Male harmonies galore in Straight No Chaser at the Pikes Peak Center

By Jen Mulson Published: October 24, 2013 | 9:10 am 0

Straight No Chaser, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $26.50-$46.50; 520-7469, ticketswest.com.

 

In 1996, 10 guys at Indiana University decided they needed one more way to make music.

The a cappella group Straight No Chaser was born. They sang through college, then disbanded as they each graduated and moved into mainstream careers. Singer Don Notthingham became a deputy district attorney in Jefferson County.

The group reunited for a show in 2006, and when one of the members put an old clip up on YouTube of their single "The 12 Days of Christmas," radio executives at Atlantic Records noticed.

"As my boss and wife told me, this is the sort of opportunity you never get again," Nottingham says, "and if you don't take it, you'll always think 'What if?'"

The group now has four albums out and travels the country performing their version of dozens of popular songs and holiday classics. The group will perform at the Pikes Peak Center on Friday.

"Our group is about more than being able to sing," Nottingham says. "It's about camaraderie. When people see us, they say it looks like you guys are having so much fun, and we really are. We're all pals and buddies. It'd be tough to re-create that chemistry going through a cattle call audition process."

Jennifer Mulson, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.com

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