Blenders to Celebrate 25th Anniversary with Series of Shows at Pantages Theater, 12/12-14
After major label recording contracts, international hits, 15 albums/EPs and 16 years now of their ever-popular Holiday Soul Tour, The Blenders are celebrating their 25 years together doing what they do best -- presenting their annual Christmas concert (with a killer backing band) at Hennepin Theatre Trust's Pantages Theater (710 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403), December 12-14.
Tickets are $43.50 & $38.50 and include the $4 facility fee. They go on sale September 5, 2014, and are available IN PERSON @ The State Theatre Box Office (no service fees), or any Ticketmaster outlet BY PHONE: 800.982.2787 or online by visiting HennepinTheatreTrust.org GROUPS SAVE! Call 612.373.5665.
Join The Blenders for an inimitable mixture of classic holiday and soul fare, plus original Christmas songs that sound like classics, all framed by their trademarked four-part harmony, plus a good chunk of multi-media and inspired comedic segments. Bell State Bank & Trust, based in Fargo and one of the premier banks in the upper Midwest, is the Title Sponsor for this year's 25th Anniversary season and annual Holiday Soul Tour.
The world has changed a lot since 1989 when two childhood Fargo friends from age 4 and two brothers from a farm outside of Fargo officially became The Blenders. That year, desktop computers were still in their infancy, the Berlin Wall was about to come down and Seinfeld had just hit TV (See list below*).
And yet, Tim Kasper, Ryan Lance and Darren and Allan Rust still remain close friends today at a landmark date when many other such groups have already stopped speaking with each other, or disbanded. Best of all, the self-described "vocal band's" rich, award-winning sound hasn't changed at all, either, it's only improved over two-one-half decades! And the Blenders' influence continues to stretch far and wide, especially on the a cappella scene. They have forged a sound that's earned them a huge fan base, critical acclaim and accolades from recording artists such as pop diva Erykah Badu to the legendary Les Paul, plus three Emmy Awards.
"We've managed to stay close friends for all these years despite being in a business known for wrecking friendships and careers," says Kasper. "If anything, we're tighter than ever and that's reflected in our creativity and performance year after year and our fans can feel it."