The Virginia Gentlemen present “Happy Birthday Barbershop”
When: Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: Jefferson Center, Shaftman Performance Hall, Roanoke
How much: $15 in advance; $18 at the door; students and children under 12, $10
Info: 345-2550; jeffcenter.org
The soothing sound of the Virginia Gentlemen Barbershop Harmony Chorus will soon charm audiences at the Jefferson Center.
The 44-year-old Roanoke-based male a capella singing group also happens to be the Roanoke chapter of the international Barbershop Harmony Society, and they’ve opted to sing at the Shaftman Performance Hall for the first time in more than a decade to celebrate their parent organization’s 75th anniversary.
Founded in 1930, the Barbershop Harmony Society (full name: Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc.) boasts about 25,000 members in the United States and Canada.
The Virginia Gentlemen shows will include a guest appearance by a guest barbershop quartet called Mayhem. That may seem a bit like naming a pampered cat “Sabretooth,” until you read the group’s fictional bio about their origins in Liverpool, England — home of the Beatles — and realize it’s all quite tongue-in-cheek.