When the goal is world domination, sometimes you need to turn up the heat.
For Beebs and Her Money Makers, set to celebrate the release of the band's full-length debut album on Thursday, May 30, at the Beacham, that means that a slot on the Vans Warped Tour, a superhero comic book based on the band and stylishly produced live performances and videos aren't enough.
The band now is immortalized on a line of hot sauce, Beebs Blueberry Jam Sauce. Produced by Poca's Hottest, an Orlando company known for its sauces inspired by homegrown artists and musicians, Beebs Blueberry Jam will be available on the merch table at the Beacham.
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"If I can keep the band from eating it," says Michelle Beebs. "They eat it on everything. We've gone through four or five bottles already and we just got them a few weeks ago."
Sauce or not, expect the band's CD release show to be hot. The new album, "No Sleep Tonight!", is a combination of new material and selected favorites from the band's theatrically minded stage show.
Songs such as the new single, "Jumpin'," blend elements of funk, reggae, ska, old-school R&B and rock into a high-octane mixture that's a ready-made party soundtrack. Visually, the big ensemble — a lineup that features horns, an airtight rhythm section, hula-hoop dancers and Beebs' occasional kazoo-tooting — comes adorned in cartoonish checkerboard outfits that fit into a superhero theme.
At Thursday's CD release, fans are encouraged to come in their own superhero garb, with the most inventive to be featured in an upcoming edition of the comic-book series created by the band with Aaron Haaland and Tony Baldini (of web-comic "Nerdy Show").
"I think the album fits our superhero personas," Beebs says. "Not that we're superheroes, but that everyone is a superhero. Just do your thing. Everyone's passion is their superpower. That's what the album's all about."
The CD release show will be the band's last Orlando showcase before hitting the road with the Warped Tour, an opportunity that evolved out of an encounter with Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman at the 2012 Florida Music Festival.
Starting June 15 in Seattle, Beebs and the band will be doing 40 shows in 50 days, including a July 28 date in Orlando. First, the band will be heading cross-country in a 24-foot "rocket ship" for eight. Or not.
"We have our capes, so we'll be flying," Beebs says.
Maybe it only feels that way.
Sir Paul: Final notes
About that endurance: There was universal astonishment, at least among concertgoers I know, at McCartney's ability to perform for almost three solid hours.
Well, consider this: The 70-year-old ex-Beatle also played additional short afternoon "soundcheck" concerts both days for those with high-end VIP ticket packages.
Not bad for an old guy.
Uke envy: On the elevator to my floor, an arena employee offered me a chance to touch what I was told was McCartney's ukulele case. Turns out that it wasn't (how gullible was I for believing it?), but that doesn't mean I'm not savoring the memory.
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Beebs and Her Money Makers
What: CD release show with opening acts The Sh-Booms, MyVerse and Katie Burkess & the Ruby Rays
When: 7 p.m. doors Thursday, May 30
Where: The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave., Orlando