A Five-Part Harmonic Sampler for “Christmas with the Riff-Raff”

A Five-Part Harmonic Sampler for “Christmas with the Riff-Raff”

Come on down Dec. 11, 12 and 13, to “Christmas with the Riff-Raff,” featuring The RiffRaff Players at The Room Upstairs on the funky end of Mercer Street in Princeton, W.Va. Thanks to the excellent microphone on my iPhone (with a dash of Garageband reverb), listen-in on this rehearsal take of a gorgeous modal hymn that will be part of the upcoming holiday concerts, featuring familiar and not-so-familiar holiday tunes plucked from several centuries:

“Christmas with the Riff-Raff”| Five-Part Harmony

Show are at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 11 and Sat., Dec. 12; with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sun. Dec. 13, 2009. Admission is $10 at the door. Sweets and treats will be served. The Room Upstairs, one of the coolest listening room spaces in the Mountain State, is at 865 Mercer Street, Princeton, W.Va., about one hour and 45 minutes south of Charleston, W.Va. You could Google Map it.

The RiffRaff Players feature vocals by Lori McKinney, Kathleen Coffee, Albert Perrone, Douglas Imbrogno and Melissa and Kayla McKinney, with eclectic acoustic and electronic instrumentation by The Captain Lazerblast Band and soundsmithing by Robert Blankenship. The group’s most recent (and debut) performance was a production of the off-Broadway play “Songs for a New World,” staged at the Room Upstairs and as part of the Tamarack Dinner Theater Series.

Clarence Castillo