We’re practicing some new tunes to share! (pictured: Robin, Amy, Betsy)
Who doesn’t need a little a cappella joy for the holidays? We’re on it! Venus will bring you our unique combination of rock, jazz, swing and some holiday tunes with a twist to. We’re thrilled to be hosted by the Garrett Park Women’s Club at their charming historic venue in Kensington, Maryland. There will be light refreshments, too. Join us!
When: Sunday, December 15th, 4:30-6PM
Where: Historic Town Hall, 10814 Kenilworth Avenue, Garrett Park, Maryland 20896
Tickets: $12 in Advance, $15 at the Door (Small venue–buy early!)
Venus is looking forward to a year filled with new possibilities and performances. This winter we’ve been busy adding new repertoire–the “Cups” song, “Mexico,” “For Good” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” among others. We’re also polishing up our awesome arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner for baseball season! And we also held auditions and welcomed a new Venusian into our orbit–more on our new mezzo soprano in another blog post. Give us a shout if you want to book us for the spring — email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our favoriate Venusians Robin (front and center) and Dolores (fuschia, third from right) recently celebrated birthdays. This photo is not recent, as you can tell from the holiday greenery, but who wants a current photo for their birthday? To celebrate, Venus sang for R&D’s awesome house party. We love house parties. Are you having one this spring or summer? Give us a shout…we’ll be there before you can say “canapé.” You can email us at venusdminor (at) gmail (dot) com. Or if this is an aca-emergency, call 301-651-3707.
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Venus d Minor would like to wish all our fans a Very Happy Valentine’s Day. We’d sing you a verse of My Funny Valentine if we could get our streets plowed, here in snowed in Washington DC and environs. Stay safe and eat some chocolate.
Ms. Minor is tickled pink that she was included on the January nominations list for Best A Cappella Group the Washington Area Music Association’s 28th annual awards, the WAMMYs. The list of other nominees is a great group to be included in, too (group jam session, anyone?). The WAMMYs are voted on by WAMA members, but you can give the girls a hand with your vote for Venus d Minor as your FAN FAVORITE–and you don’t have to be a member to do it! Click here for details and thanks for your support of the galaxy’s favorite women’s octet!
UPDATE 2/14: The WAMMY Fan Favorite voting is now closed. Thanks to all of our supporters–fingers crossed! here’s the fully list of WAMMY nominees this year.
As many of our fans know, we are as much lovers of cheese as we are of a cappella. So when Venus heard that the FDA was blocking imports of the beautiful French cheese Mimolette (see story in Washington Post) , we knew we had to do something! So…we are heading back to one of our favorite outdoor summer concert venues–Lubber Run Ampitheater in Arlington–to sing our hearts out for cheese fans everywhere. We’ll be selling our new CD Digital Redemption, and using the proceeds to purchase the last remaining rounds of mimolette we can find for rehearsal snacking. Join us at this fabulous concert, where we’ll be appearing with our friends The Tone Rangers . The concert begins at 8PM. Location: N. Columbus Street and 2nd Street N., two blocks north of Route 50. For the full summer schedule at Lubber.
Robin’s Memorable “Uke Break”
Kristin sings Sunny Came Home.
Betsy in “Regretting”
Thanks, fans, for turning out in the rain and having some fun with us last weekend. Let’s do it again soon! And thanks again for getting our Facebook page to 100 likes (do we hear 101?).
Venus Takes a Bow
From Shawn Colvin to Cole Porter, Venus serenades fans for a Mother’s Day weekend a cappella extravaganza at the Garrett Park Town Hall. Last year’s concert sold out early, so order your tickets today!
When: Saturday, May 11th at 7:30PM.
Where: Garrett Park Town Hall, 10814 Kenilworth Avenue, Garrett Park, MD
Details: Wine and other refreshments available for purchase, along with Venus CD’s and logo items.
The concert is brought to you by the Women’s Club of Garrett Park, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Betsy White Emergency Fund, created in 1969 for families who find themselves in urgent financial need due to fire, health or other family emergencies.
Tickets: Fans, we’re sorry to advise you that our Advance Ticket Sales are now closed. But we’ll still have tickets at the door for $12.00 We’ll see you at the venue!
Parking: on the street, or if you go past the venue and turn right, there are plenty of spaces in the school parking lot. Please arrive early to ensure a seat–it’s cozy…thus fabulous for a cappella!.
Our hats are off to Robert Gottlieb for his splendid essay in this month’s Atlantic about the Rodgers and Hart song partnership, plus some notes on Gary Marmostein’s new Hart biography “A Ship Without a Sail”. Venus sings My Funny Valentine (1937) from this prolific pair. What other Rodgers and Hart classic do you think we should sing? Their break-through hit Manhattan? Or perhaps I Could Write a Book? Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered ? Or maybe we could improve on Shauna Hicks parody of “Zip” (here entitled “Fish”) and do one of our own? For a complete and unbelievably long list to choose from, click here, then post a comment!