WANT TO GO?
Straight No Chaser
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
TICKETS: $31.50 and $42
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The guys in Straight No Chaser never really imagined their college a cappella group would turn into a professional gig. Twelve years ago, they were just a bunch of college kids at Indiana University who sang together for grades, fun and beer money.
"We sang wherever we could. We'd sing around the dorm to promote shows. We did a number of private gigs that kept us in a little bit of pocket money," said Charlie Mechling, one of the founding members of the ensemble, which performs Tuesday at the Clay Center
They've come quite a long way from those days, though not in a way any of them could have expected.
After college, the members of the original group were replaced by underclassmen, and they went their separate ways until 2006 when a 1998 video of them performing a comic a cappella version of "The 12 Days of Christmas" suddenly lit up YouTube.
"We had seven million hits for the month of December," Mechling said.
One of those hits was Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman, who liked what he saw enough to bring the group to New York to sign a record deal.
"After that, we were left with the task of finding a way to make this work," Mechling said.