The term “barbershop quartet” often brings to mind a vision of men wearing boater hats and striped vests. But local crooners The Cross Creek Chordsmen are anything but dated. With a modern twist on a classic theme, this chorus brings the best of both worlds to every show. The group offers a unique blend of sounds combined with crazy humor and a lot of fun. The Chordsmen have come a long way since the group formed five years ago, and they’re proud to announce their first fundraiser concert, “Fun, fun, fun,” Saturday, Oct. 20.
The Cross Creek Chordsmen consists of 15-20 men varying in age, profession and background. Many of its members have been singing together for much longer than five years. Some of them originally belonged, in the ’70s and ’80s, to a different group, which eventually dissolved.
“We are going to showcase many of our classic barbershop songs with a modern twist,” said Joshua Gray-Heim, events coordinator for the Chordsmen. “We are so excited to have our District Quartet Champions, ‘Technically Sound,’ as our guest quartet as well as a quartet from our singers.”
The theme for “Fun, fun, fun” came from one of the group’s new songs that morphed into an entire show because the whole group loved it so much. The group is close-knit, and the members describe it as more than just a group of men who sing together.
“For me, it’s like being in a fraternity,” Gray-Heim said. “It’s another family. Each of us is completely different from the next; however, we all come together for the love of music.”
This group has a lot more to it than “Fun, fun, fun.” The members participate in several community events for local nonprofits, including “Christmas in the Garden” at Cape Fear Botanical Garden; Heritage Days at the Poe House; Singing for the Carolina Highlands and Carolina Inn Facilities; Cottonade Parade of Homes; SwampDog Games; Eastover Days; and many others.
Part of the attraction of this group is the fact that the performers specialize in being unique. They customize each performance. Heading into the holidays, the Chordsmen are booking up quickly for Christmas sets.
“I first met the Crosscreek Chordsmen last Christmas season when they performed live on The River/106.5 WMRV,” said Christy “Sweet Tea” Andrulonis, afternoon host on All American Country/100.1 WFAY. “If you are planning an event and are in need of a unique sound and lots of fun, this is the group for you! Weddings, local events even singing telegrams. – you name it, and these talented vocalists can sing it.”
The Chordsmen also have a special event planned for Oct. 28 called “Paint Fayetteville Pink.” It is a breast cancer awareness fundraiser. This event will be located at Huske Hardware in downtown Fayetteville and will feature a classic car show and special guest local musical talent Kascie Page.
“Fun, fun, fun” is set for Oct. 20 at the Arran Lake Baptist Church Family Life Center, which is located at 1130 Bingham Dr. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 910-729- 2063 for more information.