A Capella Sensation - Straight No Chaser - Holiday Show at the Wiltern
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The last date listed for Straight No Chaser - The Live A Capella Sensation - Ultimate Holiday Show was Friday December 9, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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Featured review from Dennis Trigubetz
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I had not heard of the group until I saw the Goldstar offering and then bits of a PBS special. I had not been in the Wiltern in 17 years and really went to visit a grand old dame. The Wiltern is still a gem and Straight No Chaser were great showmen and had the capacity crowd in ecstasy.
I went home and immediately bought a ticket for tonight's Aimee Mann Christmas show.
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Straight No Chaser gave a wonderful performance. And the venue, the Wiltern Theater, was absolutely beautiful. We were high in the mezzanine, but the sight lines were good and the sound quality was excellent. The group's singing was superb, and...continued
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. As original member Randy Stine comments, “We take the music very seriously; we just don’t take ourselves too seriously.” In the process, 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_. 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. _
With a Twist marked Straight No Chaser’s first full-length departure from holiday music, and marked the group’s highest debut on the Billboard 200 to date, at #29. Christmas, however, has been good for SNC. The group’s 2008 debut, Holiday Spirits_, hit No. 4 on Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums chart and spent two weeks in the No. 1 slot on Amazon and five days atop the iTunes sales chart. Its version of “The 12 Days of Christmas,” which incorporates Toto’s “Africa,” went Top 5 on the Adult Contemporary chart and was Top 10 on the Christmas radio chart. The subsequent Christmas Cheers in 2009 was No. 6 Top Holiday Albums and rolled into the Billboard 200 at No. 38, while “The Christmas Can-Can” kicked its way to No. 18 on the Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.