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Straight No Chaser and I connected at the perfect time. Perfect for me, that is. I met the group in 2009 and have seen them every time they’ve performed in Atlanta, from Center Stage (twice) to the Cobb Energy Center to the Atlanta Civic Center to Chastain Amphitheater and now—to the Fabulous Fox!
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Straight No Chaser, a men’s a cappella group founded in 1996 at Indiana University, reunited to perform at their 10 year reunion. Afterward founding member Randy Stine posted a 1998 video of their adaptation of the 12 Days of Christmas to YouTube. It created a stir online—currently exceeding 17 million views—that lead to a recording contract with Atlantic Records.
SNC held a blogger meet & greet when they first visited Atlanta in December of 2009 and thankfully, I was on the guest list. They were relatively unknown at the time: although everyone had seen the YouTube video, it took time before people connected it with the group or knew that they’d reunited and gone on tour.
Getting downtown on a weekday afternoon isn’t easy and the members of the group outnumbered the bloggers; I think there were three of us. But they fed us, invited us on stage, sang to us, and asked about us and our blogs. I was impressed. After hearing and meeting them, I knew I wanted to come back that evening for the concert, but I had a girls’ night out scheduled with my three best friends.
I couldn’t convince my girlfriends to change our plans and go to the concert, so I ate appetizers with them and then my husband picked me up and took me to see the show. I haven’t missed SNC in Atlanta since that night.
Straight No Chaser unites our family. Sometimes my kids and I barely tolerate each other’s music, but SNC appeals to us all in a roll-down-the-windows-and-sing-loudly kind of way. They perform covers of songs both old and new and I often prefer their renditions to the originals.
Because the group performed (and still performs, now under another name) for years at Indiana University, enough original members exist to replenish the group when marriage, parenthood, or change of career reduces its numbers. I’ve watched Dan Ponce leave for a career in journalism; “liked” SNC members’ wedding photos on Facebook; and cheered Ryan Ahlwardt as he and his wife decided to devote their lives to mentoring teens through Young Life and gave birth to a precious baby girl.
Straight No Chaser establishes a rapport with their audience and loyal fans are called Chasers. During concerts, the group takes pictures of the audience to post to Facebook, inviting fans to tag themselves. Even when they play venues that ordinarily prohibit photography and video, SNC allows it. After all, they were discovered on YouTube.
Here’s a video I took (while juggling my camera in the other hand) at the 2009 blogger meet & greet when I first met SNC. [Email subscribers click over to the blog for video content.]
What started it all—the 1998 video of the 12 Days of Christmas:
Find shows and tickets to Straight No Chaser’s current tour here.
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What a great time of year to hear Straight No Chaser—they’ve recorded three Christmas albums!
Leave a comment for your chance to win tickets for two to See Straight No Chaser in Atlanta on Friday, November 14! What’s your favorite Christmas song?
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