Ball in the House

I went to a fantastic outdoor concert this evening! Boston based a cappella band Ball in the House really rocked the South Shore Conservatory’s outdoor amphitheater. As a member of the board of overseers of the Conservatory, I attend a lot of performances, and this one was one of the most fun I’ve attended. The audience – a real mix of old and young – was singing, clapping and beatboxing away. Yes, I said beatboxing. The groups “drum section” – Jon J. Ryan (Jonny) gave the audience a quick lesson in vocal percussion. He is unbelievable! I was there early and got to watch them setup and do their sound check. Jonny was walking around the stage, moving mics and equipment, all while beatboxing away – in perfect time. The man is like a human metronome! All of the guys have wonderful voices and were so sweet and genuine! Not to mention – really, really good looking. There was more than one swoony gal, and probably a guy or two, in the crowd. They were very generous with the audience – hanging out after the concert to sign autographs (I got mine on the CD I bought) and chatting away. They were in Dallas on Friday, Massachusetts tonight, then off to Pennsylvania tomorrow. Busy, and tired, guys!

Here is beatboxer Jon J. doing their sound check – and the bus.

Some concert pics…

Ball in the House – Dan Szymczak (baritone), Dave Guisti (tenor), Aaron Loveland (tenor), Ryan Chappelle (bass), John J. Ryan (beatbox/vocal percussion).

Check out their website and list of concert date – 250 a year! – and buy a ticket. Or their latest CD – Granite Ave. – which is fantastic. Plus, I just saw on their site that $1 from each purchase is donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Sweet, talented, cute and kind. I think I may swoon (again!).

xoxo Linda