Byrd's Eye View - Street Corner Symphony
What began as a musical project between six local friends, bothers Jeremy and Richie Lister and John and Mark McLemore and pals John Martin and Adam Chance has since turned into something of a phenomenon thanks to national exposure provided by the NBC talent show, “The Sing Off.”
In fact, our local boys, who go by the group name of Street Corner Symphony, made it all the way to the finals in the second season of the show and finished in third place, rallying fans across the country with their modern blend of a cappella. The guys caused quite a sensation on the show with their versions of Radiohead’s “Creep,” Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” and even a Beatles medley that would have made the original band proud.
To celebrate their progress on the show, Street Corner Symphony performed Tuesday night at Exit/In and the response for tickets was so overwhelming a second late set was added to the lineup.
“This is a great town and a beautiful moment in time for us to come together,” Jeremy Lister told the audience.
Hosted by industry insider Dean Shortland, the group was joined by some very famous faces including Yale’s own a capella group, The Whiffenpoofs, a highly lauded bunch that has been around since 1909 and each year chooses 14 new seniors to make up the voices. They too competed on “The Sing Off” but were voted off in the early rounds.
And winners of “The Sing Off,” Alabama gospel group ‘Committed’ also made an appearance but it was two local faces that caused the biggest stir in the audience. Singer/songwriter Ben Folds, who was one of the judges on the television show, surprised guests when he joined Street Corner Symphony on stage during the early show and Alison Krauss drew huge applause when she dropped in for the late show to sing her tune, “Maybe” backed by all three groups.
Krauss has been publicly acknowledged as one of Street Corner Symphony’s biggest influences and it seems she’s quite fond of them too.
“I looked for different phones so I could call in and vote again and again,” she told the crowd. “I couldn’t even sleep the night before the finale.”