STRAIGHT NO CHASER-25th Anniversary Celebration
Straight No Chaser – 25th Anniversary CelebrationIf the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase and a long list of accomplishments including 2 RIAA Gold Certified albums, over 1.5 million concert tickets sold, over 1 billion streams on Pandora, and over 2 million albums sold worldwide. Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor.For accessible seating, please call the box office @ 419-381-8851 x1
Yngwie Malmsteen World-renowned guitarist from Stockholm, Sweden Yngwie Malmsteen was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 30, 1963. The youngest child in a household that included his mother Rigmor, sister Ann Louise, and brother Bjorn, Yngwie originally had no interest in music. However, on September 18, 1970, Yngwie saw a TV special on the death of guitar iconoclast Jimi Hendrix. Seven-year-old Yngwie watched with awe as Hendrix blasted the audience with torrents of feedback and sacrificed his guitar in flames. The day Jimi Hendrix died, the guitar-playing Yngwie was born.
Waite first came to prominence as the vocalist and bassist of the English rock outfit The Babys, best known for the hits “Isn’t It Time?” and “Every Time I Think of You” in the late 1970s. That group disbanded in 1980 and Waite went on to a very successful solo career, scoring a Number One U.S. hit with “Missing You.” In 1988, Waite teamed up with former Babys members Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips, along with Neil Schon and drummer Deen Castronovo to form the super group Bad English. At the time Cain and Schon were also members of Journey, which was on hiatus for a few years. Bad English went to the top of the charts with the Diane Warren ballad “When I See You Smile.” The group dissolved in 1992, and Waite resumed his solo career. Countless musicians of far lesser accomplishment have probably made similar statements regarding their own personal creative process, but when the confession comes from John Waite – whose been successfully writing, recording and performing some of the most listenable, enduring and appreciated popular music for more than 35 years – one cannot help but both recognize and marvel at the shimmering legacy of this British born rock star.