Normally this non-musical (I sing in the key of Off) pedometer geek reviews books because that’s what I know best, but not letting my lack of knowledge about music stop me, this is my lack-of-smart-phone #chasershots review of yesterday afternoon’s performance of Straight No Chaser’s 20th Anniversary show of I’ll Have Another World Tour in Cleveland, Ohio. To be honest, I don’t want a phone that is smarter than me, but I digress.
In a word, fantastic! From contemporary songs like Uptown Funk to smooth ballads to mash-up Christmas songs, they go Everywhere Man in their not-so-straight laced a capella renderings of songs. Face it, this ten-man group rocks the sold-out house every time, and this was no exception as they seemingly blended songs together. From tenors to baritones to the “percussionist” to the basses, each member’s vocal talents were on display and highlighted. Frankly since seeing them two years ago, I can’t ever hear Meghan Trainor’s All About the Bass without singing (No tenors) instead . Their music is just that infectious and memorable.
This is the third time good friends Jackie and Chuck, my husband, and I have been to see them, and I have yet to be disappointed. It would have been four times, but frankly they sold out last year’s tickets so fast that we were out of luck in our attempts to purchase them, but I digress once again. Cleveland always is fortunate to have two shows on their yearly tour, but any city is lucky to be booked on their tour, and now the group has even expanded their tour to Europe (and beyond?).
This Midwestern singing group began in 1996 at Indiana University, and became a YouTube sensation with their own particular take on The Twelve Days of Christmas. (Google SNC or Straight No Chaser for this gem.) Then they were picked up by PBS to do a show, and the rest, they say, is history.
Their shows attract people from all walks of life, young and old alike, but mostly the young-at-heart. If you get the chance, see them in person. It is well worth the money, but if not, they have CDs available (and what’s more, the members are more than willing to autograph them at their post-show event).
What more can I say? I loved the show (#awesome).