Tomorrow's concert scheduled for Tues, April 16 at 7pm at North Branch High School has been CANCELLED due to illness! It will be rescheduled for a later date and announced asap!
Due to the winter storm and travel conditions across the Midwest, today's April 11th Tonic Sol-fa concert has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 15th. All tickets will be honored on May 15th.
Any additional questions or concerns can be directed to Hawkeye Community College at 319-296-2320.
Love the response we are getting from TSF spring shows centered around "twenty one"... I think back to the studio days with ideas being batted to and fro, with Greg's arrangements coming in daily...listening to songs from around the country and writing and rewriting verses to songs which would never be (and a few that were). And as I drive back from the airport today, "Butch Cassidy" came on due to a shuffling iPod. Though I can't forward through music fast enough when I hear our songs typically, I stopped to listen for a bit. I stopped because we've been ending our first half with this song and was surprised at the reaction. Of course, live is a different animal than the studio but a sincere thanks to all who've given this song a second and third life. See you on the road!
I don’t know how closely you have all been paying attention, but you may have noticed an on-going string of vehicular mishaps over the past few years. I would love nothing more than to identify the individual responsible for each incident, but sadly, I would be only pointing at myself. From climbing rocks in Wyoming and jack-knifing the trailer into the rear bumper to clipping a deer in Clearwater and rolling over one too many sharp objects with the trailer, I have amassed a distinguished list of fender-benders and flat tires. I suppose it all comes with the territory, at least I can think that as I keep an eye out for all the other beat up trucks and trailers cruising the highways. Soon, we will no longer be a member of that parade as the last of the body work on the truck will be finished during a break in our February schedule and a new trailer is in the works for summer delivery. I think I speak for all of us when I say we can’t wait for the truck and trailer be back at full-strength...if only for a little while.
Ok. So I live in Minnesota. I have for almost 20 years now. I grew up in South Dakota. Not that different, right? Especially when it comes to winter, right? Right. So you would think that by now, I would be fine with the oh so cold winter and the days on end with no sunshine. But you know something? I'm not. I'll be honest, I like some of the fun outdoor activities that come along with wintertime - skiing, snowball fights, burying Mark in the snow and then forgetting where we put him....all fun. But somedays, you're just ready for a good old fashioned heat wave. Right now, that would mean temps above 10 degrees - but I digress......
I do have to say that this was a pretty fun January - we started it with a trip to Columbus, OH (always fun), then a few shows in our backyard of Maplewood, and we rounded it all out with a mini-tour of Wisconsin where we made a lot of new friends! So overall, I guess it was pretty good!
So, what am I complaining about then, you ask? To be honest, now I don't really know. Maybe I'm just punchy. Maybe I'm not looking forward to having to go out in the cold and locate a snow buried Mark McGowan. Could be anything, really.
Know what I do like? Spring is just around the corner. If that corner is like 500 miles away. But I know it's there - I just know it. Just like I know Mark is still wherever we buried him. I just know it. I hope. Gosh, I hope. Blah.
What a fantastic run of shows in WI this past week. When audiences/communities/students embrace what you are doing, it makes one wish to stay out on the road... or get back out on the road shortly. But January and February are also the perfect time to head home to re-learn "new" music from "twenty one," plot the 2013 Christmas show details in a highly-secured location, plan touring opportunities to other parts of the world and write Christmas thank-you's (from 2009). Still I must admit that I am already looking forward to the warm breezes of summer shows... when audiences are relaxing in the lawn chairs with the wrap around Ray Bans... when singing "Toes" makes more sense. And if you do hear a blonde guy in the airport baggage line singing a Zac Brown Band tune, just join in on the harmony. I... ahem, he... won't skip a beat.
We recently received a letter of thanks for our donation to the Wounded Warrior Project this past fall. Although we ran the Tough Mudder course, it was you, our fans, who made the bulk of the monetary donations. Again, our thanks goes our to you for your donations in helping these brave men and women!
Wounded Warrior Letter
With the 2012 holiday tour finally over and the past year becoming a distant memory, we want to give a huge thank-you to our sponsors to wrap things up.
First-off is a thanks to our major sponsor, Wells Blue Bunny
, who has worked with us not just on our holiday tour, but throughout the entire year. This great corporation collaborated with us yet again, allowing us to promote their delicious product, meanwhile helping us to accomplish a myriad of opportunities within our industry. (Gotta go get a bowl of Bunny Tracks, with all this talk of ice-cream.)
We also want to thank St. Cloud Toyota
for donating the Sequoia for us to use during our holiday tour. It was the perfect vehicle for the midwest winter roads! You can also be assured that we avoided eating Cheetos, spaghetti, bbq ribs and sloppy joes while in your fine motorcar.
We wish you both a happy and prosperous 2013!
Many thanks, Tonic Sol-fa
Due to the blizzard and winter storm warnings across central Minnesota, we are postponing the Tonic Sol-fa holiday concert scheduled for Sunday, December 9th to Saturday, December 29th. All tickets will be honored on December 29th.
Unfortunately we are at the mercy of the weather and are unable to offer refunds for a rescheduled performance.
"Christmastime is here, happiness and cheer....." Ah, the Charlie Brown Christmas special. For those of you who were lucky enough to watch it in the early 80's, you remember that twirling, rainbow/earth tone CBS logo (accompanied by the distinctive congas) that signified a very "special" night. That logo meant any number of things were about to be shown throughout the rest of the year, but for me and my siblings, we simply knew it as part of the aforementioned yearly "Peanuts gang" spectacle. Nowadays, you can watch all of the old stop action/claymation shows (even "Nestor, the long eared Donkey"), along with all of the new digital animation specials throughout December on some channels, or, as my dad always reminds me "There's 24 hours of 'A Christmas Story' starting Christmas Eve" on yet another channel.
Some would say "bah humbug" to the fact that modern technology now allows us such easy access to these cinematic
gems that, once upon a time, were only accessible 1 night a year, thus creating the real "must see tv" for many families during the holiday season.
What do I say? I say "Bring on the egg nog and string the popcorn (has anyone ever done that?), 'cuz Greg's got lots of DVR space and some mega family time to get to once the tour is over!" And what better way to spend said time than snuggling up with the fam on the couch and watching Yukon Cornelius help Frosty not melt and put One Foot in Front of the Other while Santa contemplates whether anyone believes in him anymore as Linus delivers the speech that saves the pageant all the while Ralphie tries not to shoot his eye out on the island of Misfit Toys. Or something like that.
Think I had too much egg nog.