November Covey Concerts Round-up, or the one where the All-Star Blog Helpers came through in a big way

So the first major Vocal Point concerts of the year occurred at the Covey Center for the Arts in good ol’ Provo on November 16th and 17th.  If airfare weren’t stupid expensive, we totally would have tried to get our bloggin’ selves out there, but instead we called upon the TMtP-faithful to help us bridge the gap.  And dude… you guys totally came through in the best way possible to help us build an awesome bridge.  Of bloggity goodness.  Or something.

Alright, so here’s what we’re going to do.  We’ll go through the concert in the order it was reported to us, and we’ll link to the various videos out there and throw in some quotes from the attendees.  What’s super-fun is that we’ve gotten video from a few different sources, so you can experience the songs from different angles and whatnot.  It’s almost better than being there in person.  Okay, that isn’t true, but we’re trying to console ourselves.

Our team of TMtP All-star Blog Helpers include the following blog commenters: Sarnic, Michelle, two of the Johnson Family, Lynette, Moosen, HopeWM, and… Jake Hunsaker.

(Ladies and Jake, feel free to print that out and post it on your refrigerator.)

Okay, here we go!

Good Time

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This is the VP’s energetic new show opener.  It seemed to go over really well, with Friday attendees saying:

Lynette: This was a fantastic opening to their show, so fun!

Sarnic: Conlon and two other guys did these super awesome back flips on stage. Wow.

And then on Saturday, HopeWM reported this little incident to us:

Hope WM: Keith’s mic was off for his solo in Good Time, which was hilarious to see that he was clearly “werkin it” but there was no vocal. None of the famous Kevin timbre.  He later told us during his talkie that he had missed mic check.

We’ve heard from someone else in the audience that in the third row they could hear Keith projecting even without his mic, and he managed to get it turned on quickly, so it sounds like the situation was handled very well.

Footloose

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Lynette: Conlon/Scoot taking on the Jake/Ross roles respectively. I doubted Scoot’s ability to take on Ross’s hard rock persona at the end of this song. But I shouldn’t have. That boy’s got some surprises in him (a bit like McKay having soul in his little white body).

We totally agree with Lynette.  We’ve been super-impressed, both in the Covey videos and in the Hawaii performances, with how amazing Scoot sounds wailing away on Rossface’s old part.

Life is a Highway

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Sarnic: I love this song.

Lynette: Jake took the lead on this like a champ. They had real cowboy hats! They were, however, too big on basically everyone. But you know, one step at a time.

Um, we are beyond excited that there are real cowboy hats now.  And even though we know that they’re likely the result of more Ben-Jon wardrobe wizardry (he’s doing a great job!), they do look suspiciously similar to the hats we implored Cowboy Conlon to get as a parting gift from the Young Ambassadors.

And we do just have to wonder… whatever happened to the old “cowboy” hats?

???

Dare You to Move

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Lynette: Keith. Always a favorite song.

Sarnic: I didn’t record the next song “Dare You To Move.” Though I wish I had, Normal Jake totally tripped and nearly went down to the ground, but with a sheepish grin he kept right on singing, not missing a beat, and neither did the others.

So, no video from the Covey concerts, but there is this awesome Sterling Scholar one from the Homecoming Spectacular.  We are loving Keith’s raw and honest take on the song (which he arranged).

Meet the audience

Sarnic: At this point we had the “Get to know you” segment where the audience gets asked questions by Trevortastic and Scoot.

Michelle: When an eight-year-old was asked what she thought was the total combined weight of Vocal Point, she very enthusiastically answered, “80,000 pounds!!”  These boys weigh a lot!!

Sarnic: Ha, one of the guys commented. “Guys we need to go work out.”

Then:

Sarnic: “All of us are married except 6 of us. Which 3 are married?” -Conlon, Normal Jake, and..I think it was Landon…

Yup, those are the three.

Michelle: They also very clearly established who was single and not. Maybe this is why they were so excited to sing Call Me Maybe and have all the single ladies raise their hands.

Sarnic: Then came the set up for the next song.
“If you’re over age 18 raise your hand.”
“If you’re over age 18 and single keep your hand raised.”
So and and so forth until “If you want to volunteer to help out on our next bit keep your hand raised.”

Oh, you guys.

Call Me Maybe

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Johnson family: Jon got chased around the stage.

Sarnic: I loved how she chased after BenJon! ha!

Lynette: Ben-Jon. This was an interactive one. And I have a feeling you will love this video. When McKay found out [Moosen] got a video of it he was really pleased because that was the best interaction they have ever gotten. The girl in the middle was grabbing numbers being offered by the guys in the choreography and ended up chasing Jon all over. The boys were definitely about to lose it by the end of the song, so awesome.

Michelle: One of my new faves, Call Me Maybe.

Moosen: Jon rocks the solo.

And from Saturday:

HopeWM: Ben-Jon is so adorable when he’s shy. The girl was not as energetic as Friday’s chosen lady, she sort of just sat there.

Now, at some point from the beginning of the show up to this, Sarnic managed to snag this picture of the Trevortastic Stare.

And then it was time for the first costume change of the night.

4 Chord Song

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Lynette: I can’t remember what this song was actually called, though I hope it is called Axis of Awesome because no one appreciates a good WWI reference enough. Anyway, this was a seriously awesome/hilarious song where Landon eased into it with a talkie of how VP had never written their own original songs and Keith came out and said they really would only need to use the basic pop chord progression found in nearly all pop songs. He brought out some helpers, Conlon, Mega-Gigantor, Scoot, and Jake and gave them their notes. Keith then began to sing on top of their repeating chords just about every pop song known to man from Don’t Stop Believin’ to a Phantom of the Opera number that I can’t remember. Landon joined in once he knew what was going on and it was thoroughly fantastic.

Sarnic: Haha! Love this!

HopeWM: Loved every single facial expression by Landon and Keith in 4 Chord. Especially when Mega G did his bit.

We can’t wait to give this one a closer look in the near future.

Noyana / Come Come Ye Saints

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Lynette: Jake’s talkie into this song was pretty adorable. First he was just being terribly adorable about being married and how he met his wife with such joy and abounding energy and constant pacing. Then he transitioned into talking about how he would have missed the opportunity to date his wife if he hadn’t taken time away from his daily routine and “come”. They sang this song particularly well; I have liked it on their CD but it became one of my favorites at the concert.

Sarnic: Next the group sang: Noyana, Come Come Ye Saints and that was super amazing in person! Again, I regret not recording it, but my camera kept flashing the “low battery sign.” Sooo I had to pick and choose. But a little interesting fact…Trevortastic arranged the song, combining the two, Noyana and Come Come Ye Saints, together. He sounded amazing singing the main part as well.

Again, no video, but if you need a refresher, there was this performance at the Bookstore signing.

The Way You Look Tonight

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Lynette: Scott took over Jacob’s lead on this one (Hunker down Hunsaker, Newscaster Jake, too many names and I just call him Jacob) and did a great job!

Sarnic: I got caught up in trying to see if anybody was doing the Sammich Instrument.  Lol.  Also after the song Ben Jon said: “We just love the way that you look tonight. You see that’s funny as we just sang that song.”

Perhaps this is weird, but with the lack of sammich eating and no Tank Engine holding it down, this number really made us miss Tyler.

Elvis Medley

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Lynette: Robert was so spot on in Don’t Be Cruel. Like unrealistically spot on. This kid’s got an impersonation ability. I don’t remember who took Can’t Help Falling in Love (T and C note: Ben-Jon), and then Jake kicked Jailhouse Rock right in the pants. So awesome.

Sarnic: Robert is sooo cool as Elvis in the first part of the medley!!

INTERMISSION

Intermission brought about the next (and last) wardrobe change, this time into the Standard Look.

Higher Higher

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Johnson family: The opening number (T and C note: after intermission) had the human pinwheel (ah, Mikey—probably a late birthday tribute).

Lynette: I don’t remember who took the lead (T and C note: Conlon), I just remember that the song just wasn’t the same for me without Mikey. And the human pinwheel was fantastic and even funnier with Mega-Gigantor.

Sarnic: My favorite song.  I wanted you guys to see Adam go down basically onto his knees during the human pinwheel. I hope someone else got a recording of that.

HopeWM: Having now seen the human pinwheel in person…best choreography ever.

See now, we think it looks almost painfully cruel to make Adam participate in the human pinwheel in this manner.  Can we start a movement advocating for him to get to be in the center of the pinwheel, just to save the poor man’s knees?  Plus, how adorable would that Mega-Gigantor-sized human pinwheel be?

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

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Lynette: Conlon and Jake on this one. Awesome.

Sarnic: After that was Ain’t Too Proud To Beg…I didn’t record because it just brings painful memories of the Sing Off.

We love how Mega-G sounds at :58 during the bridge, or as we know it, the “Keith werkin’ it” section.  And Beaker’s voice hits some magic at 1:36.

Danny Boy

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Lynette: Obviously this was sung by Keith, and was fantastic.

Sarnic: I finally decided that I should probably record at least one of the songs that came from Vocal Point’s newest Album, Lead Thou Me On.

I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ For Christmas

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Lynette: This was a fantastic Robert and Ben-Jon talkie. I just kept waiting for Robert to call Ben-Jon the wrong name. 😉 And the song was hilarious as always with Robert, Jon, Trevor, and Scoot, though I did miss the unintelligible patter of Jacob’s bb gun story. I actually understood all of Scoot’s words. Which has its positive and negative sides apparently.

Sarnic: I did get “Elmo Sings Bass!”  In the quartet of I’m Getting Nothing For Christmas. Ah…I missed Forecaster Jake in this..but I loved watching the new guys do this song too.

Johnson family: One audience favorite was “I’m Getting Nothin for Christmas” arranged by Buck Mangum (former VPer).

HopeWM: Elmo showed up to talk to Ben Jon, and wanted to sing a Christmas song. So Ben-Jon, Trevor, Scoot, and Robert are all getting’ nothin’ for Christmas. But are going to Paris, and Scoot is now the one who may or may not have spent the night in jail.

We’re wondering if the Santa hats have gone the way of the “cowboy” hats or if they’ll make another appearance at some point.

(Plus we just wanted to post that GIF, with Hunsaker stroking his own face, again.)

12 Days of Christmas

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Lynette: Always awesome, Landon took the lead on Christmas down in Africa with a particularly awesome Jake on Ross’s “9 ladies dancing they were dancing for me”.  A different interpretation and so, so, so hilarious.

Sarnic: I could listen to it all year around…oh wait I do.  I love that Keith took the snowman part!

Yeah, when we found out the guys had decided to bring this number back, our very first question (or demand, either way) was that Keith should reclaim the snowman remix.  It’s just such an iconic Kevin bit.

HopeWM: 12 Days is definitely missing something without Fish Jake or Tyler Dino.

We totally agree with HopeWM.  But we do love the beat Mega-G drops during that section.

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

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Sarnic: Keith introduced the songs they would be singing next, which was rather surprising because they hadn’t really done that, but that was because they did Come Thou Fount and I Need Thee Every Hour back to back and they didn’t want us to applaud in between the songs — which nobody did.

Lynette: Lovely, I believe [Landon] had the lead on this one.

We love how Landon sounds here.

I Need Thee Every Hour

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Lynette: Scott was the lead on this one and I’ve gotta say I think it was his home run of the night. It was absolutely beautiful!

Get it, Scoot!

Adam’s Vocal Percussion Skills

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Lynette: Mega-G is a real winner, he did some great tempo changes and was very entertaining. Apparently he is the first vocal percussionist to have ever done regular percussion before. So props to him.

Sarnic: But then Adam! He did a percussion bit! So awesome and I’ll let you watch his intro as I find this bit of information super cool and fun. 🙂 Oh…I came in on the middle of a list when I hit record. He listed Robert twice -once for Elmo, the second for singing really low. And the violins comment refers to the beginning part of the I’m getting Nothing for Christmas bit before Elmo starts talking.

This seems like an appropriate spot to mention this:

Lynette: [Mega-G] by the way, instead of having a water bottle by his mic stand, had a water jug, like an old juice container it was massive.  Moosen got a picture of it, I’ll try to get it to you.

Michelle: Adam proved to be Mega-gigantor, tonight he drank from a one GALLON gatorade bottle of water where as everyone else had a normal water bottle.

For that, Mega-G, we would totally give you a solitary cheer.

September

Friday night house left video; Saturday night video from VP’s facebook page

Johnson family: Unfortunately, my camera was VERY low on battery for the final number where Keith broke out in some absolutely awesome worm-like side ways jump thing.  You two would’ve had a ball with it…oh well…there’s still a reason to see it live, I guess.

YES!  We love that move!  We’ve totally dubbed it Fish-out-of-water Keith!

Lynette: I legitimately have no idea who sang this, though I know they did this in Brigham Square and you have a video of that so you probably know who the lead is already (T and C note: Yup, it’s Scoot!). But I was dancing too hard to care. They brought the lights up, my friends and I stood up and boogied like the disco maniac that I am. Oh and I probably sang along which would explain why I don’t know who sang this.

Sarnic: The finale song was “September” And I didn’t record it because the group had the audience get up and dance and it was hard enought to keep the camera steady in my seat not to mention trying to keep it steady while dancing.

Encore: Don’t Stop Falling Without You

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Lynette: Quite a medley of Don’t Stop Believing (Keith), something else… (Jon) and Without You (Con…lon?) Obviously my memory isn’t what it used to be. Graduating from college does that to you. Come to think of it, my memory was actually never that great, so I guess I’m just normal. 🙂

Sarnic: On to the encore song! Another Medley! I hit record belatedly because I was like “Hey they’re singing a new favorite song of mine!” and then I thought “I should record this!” Sooo I did.

HopeWM: Oh and the super-awesome Don’t Stop Fallin’ Without You mash [was the] encore.

We totally like the direction they’re heading with the bit of staging at 2:50 where the guys are in three groups and they bust out different little bits of choreo from throughout the mash-up. 

Neat stuff!

And now it’s time for some other tidbits from our All-Star Blog Helpers.  First up, some:

General thoughts

Johnson family: My daughter and I went to the concert last night….awesome….as always!  This group has definitely found its groove this year, and brought back a bit of the past as well.

Lynette: The concert itself was fantastic!

Michelle: The concert was spectacular they sang tons of new material and lots of fun numbers. McDictator was present and we saw someone with a “Being Human is Hard” shirt. (T and C note: Yay! for blog shirts!)

Arrangements

Johnson family: The arrangements by McDictator and Keith were amazing….literally.  VP has a bright future of song arranging with McDictator at the McWheel.

Choreography

Johnson family: The songs with choreography by Conlon, Robert (who knew?) and Keith were so fun, like an ice cream sundae treat for your eyes.

HopeWM: And just a general note: Recycle and Reuse dance moves. I think every single move from Beat it showed up at some point in the choreography. (T and C note: that’s part of the magic!  Seeing how things evolve and change over time.  It’s also why we think some of those “classic VP” moves end up looking so cool – there’s enough shared history and practice with them that the guys know just where to place them so they are most effective.)

And finally, what you’ve probably been waiting for… Jake’s thoughts.  You see, we reached out to Jake to see if he could do us a favor and identify who was most likely to take over as the new King of the Talkies and / or Jokemaster.  We couldn’t think of anyone more qualified than Jake himself to determine such an important thing.  He attended the Saturday concert, and this is what he told us:

Jake Hunsaker:  Funniest person probably goes to JAKE Tengelson..  Although he already has a persona assigned to him: Beaker… Close runners up are Trevor and Landon I think..  I don’t know.  It was pretty close for everyone.  Basically, I’m irreplaceable. 🙂

Oh Jake, we couldn’t agree more.  The King of the Talkies title shall remain vacant for now, although we’ll be on constant look-out to see who will next reign on that throne.

Alright, well this post turned out to be quite the beast.  We hope everyone enjoys having things organized this way, and reading all of the thoughts from our All-Star Blog Helpers.  We’re looking forward to doing more in-depth analyses of some of these numbers in the near future.  And be on the look-out for a couple of surprises headed your way soon!

-Troi and Crusher

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13 Responses to November Covey Concerts Round-up, or the one where the All-Star Blog Helpers came through in a big way

  1. Kris says:

    A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the concert post!! This is the first Covey concert I have missed in the last few years, and I was having withdrawals. 🙂

  2. Moosen says:

    Even though I was at both shows, I still just spent an hour reading this and re-watching videos. These guys sure know how to put on a good show. Hey guys, wanna do another one soon?? I’m having withdrawals here… Haha.

    • Mega G says:

      We’re closing a show at BYU this Friday! Check our website for the deets. Word.

      • Sarnic Dirchi says:

        I checked out the website, but when I tried to ‘buy tickets’ the link just took me to a facebook page for BYU A cappella Club. 😦 Soo details…how much are tickets…and when/where can I buy one? 🙂

      • We were just in the process of getting those details! Here ya go:
        Friday at 7:30pm in the Tanner Building (rm. 151)
        Tickets are $5 if you buy them at the Wilk Info desk in advance, $7 at the door.
        🙂
        -T and C

  3. penpal says:

    Jake, I wore my TMtP t-shirt (Being a Human is Hard) to the concert. I never knew it glowed in the dark until the lights dimmed after intermission and I felt like everyone..even the guys on stage…could see it! Great shirt with your great phrase! Miss you in the group…tons!

  4. Lynette says:

    YES, that star is so going up on my mirror.

  5. Hope WM says:

    Awesome! Glad my recollections were useful! It was my first Vocal Point concert, and it will certainly not be the last 🙂 Such a fantastic and entertaining show!
    Also, I love the Danny Boy arrangement. Beautiful song and message.

  6. Sarnic Dirchi says:

    I’m glad I could help out! 😀 Again, I’m sorry for the blurry photo. An Itouch camera can only do so much. ^^;;

    And Lynette I think the Phantom of the Opera song you’re referring to is actually the song from Titanic in the 4 Chords song. At least that’s what I connected it to when I heard it. 🙂

  7. Mega G says:

    I loved everything about this post!
    I’ll also be the first to sign the petition for a Mega-G pinwheel!
    (And I really did drink that much water.) 😉

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