That's an interesting take on our current situation, and we're glad
that you identify so strongly with the moosebutter you're familiar with.
In actuality, moosebutter has had nearly 40 singers since it was
created in 1999. You read that right, 40. We've been through
countless changes in style and singers, including most recently the
hiring of a new bass to tour with us full time. We currently have 4
"regular" singers and 6 "others" - great singers from other groups or
other careers who perform with us when one of the regulars has pressing
personal matters, when we feel like adding a fifth person for a special
event, or when there are two gigs at the same time and we need to be at
both places. We are increasingly facing this issue - someone wants us
to do a private show on the same day a public show is scheduled, and we
don't want to pass either of them up.
For our public shows, don't worry, you'll be seeing the moosebutter you
know and love. But for private shows, especially the work we do for
company parties, we essentially have multiple 'casts' for our 'show.'
It happens all the time - Broadway casts have understudies, shows like
Stomp! and Blue Man Group have dozens of performers that rotate in and
out of the cast, even professional a cappella bands like Toxic Audio
and The House Jacks have alternate singers for certain events. We are
certainly not trying to dissapoint the fans who are dying to see
so-and-so because he always does that amazing duck call while wearing
his speed-o (just an example, this doesn't actually happen).
So, to answer your question, isn't it the people in the group that make
the group? In a way, yes... JohnPaulGeorgeRingo are The Beatles... but
they originally had a different drummer, and they took another drummer
on a tour to Australia when Ringo was deathly ill.
Or is 'moosebutter' the music, and not the people? Is it more like a
production of Forever Plaid, with a script and characters, and you
could have any number of hundreds of people fill any part and as long
as it's good, it works? Could 'moosebutter' exist without four regular
guys? Could moosebutter work with the inclusion of... *gasp*... a
GIRL?!?!?!? Would I still have this skin condition if I stopped
rubbing my face against that toxic waste bin?
Let the debate begin!
Just as long as it doesn't turn into a Sammy Hagar/Van Halen sort of argument.
Tim, from moosebutter
Quoting Pat Erickson <ple6210@...
> How can you do that? That's like saying there can be 2 or more groups
> doing the Eagles, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac or Coldplay, or ???
> Isn't it the people in the group that makes the group? Is there more
> than one FACE, or 17th Avenue Allstars or ???
> Just my thoughts, but I think this would be a terrible mistake in
> losing the identity of a group that fans follow.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Tim Jones<mailto:tim@...>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 08, 2006 2:44 PM
> Subject: [colorado-acappella] moosebutter auditioning all voice parts!
> Hey, friends,
> The happy time has come in the life of moosebutter - we have too many
> shows! What that means is, WE'RE FRANCHISING!
> moosebutter is auditioning all voice parts to join our alternate cast.
> Part- and full-time positions will be available.
> What do you need to do:
> Send an interest email to me by August 15th. Include as much
> information as you can about yourself, without going overboard.
> If we want to know more, we'll ask you to submit a formal resume,
> headshot, and some new recordings of you singing some music samples.
> Questions? Write me!
> Tim, from moosebutter
> (720) 365-3080
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