Acca-Awesome

This past week I had the opportunity of attending the Straight No Chaser concert when their tour came to Columbia. While I wasn’t able to review or cover the event for a publication here, I decided that posting about the concert for this week’s blog would be the perfect way to express my thoughts of the show.

I’ve been singing my whole life. And I know what you’re thinking:

“Mary, that’s not possibly. You can’t sing as a baby.”

To which I’ll say:

“You’re right, reader. But close enough.”

I love singing. I love it so much that I annoy people with how often I sing. I have videos of myself singing “Home on the Range” when I was four, I’ve been in musicals since I was 12, and I joined an a cappella group my freshman year of college.

And I love a cappella. I know a lot of people find it super annoying, but I just find it incredibly impressive. Anyone that can make different noises with their mouths is pretty darn talented to me, even if I am biased.

I love singing and I love a cappella—end of story.

Except, this is a blog post and I haven’t really made any key points yet, so I’ll keep writing.

When I found out I could attend such an acca-famous group’s concert (yes, there’s such a thing as being acca-famous) I couldn’t focus for the rest of the day. I was so excited to see a professional group perform.

When I arrived at the Missouri Theatre on Wednesday October 16, 2013 I didn’t really know what to expect. I had seen a few Straight No Chaser videos, but I wasn’t necessarily their biggest fan.

When they finally performed, I was in awe. I have seen several a cappella groups, seen the movie Pitch Perfect, and have competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCAs). Yet none of that was as impressive as Straight No Chaser’s performance.

I was incredibly impressed with their wide range of voices. I also enjoyed the fact that they had distinct looks and chose group members by their talent and not on anything else. My favorite thing about their performance, however, was the amount of energy they put into every song, note, and dance move. I truly admired their talent.

Overall, Straight No Chaser did an excellent job performing. As a reviewer, I can say that I highly recommend attending one of Straight No Chaser’s concerts on their Under the Influence tour. It was a completely different concert experience than most other artists. Exposure to this form of music is something important to making anyone’s music experience complete.

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