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    SNC Anniversary

    Today is a special day for me. A day only other chasers would understand. Today is my first SNC anniversary.

    About this time, a year ago to date, the show was ending. There were two encores & I remember feeling like I just didn't want it to end. I bought With A Twist and stood in the signing line, confused because I couldn't find Don on the insert. I hadn't brought a camera. I would have asked for a picture with one of the guys with my phone, but I had filled up it's memory with videos I had shot during the show. I left the State Theater in Kalamazoo that Saturday night wanting more.

    Things didn't really change for me until the following Saturday. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was raking leaves and feeling sad. I kept thinking about the story of SNC; how their "normal lives" had all dramatically changed, and how many adventures they had now. I wanted to have adventures too. My life was much too "normal" for my liking. I went downtown with a friend that night and noted the State Theater marque, now dark and sad. Only a week ago the building had been filled with light & music & laughter. I wanted that experience again. And that's the story of how I went from being a "fan" of Straight No Chaser, to "chasing" Straight No Chaser. This past year has been a blast. I have made so many new friends, seen so many new sights, and learned a lot about myself.

    Thank you guys, from the bottom of my heart, for not only filling the State Theater in Kalamazoo that night with light, laughter & music, but for filling my heart with the same.

    Join me in raising your glasses - here's to chasing a dream. And catching it. Here's to Straight No Chaser.

    Started By Dottie 24 Replies Category : SNC General Discussion
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DottieK's picture
on 2 October 2011 - 9:37pm

Today is a special day for me. A day only other chasers would understand. Today is my first SNC anniversary.

About this time, a year ago to date, the show was ending. There were two encores & I remember feeling like I just didn't want it to end. I bought With A Twist and stood in the signing line, confused because I couldn't find Don on the insert. I hadn't brought a camera. I would have asked for a picture with one of the guys with my phone, but I had filled up it's memory with videos I had shot during the show. I left the State Theater in Kalamazoo that Saturday night wanting more.

Things didn't really change for me until the following Saturday. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was raking leaves and feeling sad. I kept thinking about the story of SNC; how their "normal lives" had all dramatically changed, and how many adventures they had now. I wanted to have adventures too. My life was much too "normal" for my liking. I went downtown with a friend that night and noted the State Theater marque, now dark and sad. Only a week ago the building had been filled with light & music & laughter. I wanted that experience again. And that's the story of how I went from being a "fan" of Straight No Chaser, to "chasing" Straight No Chaser. This past year has been a blast. I have made so many new friends, seen so many new sights, and learned a lot about myself.

Thank you guys, from the bottom of my heart, for not only filling the State Theater in Kalamazoo that night with light, laughter & music, but for filling my heart with the same.

Join me in raising your glasses - here's to chasing a dream. And catching it. Here's to Straight No Chaser.

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EileenR's picture

My second SNC anniversary is today. I saw them perform at our local community college on Nov. 22, 2009. I went with my in-laws, I didn't know about the meet & greet ahead of time, and I didn't want to hold everyone up, so I didn't do a m & g until the following summer at Harrah's. Fast forward 2 years, and this past weekend I saw SNC perform in Baltimore on Saturday, then was able to get last-minute tickets to take my kids to the matinee show Sunday in Hershey, PA. Someone in that m & g line asked me how many shows I have seen and I had to stop & count. I'm up to 9- my next show will put me in double digits. I am also proud to call many fellow Chasers my friends. Some of us Mid-Atlantic Chasers get together from time to time, when there's NOT EVEN A SHOW! :) I also made a little "pilgrimage" to Indiana this summer to visit Kathleen and S. and to see IU, where it all began.

Thanks for starting this discussion topic, Dottie!

KristinC's picture

So it's today. I saw SNC for the first time in Charlottesville, VA (home of those NASTY UVA Cavaliers) with my sister on 11/22/10. I bought the tickets kind of on a whim because I liked the group, figured it would be a good show and Charlottesville was fairly close to where I live. I was totally unprepared for what I was to experience that night. Seats were second row and I didn't realize it until we got there. Hi De Ho right in front of me. O Holy Night as an off-mic encore. And wait, what? You can meet them afterward? That's pretty cool! Didn't know their names. Couldn't figure out who Don was. Heard a fan mention Dan and didn't know who Dan was. Was not nervous during the M&G. Had no Chaser friends at that time.

What a difference a year makes. Thank you, Straight No Chaser.

KristinC's picture

My Chaser-versary is tomorrow. Gotta start planning my heartfelt, touching post! :)

Christina S.'s picture

Aww Dottie! That's an awesome memory to have. I'm glad you had such a great year and, hey, here's to many more where that came from! Cheers!

Kerri_2's picture

I'll have my 2 year in November :) I was a fan the year prior but they didn't come to my area until November 2009 and I used my husbands birthday as a reason to buy the tickets :) Since then I've logged thousands of miles and met tons of friends - not to mention become an even bigger fan of the 11 guys (incl Dan) of SNC. What other group can you see in a restaurant after a show and not only have a legitimate conversation with them but meet their families? The guys are great and their families are as well.

KarenPNWChaser's picture

Dottie, I'm so glad you sprung for the better seats!!! I'm normally a cheap set gal myself, but when we were looking for tickets for our first show up in Vancouver, Canada, we saw there were 2 aisle seats in the 5th row (center section). We thought, "Well, why not! It could be fun!" So glad we sprung for those tickets as it was FANTASTIC!!! Now that I've seen them live, I simply can't wait for our front row center seats in Seattle in December!!! Yikes!!! Worth every penny!!! :)

DottieK's picture

I am LOVING all these stories!!! You guys have some *good* ones. :D

In the days leading up to the show I found myself wondering what the concert would be like. I pictured them all just like I had seen them in their 12 Days video....lined up in tuxes with microphones in hand. I thought..."They couldn't be doing Christmas music, could they? It's only the first of October!" I truly had no idea what to expect.

That Friday (the day before my first show) I remember going into the box office to purchase balcony tickets....because my Dutch self couldn't imagine why I would want to pay over $20 more to sit on the main floor. Then the cashier told me that she had two seats in the second row (stage right) open up....I hesitated for about three seconds before I said "sure". Boy am I glad I didn't sit in the balcony that night to save money! Silly girl.

luvSNCVA's picture

My first SNC show was the Charlottesville VA show last November. I had been listening to SNC music for a long time. When my oldest daughter was in Chamber choir in high school she had come home one day and said there was a youtube video I had to watch. The Chamber choir was going to be singing the song at Winter Concert and she said that I would freak when I saw the video. We were both huge fans of acapella music and we are both singers. I fell in love with SNC the first time I saw the video. It took a long time for me to get to a concert. It was special to me in a lot of ways. I was already in love with their music but I was also impressed with the way they interact with the fans. Not many groups of performers are as down to earth and accessible as SNC. I have only been to 3 concerts and will see a couple more in November. My family and career don't permit me to see a ton of SNC shows but I listen to at least one SNC song every day. I am also a huge fan of the independent work of Mike Luginbill and Ryan. Thank you SNC!!

Michelle Z.'s picture

Oh, Dottie!! Happy SNC/Chaser Anniversary...(a little late...lol.) You're crazy awesome! Enjoy. :)

EileenR's picture

HOLY COLD, Angie! Geez- that's dedication!!!

In other news, I can't BELIEVE I forgot to mention that Ryan did a blog entry about the first show I ever attended: http://www.sncmusic.com/blog/maryland-recap/. Also, that after the show, someone with SNC was handing out free "Christmas Cheers" posters & bookmarks & sticky notes. So, I may have missed the M & G, but I scored some cool freebies!

AngieTheCanuck's picture

Okay - I just looked up the weather for February 16, 2011, and it was only -23 C...so I guess it wasn't *freakishly* cold...

S. Brandon's picture

"freakishly cold night, even for Canada" -- that's just scary. How cold was it?

EileenR's picture

mluza, that's fantastic! I would love to hear a show (or most of one) completely unplugged! It's also fun to attend a concert that DOESN'T go according to plan once in a while- SNC handles those kinds of things so graciously and humorously. My experience with a show like that was at Baltimore in Nov. 2010 when the house lights kept coming on. Good times!

AngieTheCanuck's picture

Wow, @mluza - that's an incredibly cool story!!

mluza's picture

My first anniversary has actually come and gone-April 12, 2010 was my first show. It was a small venue with a crappy sound system that kept cutting out. About three songs into the show, Charlie started chatting up the audience while we all waited patiently to find out if the show would continue. Dan came out and announced that since the venue was so small they could probably continue without the sound system if we all agreed. There was thunderous applause and the show continued. About 3/4 the way through the sound finally got fixed and we had sound the rest of the way. I'll tell you though, the part of the show without it was better because it felt more like you were in their living room and everyone was just kicking back and relaxing. The guys were cracking everyone up and singing there hearts out. I was terminally hooked even though I had already seen the first PBS special and had caught the fever. The live show locked in my fate. I will forever be a Chaser.

KarenPNWChaser's picture

Thank you so much for sharing Dottie! Congrats! I'm like AngieTheCanuck...will have my Chaser anniversary in Feb. 2012. Thanks to Dottie, I was sucked into Chaserdom!!! :)

SheriS's picture

What a great story! The guys have done the same thing for many of us. I first saw the YouTube video when I was looking for something else and knew I had to see them as I lived in Indiana for 16 years so anyone from there catches my eye! They are amazing in concert and when you meet them. The first show I attended, I didn't have the courage to go through the long line. That changed the next time my friend and I went as we had stopped by the "ladies room" and when we came out the line was almost at its end so we went up and had a chance to chat with the very gracious guys. Now we await our third show in November! Can't wait to see and hear them again! Becoming a Chaser is very easy as they are unbelieveable in concert and when you meet them as well! Thanks SNC for all you do!

KristinC's picture

My Chaserversary is next month. I'll write a big, heartfelt post then. :-)

CailinAingeal's picture

Happy Chaserversary, Dottie!!! I will be celebrating the anniversary of my first SNC show with my second SNC show. I still smile at memories of the concert and my heart flutters with anticipation for the next one.

Lisa N.'s picture

I love reading this! Thanks for sharing! I get to see my first show in 13 days and counting! :)

AngieTheCanuck's picture

I'm nowhere NEAR my first anniversary. Feb 16, 2011. My son was supposed to go with me, but he got sick so I had to find people who would take his ticket. I had a number of people in line! I wasn't TOO familiar with SNC at that time - I had a couple of albums that I listened to a bit, and one of the voices had already caught my ear. :) It was a freakishly cold night, even for Canada, and I considered not going, but I had people that needed the ticket I had that were going to meet me there, so I put on my 3 parkas and warm boots and drove the slippery snowy roads to the little Myer Horowitz Theater at the University of Alberta.

By the end of the first song, my jaw had dropped. I could NOT believe that this beautiful music was made with voices alone. I was looking for the machinery that was adding the background music (although...I knew there was none. THAT'S just how impressive the music was.) By the end of the 5th song, or so, which I *believe* was Hi De Ho, I knew who belonged to that voice that had caught my ear. :)

I remember them flashing the logo for the local hockey team on the back of the stage which made every one cheer, and Don tried to name all the provinces of Canada. I remember being wowed at how at ease everyone was at banter on the stage. Walt said, as he does at every show, that they would love to meet everyone and sign anything after the show. I excitedly got in line with my friends, even though I had nothing to sign. When I got near the front of the line, not knowing how this whole M&G thing worked, and since I had nothing to sign, I...wait for it... WALKED AWAY FROM THE M&G TABLE. (yes, you read that correctly.) Luckily, I found myself in Vancouver 3 days later and got to see their show again, and, having read up on the site, and found that they WILL take pictures with fans, vowed to get my tickets signed and a picture taken.

I swear to do better at my next show. In 39 days. :)

S. Brandon's picture

My husband's and my first concert was in December of 2008, but I can't tell you the date. I may still have the ticket stub somewhere. It was their first tour, and at that point, to me, they were still mostly "those guys who sang that fun version of Twelve Days." Not sure if I even knew the names of any of them then. Steve Morgan and Mike Itkoff were still part of that crew, though, and Steve would have been doing the lead on "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Ryan, I will always love you doing it, but Steve killed it. I remember we all absolutely loved it -- my sister and b-i-l came, too -- and what's funny to me is that at that time, the guys did little more than stand on stage in a line and sing. Loved the whole show, not just the song.

My memory is really bad these days....I'm not sure if I found their website before the concert or after. It almost had to have been before, because I remember watching the sales rates on Amazon and iTunes that year just because of Holiday Spirits, and was thrilled when it hit #1 on both of them.

You young folks don't have as much clogging up your brains, so you can remember better. ;-)

EileenR's picture

Awww, Dottie! I guess I'm almost to my 2-year anniversary of my first show, and almost 3 years since I first heard SNC. My first show was in November 2009. I had first heard "12 Days" on the radio the previous December & had bought both Christmas albums. By chance, I heard my father-in-law say Straight No Chaser was going to be performing at the local community college & he was planning to buy tickets. I asked him to get me a ticket, too.

At the auditorium, the lights went down and the audience got quiet. I heard them before I saw them: "Oooh, baby, here I am, signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours!" The rest of the show passed way too quickly. I remember one of the guys- Walt, maybe- saying, "It's November- is it too early for Christmas songs?" and of course the crowd went nuts. I had purposely not listened to "The Christmas Can-Can" on my (then) new CD, so I could have a surprise at the show. It was well worth the wait. I didn't stay for that meet & greet because the show had been longer than I expected, my husband was home with a 7-year-old and three 4-year-olds all afternoon, and I didn't want my in-laws to have to wait. I was on cloud 9 for a long time after the show, though, remembering all the great music and humor and talent. I found this site & began "lurking"- reading the blogs and discussions, but I wasn't brave enough to join- yet. My husband and I attended a show in AC on our anniversary the next August (2010), and I went to that meet & greet. Soon after I summoned the nerve to join this community, and I wish I had done it so much sooner!

As you said, being a Chaser has introduced me to so many fantastic new people. It's hard to describe how I feel about the men of SNC, but especially the Chasers. I can't imagine all I would have missed if I hadn't asked my father-in-law to get me that ticket 2 years ago!

DottieK's picture

I know other discussions have been started about how SNC has changed/impacted your life. I wanted to start this discussion specifically to ask you to recall your first show & share any memories you might have about it.