They began at St. John’s University in Central Minnesota and have become, according to their own website, one of the “most in-demand” vocal groups in the Midwest.
On Sept. 23, at 7 p.m., Tonic Sol Fa will perform at Nevada’s Talent Factory. “We’re very excited about their first show here,” said Larry Sloan, who owns The Talent Factory with his wife, Cindy.
Tonic Sol Fa started as an a cappella trio that originated at St. John’s University. The group, according to its website, includes lead vocalist Shaun Johnson, tenor and vocal percussionist Greg Bannwarth, and bass Jared Dove. More recently, Theo Brown is performing with the group.
Sloan said since starting to promote the show, he and his wife have become aware that Tonic Sol Fa has a great Iowa following. “So many people know them and love their music, so we have confidence that we should fill a lot of seats for this show,” Sloan said. “Keep in mind, these guys are Grammy Award winners, so their talent and genius have been recognized in the industry.”
Sloan said several months ago, he was contacted by group member Dove.
“As always, when dealing with well-known entertainers, there is a fair amount of negotiating and learning about each other. Usually, by the time we are through the ‘getting to know each other’ phase, we have become familiar with their personalities and their business style,” Sloan said. “Many entertainers have heard about us from previous acts we’ve had in. It’s a matter of building relationships with entertainers so they believe they can trust you, and you them.”
Sloan said he’s excited to hear the group in person, because in listening to them online, he’s enjoyed hearing them sing, “Just One of Those Days,” and any of their old traditional music or Christmas music. “These guys have incredible harmonies, and they’re able to throw in humor, along with their musical skills — making it a very enjoyable family show,” he said.
Seating for the show will be on a “first come, first served” basis,” Sloan said. “So those getting to the theater first will get the first choice of seating.”
Every seat, however, should be a great place to listen. “This is not one of those ‘screaming loud’ concerts. It will be exquisitely controlled volume, so you can enjoy it without having to plug your ears.”
Because the Nevada show is a family show, the Tonic Sol Fa “guys” are allowing a children’s ticket to be sold at a reduced price. Children 12 and under will be admitted for $15 each. Adult general seating is $20 in advance, or $25 at the door that evening.
As with many big entertainers, Sloans are offering a VIP/Meet & Greet opportunity, with front-of-theater seating and an opportunity to meet the artists ahead of the show, for $30. They predict this VIP offer will be sold out by show day.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. that evening for the VIP ticket holders, who will meet and greet the performers from 6-6:20. At 6 p.m., the doors of the theater will open to others, who will be allowed to enter the performance auditorium at 6:20.
For the Sloans, Tonic Sol Fa is another big act that they feel privileged to host in the city’s longtime theater. “We’re so pleased to have been able to breathe life back into this great, historic theater,” Sloan said, “but we need to have the support of people coming to our shows if we are to make the improvements and renovations that need to be done to the theater to extend its life.”
Purchase tickets ahead of time at www.iowatalentfactory.com or call the theater at 515-382-0085.