By Abigail Matheson | December 12, 2016 | Culture
Spice up your holiday house party with these local cool-cat performers.
Utilizing an electric harp (of her own design) one-seventh the size of a concert harp, performer Deborah Henson-Conant blends classical training and wide-ranging musical acumen with mobility and theatre.
From classic crooning to leaping over guests, Boston’s homegrown talent offers the traditional, the aerobic, and the eccentric. Here’s the lowdown on the city’s best street performer, glee club, and mod harpist—all ready to rock the festive socks off your guests.
Cjaiilon “Snap Boogie” Andrade wowed—and jumped over—crowds in front of Niketown before hitting it big as a finalist on America’s Got Talent. His electrifying shows include airborne multiflips, robot dancing, and tap. In private homes? “I flip, pop, and tap dance,” says Snap Boogie. “Unless there’s a backyard with plenty of space!” Then, guests may want to duck...
THE HARVARD KROKODILOES
Dial up the Ivy League factor with “The Kroks,” 12 Harvard men dressed to the nines in tuxedoes— with world-renowned voices. “Unlike a lot of the modern fad of college a cappella, we try our best not to just reproduce songs,” says General Manager Michael Paladino. Drawing from the Great American Songbook, the Krokodiloes perform the lights off of Carnegie Hall—or your living room. 617-855-7657
Grammy-nominated Deborah Henson-Conant is not your typical harpist. She invented her own electric harp, which, coupled with vocals and a looper pedal, turns her into a one-woman orchestra. “I can be an entire theatrical event,” says Henson-Conant, who has toured with the Boston Pops and been known to write original pieces with her clients. 781-483-3556
PHOTOGRAPHY BY J. BRIAN BUCKLEY