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NO PROMISES Vocal Band Returns Beloved A Cappella Christmas Concerts to Cincinnati Venues

NP_Christmas 2021

Photo by Leslie Goddard.

CINCINNATI, OH – A cappella holiday magic returns to the tri-state this December as NO PROMISES Vocal Band re-launches their beloved annual “Christmas With No Promises” tour. Sonic stocking-stuffers from Alicia Keys, Andy Williams, Joni Mitchell and Dan Fogelberg will be on offer as the region’s premier vocal jazz ensemble sings a family-friendly concert of sacred and secular classics, including selections from their recent “Boy Band Diaries” show with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.

“Christmas With No Promises” will be presented four times:

Community of the Good Shepherd
Thursday, December 16, 7:30pm
8815 East Kemper Road | Montgomery
60m Family-Length Program
A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted; No Reservations Required
Health Protocol: Masks Recommended

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Nancy James.

The Carnegie
feat. The Nancy James Trio
Saturday, December 18, 7:30pm
1028 Scott Boulevard | Covington
Full-Length Program with Two Sets
Tickets $25
Tickets Required: www.thecarnegie.com, or 859.957.1940
Health Protocol: Masks Required

St. Columban Parish
Tuesday, December 21, 7:30pm
894 Oakland Road | Loveland
60m Family-Length Program
A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted; No Reservations Required
Health Protocol: Masks Recommended

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Pamela Mallory

Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre
feat. The Pamela Mallory Trio
Wednesday, December 22, 7:30pm
801 Matson Place | Price Hill
Full-Length Program with Two Sets
Tickets $25
Reservations Required:
http://www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com/Incline/, or 513.241.6550
Health Protocol: Masks Required

Getting Back to Live Shows
Leading up to 2020 holiday season in which live vocal performances were simply impossible, the men of NO PROMISES were facing the prospect of discontinuing a holiday tradition enjoyed by thousands every year since 2015. So they pivoted, tapping Cider Mill Productions and Over-The-Rhine’s beautiful Memorial Hall for a live-recorded holiday soiree. More than 90 donors contributed nearly $7,000 to cover production expenses and venue rental. The group largely convened online, utilizing innovative technology to allow the rehearsal process to continue. The result was a visually and acoustically stunning video-on-demand experience that created a bridge to the resumption of live holiday performances in 2021.

But it wasn’t all streaming video and waiting around for conditions to improve. In summer 2021, NO PROMISES joined forces with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in a show called “The Boy Band Diaries.” Performed on outdoor stages in Covington, Ft. Thomas and Middletown, the collaboration surveyed a century of a male harmony singing, from the Ink Spots and the Hi-Los, through the Beach Boys and Motown, all the way to groups like NSYNC and Home Free. Four selections from “The Boy Band Diaries” will be included in the 2021 “Christmas With No Promises” set.

About NO PROMISES
NO PROMISES is a Cincinnati-based professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown, and adult contemporary music. The group is has entertained at festivals, concert series, conventions and concert halls throughout the state. Its members have graced the stages of Broadway, fronted major symphony orchestras, and backed the likes of Jim Messina, Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins and POCO. In their day-to-day lives, the men of NO PROMISES are clinical psychologists, theatrical talent buyers, real estate moguls and hairdressers with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

The group has released three recording projects: A No Promises Christmas (2016), All Wet (2018) and The Nines (2019).

The members of NO PROMISES are Joshua Steele (resident of Kennedy Heights), David Baum (Montgomery), Jeff Grooms (Cold Spring, KY), and Nat Comisar (Indian Hill). Guest artists Paul Phillips (West Chester), and Noah Berry (Dayton) will join the group on all four shows, with Ryan Strand (North College Hill) guesting on the December 18 performance at The Carnegie.

Curious about how Broadway actor David Baum joined NO PROMISES and became a clinical psychologist, the surprising musical background of former Maisonette owner Nat Comisar, or the national tour that Noah Berry steps away from for this concert series? Check out individual bios at http://www.nopromisesvocalband.com/lineup/.

About The Nancy James Trio
A versatile, Emmy-winning performer, Nancy James has shared her talents with the tri-state area on stage, on camera, and on the air waves for over three decades. James became a part of our lives on the Bob Braun Show singing, interviewing, and creating live commercials. She continues to make her living as an entertainer: appearing onstage as a singer, on-camera as a spokesperson, and representing clients as their voice-over talent for radio and television commercials. The Carnegie’s stage is well-known to James, whose 2008 – 2014 annual programs on the venue’s Carnegie In Concert series were always much anticipated and well-attended. www.nancyjamesmusic.com.

Joining James at The Carnegie is friend and collaborator Janet Yates Vogt, an accomplished composer whose original musicals GEORGE REMUS: A NEW MUSICAL and TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL have been produced by the Covington arts center.

About The Pamela Mallory Trio
Originally from Dayton, OH, Pamela Mallory has been a fixture of the Cincinnati music scene for more than 18 years. A soulful and swinging jazz songstress, Mallory performs unique arrangements of works by the great songwriters of the 1940s to the music of today. Her credits include headline performances at the Dayton Women in Jazz Festival, the jazz series at Lexington’s Farish Theater, Wright State University’s jazz series, Cincinnati’s Crown Jewels of Jazz program, and recently at Memorial Hall’s popular Jazz at the Memo series. She’s also appeared at beloved current and past regional music venues, including Gilly’s and Pacchia in Dayton, Chez Nora and The Carnegie in Covington, and Cincinnati’s Blue Wisp Jazz Club. www.pamelasjazz.com.

The Pamela Mallory trio includes Pamela Mallory (vocals), Wayne Yeager (keyboard) and Michael Sharfe (bass).

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A Cappella Group Raises $7K for Streaming Concert, Extends Campaign Window for Special Viewing of Full Show

No Promises_logoCINCINNATI, OH – In their campaign to “Save Christmas,” NO PROMISES Vocal Band has raised nearly $7,000 from more than 90 supporters to produce a streaming version of their annual “Christmas With NO PROMISES” concert.

The program was filmed at historic Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine on Tuesday, November 24, and will be released to campaign supporters circa December 8. Individual song videos will be released progressively in the days leading up to December 23, when the general public will be able to experience the full show for the first time.

A Successful Campaign Extended
Between October 21 and November 19, donors from across the country contributed nearly $7,000 in gifts ranging from $1 – $500 to cover venue rental, audio engineering, video engineering and licensing expenses incurred in creating digital concert. Debbie Hill and Dunrobin & Associates each made leading gifts of $500 as concert sponsors.

With less than a month remaining until the Christmas holiday, NO PROMISES is extending the campaign window to December 23. Fans who missed the initial fundraising period can contribute in any amount to receive special access to the full concert prior to the December 23 public release. This additional support will also help the ensemble defray some unexpected costs, including COVID-19 testing that allowed them to sing together unmasked.

Individuals can support the NO PROMISES Saves Christmas campaign in two ways:

  • Donate via credit card at NoPromisesVocalBand.com and find the “Leave Us A Tip” link.
  • Mail a check to: No Promises Vocal Band, ATTN: Matt Croy, 1480 Shore Drive, Findlay, OH, 45840

2020 Concert Set List
Recorded on November 24 at Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall, the concert consists of ten songs:

  • Tiny Little Christmas – As performed by The Blenders
  • All The Things You Are – As performed by The Singers Unlimited
  • O Holy Night – Traditional
  • Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – The Temptations
  • Sunday Morning – Maroon Five
  • River – Joni Mitchell
  • This Christmas – Donnie Hathaway
  • White Christmas – As performed by The Drifters
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – from MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

As in their live concerts, members of the group introduce each tune with witty repartee.

Christmas with NO PROMISES – An Aural History
For many, the yearly Christmas With NO PROMISES tour has become one of the most anticipated performances of the year, earning a 2019 nomination by Movers & Makers magazine as Cincinnati’s Top Chamber Music Concert. Past tours have included stops in Dayton, Columbus, Toledo and Findlay, complementing beloved local venues including The Garfield Theater, The Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, and the band’s perennial favorite, Community of the Good Shepherd. Other recent venues have included Covington’s The Carnegie, Walnut Hills’ New Thought Unity Center, Montgomery’s The Uni, New Richmond’s historic Mt. Zion-St. Paul United Church of Christ, Withamsville’s St. Thomas More.

Live Christmas With NO PROMISES concerts have taken place annually since 2015, and draw more than 2,000 attendees each year.

About NO PROMISES
NO PROMISES is a Cincinnati-based professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown, and yacht rock. The group has entertained at festivals, concert series, conventions and concert halls throughout the state. Its members have graced the stages of Broadway, fronted major symphony orchestras, and backed the likes of Jim Messina, Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins and POCO. In their day-to-day lives, the men of NO PROMISES are clinical psychologists, theatrical talent buyers, and hairdressers with a passion for a cappella singing.

The group has released three recording projects: A No Promises Christmas (2016), All Wet (2018) and The Nines (2019).

The members of NO PROMISES are Joshua Steele (resident of Kennedy Heights), Ryan Strand (North College Hill), David Baum (Montgomery), Jeff Grooms (Cold Spring, KY), Matt Croy (Findlay, OH), and Nat Comisar (Indian Hill). Current guest artists are Noah Berry (Dayton, OH), Kyle Karnes (Oakley), and Schyler Vargas (Chicago, IL).

Curious about how Broadway actor David Baum joined NO PROMISES and became a clinical psychologist, or the surprising musical background of former Maisonette owner Nat Comisar? Check out individual bios at http://www.nopromisesvocalband.com/lineup/.

For More Information
Contact Nat Comisar at 513.378.5801 or booking@nopromisesvocalband.com.

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Popular A Cappella Group On a Mission to “Save Christmas” with Streaming Performance of Beloved Annual Holiday Concert

No Promises_logoCINCINNATI, OH – Each year since 2015, more than 2,000 music lovers have followed their a cappella star to a NO PROMISES Vocal Band Christmas concert. But in 2020, the pandemic has other plans.

This year, the ensemble will produce a streaming presentation of its Christmas With NO PROMISES Concert, shot at Cincinnati’s beautiful Memorial Hall. The concert will feature sacred and secular holiday favorites, as well as music from NO PROMISES’ everyday repertoire. Viewers will recognize timeless Christmas classics by Joni Mitchell, Donnie Hathaway and Judy Garland, and the premiere of new arrangements of tunes by Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder, Singers Unlimited and The Temptations.

NO PROMISES has launched a corresponding Kickstarter campaign to cover the estimated $5,250 to record and present the concert. As of October 26, the five-day-old campaign is 50% to its goal, with $2,600, and 23 days, remaining.

The ensemble is targeting a December 8 release of its streaming concert to “backers” of the fundraising campaign, who will receive immediate access to the entire performance. The concert will become available to the general public shortly before Christmas, with individual songs released in the interval.

Potential donors may learn more about the concert and the campaign on the band’s Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/184086923/no-promises-saves-christmas

The Campaign to “Save Christmas”
In a typical year, NO PROMISES would appear at neighborhood arts venues and places of worship, accepting donations and ticket sales to offset costs. The 2020 digital concert campaign turns the model on its head, seeking contributions in advance of the performance to cover expenses including venue rental, video recording and editing, audio engineering and licensing.

Pledges early in the campaign have ranged from $10 – $500. “Rewards” for contributions include:

  • Exclusive early access to the entire 2020 Christmas With NO PROMISES streaming concert
  • NO PROMISES custom magnets and masks
  • Invitation to the concert video shoot
  • Sponsorship of individual songs or of the entire concert

Should the campaign exceed its goal, excess funds will be contributed the venues where NO PROMISES might have otherwise performed in 2020, as well as to support individual singers.

The campaign will conclude on November 19, 2020. If the goal is not reached, NO PROMISES will not receive any of the pledged funding.

Christmas with NO PROMISES – An Aural History
For many, the yearly Christmas With NO PROMISES tour has become one of the most anticipated performances of the year, earning a 2019 nomination by Movers & Makers magazine as Cincinnati’s Top Chamber Music Concert. Past tours have included stops in Dayton, Columbus, Toledo and Findlay, complementing beloved local venues including The Garfield Theater, The Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, and the band’s perennial favorite, Community of the Good Shepherd. Other recent venues have included Covington’s The Carnegie, Walnut Hills’ New Thought Unity Center, Montgomery’s The Uni, New Richmond’s historic Mt. Zion-St. Paul United Church of Christ, Withamsville’s St. Thomas More.

About NO PROMISES
NO PROMISES is a Cincinnati-based professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown, and yacht rock. The group has entertained at festivals, concert series, conventions and concert halls throughout the state. Its members have graced the stages of Broadway, fronted major symphony orchestras, and backed the likes of Jim Messina, Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins and POCO. In their day-to-day lives, the men of NO PROMISES are clinical psychologists, theatrical talent buyers, and hairdressers with a passion for a cappella singing.

The group has released three recording projects: A No Promises Christmas (2016), All Wet (2018) and The Nines (2019).

The members of NO PROMISES are Joshua Steele (resident of Kennedy Heights), Ryan Strand (North College Hill), David Baum (Montgomery), Jeff Grooms (Cold Spring, KY), Matt Croy (Findlay, OH), and Nat Comisar (Indian Hill). Current guest artists are Noah Berry (Dayton, OH), Kyle Karnes (Oakley), and Schyler Vargas (Chicago, IL).

Curious about how Broadway actor David Baum joined NO PROMISES and became a clinical psychologist, or the surprising musical background of former Maisonette owner Nat Comisar? Check out individual bios at http://www.nopromisesvocalband.com/lineup/.

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Celebrated All-Male Vocal Jazz Ensemble Seeks Tenor

No Promises_logoCINCINNATI, OH – NO PROMISES Vocal Band is on the hunt for a tenor.

The Ideal Singer
A tenor who can sing close harmony parts and solo in multiple styles. Strong musicianship is a plus. Plans to remain in the Greater Cincinnati / Dayton region in the long term.

What Is NO PROMISES?
Formed in 2015, NO PROMISES is a Cincinnati-based professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to favorites of jazz, Motown, yacht rock and other genres. Its singers have performed across North America on theatrical tours, graced the stages of Broadway, fronted major symphony orchestras, and backed the likes of Jim Messina, Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins and POCO. In their day-to-day lives, the men of NO PROMISES are clinical psychologists, theatrical talent buyers, real estate moguls and hairdressers, with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

Listen to our most recent studio recordings here.

Read about the current group members here.

What’s The Commitment?
NO PROMISES rehearses weekly on Tuesday nights, with rehearsals alternating weekly between Cincinnati and Dayton. In the first six months of 2020, we will be preparing for a set of two or three concerts in June, as well as for two recording projects.

A tenor brought on board would join us as a guest artist for this six-month period. Thereafter, we’d mutually evaluate permanent membership in the group.

Each year, we tend to perform 10 – 15 times, and regularly do recording projects.

I’m Interested… What Next?
Send a link of a video or audio recording to Joshua Steele at joshuaTsteele@gmail.com. Doesn’t need to be a cappella, just something that shows off your chops. If we dig it, we’ll reach out about finding a night for you to come in and sing with us.

For More Information
Contact Nat Comisar at 513.378.5801 or booking@nopromisesvocalband.com.

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Popular Cincinnati A Cappella Group Touts New Album, New Venues on Beloved Christmas Concert Series

MISC_No Promises Vocal Band (The Nines)

CINCINNATI, OH – Each year since 2015, thousands of music lovers have followed their a cappella star to a NO PROMISES Vocal Band Christmas concert. With a new studio album in tow, the ensemble will debut two new venues as it spans compass points across Cincinnati.

Kindle your holiday spirits with the joyful harmonies of NO PROMISES Vocal Band, as the group embarks on their beloved annual “Christmas With No Promises” tour. Andy Williams, Joni Mitchell, Judy Garland and Panic at the Disco will be under the mistletoe as Ohio’s premier vocal jazz ensemble offers a family-friendly concert of sacred and secular classics, including selections from its new EP, The Nines.

“Christmas With No Promises” will be presented four times, at points north, east, west and central in Greater Cincinnati:

Thursday, December 5, 7:30pm
Mt. Zion-St. Paul United Church of Christ
1563 Clermontville Laurel Rd| New Richmond
60m Family-Length Program
No Reservations Required; A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted

Friday, December 13, 7:30pm
The Garfield Theater
719 Race Street | Downtown
Full Program, Two Sets
Tickets $15 Advance, $20 Door
Reservations Required: www.thegarfieldtheatre.org, or 859.957.3456

Thursday, December 19, 7:30pm
Community of the Good Shepherd
8815 East Kemper Road | Montgomery
60m Family-Length Program
No Reservations Required; A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted

Friday, December 20, 8:00pm
Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre
801 Matson Place | Price Hill
Full Program, Two Sets
Tickets $15 Advance, $20 Door
Reservations Required: www.clpshows.org, or 513.241.6550

Programs at Mt. Zion-St. Paul on December 5 and Community of the Good Shepherd on December 19 will be NO PROMISES’ traditional hour-long concerts; admission is free, and freewill offerings will be accepted.

Programs at The Garfield Theatre on December 13 and the Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre on December 20 will feature two full sets of repertoire; tickets are required.

NO PROMISES 2019 EP Release – The Nines
NO PROMISES is dressed “to the nines” in their slick 2019 release, featuring jazz standards spanning a century of musical gems. Kicking off with an homage to the beloved John Coltrane interpretation of “My Favorite Things,” the group’s musical theatre stripes are also on display with a crafty treatment of the Gershwins’ 1930s classic “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” featuring a rare and charming lead vocal from baritone Jeff Grooms. Bass Nat Comisar relishes a fond childhood memory with his lift of George
Shearing’s decadent piano arrangement of “Over The Rainbow.” A favorite ballad among the group’s live concert fans, the Andy Williams / Breakfast at Tiffany’s classic “Moon River” receives a rich studio velvet with lead vocal by Broadway veteran David Baum. The project wraps with an unexpected bossa reimagination of the Panic at the Disco hit “Death of a Bachelor,” featuring the impressively rangy vocals of opera crossover artist Schyler Vargas.

“The Nines” features the voices of Joshua Steele, Charlie Harper, David Baum, Jeff Grooms, Matt Croy and Nat Comisar, with special guest artists Noah Berry, Kyle Karnes and Schyler Vargas.

CDs and digital download cards are available at performances for $10 and $5, respectively. Concert goers will also be able to purchase CDs of all three NO PROMISES studio records for $35. Digital content available at iTunes, Spotify and more.

About NO PROMISES
NO PROMISES is a Cincinnati-based professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown, and adult contemporary music. The group is has entertained at festivals, concert series, conventions and concert halls throughout the state. Its members have graced the stages of Broadway, fronted major symphony orchestras, and backed the
likes of Jim Messina, Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins and POCO. In their day-to-day lives, the men of NO PROMISES are clinical psychologists, theatrical talent buyers, real estate moguls and hairdressers with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

The group has released three recording projects: A No Promises Christmas (2016), All Wet (2018) and The Nine (2019).

The members of NO PROMISES are Joshua Steele (resident of Kennedy Heights), David Baum (Montgomery), Jeff Grooms (Cold Spring, KY), Matt Croy (Findlay, OH), and Nat Comisar (Indian Hill). Current guest artists are Kyle Karnes (Oakley), Paul Phillips (Symmes Township) and Schyler Vargas (East End).

Curious about how Broadway actor David Baum joined NO PROMISES and became a clinical psychologist, or the surprising musical background of former Maisonette owner Nat Comisar? Check out our individual bios at http://www.nopromisesvocalband.com/lineup/.

Special Guests
Joining NO PROMISES for the group’s holiday schedule are three guest artists: Kyle Karnes, Paul Phillips and Schyler Vargas. A Colorado native and award-winning vocalist, Vargas spent the past two summers performing at New York state’s prestigious Glimmerglass Festival, while on break from his graduate opera studies at the University of Cincinnati’s renowned College-Conservatory of Music. His upcoming engagements include operas in France and Chile. Phillips is a Cincinnati
native with a background in musical theatre and a cappella singing, and shares alma mater Sycamore High School with his more “mature” fellow singers David Baum and Joshua Steele. A web designer by day, Karnes holds a BA in Music from Miami University, where he was a founding member and assistant music director of the male a cappella group, Open Fifth.

For More Information
Contact Nat Comisar at 513.378.5801 or booking@nopromisesvocalband.com.

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