The 2013 National Quartet Convention is under way and night one is now complete. Another year to ‘arm chair quarterback’ the event from my home (watching via webcast). As I have done in the past, I will offer hits and misses of each night. Also the comments section is open to allow you to offer your own insights in to each evening of the 2013 NQC.
- I thought the first night of NQC 2013 was fairly uneventful. There were several strong sets early in the evening.
- The first was the Lesters. They were sounding great as an all male trio. This was the first time for me to hear them in that vocal configuration. Their blend was exceptional.
- The Sneed Family hit a home run by performing with a live band. This group is about 40 years too late. The set they performed this evening with a live band would have made them a huge hit in the 1970’s. Here ‘s hoping listeners in 2013 are brave enough to give group’s that actually use live music some love.
- Excellent choice for the NQC board to choose the Penny Loafers for the a cappella moments this year. While I miss Sisters, the Penny Loafers were great.
- We got standard fare from the Booth Brothers, Collingsworth Family, Greater Vision, Hoppers and Triumphant Quartet. While none of the sets were horrible, they didn’t provide any monster (I’ll be talking about that tomorrow) type performance.
- Of the showcase artists that made their way on to the main stage tonight, I thought Sherry Anne’s performance of “God On The Mountain” stood out.
- The NQC webcast is great in terms of picture quality (definitely HD) and sound this year, but on another note…
- Did anyone else have problems with the webcast cutting out throughout the entire evening? Early on the webcast was down for over a half hour. Here’s hoping these kinks get worked out as the week progresses.
- Performances that seemed to fall flat (at least from viewing it via webcam), in order of appearance are as follows: Browns (“A Place In The Choir”), Squire Parsons (“Go Out With A Shout”) and Ivan Parker (“Midnight Cry”).
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “My Lord Will Lead Me Home” – Lesters (2) “More To Go To Heaven For” – Sneed Family (3) “A Cappella Medley” – Penny Loafers (4) “Empty Me Lord” – Primitive Quartet (5) “The Blood Of Jesus” – Collingsworth Family (6) “He Didn’t Just Carry The Cross” – Hoppers (7) “I’m Free” – Booth Brothers
Best Set of the Night: For night one, it was a toss-up between the Lesters and the Sneed Family. The use of a live band gave the edge and the set of the night to the Sneed Family.
What say ye? Discuss amongst yourselves your favorites of night one of the 2013 NQC.