Big Mike Geier’s ELVIS ROYALE
Big Mike Geier’s Elvis Royale is a Vegas- style multimedia extravaganza celebrating the music and culture of Elvis Aaron Presley. Big Mike is the high-energy bandleader who fronts the Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra as they cover tunes from many points in Elvis’ career. The spectacle grows as the Dames Aflame Showgirls flank Big Mike in lavish costumes and audience members dressed as Elvis parade the stage during for a moment Geier calls “The Cavalcade of Elvis”. Geier himself does not dress up as Elvis. Six-foot-eight with a shaved head, the imposing, tattooed crooner wows the audience with his big voice and obvious reverence for the material. His rich baritone is the perfect range for the Elvis songbook and his enthusiasm and enjoyment for the music is infectious.
Geier’s Elvis Royale had humble beginnings when it began in 1996 at the Atlanta’s Star Community Bar, a natural starting place for such a memorial, since it houses the Elvis Vault (a shrine wherein you can play a tune on the Elvis jukebox as you kneel and worship the magic of Elvis). The show continued to expand and moved to the Echo lounge where the Dames Aflame Dancers joined the line-up. In 2005, it began its current residence at the Variety Playhouse where it has become a highly- anticipated event and continues to sell out each time. The show has grown from a rock concert to an interactive event with pre-show tailgate parties, audiences decked out in Elvis costumery, and fans submitting song requests for the W.W.E.D. encore in which Kingsized performs a song that Elvis would have or should have covered had his recording career continued into the 70′s, 80′s and today.
About Elvis Royale, Geier says, “If you’re not an Elvis fan when you walk in, you will be when you walk out.”
Kingsized Entertainment, LLC is home to several bands and performance projects all having one thing in common, Big Mike Geier at the helm. Standing 6’8″ barefoot and bald, Geier is a multi-talented entertainer known best for his rich baritone vocal performances and his spectacular stage productions. You may even recognize Geier from his varied TV appearances on Fox5 Good Day Atlanta, PBS, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, MTV, Playboy TV and his recent gutsy and uproarious performance in the movie “Good Intentions” starring Luke Perry and LeAnne Rimes.
Big Mike Geier is a master performer and song stylist. Jokes Big Mike as he charms his audience between tunes “I wrote this song after I heard it on the radio”. Big Mike is best known for taking popular songs like ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” to Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” and infusing a style that is hip and fresh. “It’s not about sounding better than the original artist; it’s about sounding different and making it interesting in my own way, from my own experiences, with my own voice” says Geier. One of the greatest challenges of a song stylist is to take familiar songs that have been recorded by hundreds of other artists and make the listener excited to hear them again. Big Mike has perfected this art in a performance career that now spans two decades.
Raised in Richmond, Virginia, Mike was the fifth of seven children. “My Dad was a huge music fan, always playing records in his man-cave. From Sinatra to The Supremes, Big Oz always had a great soundtrack accompanying his martini in the evening.” The Geiers’ was a houseful of giants, with the kids growing at least 6 feet tall. Mike, the tallest of them all at 6’8”, became affectionately known as “Big Mike”. Obviously fitting for a man his size, but some may argue that it’s the big sound of his baritone voice and larger than life stage presence that earned him this name.
His career started in the early 90’s as he fronted the “Swing Noir” band The Useless Playboys. Ushering in the Swing revival, The Useless Playboys toured for years with the likes of Reverend Horton Heat, Southern Culture on the Skids and El Vez. In 1995, Big Mike moved to Atlanta and started the band Kingsized. This high-energy, 13-piece band covers all of Geier’s favorite genres from swing to soul to rock ‘n roll. Big Mike and Kingsized are well-loved favorites in Atlanta and beyond. They have entertained throngs of music lovers from Nantucket to San Francisco, New Orleans to Berlin. Big Mike has performed concerts, festivals and conventions all over the world.
Big Mike fronts his Kingsized rock ‘n roll orchestra in their hugely popular Elvis Presley memorial show dubbed “Elvis Royale”. Geier has been producing his Elvis celebration for 15 years and each time the production grows more spectacular with dozens of showgirls, a parade of Elvis’ and video projection. From its humble beginnings at The Star Community Bar in 1996 to its current residence at the Variety Playhouse, Big Mike Geier’s Elvis Royale has become a highly anticipated event that sells out the eleven-hundred-seat theater twice a year (celebrating Elvis’ birthday in January and commemorating his death in August).
Big Mike’s other projects include Tongo Hiti, Atlanta’s only Polynesian-pop band that’s been a fixture at Trader Vic’s since 2004, the Dames Aflame variety shows which he performs in and produces with his wife, Shannon Newton, and Puddles Pity Party, Geier’s cabaret clown act that recently toured with Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live. Big Mike’s Holiday Jubilee & Toy Drive is another of his spectacular productions that sells out annually at Variety Playhouse. Geier also has a fondness for Big Band Jazz and Swing and enjoys crooning the classics in front of various orchestras throughout the Southeast. Geier’s most recent project is performing in Teatro ZinZanni’s Caliente! in Seattle, WA. His talent goes beyond the stage and onto the screen with TV appearances on FOX, ABC, NBC, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner South, MTV, Playboy TV and PBS. Geier also writes and records music for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.
Ultimately, it’s Big Mike’s live performances that separate him from the rest as music critics and fans will attest.
Tickets are $26.50 in-advance and $28 the day of the show.
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