Straight No Chaser - Songs Of The Decades
Airs Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. & Sunday, Nov. 30 at 12 p.m. on KPBS TV
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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) is 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.
"Straight No Chaser - Songs Of The Decades," filmed live at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is a follow-up to SNC’s hit "Live In New York," which premiered on PBS in 2009.
The material is a journey through the decades of the pop songbook, including Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel,” the Four Seasons’ “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” and Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” — all done with SNC’s trademark harmonies and unique charm.
On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act. During 2011 alone, the group performed for more than 500,000 fans in 175 shows throughout the world.
Asked about returning to PBS with a new special, SNC’s Charlie Mechling said, “As you can imagine, getting 10 guys to agree on anything is an adventure, but getting the opportunity to work again with PBS and creating this new special is something each one of us was thrilled about.”
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