Straight No Chaser
The tradition of collegiate a cappella performance in the United States is a long one -- it was almost a century old when Straight No Chaser formed in 1996, becoming the first a cappella group on the campus of the University of Indiana. The group was first assembled by its leader, Dan Ponce, and won wild popularity on the campus and beyond, singing at professional sports games and competing in the National Championship of Collegiate A Cappella at New York's Carnegie Hall. As popular as the outfit was during its school days, its visibility increased dramatically after a brief reunion in 2006, when videos of old performances began circulating on YouTube. One particular performance, a wacky version of "12 Days of Christmas," arrived in many an inbox during the holiday season in 2007, and the band inked a deal with Atlantic Records. They soon set to work recording a proper debut, Holiday Spirits, the following year.
Straight No Chaser Concert Films
Live in New York: Holiday Edition
Straight No Chaser
Runtime: 58 minAn intimate evening with the a cappella phenomenon Straight No Chaser! The perfect mix of 10 incredible vocalists in harmony mixed with the perfect amount of humor provide for both a captivating and entertaining evening for all. The special includes material from their EP, Six Pack, holiday favorites from their album Christmas Cheers including "The Christmas Can-Can" and "Hey Santa!" and of course the song that started it all, "The 12 Days of Christmas". The material is a mix of classic hits from 1950's and 1960's, the Motown era, as well as contemporary pop hits with the classic SNC twist. Straight No Chaser was originally formed over a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University. The group has reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon - with a massive fan base, over 40 million views on YouTube, numerous national TV appearances, and proven success with two holiday releases, 2008's Holiday Spirits and 2009's Christmas Cheers and their ode to pop classics 2010's With a Twist.
Straight No Chaser Top Tracks
Live at Lincoln Center
Runtime: 55 minIn this Soundstage special event, Josh Groban performs favorites from his best-selling albums in an intimate theatre setting. Taped at Rose Hall at the "Jazz at Lincoln Center" in New York City, this stunning performance includes Alla Luce del Sole", "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)", and "February Song". Special guest appearances by acclaimed jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and trumpeter Chris Botti. An internationally renowned performer who has sold more than 23 million albums worldwide, Josh Groban has thrilled a legion of devoted fans with his flawless baritone and extraordinary stage presence.
Live at the Red Butte Garden
The Piano Guys
Runtime: 1 hrThe outdoor concert special from the remarkable classical/pop music stylists filmed at stunning Red Butte Garden in Utah, as seen on Public Television PLUS three bonus performances.
Talk to the Hand: Live in Michigan
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minWith over ten million albums sold worldwide, including one multi-platinum album (Stunt) and two platinum albums (Maroon and Rock Spectacle) in the U.S., Barenaked Ladies are one of Canada's greatest musical exports. Now, they cross the border once again for their first-ever live DVD Talk to the Hand: Live in Michigan. With a blend of classics including "One Week," "Pinch Me" and "If I Had $1000000," and hits from the recent releases Barenaked Ladies Are Me and Barenaked Ladies Are Men, this concertshows not only why Barenaked Ladies remain loved by their many fans, but also why they are one of the world's greatest touring bands.
Meets Madison Square Garden
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minFollowing his first #1 Pop album and his third platinum-plus disc, 2007's Grammy® winning Call Me Irresponsible, singing sensation Michael Bublé returns to the stage with the live concert film Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden. Featuring powerful performances of his hits 'Everything,' 'Home' and 'Feeling
Good,' he brings the December 5, 2008 concert at one of the most famous venues in entertainment history home to fans with Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden.
All Access & Uncovered: The Making Of Changed And Beyond
Runtime: 1 hr 11 minAll Access and Uncovered: The Making of Changed and Beyond gives a look behind-the-scenes with the award winning, chart-topping Country band Rascal Flatts. Featuring live performances, intimate interviews and home video footage, The Making of Changed and Beyond takes Rascal Flatts fans on a journey as the guys work to complete their acclaimed album Changed. All Access and Uncovered: The Making of Changed and Beyond gives rare insight into the creative process of one of Country music's biggest bands, and is a must-see for Rascal Flatts fans and music fans alike.
Sovereign: An Evening Of Worship
Michael W. Smith
Runtime: 1 hr 11 minSovereign: An Evening of Worship is a special concert filmed at Smith’s barn in Franklin, Tenn. features guest appearances from Kari Jobe and Leeland Mooring. The presentation also include special behind the scenes footage and content with Smith discussing the inspiration behind Sovereign.
Runtime: 57 minJennifer Nettles’ voice can hold its own in any setting, but exceeds expectations alongside partner Kristian Bush’s mandolin strumming at the Grainger Studio. During this sensational hour, Sugarland presents a versatile set that gains momentum with each song. “Joey” is heartbreakingly sincere, “Everyday America” reveals strong, twangy vocals while broken-down acoustics give “Stay” a more traditional country sound. Their forte is to effortlessly transition from energetic pop songs to heartfelt, soulful ballads without skipping a beat. The dynamic duo also present older classics like “Baby Girl” and even venture into covers of R.E.M to pay homage to shared Atlanta roots during their set.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 54 minThere’s a reason Kenny Chesney received four consecutive ACM Entertainer of the Year awards. Backed by a flawless band and horn section, Chesney presents contemporary country at its finest on this episode of Soundstage. Encouraging the audience to leave their problems at the door, Kenny proceeds to blow the roof off with party anthem opener “Beer in Mexico.”
Chesney’s musical stylings are diverse during this set, ranging from beachy, tropical homages like “Summertime” to reflective, soft crooners like “Better As A Memory” and “Back Where I Come From.” Bounding back and forth across the stage, his unabashed energy translates perfectly into friendly heartland ballads and sincere, feel-good sing alongs like “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,” and “Young.” Truly a spectacular night, Chesney also performs “How Forever Feels” in this intimate studio setting, putting you in a good mood for days.
Welcome to Fin City
Runtime: 1 hr 4 minMargaritaville/Las Vegas breaks the Guiness Book of World Record for the largest Margarita The Margaritaville Casino opened in the Flamingo Hotel, next to the Restaurant and Store And, Jimmy performed two incredible Saturday night shows at the MGM. We have taken the best of both shows and created the ultimate LV live release from Jimmy.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 45 minTrisha Yearwood could be considered a Triple Threat in the country music genre. Having garnered the trifecta of three Grammys, an Oscar-nominated song, and being the first female country singer to sell a million copies of her 1991 self-titled debut, she is indeed the marker of success to which all country female singers aspire. As a Garth Brooks protge, Yearwood began her career singing backup on his 89 debut. Appearing again on Brooks follow-up, No Fences, soon she was sought out by MCA who released her self-titled debut. More than a decade later with nine blockbuster albums and a string of chart-topping singles under her talented belt Yearwood returns with her 10th album, Jasper County. The album will premiere in September 2005.
Yearwood joins the Soundstage ranks, bringing with her a few special guests. Launching the show is Billy Currington, who performs the title track to his forthcoming sophomore album, Doin Somethin Right, which will see its release in October 2005. The trio Sugarland follows him. Performing songs from 2004s Twice The Speed Of Light, the talented Jennifer Nettles, Kristen Hall, and Kristian Bush are a fine lead in to the highlight of the show. Yearwood takes the stage performing some of her finest hits, including her very first single, Shes In Love With A Boy, Xxxs And Oooos (An American Girl) from 95s Thinking About You, and the Diane Warren-penned How Do I Live.
Live at Lincoln Center
Runtime: 54 minIn 2003, Idina originated the role of "the green girl," the misunderstood witch in the hit musical "Wicked" which included her show-stopping performance of the song "Defying Gravity." In 2007, she re-recorded and remixed "Gravity" and the song went on to become a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Dance Chart. Her star turn in "Wicked" won her a Tony Award and huge critical acclaim. Other credits include two Drama Desk nominations for her roles in "The Wild Party" and "See What I Wanna See" at the Public Theatre. Film credits include starring roles in the Disney romantic fable, "Enchanted," "Rent" and Robert Towne's "Ask The Dust." Inspired by artists like Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand - triple threats who have conquered stage, film and success as recording artists, Idina Menzel stands poised to embark on her ultimate challenge a solo artist singing her very own songs.
Harry For the Holidays
Harry Connick, Jr.
Runtime: 1 hr 8 minHarry For The Holidays features live versions of songs from crooner Harry Connick, Jr.’s bestselling 2003 Christmas album. Harry and his big band deliver jazzy standards ("Silver Bells," "Frosty The Snowman") plus the original "The Happy Elf."
Runtime: 55 minMannheim Steamroller Christmas Live is a set of Christmas favorites from the group’s best-selling Christmas albums. Mannheim Steamroller creator and composer Chip Davis has been recognized with 19 gold, eight multi-platinum and four platinum records and the group is the #1 Christmas music artist in all of history. The group’s signature sound, characterized as “classical music meets rock and roll”, established a distinctive new genre. While Mannheim Steamroller’s music is uniquely moving by itself, Christmas Live captures the experience, sights and sounds of the group live in concert with this holiday release. The beloved holiday performance by some of the most talented musicians today and an intense multimedia presentation results in a powerful and emotional Christmas experience. This 56-minute Christmas concert features many favorite Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics. “Joy to the World" perhaps best epitomizes the distinctive Mannheim Steamroller sound: powerful synthesized melodies and harmonies, an intense drive and pathos, and skillful ornamentation. The accompanying fireworks on a huge, over-stage screen add a striking visual dimension to the song. Several Renaissance-inspired numbers like "In dulci Jubilo" and "Wassail, Wassail" showcase unusual Renaissance instruments and are paired with a rich, on-screen portrayal of a Renaissance feast. The instrumental, theatrical, and multimedia performances are completely evocative of the Spirit of Christmas. Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas concerts have become a holiday tradition, much like decorating the tree, hanging stockings and exchanging presents. Christmas Live has become a permanent part of any Christmas celebration.
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Runtime: 46 minTSO's THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS EVE - is a unique fantasy trip through the magic of Christmas. Narrated by award-winning actor Ossie Davis, the production takes us on a journey of a runaway little girl's decision to return to her family after she enters a rundown theater for shelter and encounters an old caretaker who guides her on her journey. This magical story - which features appearances from Atlantic recording artists Jewel and Michael Crawford - was filmed entirely on location at the newly refurbished and historic Loews Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey, and includes performances of such tracks as "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy," "Christmas Canon," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep," and "This Christmas Day,".