Group to donate ticket money to Paramount

Published 7:35 am Thursday, August 26, 2010

The nationally known a capella band Tonic Sol-Fa will donate 25 percent of its revenues from its concert tonight to the Paramount Theatre. The donation is part of the band’s efforts to increase art appreciation in the areas they tour.  Donations will be put  towards Paramount’s expansion efforts, which include the construction of handicap accessible bathrooms in the front, a green room and expansion of the dressing rooms.

“The is little room for performers when we have plays,” said Scott Anderson, operations manager for the Paramount. “We’ve had to build makeshift dressing rooms behind sets in the past. We’re planning to expand to solve that. The band was looking for a non-profit to donate to and they decided they could give to the Paramount while they were here.”

The band is an a capella quartet that has been on national television. The band has won two ‘Independent Grammy’ awards from the Just Plain Folk music awards for Best Original Holiday Song and Best Original Pop Song in 2009. They beat 650,000 other musicians from around the world to receive the award.

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The band has also received a total of four regional Emmy nominations for a public service announcements they produced with KARE 11 and their musical arrangements of the announcements. Two of the nominations were received two days ago for their Toys For Tots campaign. They have also performed private shows for several other famous people and organizations, including the Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Timberwolves, national Republican and Democratic events and several former presidents.

Tonight will be the fifth time Tonic Sol-Fa has performed at the Paramount. Greg Bannwarth, a member of the band, said the reason the band has chosen to continue to return to Austin, and the Paramount, is because of the continued support they receive every time there perform here.

“We love to come to Austin because every time we come here we have had such a great response,” Bannwarth said. “We really enjoy playing here because the community always supports us.”

Bannwarth said the band selected the Paramount for its donation because of its efforts to promote arts in the Austin area. The Paramount is the only stop on their current summer tour they will be donating to.

“The main thing is we are patrons of the arts ourselves. So in that fashion we want do what we can do to continue to promote the arts,” Bannwart said. “This made sense to donate here, because we have such a strong history here.”

Bannwarth said 70 percent of the show tonight will feature new music, along with a mix of their classic songs.

The band’s next stop will be two performances at the Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 28 and 29. This will be the 13th year the band has performed at the state fair.

The show at the Paramount will begin tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and children.