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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Well THAT was fun! Thanks to all our fans–and fans of The Tone Rangers and The Chromatics–for coming out on a chilly evening to hear us sing at Jammin’ Java. Let us know if you have a birthday party, retirement party, divorce party, or any other happening which requires a dash of a cappella!
Well, despite the threat of rain and some actual rain, we all had a fabulous time singing for the packed crowd at Lubber Run ampitheater this past weekend! Thanks again to The Tone Rangers for the invite. Here are a few pics, and we’ll load some more shortly
Betsy “Venus” Erickson
Venusians Amy DeLouise and Kristin Bass
Venus Sings Lubber Run
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!.
What’s better than the gift of song? OUR songs, that’s what. Yes, we are shamelessly promoting our new CD, Digital Redemption. So if you are old-fashioned, consider purchasing a physical CD. Or you can download the whole shebang or selected mp3’s from Amazon or iTunes. Hey, did you know that you can also Hire Venus to Sing for Your Favorite Holiday Event? Yup. We’re probably the only Washington DC area group who can say we’ve sung for Janet Reno AND Condoleeza Rice. These days, who can find such bi-partisanship? Again, shameless self-promotion. At our age, the gloves have come off. Well, figuratively anyway.
Venus d Minor Altos Robin Sloan Kristin Bass
A summer wine review from Venus member Robin Sloan (on the left in blue in this lovely photo).
We’ve all heard about 2 Buck Chuck and given the state of the economy, we thought we’d try some. Well it cost a little over 3 Bucks and it wasn’t very good and we had to cross the river to buy it. However, during our discussion with the Trader Joe’s wine guy – he may have thought it was flirting, but it was merely a discussion about wine – we (I) discovered several tasty and very inexpensive wines. Given that I prefer sauvignon blanc from the Marlboro region of New Zealand or some place in Chile, I focused my attention on sauvignon blanc. The wine guy’s favorite is Bay Moon, 2011 from Monterey, California. Go figure! At a mere $5.99 a bottle, I decided to take one for a test drive. It passed with flying colors. Very smooth and light, not too citrusy – although, I do enjoy the citrusy stuff. He also suggested Vinas Chilenas Reserve, 2011 from Chile. Very crisp, lots of citrus, and WAIT . . . is that $3.99 price tag for real???? The only thing that would make this wine better is a twist off top. So there you have it, two great, inexpensive wines from Trader Joe’s. Cheers! -Robin
You bought the CD, you came to the launch concert, and you still want More Venus! Now you can hear us live on the streets of Alexandria at Del Ray First Thursday on August 2nd, between 6 and 9PM. More details will be posted here and on our “Events” tab.
Venus packed the Town Hall of Garrett Park, Maryland to celebrate the release of our new CD, Digital Redemption (now available for download on iTunes, Amazon or CD Baby). We are so grateful to all our friends, family and fans for coming out to join us! Thank you to the Women’s Club of Garrett Park, our hosts. 50% of the proceeds go to the Betsy White Emergency Fund for families in need. Please “like” us on Facebook and email us about any concert opportunities in your area at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Venus d Minor’s new CD is now Live and available for download on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. We need Likes and Reviews from our fans, so pull out those keyboards! Our CD Release Concert tonight is SOLD OUT, but that won’t stop us from coming to sing in your living room. Feel free to email us about concert opportunities at email@example.com.
Venus d Minor members from L to R: Mary Shaffran, Kristin Bass, Betsy Erickson, Amy DeLouise, Robin Sloan, Dolores McDonagh, Beth Brummel (director) and Patti Gaston.
The new Venus d Minor CD, Digital Redemption, will be available on iTunes and stores. Tracks–which can be purchased through iTunes separately or as an album–include:
Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
Last Train to Clarksville
I Can’t Make You Love Me
It’s Too Tight for Me (originally, It’s Alright With Me-a Robin Sloan lyrics special!)
When She Loved Me from Toy Story
Accentuate the Positive
Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
Sunny Came Home
Miss Otis Regrets
Come hear the live concert of these songs and more Venus audience favorites on Saturday June 23rd, 7:30pm at the Garrett Park Town Hall, 10814 Kenilworth Avenue, Garrett Park, MD. Concert sponsored by the Women’s Club of Garrett Park. 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 are on sale for $10 in advance ($12 at the door). Seating is limited (only 50 seats left!) so order now while supplies last. Mail your check to Venus d Minor c/o B. Erickson, 9692 Farmside Place, Vienna, VA 22182. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your reservation request and a contact name and phone number and we’ll call you for Visa/Mastercard info.