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
Runtime: 58 minAn 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.
Straight No Chaser Top Tracks
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 25 minFounded by Paddy Maloney in 1962, The Chieftains were one of the first bands to popularise Irish traditional music around the world and today their status as one of the finest Irish bands of all time remains unchallenged. They have received awards from around the world including 6 Grammys and an Emmy and worked alongside some of the greatest names in pop, classical and folk music. This superb concert from Montreux features the classic line-up in a blend of song, music and dance that draws from the Irish tradition but encompasses influences as disparate as Galicia and the Rolling Stones.
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 42 minSelling over 100 million records worldwide over 6 decades, with hits such as "hey good looking" and "papa loves mambo" both performed here in front of the cameras and presented on this fabulous dvd compilation
The Wildlife Concert
Runtime: 1 hr 51 minThe Wildlife Concert celebrates John Denver's greatest hits, a magical and intimate performance featuring the songs that made him an American treasure. Also included are candid interviews, special wildlife footage and some surprise selections.
Talk to the Hand: Live in Michigan
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minWith over ten million albums sold worldwide, including one multi-platinum album (Stunt) and two platinum albums (Maroon and Rock Spectacle) in the U.S., Barenaked Ladies are one of Canada's greatest musical exports. Now, they cross the border once again for their first-ever live DVD Talk to the Hand: Live in Michigan. With a blend of classics including "One Week," "Pinch Me" and "If I Had $1000000," and hits from the recent releases Barenaked Ladies Are Me and Barenaked Ladies Are Men, this concertshows not only why Barenaked Ladies remain loved by their many fans, but also why they are one of the world's greatest touring bands.
Meets Madison Square Garden
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minFollowing his first #1 Pop album and his third platinum-plus disc, 2007's Grammy® winning Call Me Irresponsible, singing sensation Michael Bublé returns to the stage with the live concert film Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden. Featuring powerful performances of his hits 'Everything,' 'Home' and 'Feeling
Good,' he brings the December 5, 2008 concert at one of the most famous venues in entertainment history home to fans with Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden.
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Runtime: 46 minTSO's THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS EVE - is a unique fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas. Narrated by award-winning actor Ossie Davis, the production takes us on a journey of a runaway little girl's decision to return to her family after she enters a rundown theater for shelter and encounters an old caretaker who guides her on her journey. This magical story - which features appearances from Atlantic recording artists Jewel and Michael Crawford - was filmed entirely on location at the newly refurbished and historic Loews Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey, and includes performances of such tracks as "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy," "Christmas Canon," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep," and "This Christmas Day,".
Runtime: 55 minMannheim Steamroller Christmas Live is a set of Christmas favorites from the group’s best-selling Christmas albums. Mannheim Steamroller creator and composer Chip Davis has been recognized with 19 gold, eight multi-platinum and four platinum records and the group is the #1 Christmas music artist in all of history. The group’s signature sound, characterized as “classical music meets rock and roll”, established a distinctive new genre. While Mannheim Steamroller’s music is uniquely moving by itself, Christmas Live captures the experience, sights and sounds of the group live in concert with this holiday release. The beloved holiday performance by some of the most talented musicians today and an intense multimedia presentation results in a powerful and emotional Christmas experience. This 56-minute Christmas concert features many favorite Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics. “Joy to the World" perhaps best epitomizes the distinctive Mannheim Steamroller sound: powerful synthesized melodies and harmonies, an intense drive and pathos, and skillful ornamentation. The accompanying fireworks on a huge, over-stage screen add a striking visual dimension to the song. Several Renaissance-inspired numbers like "In dulci Jubilo" and "Wassail, Wassail" showcase unusual Renaissance instruments and are paired with a rich, on-screen portrayal of a Renaissance feast. The instrumental, theatrical, and multimedia performances are completely evocative of the Spirit of Christmas. Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas concerts have become a holiday tradition, much like decorating the tree, hanging stockings and exchanging presents. Christmas Live has become a permanent part of any Christmas celebration.
Live in Montreux 2007
Runtime: 1 hr 5 minNaturally 7 is an all male "Vocal Play Band" that officially formed in New York City in 1999. Roger Thomas formed the group with his brother, Warren, and five other talented singers they had come to know over the years from singing around the city.This stunning show from last year's Montreux Jazz Festival is an enthralling illustration of the Naturally 7 show. Possibly one of the most unique shows ever released from the Live At Montreux series, this show excites all the senses.
Harry For the Holidays
Harry Connick, Jr.
Runtime: 1 hr 8 minHarry For The Holidays features live versions of songs from crooner Harry Connick, Jr.’s bestselling 2003 Christmas album. Harry and his big band deliver jazzy standards ("Silver Bells," "Frosty The Snowman") plus the original "The Happy Elf."