Straight No Chaser Performance | Arts & Culture
If the phrase "male a cappella group" conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They are reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape. Originally formed over a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, the group has reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon – with a massive fanbase, more than 20 million views on YouTube, numerous national TV appearances, and proven success with two holiday releases, 2008’s HOLIDAY SPIRITS and 2009’s CHRISTMAS CHEERS as well as WITH A TWIST, released in the spring of 2010.
This fall, Straight No Chaser will release a new EP, SIX PACK: VOLUME 2. The new collection sees the acclaimed a cappella group, who were recently featured on the "Generation YouTube" episode of ABC’s "20/20,” putting their inimitable touch on a selection of modern pop classics, including Weezer's "Buddy Holly,” Madonna’s "Like A Prayer,” and "Get Ready,” written by Smokey Robinson and made famous by The Temptations. In addition to a brand new original song, the new EP features two of SNC’s signature medleys, the first pairing Plain White T’s’ "Rhythm Of Love" with the Elvis Presley standard, "Can't Help Falling In Love,” the second blending Michael Jackson’s "Billie Jean" with Bell Biv Devoe's "Poison.”
In an era when so much pop music is the product of digital processing and vocal pro-tooling, Straight No Chaser is the real deal – the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act. Although the constant traveling takes its toll, the members of SNC maintain that every night, the direct connection with their fans reinvigorates them. Flash forward a decade, and here we are, touring nearly 160 days a year, singing for thousands of people. To see the joy on the faces in the audience when we are onstage reminds us why we’re doing what we’re doing.”
The show is Saturday, April 14th. For more information go to http://www.mayociviccenter.com/upcoming_events/eventdetails.aspx?eventid=17883.