The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall presents YouTube sensation, pop music serenader, and “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” Puddles Pity Party live in concert. In 1998, a 7-foot clown walked into a bar, motioned for a soda water ands sat there staring at his drink. Puddles had wandered into the Star Community Bar in Atlanta, GA where bartender Big Mike Geier first laid eyes on the sad, silent clown. “There was a heaviness about him,” says Geier. “I could tell he wasn’t in the mood to chat, so I pretty much left him alone. A couple of weeks later, he came by the bar and gave me a flyer to a show he was doing at a flea market. The sound system was bad, but his voice was something else. I’ve been in my share of bands and wasn’t expecting much from a clown singing karaoke from a boombox. But I’ll be damned if his singing didn’t get me all choked up”. The two soon became close friends, with Big Mike acting somewhat as a confidant as the pair travel all over with Puddles Pity Party, Mike speaking on behalf of Puddles since the clown chooses to stay silent.
The sulking serenader, originally from River City before kicking around Atlanta, gained momentum after hitting the road as guest performer on the 2010 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live Tour and the 2013 Eels tour. It was Halloween 2013 when Puddles then teamed up with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox to record an epic version of Lordes’ hit song “Royals”, which instantly went viral on YouTube.
Puddles Pity Party has toured extensively in the U.S including multiple sold out shows at Joe’s Pub in NYC, the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco and the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles. He has also performed many times in the UK at Soho Theatre London, sold out runs in 2015 and 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and he was a feature performer in La Soiree’s Southbank show that won the Olivier Award in 2015.
Now the ‘Sad Clown with the Golden Voice’ is back with a suitcase full of new emotional anthems and plenty of Kleenex! As with any Pity Party performance, it’s not all sadness and longing. Puddles’ set is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments.
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.