to miss out on. It’s fun and full of so much energy and the best thing is’ you leave happier and lighter than when you walked in the door. Who wouldn’t love that?

Photo Gallery of Cyndi Lauper

Photo Gallery of The Peach Kings


Review: An intimate evening with Amanda Palmer in Atlanta

Review and Photography by Danielle Boise

Thursday, April 9 marked the return of Amanda Palmer to Atlanta since 2012’s Theatre Is Evil tour, labeled as an ‘Evening With Amanda Fucking Palmer.’ It was just that, with Palmer, her piano and ukulele made a stop at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse in the heart of Little Five Points. Fans lined up hours before to be front and center to see their muse.

After all, who wouldn’t be excited to see Amanda Palmer? I mean it’s Amanda fucking Palmer after all. The creative genius that combines meaning into conceptual art, cabaret, theatre and breathes love and intent into each step of her journey, which she honestly, and carefully, shares with her fans in an utterly transparent and raw way. Palmer’s story is extraordinary, from her days as a living statue to being a founding member of the punk duo, the Dresden Dolls. Palmer made history setting records with crowd funding in 2012, with her album Theatre Is Evil. Being the first artist to reach 2 million dollars through Kickstarter, Palmer’s latest venture is in the realm of the written word, with 2014’s “The Art of Asking.” There is nothing she cannot do, and is willing to share her experiences with the world.

Palmer played to a sold out crowd in Atlanta. People were posting days and hours before on social media looking for extra tickets, with little to no avail. If you have ever been to an Amanda Palmer show before, you know exactly why – for the unique experience. One full of astonishingly intimate moments encapsulated in the human experience, from sheer happiness to the depths of sorrow, it’s a mixture of stark reality blended beautifully together with pure bliss and, of course, lots of laughter.

The alternative/punk songstress was mesmerizing to watch as she enraptured the crowd with songs spanning her career, like “Astronaut: A Short History of Nearly Nothing,” “Oasis,” “The Bed Song,” “Ampersand,” and “The Killing Type.” The really poignant moment was her cover of Ben Folds Five “Brick.” It was an interesting contrast of absorbing the content of the song while a pregnant woman sang about abortion. But the truly treasured moments were in between the  songs; she shared her experiences of life, politics and even her pregnancy with the enthusiastic crowd. There is a deep connection between Palmer and her fans, with these quiet moments mixed with pure unadulterated passion and the exchange is simply beautiful.

Palmer walks to her own beat, unapologetically so, not caring what anyone else thinks or does. There is a fearlessness to Palmer, even when she is scared she is willing to reach out and try, try something new. Like becoming part of a new platform, Patreon which is altering the music industry and landscape. This strong, proud woman is on her own journey and thankfully she’s willing to carry us along for the ride – and what a glorious ride it is.

Catch Amanda Palmer out on the road, because it may be a while after her eight-date Southern tour before Palmer hits the road again.

Upcoming Tour Dates with Amanda Palmer

April 10 – Birmingham @ WorkPlay Theatre
April 11 – New Orleans @ Civic Center
April 14 – Austin @ Paramount Theatre
April 15 – Dallas @ Granada Theater ***SOLD OUT***
May 8 – Chicago @ How Design Live Conference

Full Photo Gallery of Amanda Palmer