Friday, December 13, 2013

Straight No Chaser - Review

I attended my first ever Straight No Chaser concert at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore last evening and had great time. 

The Meyerhoff is a fantastic music hall and the group, in their third visit to Baltimore, knew the facility well enough to make use of it. 

Straight No Chaser is an a cappella group which attests to their musical prowess in being able to fill the evening air with wholly produced vocal music. Their harmonies were tight and the music widely varied from their own writing to covering and changing many songs including seasonal ones. They were funny and did not seem to take themselves too seriously, although music is a serious business.

The group demonstrated wide ranging talents, but they were best when taking known songs or music and adding words and feeling to them. Their Nutcracker Medley and their signature 12 Days of Christmas are funny, entertaining, and demonstrate a musical ability not often seen on the stage.

RECOMMENDATION: I enjoyed the concert and definitely recommend them to people looking for a great evening of entertainment. 

DETRACTOR: The City of Baltimore needs to figure out how to improve traffic flow around the Meyerhoff. The traffic lights are not optimized to bring traffic either into or out of the venue. Driving to the Meyerhoff, I spent 30 minutes traveling the last 900 feet due to poor traffic flow and as I departed last evening I sat at no less than four three minute traffic lights with no traffic coming across the side streets. I think they make computers that can optimize traffic flow.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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