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

 

Interview with cooking sensation Paula Deen

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Courtesy of Paula Deen Ventures

I had the chance to sit down and talk with cooking sensation, Paula Deen about her tour, “Paula Deen Live!” and the new digital  Paula Deen Network that she is launching on Sept. 24, 2014, to bring her fans not only convenience, but easier access to all her recipes. Deen will be in Atlanta at the Woodruff Art Center on Tuesday, Aug. 26,  and tickets are still available through Ticketmaster.

 

In September, you will be starting up a digital network called the Paula Deen Network. After a break from the spotlight, what made you decide to jump back in and go with a digital platform verses the traditional broadcast medium?

 

I decided to launch the Paula Deen Network online because it is going to make finding my recipes, tips and shows more convenient than ever! My fans will be able to access everything Paula Deen in one place, whenever and wherever they want from a smart phone, tablet or computer. I can’t wait until the network launches on Sept. 24! My fans can pre-register for the network now by going to PaulaDeen.com.

What new and exciting experiences can a viewer expect to see through your new network?

 

The Paula Deen Network is going to feature short-form and long-form content that will allow fans to cook along with me step-by step as I showcase recipes, tips, ingredients and products. There will be different themes, such as “Leftover Mondays” and “Taco Tuesdays,” and I’ll have plenty of holiday-themed content as well! There will also be a lot of entertainment and lifestyle programs on the network, which I can’t wait to share with my fans. For instance, one program may feature the best of Southern living, such as decorating tips for the holidays and discovering hidden gems with local merchants to entertaining game shows and hilarious bloopers! The Paula Deen Network was created for my wonderful fans, and I think the content we’re creating is proof of that!

 

You’re about to return to your multi-city nationwide tour on Aug. 6 in San Antonio, Texas. What are you looking forward to the most in your live 90-minute “Paula Deen Live!” show?

 

I just can’t wait to meet all my amazing fans! They’re truly a gift! We’ll be cooking up some of my tastiest dishes using delicious Springer Mountain Farms chicken, talking about food and family, playing games, and even giving the audience an exclusive sneak peek of the shows that will be on my brand new digital lifestyle network, the Paula Deen Network, which launches this September.

 

What has been the most unexpected surprise for you in doing this venture?

 

Oh my goodness, this whole tour has been such a happy surprise for me! When I kicked off my tour in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the very first night I just became so emotional when I walked out on stage. Seeing all of those beautiful faces smiling back at Michael and me, words just can’t describe it. My fans will never know just how much they mean to me.

 

What is it about cooking that inspires you to share your recipes and stories to all your fans?

 

I’ve always loved cooking and the best part about it is creating delicious meals for the ones you love. So many of my recipes have a story behind it, especially about my family, so it’s so wonderful to be able to share these fond stories and my recipes with my fans. Food really brings people together; it brings me closer to my fans so that they can learn new recipes and where they came from!

 

What is your biggest dream with this experience?

 

I can’t wait to take my fans on this exciting journey with me! The ultimate goal of my new ventures is to reach even more of my incredible fans, and give them access to all of my recipes, tips and shows on their own schedule. I want to make their experience as enjoyable and convenient as possible, while making sure they have loads of fun learning a new recipe or getting a look into all the behind-the-scenes action with me and my family!

 

Paula Deen Live Tour Dates

Friday, Aug. 15 – Savannah, Ga., at Lucas Theater

Tuesday, Aug. 26 – Atlanta, Ga., at Woodruff Arts Center

Wednesday, Aug. 27 – Nashville, Tenn., at TPAC – Andrew Jackson Hall

Tuesday, Sept. 16 – Birmingham, Ala., at Alabama Theatre

Thursday, Sept. 18 – Jacksonville, Fla., at TUCPA – Jacoby Symphony Hall

Wednesday, Sept. 24 – Charlotte, N.C., at BPAC – Belk Theater

Friday, Sept. 26 – Savannah, Ga., at Lucas Theatre

Tuesday, Oct. 14 – Boston, Mass., at Symphony Hall

Saturday, Oct. 25 – Pensacola, Fla., at Saenger Theatre

Tuesday, Nov. 11 – Orlando, Fla., at Hard Rock Hotel

Thursday, Nov.13 – Clearwater, Fla., at Ruth Eckerd Hall

Yes at Symphony Hall with special guest Syd Arthur

Yes tore into Close to the Edge by playing it in reverse order, with the slashing opening riffs of “Siberian Khatru” kicking things off July 30, 2014, at Symphony Hall in Atlanta.

Syd Arthur – Magill, his brother Joel (bass, vocals), Raven Bush (violin, keyboards, mandolin), and Fred Rother (drums) – emerged out of Kent. Their post-millennial revision of classic British psychedelic music lead MOJO to proclaim them “Canterbury’s dazzling new sons.”

Syd Arthur – Magill, his brother Joel (bass, vocals), Raven Bush (violin, keyboards, mandolin), and Fred Rother (drums) – emerged out of Kent. Their post-millennial revision of classic British psychedelic music lead MOJO to proclaim them “Canterbury’s dazzling new sons.”

Howe hunched over his hollow-body Gibson like a mad wizard, conjuring fluid tones as his fingers ran rampant over the frets and strings. The band didn’t cheat with an abridged version of the title track, either. After a gorgeous reading of the tender “And You and I,” with Howe playing a slide guitar for the opening lines before retreating to the guitar slung over his shoulder, Yes made its way into the first major opus of the evening.

Below are the evening’s highlights:

 

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The lights and video screens tease the excited audience.

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Yes takes the stage and the crowd goes wild.

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Geoff Downes looks onward and waits for his cue as Steve Howe plays.

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The light show mesmerizes the sold-out crowd.

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Jon Davison taps a tambourine as Yes veterans Alan White and Chris Squire keep the beat.

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Bassist Chris Squire high-steps the low notes.

 

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Yes awes the audience.

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Jon Davison and Alan White feel the moment.

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Steve Howe multitasks as Geoff Downes controls the keys.

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Alan White does not skip a beat as Jon Davison engages the crowd.

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Jon Davison’s vocals master classic Yes!

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An epic ending

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Syd Arthur – Magill, his brother Joel (bass, vocals), Raven Bush (violin, keyboards, mandolin), and Fred Rother (drums) – emerged out of Kent. Their post-millennial revision of classic British psychedelic music lead MOJO to proclaim them “Canterbury’s dazzling new sons.”