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December 16, 2008

A cappella irreverence will keep you bobbing

Seattle Times (WA):

Family drama, loony relatives, overconsumption and badly misguided gifts: When you think about it, the holiday season was made for The Bobs. Now in its third decade of musical mayhem, the a cappella ensemble continues to ply a trademark style that combines astounding vocal agility, deliciously ridiculous original pieces, wildly imaginative arrangements of tunes by the likes of the Doors, Kurt Weill and the Beatles, and off-the-cuff stage antics that give every performance the edge of stand-up comedy.

And for the Bobs, the holidays are a gift that keep on giving, providing the group with plenty of material ripe for Bobification. The quartet performs a holiday show tonight at the Triple Door, though half the program reflects the group's ever-expanding book of nonthematic material, with an emphasis on last year's CD "Get Your Monkey Off My Dog".

"As a topic, the holidays are kind of unavoidable. It's an easy target," says Richard "Bob" Greene, a founding Bob who recently moved from his longtime home in Berkeley, Calif., and now divides his time between Virginia and Seattle, where he's joined co-Bob founder Matthew "Bob" Stull and most recently Bob-christened Dan "Bob" Schumacher (the fourth Bob, Amy "Bob" Engelhardt, lives in Los Angeles).

The Bobs' holiday fair includes seasonal favorites such as the Beatles' "Eight Days A Week" reimagined as a Hanukkah song; an ode to excessive lawn displays, "50 Kilowatt Tree"; the mall adventure saga, "Too Many Santas"; and that traditional Yule classic "Christmas in Jail."

The Bobs are often thought of as a group that specializes in unlikely covers, but the majority of their book consists of original pieces like the paranoid feline fantasy "Fluffy's Plan for World Domination" and the tender love song "Please Let Me Be Your Third World Country." The mistaken impression probably stems from the ensemble's origins. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at December 16, 2008 12:04 AM


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