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December 27, 2013

Kinsey Sicks mark 2 decades of harmonious social satire

San Francisco Chronicle:

To see a Kinsey Sicks show is to experience what member Spencer Brown calls "a cup of sharp commentary on social issues, 2 1/2 cups of laughter, four parts of a cappella singing, two or three pinches of vulgarity, and then cook on high for 90 minutes until half-baked."

For the past 20 years, the self-described dragapella beauty shop quartet has been wooing audiences with this winning formula, which extends to their anniversary homecoming show, "America's Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild!," which combines social satire with fluid four-part harmonies.

The group first came together in San Francisco in 1993, after a Bette Midler concert that the four original members (Keller, Schatz, Maurice Kelly and Jerry Friedman) attended, dressed as the Andrews Sisters. Keller says, "We walked home and began singing and harmonizing. We were all busy professionals, but the idea elicited an instant and unanimous yes." Within hours, they had an action plan, and the Kinsey Sicks was formed.

Some of their favorite performances have been in the most conservative areas of the country, such as a college in South Carolina where Republicans organized a boycott that inadvertently led to a sellout in a 1,700-seat theater.
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Posted by acapnews at December 27, 2013 12:00 AM