March 2007

The Baker's Dozen Returns to Hilton Head

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Yale’s Baker’s Dozen, an all-male a cappella singing group known for their fun, energetic performances, will be spending a few nights on Hilton Head Island on their Spring Tour this year. And they’re making stops at five Lowrey Group restaurants while they’re here.

On Wednesday, March 21st, the Baker’s Dozen will perform at the Ocean Grille at 6:30 p.m., the Old Fort Pub at 7:15 and the Boathouse at 8:00. On Thursday, March 22nd, they will sing at Antonio’s at 6:45 p.m. and CQ’s at 7:30.

“I’m excited that we’ll be in Hilton Head for two nights,” said Tour Manager, Bryan Bibler. In previous years, the group spent only one night in the Lowcountry. This year’s tour also includes stops in Toronto, Chicago, Cincinnati, Vero Beach, St. Augustine, Gainesville and Washington D.C. The group will drive the whole tour and spend a night or two at each stop.

“This year I made the executive decision to spend more time in each city,” said Bibler, who’s pleased to be headed south for part of the tour. “Coming from New Haven, it’s always nice to spend some time in warmer climates, and we’re hoping to have some time to go to the beach and do other things while we’re there.”

The Baker’s Dozen was founded in 1947 when a group of eight Yalies and one guy from Harvard broke into song at a party. That night, they entertained everyone at the gathering, dubbing themselves the “Noxious Nine.” Later, the group dropped their Harvard friend, added five more Yale peers, and the Baker’s Dozen was born. This year they’re celebrating their 60th anniversary, making them one of the oldest a cappella singing groups in the nation.

The Baker’s Dozen serenades audiences with a mix of contemporary and traditional songs, and according to Bibler, they always try to mix comedy and other dynamic forms of entertainment into their performances. They have performed all over the country in a diverse array of venues, ranging from school auditoriums to the White House. Last December, the group released their latest album, Tally Up, which features a mix of live and studio recordings from their spring 2006 tour. Their history of camaraderie and love of music makes the Baker’s Dozen a Yale tradition.

“We’re an entertaining and fun group of college guys that can sing well,” said Bibler.

If you are interested in booking the Baker’s Dozen for a private performance during their Hilton Head stay, contact Bryan Bibler at (513) 602-9133.

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