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.
We’ve got several chances for you to catch us between now and mid-December.
Next Friday evening, 12/9, we ‘re marching and singing in the Christiansburg holiday parade.
On Saturday 12/10, we’ll be at the Blacksburg Farmers Market from about 10 – noon, at the NRV Mall from noon – 2ish, and the Valley View Mall in Roanoke from 2ish – 4.
We’ll also be making pop-up appearances hither and yon, so keep an eye out!
No, we didn’t win, but we had a fantastic time at MidAtlantic Sweeps last weekend with PBC and our new friends from Catatonic, Halo, The Lobby, Stiletta, and Orfeia, not to mention Mike Why and the crew at the Birchmere. We got our first competition under our belts without any casualties and we got some good feedback from Jonathan Minkoff, producer of the SingStrong competition and member of Blue Jupiter. We should be getting some video footage of our performance from a reporter and written feedback from the competition judges in the near future, too.
Also, thanks in part to an impromptu post-comp rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody as we celebrated at the afterglow, we may have booked a big Christmas gig already. (Stay tuned – we’ll give details as things solidify.)
On Sunday we got to go out and play with PBC, Catatonic, Halo, and Mike Why again, this time at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA. I hadn’t really gotten to hear Catatonic’s chops the night before, but this time around I had a seat in the house and holy cow! can those folks sing! It’s no surprise they won sweeps last year. The performers rocked, fun was had by all, and we still made it back to Blacksburg before dark. Not bad for around 36 hours all told.
Thanks to our rep – who knew? – and an audition tape, we’ve been invited to compete at the Mid Atlantic division Harmony Sweepstakes in – you guessed it – about three weeks. And, thanks to our friends Pitches Be Crazy, we’ll be part of their HS Alumni show the following afternoon. Two gigs in one weekend – fabulous!We’ve been digging in to build a whole new set list, and things are looking pretty good.
Waaaaay back last fall, we recruited Christine, Karl and Richard to fill out the King’s Post Roster. We dove into the deep end right away, accepting a guest spot in the Virginia Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus’s fall concert about three weeks before the performance date.
Three weeks after that, we were doing our first Christmas programs for the gracious residents of Blacksburg’s Warm Hearth Village.
We took mid-December through late January to catch our breaths, then reconvened in time to get in three weeks’ rehearsal before a guest appearance at the Pitches Be Crazy February 5th concert at the Empire, featuring the Revathi Murthy.
Our latest adventure: a day delivering singing valentines around the New River Valley on February 13th.