Straight No Chaser: Making music with just their mouths

2012-11-09T06:00:00Z Straight No Chaser: Making music with just their mouthsBy Gail Pennington

Straight No Chaser, returning to the Fox Theatre on Saturday, took college a cappella singing from Indiana University to the big time beginning with a much-viewed YouTube video in 1998. Meanwhile, a cappella — a fixture at Ivy League colleges since the Yale Whiffenpoofs launched in 1909 — harmonized its way onto TV.

“The Sing Off” on NBC introduced viewers to the no-instrument group singing that is a cappella and built a devoted fan base.

Tufts University’s Beelzebubs, discovered on “The Sing Off,” provided the voice of the rival Warblers on “Glee.”

On “The Office,” Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) lets everyone know he sang a cappella with a Cornell University group called Here Comes Treble. When he brought the current members to Scranton for Halloween this season, an impressed underling asked, “Where are the instruments? There’s no way you guys are making this music with just your mouths.”

Here Comes Treble, by the way, was the original name of the group that became Straight No Chaser.

What Straight No Chaser • When 8 p.m. Saturday • Where Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard • How much $29.50-45.50 • More info Metrotix

Gail Pennington is the TV critic for the Post-Dispatch. Follow her at, @GailPennington on Twitter and

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