Durham's wonderful PopUp Chorus performed at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC, as part of the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation benefit on 8/9/14. For those who don't know about this group already, it's composed of anyone who wants to show up and sing. They chose the Lumineers' "Ho Hey" this time. They often pick more esoteric, less well-known songs, but they figured at least some of this rather random crowd would be likely to know a more popular song. The selection lent itself well to a chorus.
From their website:
"Founded by arts entrepreneur and event promoter, Lauren Bromley Hodge, the PopUp Chorus launched at Motorco in Durham, NC in January 2014. Seamus Kenney, musician, composer and middle school chorus teacher, artfully conducts the PopUp Chorus events.
Singers arrive and learn two themed songs each week, which they perform, record and film on the same night. The PopUp meets again a week later to sing two new songs. It is never the same group twice…"
I'm sure they will release a much better quality video than this, but I just wanted to share, because what they do is just beautiful. It's really amazing what Kenney can get out of a group of ragtag kids, grandmothers, and hipsters in about a half an hour. PopUp Chorus has been on a bit of a break in the summer, but will be picking up the weekly performances at Motorco in Durham soon.