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No Promises Vocal Band plans return to a cappella Christmas concerts in NKY and Cincinnati

No Promises Vocal Band

A cappella holiday magic returns to the tri-state this December as No Promises Vocal Band re-launches their annual “Christmas With No Promises” tour.

Sonic stocking-stuffers from Alicia Keys, Andy Williams, Joni Mitchell, and Dan Fogelberg will be on offer as the region’s premier vocal jazz ensemble sings a family-friendly concert of sacred and secular classics, including selections from their recent “Boy Band Diaries” show with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.

“Christmas With No Promises” will be presented four times:

Community of the Good Shepherd
Thursday, December 16, 7:30 p.m.

8815 East Kemper Road in Montgomery
60-minute Family-Length Program
A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted; No Reservations Required
Health Protocol: Masks Recommended

The Carnegie
feat. The Nancy James Trio
Saturday, December 18, 7:30 p.m.

1028 Scott Boulevard in Covington
Full-Length Program with Two Sets
Tickets $25
Tickets are required and are available at www.thecarnegie.com, or 859-957-1940
Health Protocol: Masks Required

St. Columban Parish
Tuesday, December 21, 7:30 p.m.

894 Oakland Road in Loveland
60-minute Family-Length Program
A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted; No Reservations Required
Health Protocol: Masks Recommended

Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre
feat. The Pamela Mallory Trio
Wednesday, December 22, 7:30 p.m.

801 Matson Place in Price Hill
Full-Length Program with Two Sets Tickets $25
Reservations Required at www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com, or 513-241-6550
Health Protocol: Masks Required

Leading up to 2020 holiday season in which live vocal performances were simply impossible, the men of No Promises were facing the prospect of discontinuing a holiday tradition enjoyed by thousands every year since 2015. So they pivoted, tapping Cider Mill Productions and Over-The-Rhine’s beautiful Memorial Hall for a live-recorded holiday soiree. More than 90 donors contributed nearly $7,000 to cover production expenses and venue rental. The result was a visually and acoustically stunning video-on-demand experience that created a bridge to the resumption of live holiday performances in 2021.

But it wasn’t all streaming video and waiting around for conditions to improve. In summer 2021, No Promises joined forces with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in a show called “The Boy Band Diaries.” Performed on outdoor stages in Covington, Ft. Thomas and Middletown, the collaboration surveyed a century of a male harmony singing, from the Ink Spots and the Hi-Los, through the Beach Boys and Motown, all the way to groups like NSYNC and Home Free. Four selections from “The Boy Band Diaries” will be included in the 2021 “Christmas With No Promises” set.

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