In keeping with the tradition set years ago, of always being the “Last Annual” event in the series, the Beer Blast is returning by popular demand one more time. Will this be the last ever beer blast? You just never know. Just in case it is the final one, we highly recommend that you be there!
New this year, you can now buy advance tickets online. Just click the button above. Of course, if you like to kick it “old School” and buy your tickets at the door, we’ll be glad to take your money then, too!
We changed venues last year and the Blast will continue again this year on our home turf – in the Dundalk area. See below for all the details on where, when, and how much. Join us on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at 7PM, at American Legion Post #38 in Dundalk, MD and partake of some holiday barbershop fun! Your $11 admission cost will cover entrance, drinks, and entertainment. Food will be available for purchase from the kitchen on site. Don’t miss the legendary “Pick-up quartet contest” – last year’s attendees will tell you the singing was some of the best ever at this event.
This year, our featured entertainment will be Premiere – the 1997 M-AD champions and fan favorites.
Premiere formed in January 1996 at the home of Dennis Malone, the original baritone. Denny had won the SPEBSQSA International Quartet Championship in 1983 with the incredible Side Street Ramblers. He also sang with Fred Womer in The Bingo Brothers earning the 1994 MAD Quartet Championship and finishing 10th at International that year. After three years with Premiere winning the 1997 MAD Quartet Championship and placing as high as 13th in International, Denny and his family hastily decided to move to the Denver area just to get away from the rest of the quartet. He now refuses to sing baritone and, more importantly, still owes the rest of the quartet $20 each for bad bets on the Cowboys.
While replacing Dennis was a daunting task, the quartet asked their coach and longtime mentor, Freddie King, baritone of the 1970 International Quartet Champs, The Oriole Four, and past MAD Champ and top 10 International finalists, The Pro’s ‘N’ Con’s, to step into Denny’s spot. Though “The King” had big shoes to fill, well, you know the rest.
With “The King” on baritone, the quartet headed to International three more times. Here are the incredible stats: Fred’s top 20 finish in 1999 and International performances in 2000 and 2001 put The King in the top 20 for five decades, and marked Freddie’s sixth decade on the International quartet competition stage, respectively, and this doesn’t even include his time in his great senior quartet, SAGE.
Following on the heels of competitive and musical giants like Malone and King, any baritone asked to step in to this foursome would be shaking in his shoes. Paul Grimes, a long time friend of the quartet, was sufficiently naive to join the revolving baritone parade and share his polished musical and vocal talents. Paul had many years of barbershopping experience in the Evergreen District and more recently with MAD favorites such as Coast to Coast, King’s Ransom, and Inferno. After Premiere’s competition hiatus in ’02 and ’03, Paul helped earn Premiere a berth in three more Internationals marking his first experiences on the big stage, most recently distinguishing himself in ’06 for best baritone execution of onomatopoeia.