Dear Reader: As a born and raised New Yorker, what am I about to tell you truly pains me to say. You’re not gonna like it, but I need you to hear me out. I promise I’m not leading you astray. Are we cool? Are you ready? Okay, here it is: in April, you’re gonna have to visit Boston.
I know, I know. I feel you. Normally, I wouldn’t want to go to Boston either. It is home to my most despised sports franchises, they call their subway “the T,” and the cabs there are white. White. There are very few things that could make me want to leave my home state of New York to visit the city of Tom Brady and white cabs. Boston Sings (along with New England clam chowder) is one of those few things.
You’re not convinced, are you? Fair enough. This isn’t the first time you’re hearing some a cappella festival spiel. You’ve attended all these workshops before, right? Wrong. BOSS will feature an entirely reworked and rejuvenated curriculum, premiering classes and workshops never before featured at any CASA event. As an attendee, that means you’re going to get exclusive knowledge from some of the best in the biz before anyone else even hears about it. If your whole group makes the trip, chances are you’ll have the opportunity to get one-on-one feedback from one of these pros.
And the performers? Well, I hate to say it, but if there’s one thing Boston knows how to do well (besides seafood), it’s a cappella. Ball in the House and Redline will be as on-point as Adele as they revel in their Hometown Glory. That chill you just felt? Yeah, that’s because I was about to mention Cadence, the festival’s headliner and Canada’s coolest quartet. Plus, Saturday night’s show will feature TRACES, a New York-based group. It’s up to you and I to be in the audience making sure that TRACES gets the loudest and rowdiest response, amirite?
If you’re still not convinced, just remember that Friday night at BOSS will mark the first-ever live CARAs ceremony. It doesn’t get much better than that, folks. Your attendance will ensure that you play a part in this very, very important event in the history of contemporary a cappella.
So, don your A-Rod jersey and get ready to display it proudly around the city of Boston* as you take the subw- I mean, the T – to the Regent Theatre on April 13th to be a part of BOSS. It is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, and let’s face it: an influx of aca-folk will only make the city of Boston better.
*Nicole Marie Milano, the author of this blog, is not responsible for what may happen to you if you actually decide to do this.