NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 05/07/13 -- Atlantic Records recording group Straight No Chaser has announced an array of activity surrounding the release of their eagerly anticipated new album. "UNDER THE INFLUENCE" arrives today in stores and at all leading DSPs.
Straight No Chaser will celebrate this evening with a very special concert event for fans and contest winners on the Southwest Airlines Porch at New York City's Bryant Park. The acclaimed a cappella group will then perform live on the upcoming Mother's Day episode of NBC's TODAY: Weekend Edition, scheduled for Sunday, May 12th (check local listings). SNC heralded "UNDER THE INFLUENCE" earlier this week with an appearance on Bravo's highly rated Watch What Happens Live.
"UNDER THE INFLUENCE" sees the acclaimed a cappella group reimagining a selection of their all time favorite songs alongside many of the superstar artists and undisputed music icons that made them famous. Produced by Mark Kibble -- a founding member of the legendary a cappella group Take 6 and one of Straight No Chaser's primary influences -- the album includes unprecedented collaborations with some of popular music's best and brightest -- including Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Rob Thomas, Seal, and Jason Mraz -- as Straight No Chaser put their distinctive and inimitable spin on songs known and loved the world over.
The album is highlighted by the new single, "I Want You Back" featuring Sara Bareilles. A companion video for the inventive take on the Jackson 5 classic -- as well audio clips for an array of additional album tracks -- are streaming now at the official Straight No Chaser YouTube channel, located at www.youtube.com/sncmusic.
"UNDER THE INFLUENCE" has quickly won Straight No Chaser critical applause from all corners. Perez Hilton declared "I Won't Give Up (Feat. Jason Mraz)" to be an "intoxicating concoction," while Broadway World noted that "the tremendously talented ten men that make up Straight No Chaser are ideally matched by (Elton John)... especially memorable." "One a cappella group, Straight No Chaser, was way ahead of the trend," declared Entertainment Weekly, "and given their devoted fanbase and a caholics, it's likely that they'll be around long after (a cappella) fades out of the pop culture forefront -- if, in fact, it ever does."
Long hailed as an especially thrilling and engaging live act, Straight No Chaser has scheduled a series of special release week concerts, kicking off May 9th at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey (see below itinerary). The group's "Summer of Influence Tour" kicks off June 21st at Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton Beach, NH and then travels through mid-August. The "Under The Influence North American Tour" will then get underway October 16th at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia, MO. The fall trek will culminate with seven shows in five days in their home state of Indiana, including four closing shows on December 21st and 22nd at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre in Indianapolis. For up to the minute news and tour information, please visit www.sncmusic.com/tour.
As if that weren't enough, Straight No Chaser will also travel to The Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas for four special shows, slated for September 26th through 28th. "The Chaser Summit" will offer fans the chance to come together for three days of concerts and special events as a part of an exclusive weekend residency. Packages including tickets to all four concert events and three nights of hotels at the Palms Resort are available now -- please see www.sncmusic.com/tour for details.
The upcoming dates mark a milestone for Straight No Chaser as they feature the return of founding member Steve Morgan, who rejoins the group after the departure late last year of Ryan Ahlwardt. Fans can meet the newest/oldest member of SNC at Straight No Chaser's official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/sncmusic.
For more, please visit www.sncmusic.com, www.facebook.com/StraightNoChaser, twitter.com/SNCmusic, and www.myspace.com/sncmusic.
(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)
STRAIGHT NO CHASER On Tour 2013 *denotes two shows on listed date #UnderTheInfluence Album Release Week ShowsMAY9 New Brunswick, NJ State Theatre10 York, PA Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center11 Sewell, NJ TD Bank Arts Center12 Allentown, PA Miller Symphony Hall* #SummerOfInfluence ShowsJUNE21 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Ballroom Casino22 Chautauqua, NY Chautauqua Institution23 Portsmouth, VA nTelos Wireless Pavilion28 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater29 Manteo, NC Roanoke Island Festival Park30 Vienna, VA Filene Center at WolftrapAUGUST15 San Diego, CA Humphrey's by the Bay16 Modesto, CA Gallo Center for the Arts17 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery #ChaserSummitSEPTEMBER26 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino Resort27 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino Resort28 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino Resort* #UnderTheInfluence Tour 2013OCTOBER16 Columbia, MO Missouri Theatre17 Ames, IA Stephens Auditorium18 Davenport, IA RiverCentre Adler Theatre19 Omaha, NE Omaha Music Hall20 Sioux City, IA Sioux City Orpheum22 Billings, MT Alberta Bair Theater23 Casper, WY Casper Events Center24 Loveland, CO Budweiser Events Center25 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Center26 Denver, CO Ellie Caulkins Opera House27 El Paso, TX Plaza Theatre29 Odessa, TX Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center30 San Antonio, TX Majestic TheatreNOVEMBER1 Houston, TX Bayou Theatre2 Dallas, TX McFarlin Auditorium3 Kansas City, MO AMC at Midland Theatre7 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium8 Dayton, OH Schuster Performing Arts Center9 Normal, IL Braden Auditorium10 Louisville, KY Kentucky Center11 Bowling Green, KY Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center13 Memphis, TN Cannon Center14 Knoxville, TN Civic Auditorium15 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Performing Arts Center16 Chattanooga, TN Memorial Auditorium17 Richmond, VA Carpenter Theatre19 Pensacola, FL Saenger Theater20 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theater21 Melbourne, FL King Center22 Gainesville, FL University of Florida23 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall24 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center29 Grand Rapids, MI Devos Performance Hall30 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre*DECEMBER1 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre5 Montreal, QC Place des Arts - Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier6 Reading, PA Reading Eagle Theatre at the Sovereign Center7 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre*8 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun10 Boston, MA Wang Theatre11 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Theatre12 Baltimore, MD Meyerhoff Symphony Hall13 Cincinnati, OH Aronoff Center for the Arts14 Cleveland, OH Palace Theatre*15 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre17 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Riverside Theater18 Ft. Wayne, IN Embassy Theatre19 South Bend, IN Morris Performing Arts Center20 Evansville, IN The Centre21 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre at Old National Centre*22 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre at Old National Centre**denotes two shows on listed date