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FOUR MEN AND A PITCH PIPE 

Thursday, May 14 2009
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They call themselves The Blanks, but you may know them as "Ted's Band" or "The Worthless Peons" from Scrubs (yeah, that show's still on). Four-part-harmony versions of such TV theme songs as The Facts of Life, Speed Racer and Flipper might send some people running for the exits, but Sam Lloyd (he plays hapless lawyer Ted Buckland on the show), Paul F. Perry, George Miserlis and Philip McNive have just the right balance of self-aware nerdy cuteness, you can't help but snap your fingers along. And they're good — as in Sweet Adeline's good. Believe it or not, they've been performing since before Scrubs existed. Their live show adds skits and dorky dance moves, talking toys and costume changes. Mr. Lloyd (he's Christopher Lloyd's nephew!) took a moment from "rehearsal" to tell us that the band has more to tackle. "We've actually been talking about the 'O Fortuna' movement of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana cantata. It's very grand orchestral music with a giant choir that's been used in a million movie soundtracks. We think the four of us singing it could be pretty funny/ridiculous entrance music." Does he think a cappella music is making a comeback? "Um — doesn't something have to have been popular in order to make a comeback?" he quips, but does share the biggest thrill of being in an a cappella group: "The women throwing themselves at us — chicks dig a cappella!"
Sat., May 16, 8 p.m., 2009
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