Kingsport hosting The Bobs on farewell tour

Matthew Lane • Sep 11, 2017 at 2:36 PM

KINGSPORT — After more than 35 years together, The Bobs will be stepping away from the microphones.

The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport are hosting The Bobs in concert on their farewell tour next week. In addition to the concert, The Bobs will be conducting an outreach session with members of the Dobyns-Bennett High School a cappella groups.

The Bobs will perform Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the D-B Little Theatre. Prior to the concert, the student outreach session with members of the D-B a cappella groups will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more. To purchase your tickets or for more information, call (423) 392-8414. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.EngageKingsport.com.

Described as “Manhattan Transfer meets Monty Python or Robin Williams meets Bobby McFerrin or J.S. Bach meets Jimi Hendrix,” The Bobs are a quartet of Grammy-nominated vocal acrobats. Founded in San Francisco in 1981, The Bobs have been delivering the classics, breaking all the rules and clear-cutting their own unique path in the world of vocal music for more than three decades, playing everywhere from Lincoln Center to Berlin’s Passionskirche.

“Hosting The Bobs and having them meet with some of our a cappella students is very exciting,” said Bonnie Macdonald, director of Kingsport's Office of Cultural Arts. “They are the best at what they do, and this will not only be a great concert, but a learning opportunity as well.”

The Bobs have performed thousands of live shows, hundreds of original songs and recorded 16 albums. Member Richard Greene posted on The Bobs’ official website the reason the group is calling it quits.

“We’ve decided to stop touring and concentrate on our various individual efforts in music,” Greene wrote. “Why now? You might ask. It’s mostly because of location and logistics. The current lineup will be spread across the U.S. as of June; Matthew in Seattle, Dan in Minneapolis/St Paul, Angie in San Francisco and Richard in Virginia. Even The Bobs might need to rehearse occasionally.”

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