If you go …
What: Street Corner Symphony concert
When: 7 p.m. Oct. 9
Where: Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane
— Based out of Nashville, Tenn., Street Corner Symphony is a six-piece a cappella group that appeared on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” placing second. The show is the first in the Craig Concert Association’s 2011-2012 series, which will run through May 2012. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. A year’s membership is $35 for adults, $10 for students and $80 for a family. Tickets can be purchased at Bank of Colorado, 250 W. Victory Way, and the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way. For more information, call 824-5251 or visit craigconcerts.org.
Booking acts for the Craig Concert Association is something Julie Dempster has to do well in advance.
The timing has worked out well this year, with people in Craig and across the nation getting a chance to hear the star performers at the start of the 2011-2012 season.
The Nashville, Tenn., group Street Corner Symphony will kick off this year’s series with a concert Oct. 9 at the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane. The six-man a cappella band rose to national prominence last year when they appeared on the NBC musical competition “The Sing-Off,” taking second place.
“We book our acts almost two years in advance, so we were really lucky to get them before they were on the show,” Dempster said. “Otherwise, we couldn’t have afforded them.”
Dempster, the media liaison for the concert association, said she is looking forward to the opening show, almost more than any other entry in this year’s series.
“All the guys in the group are the sons of ministers except one, so they’ve all got a real gospel background,” she said. “It’ll be a great family show, no rapping cuss words or anything like that.”
Street Corner Symphony’s repertoire includes a cappella versions of songs by artists from the 1960s — The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival — to the 1980s — Tears for Fears, Dexys Midnight Runners — and beyond, such as Radiohead and Train.
Dempster said the group’s range will draw all ages.
“I know a lot of the kids in the high school choir have heard of them, and we’ve had so much success with a cappella groups in the past, we wanted to build on that,” she said.
Dempster said the concert association will offer new ticket packaging as part of this year’s series.
“We haven’t pre-sold tickets before, but we thought we’d give it a try this year with a bigger group coming to town,” she said.
Tickets, for sale at Bank of Colorado and the Craig Chamber of Commerce, are $20 for adults or $10 for students for individual shows. For all five shows, the rate is $35 for adults, $10 for students or $80 for a family of any size.
“Getting a membership is a really good deal for students because it’s the same price as one show,” Dempster said.
Variety is a key word in this year’s concert series, which includes the Russian folk and classical ensemble Trio Voronezh; the cabaret show of Three Style; Bottom Line Duo, a husband-wife bass-cello combo; and Buddy Holly look-alike act Richie Lee & The Fabulous 50s.
Dempster said she believes each show will something special to offer.
“In the same way people enjoy watching athletes for their talent, that’s what keeps me going back to the concert association’s shows each year,” she said. “The things that these performers can do leave me in awe every time.”
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