The all-male a cappella group Straight No Chaser will perform on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. This show is all ages and begins at 7:00PM with doors opening at 6:00PM. This will also be SNC’s Big Island concert debut. Ticket info below.
So much of what Straight No Chaser has done over the past 10 years is the stuff of dreams: They’ve collaborated with Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Dolly Parton, to name a few. They’ve performed on national TV early in the morning, on Today, and long after dark, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They’ve toured North America, Europe, and Australia, and consistently rank among Pollstar’s Top 100 touring acts in North America.
Tenor and vocal percussionist for the group, Tyler Trepp explains how the group got its name, Straight No Chaser. “It came from an old Thelonious Monk jazz song. We were in college and thought that was pretty cool. It also had a had a drinking reference, and, in college, we also found that appealing as well.”
In 2006, they posted a video clip on YouTube of SNC singing “The 12 Days of Christmas” during a 1998 performance, and it went viral. Later, SNC added their own touch by mashing it up with Toto’s big hit “Africa.” The video has received over 19 million views. “We had that arrangement in college,” said Trepp, “But we just didn’t like the way it ended. We performed the song ‘Africa’ by itself and was a really popular for us. We thought, ‘What if we just put that at the end of ‘Twelve Days’ and then changed the arrangement around a bit.’ That’s all we did, and that’s how it came to be what it is.”
SNC is currently on the road promoting One Shot, a 28-track new album, and celebrating the 10th anniversary for their Holiday Spiritsrecording. “We did something different on One Shotthan we’ve never done on any of our other albums,” said Trepp in a phone interview.
“We’re telling our story through song. The first song is: ‘Motown Philly/This Is How We Do It.’ That was really popular for us in the late 90s when we got started. The album then continues with songs about marriage, kids and family life, and ends with ‘Lean On Me,’ which is a ‘bring it altogether-brotherhood kind of thing’ that keeps us going. We wanted to tell our story through song and we very carefully picked these songs and thought they were the best representation our story.”
Trepp says the SNC show at the Kahilu will be a good time had by all. “We try to have a song for everybody, whether you’re four-years-old or eighty. People always walk away smiling. So, it’s a good time to see the show.”
If You Go
What: Straight No Chaser
When: January 5th, 2019
Where: Kahilu Theatre
Admission: $69.50, $59.50, & $39.50
Information: Tickets are available at kahilutheatre.org, by phone at 808-885-6868, or in person at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office – located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Waimea.
For more information on SNC, please visit: www.sncmusic.com
Listen to the full interview with Tyler Trepp.
Steve Roby is a music journalist, best-selling author, and originally from San Francisco. He’s been featured in the NY Times, Rolling Stone, and Billboard Magazine. Roby is also the Managing Editor of Big Island Music Magazine.