Whelp – we wrapped up a very successful holiday season with a gig at Blacksburg’s Farmer’s Market, where we were received with lots of applause. The evening before, our concert at Warm Hearth Village went of swimmingly and we were rewarded with a photo with Santa and homemade cookies! We’re taking a break to rest, travel, and enjoy the holidays with our other families, but we’ll be back and running in January! Blessed Yule, Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukah, and lovely, warm holidays to all of you from all of us!
(All I want for Christmas- rehearsal cut 12/2017)
(Carol of the Bells ala Pentatonix – 12/2017 rehearsal cut)
Our first big holiday gig of the season is in the books, and it rocked! We literally sang from one end of downtown Blacksburg to the other, stopping to serenade several business and crowds along the way. We wrapped up the evening by crashing Jesse’s company holiday bash to give a surprise performance. Check out our Facebook page for pictures: https://www.facebook.com/KingsPost/
Friday 12/1 (Blacksburg, VA) – free!
5pm- 10-15 minutes on College Avenue, in the Henderson Lawn Stage area
5:20pm- 10-15 mins in Fringe Benefit
5:45pm- 10-15 mins in Kent Square
6:10pm- 10- 15 mins in Capone’s Jewelry
6:30pm- 10-15 mins in Gourmet Pantry
We’re charging forward with rep development. Bonus side effect – odd looks from passersby when we get caught singing Christmas tunes in September.
In the meantime, we’re still looking for a new VP and a true bass. With them we can level up our arrangements, so if you know any in SW Virginia, please send them our way. In other words, auditions are open.
This July we got to sing the national anthem at a Salem Redsox game, (note the Christmas in July theme).
In August, we (mostly) reassembled to have a great time at reCALibrate (aka aca-camp) and were the group there that had the most members in attendance. (Jesse was busy buying a house, so he didn’t come. Go figure!)
Now we’re diving in the fall and winter rep with a vengeance. On the horizon – possible ch-ch-ch-ch-anges.
In reviewing our accounts, we’ve apparently been great about FB but a bit lax over here. Sorry about that! So what’s been happening?
We went to Charlotte in May to see Home Free for some inspiration:
We made it through the first round of competition for the first annual A Cappella Open, but we ended up withdrawing for this year, because Jesse (Cogsworth) and Jennifer (Mrs. Potts) are in a production of Beauty and the Beast, and Liza is in a production of BINGO! which cut into availability over the summer.
Now we’re looking ahead to singing the national anthem at the Salem Red Sox game on July 27th @ 7pm.
Finally, we’re looking for (financial) support to help us go to summer camp – really! – in August and improve our aca-skills. See our campaign here:
So we missed the official first day by a hair, but nonetheless, we’ve been working away at new, outdoor-appropriate rep. For example check out our single take, one mic, one camera version of the Star Spangled Banner.:
Last Friday night we stood the cold/wind for the chance to participate in Christiansburg, VA’s annual holiday parade. A good, though icy, time was had by all. Jordan’s earmuffs may have been the hit of the festivities.
The next morning at Blacksburg Farmer’s Market was (slightly) warmer. It didn’t hurt that Liza arrived with snazzy new hats for us to wear.
Successful gigs at the New River Valley (Christiansburg) and Valley View (Roanoke) malls made for a day full of singing.