Tri- Oc­taves back for their 14th Christ­mas con­cert

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Can you imag­ine tra­di­tional carol “Joy to the World” set to the melody of Fats Domino’s “Blue­berry Hill”?

That’s just one ex­am­ple of the clever mashups that will be part of the pro­gram at the TriOc­taves an­nual Christ­mas con­cert at Christ United Methodist Church in East Brain­erd. This con­cert is so pop­u­lar that two per­for­mances are of­fered to ac­com­mo­date the crowd: 7 p.m. Fri­day, Nov. 30, and 5 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 1.

The Tri- Oc­taves are three United Methodist Church staff mem­bers who per­form to­gether and have pre­sented this con- cert for 14 years. The three friends are Willie Kitchens Jr., Michael Rodgers of Knoxville and Doug Rich­esin of Sweet­wa­ter, Tenn.

They have cho­sen “A Christ­mas Tribute” as the theme of this week­end’s shows. Kitchens says it’s a tribute to mu­sic of some of the soul artists who have passed away since 2000: Fats Domino, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jack­son, Prince, Whit­ney Hous­ton and Mau­rice White from Earth Wind & Fire.

“I’ve been tak­ing one of their songs and putting Christ­mas lyrics to the melody,” says Kitchens — hence the “Joy to the World” com­bi­na­tion. It’s not the first time Kitchens has shown such cre­ativ­ity.

“That’s what peo­ple come to see each year, to see how is this go­ing to work,” Kitchens laughs. “I’ve been chal­lenged by peo­ple who come up and say ‘If you can make this song i nto a Christ­mas song, I’ll pay you $ 100.’ I al­ways ask them to make a do­na­tion of $100 in­stead.”

Join­ing the trio on­stage will be a 10-piece band and back- up singers Barbara Kitchens, Karen McReynolds and Ethel Woods.

The horn sec­tion in­cludes Keith Guilott, Tommy Ogle, Stephen Bear den and Tri nity Sharpe. Three key­boardists will play: Sandi As­plund, Danny Sam­ple, Dar­ius Gates. Stan­ley El­der will play bass, Gre­trell Watkins is on lead gui­tar and Daryl Kel­ley is the drum­mer.

Kitchens says their first set will in­clude the mashups; af­ter in­ter­mis­sion, there will be an au­di­ence carol sing-along.

“Af­ter that we re­ally pump the mu­sic up and have a real cel­e­bra­tion. If peo­ple want to dance in the aisles, that’s OK, too. That’s what we close the pro­gram with. It’s kick­ing off the Christ­mas sea­son and we want it to be fun, ex­cit­ing and re­ally in­ter­est­ing,” Kitchens says.


Per­form­ers in this week­end’s Tri-Oc­taves con­certs at Christ United Methodist Church.

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