True American harmonies on display

The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. In addition, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has declared this week “Barbershop Harmony Week” in the state – resulting in a seemingly perfect storm of timing for the Nodakords’ “Good Time Music Show” at the Sleep Inn and Suites Saturday evening.

While acknowledging the synchronous honors bestowed upon the discipline, gordon Troxel promises more will be addressed about them in the fall.

“This is the ‘Good Time Music Show,'” he said. “There’s no real theme to it, just a variety of different things, like ‘Slow Boat to China,’ ‘California, Here I Come’ and ‘Muskrat Ramble.’ All pretty familiar pieces.”

The doors at the Sleep Inn open at 7 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres and beverages at a cost of $15 at the door – or $12 in advance from Nite Train Pizza, Jacobsen Music or any Nodakords member.

“We just try to break even,” Troxel said with a grin.

In addition to the full chorus, bolstered by featured quartet Dakota Blend, there will be selections from Pat Schwan’s band, Dakota Dixie.

“It’s a relaxed, fun time for everyone, musicians and audience alike,” said Troxel. Another special group joining the Nodakords on “Lida Rose” from the “The Music Man” is The TrebleMakers, who will be singing their own set as well.

“It’ll be the same as we’ve for the past 38 or 40 years,” Troxel said. “Just a good-time evening for everybody.”