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Straight No Chaser

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Straight No Chaser

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Friday Dec. 13, 2024 at 8:00pm
Akron Civic Theatre

Look up “holiday music” in the dictionary, and it’s likely that there is a photo of the nine-person a
cappella group Straight No Chaser instead of a standard definition. For more than two decades,
the group has provided the soundtrack of the season, bringing millions of fans to their feet while
putting them in the holiday spirit. Year after year, fans anxiously await the moment they can
officially hit play on Straight No Chaser favorites.
And this year is no different.
Straight No Chaser is back on tour, serving up an all-you-can-eat buffet of holiday music (with
none of the calories) as they cross the U.S. from October through December.
The nine-man act of Walter Chase, Jerome Collins, Seggie Isho, Michael Luginbill, Steve
Morgan, Luke Bob Robinson, Jasper Smith, Tyler Trepp and Freedom Young has served as a
festive blend of harmonious voices for more than two and a half decades, having recently
celebrated their 25th anniversary. Even though the group has been together for a quarter of a
century, the thrill of performing holiday songs for old and new fans alike is not lost on them.
“Christmas is so awesome, and we are blessed to get to celebrate with people across the
country 60 times over the holiday season,” Steve says. “Performing at shows where we see
people run the gamut of emotions from laughter to tears, and seeing families come together to
savor the season, it’s a fantastic gift for us each night!”
Thankfully, the SNC holiday tour is a gift that requires no wrapping and one that everyone
delights in sharing. To date, the band has sold more than three million albums worldwide, sold
more than 1.5 million tickets worldwide, earned 100 million+ YouTube views, and racked up
over one billion streams.
Alongside their successful headlining tours, the group has had dozens of major television
performances and collaborated with artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and
Stevie Wonder. Their most recent album, Yacht on the Rocks, even included a collaboration
with Toto’s David Paich. In addition, two of their eight LPs, Holiday Spirits and Christmas
Cheers, have been RIAA-Certified Gold.

For the group, the holidays and the annual fall tour are shared experiences with their fans
(affectionately known as “Chasers”), acknowledging tried-and-true traditions while
simultaneously introducing the excitement of novelty. Their road to success, after all, can be
attributed to the success of one of their holiday songs.
Straight No Chaser was originally formed at Indiana University in the mid-’90s. The group
reunited and gained new momentum in 2006 when an original member uploaded their 1998
performance of “The 12 Days of Christmas” to YouTube to share some college nostalgia with
friends. What happened next was a level of success that few people could have predicted, least
of all, the nine members of Straight No Chaser.
For the next decade, audiences watched as the group put a cappella on the map–bursting on
the scene before pop culture phenoms like “The Sing Off” and “Pitch Perfect.” They were signed
to Atlantic Records, developed a robust fan base through touring, and sold out venues. Their
star is constantly on the rise, as Straight No Chaser continues to achieve new milestones with
every tour run, EP and album release and TV performance.
Year after year, the group aims to keep fans entertained and inspired. There are no cookie-
cutter shows here; each concert serves up a healthy dose of banter between the band
members, flawless harmonies, and a blend of old and new music. Isn’t that what makes the
holidays special–achieving the perfect balance of old and new?
Throughout the tour, the band’s set list will include mega-successful holiday hits from their
previous releases, including Holiday Spirits (2008), Christmas Cheers (2009), Under the
Influence: Holiday Edition (2013), I’ll Have Another…Christmas Album (2016), Social
Christmasing (2020) and Stocking Stuffer (2023).
In the midst of a season filled with seemingly endless to-dos, fans are sure to feel a sense of fun
and escapism that have consistently served as familiar themes of Straight No Chaser’s music.
One thing is for sure: The band will wow audiences at their live shows, from the first scent of
pumpkin spice in October all the way through the anticipation of champagne bubbles to ring in
the new year.

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The Akron Civic Theatre thanks these
foundations and corporations for their support:

Knight Foundation
PNC Bank
Akron Community Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Peg's Foundation
Corbin Foundation
Lehner Family Foundation
Thomas & Lisa Mandel Family Fund
Akron Civic Commons
Huntington National Bank
City of Akron
County of Summit
Akron Civic Theatre Women's Guild
Knox Marketing
Sisler McFawn Foundation
Synthomer Foundation
FirstEnergy Foundation
M G O'Neil Foundation
GPD Group
Printing Concepts
Calhoun Charitable Trust
Akron Childrens Hospital
Greer Family Foundation
Harwick Standard
Hilton Garden Inn
The Berroteran Group
Great Lakes Honda
Maynard Family Foundation
Metis Construction Services
Summit Commercial Real Estate Advisors
Metro RTA Akron
Nova Title Agency
S.A. Comunale
State & Federal Communications
Summa Health
United Way of Summit and Medina
The University of Akron
Akron Pride
Summit County Public Health
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
Stage Left
Gay Community
Acme Fresh Market
Akron Summit CVB
BFG Federal Credit Union
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