I first became aware of the Straight No Chaser a Capella group last Christmas season when I heard them perform their version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. This is actually one of my least favorite Christmas songs because it is so long and repetitive. However, when I heard Straight No Chaser’s Twelve Days of Christmas from the speakers of my car radio I turned it up louder and I had a smile on my face from ear to ear throughout the entire song. To say the least, it was fabulous! I wanted to listen to it again and again.
When I shared my experience with my friend Sue at work she told me Straight No Chaser was on You Tube and I could listen and watch them perform that song right on my computer screen. She located the Straight No Chaser video on You Tube and we watched it together, again, as I grinned from ear to ear like a dope. I was no less impressed to hear it the second time.
The first chance I got, I researched Straight No Chaser on-line and discovered the Christmas Album that could be purchased with this song included. I had it in my hands within the week. As soon as it arrived I ripped off the plastic wrappings and popped it into the CD player. My kids loved the music also but my 9 year old son was especially entertained. We repeated the Twelve Days of Christmas song at least three times.
I decided that if Straight No Chaser performed in concert I wanted to see them live and in person. Once again, my friend Sue came to the rescue. Two weeks before their concert date at a local venue, she showed me a pamphlet advertising their concert date and time. She was just as excited for me as I was! Fifteen minutes on Ticket Master and I had two Straight No Chaser tickets in hand. My son and I had a date; dinner and a concert.
Our seats were in the mezzanine, or balcony, and we had a great view. We impatiently waited for Straight No Chaser to make their appearance on stage. Before the concert began, an announcement was made that Straight No Chaser allowed any and all photos to be taken before, during and after the show. I was disappointed because I assumed that cameras would not be allowed and I did not bring mine. Oh well, live and learn.
The Straight No Chaser concert started at 7:30pm and ended at 9:30pm with a 15 minute intermission. My son and I sat on the edge of our seats enjoying the concert and singing along with the music. The song selection included the following:
ABC 123 – Jackson 5
Joy to the World (Jeremiah was a Bullfrog) – Three Dog Night
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz / Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland
City of Angels – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
Miss You – The Rolling Stones
I Heard it Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
Hi De Ho – Carole King
Call My Name – Prince
Stayin Alive – Bee Gees
Tainted Love – Soft Cell
Africa – Toto
Wonderwall – Oasis
A cartoon theme song mix, including: Looney Tunes, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Flinstones, Jetsons, Smurfs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sponge Bob Square Pants and Gummy Bears.
Baby You Can Drive My Car – Beatles
Fix You – Cold Play
Just Dance / Paparazzi / Bad Romance / Poker Face – Lady Gaga
The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens
Poison – Alice Cooper / Billy Jean – Michael Jackson
Then they did two encore performances after receiving hoots, cheers, thunderous clapping and a standing ovation, which included: Twelve Days of Christmas and Still of the Night – The Five Satins.
This Straight No Chaser a Capella group of ten men was not only extremely talented and a joy to listen to but they were also very entertaining. They joked with the crowd and also amongst themselves. While on stage, they related a story regarding one of their practice sessions in which an employee asked when the musicians would arrive. They explained that they were an a Capella group and although they had no instruments, they were indeed the musicians!
Honestly, where else can you go to a concert and hear music ranging from Rock to Country and The Beatles to Lady Gaga. Of course, every song they performed was arranged differently and in the Straight No Chaser a Capella style. Even though no instruments are used besides their own voices you would swear you can hear drums, and other percussion instruments. It was an absolutely amazing concert and I would recommend it to anyone, young or old.