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Stay Up All Night for “The Chew’s” BBQ Special

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Look for international quartet quarter-finalists Up All Night making a number of appearances on “The Chew: The Best Backyard Barbecue in HISTORY!”  (Missed it? You can still see it on demand through many cable and satellite services.) The “Barbecue Shop Quartet” plays a prominent role opening and closing the show as well as singing  intros to each menu course as Carla Hall, Mario Battali and Mich...
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Barbershop champs star in New Zealand singing show “The Naked Choir”

The path from high school quartet singers to world champs is already well-known to Barbershoppers, but now New Zealand television viewers have gotten a heaping dose of our pals from Musical Island Boys.  TVNZ's The Naked Choir, an a cappella singing show, featured tenor Jeff Hunkin as host and bass Matt Gifford as a judge in the recently concluded series. Along the way, they shared their storie...
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One Month at a Time: Kordsmen friendships are bigger than competition

We've previously looked in on the "embedded journalist" who joined a barbershop chapter in his quest to try new things. In the final chapter, Bill Lynch takes the leap, and performs on stage with the Kanawha Kordsmen in contest. At the beginning of March, I wasn’t sure I could carry a tune well enough to keep up in rehearsals, let alone be anything but very dead weight when it came to actually pe...
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The Fabulous Lipitones blends barbershop with themes of identity and acceptance

First produced in 2014, The Fabulous Lipitones continues to be staged in playhouses across the country. We loved this review of a current staging in Alexandria, Virginia: [The director] loves how the characters are self-aware that their barbershop passions label them as “different," adding: "'The Fabulous Lipitones' celebrates the connection of people who have a passion for something that mains...
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One Month at a Time: Taking the stage with the Kanawha Kordsmen

Journalist Bill Lynch of the Charleston Gazette-Mail is breaking new ground in reporting on barbershop. We've seen many behind-the-scenes stories about contest prep before, but this appears to be the first time a reporter has embedded himself in a chorus and actually rehearsed several weeks with a goal of singing in a contest with them. In this second installment, Bill discovers the depth of emoti...
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The seder, the four children, and a barbershop quartet

With National Barbershop Quartet Day coinciding with the Passover observance, this story from the Times of Israel is timely. The author uses a barbershop quartet as a metaphor relating to the parental obligation to teach the younger generation about the Exodus: A useful framework for considering the Four Sons — and particularly the plight of the misunderstood Rasha — is the music of the barbersho...
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Rogue Valley Harmonizers step up to fill gaps in music education

No Strings Attached. Do what's needed. Start by listening. The Medford, Oregon, Rogue Valley Harmonizers have mastered key principles of outreach efforts over the past decade, and are making a lasting impact on students throughout their community, funded in part by grants from the Barbershop Harmony Society. This recent story in the Mail Tribune paints a beautiful picture of a committed group of ...
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Clipper City Chordsmen celebrate Barbershop Quartet Day

Our Society's April 11 birthday can be the occasion for nice bread-and-butter press coverage, like this article featuring the Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Clipper City Chordsmen. The reporter nicely covers not only the history of the style and Society, but more importantly, the key emotional rewards of singing together:  Bruce Beyer points out that “For me, the camaraderie and friendship are the...
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One Month at a Time: Finding my voice with the Kanawha Kordsmen

We seldom see "embedded reporting" about barbershop, so we really love this writer's immersion into the barbershop experience with the Charleston, West Virginia, Chapter: More than a year ago, I stumbled into the idea of taking a month to explore a topic I didn’t know much about. One topic led to another and then another and so on. This series has taken me some interesting places. I’ve learn...
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Ragtime Gals Mix-A-Lot of genres with “Baby Got Back”

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https://youtu.be/6O86IC6ddm8?list=PLcwXdNVvSNbhL_M7kDRqAAgHb-LRZjcH5 Late night TV loves two things: rap and barbershop. While the first probably gets more total airtime, the latter has a powerful advocate in Jimmy Fallon, whose Ragtime Gals quartet has made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The boys are at it one more time with a song that won Sir Mix-A-Lot th...
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