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Straight No Chaser

The tradition of collegiate a cappella performance in the United States is a long one -- it was almost a century old when Straight No Chaser formed in 1996, becoming the first a cappella group on the campus of the University of Indiana. The group was first assembled by its leader, Dan Ponce, and won wild popularity on the campus and beyond, singing at professional sports games and competing in the National Championship of Collegiate A Cappella at New York's Carnegie Hall. As popular as the outfit was during its school days, its visibility increased dramatically after a brief reunion in 2006, when videos of old performances began circulating on YouTube. One particular performance, a wacky version of "12 Days of Christmas," arrived in many an inbox during the holiday season in 2007, and the band inked a deal with Atlantic Records. They soon set to work recording a proper debut, Holiday Spirits, the following year.

Straight No Chaser Concert Films

  • Live in New York: Holiday Edition

    Straight No Chaser

    Year: 2009

    Runtime: 58 min

    An intimate evening with the a cappella phenomenon Straight No Chaser! The perfect mix of 10 incredible vocalists in harmony mixed with the perfect amount of humor provide for both a captivating and entertaining evening for all. The special includes material from their EP, Six Pack, holiday favorites from their album Christmas Cheers including "The Christmas Can-Can" and "Hey Santa!" and of course the song that started it all, "The 12 Days of Christmas". The material is a mix of classic hits from 1950's and 1960's, the Motown era, as well as contemporary pop hits with the classic SNC twist. Straight No Chaser was originally formed over a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University. The group has reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon - with a massive fan base, over 40 million views on YouTube, numerous national TV appearances, and proven success with two holiday releases, 2008's Holiday Spirits and 2009's Christmas Cheers and their ode to pop classics 2010's With a Twist.
     
     

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