The Port Arthur News
NBC The Sing-Off winners Home Free are coming back to Nederland.
The vocal group, which features Nederland native Tim Foust, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Nederland High School Performing Arts Center.
Tickets, which are $20 each, go on sale Wednesday. Tickets made be purchased in person, by e-mail to email@example.com or by phone 727-2741 ext. 2050. Cash or check only. Credit, debit cards and Paypal not accepted.
The group performed last spring at the performing arts center and were booked at that time for this year’s performance. But a lot has happened since their last performance in Nederland. The group was named winners of The Sing-Off which comes with a recording contract and $100,000.
Proceeds from the upcoming concert will benefit both the Nederland and Port Neches-Groves high school choirs.
“I think those guys are awesome and I was extremely impressed last year when we got to know them a bit,” PN-G Music Director Steve James said. “They were great about spending time with the kids and talking about how they got to where they are now and about the many careers available in the music industry. They had a positive influence on the kids.”
Ned and Company, the school’s show band, and PN-G’s Indian Singers opened for Home Free last spring and will do so again this year.
“We opened for them last year and it was a great experience for the kids to see what the pro’s do,” Renee Kloes, Nederland High School Choir Director and Foust’s former instructor, said. “It was not just exciting but it was very educational as well. The guys were so willing to lend advise and support, not just the funds but the encouragement the guys from Home Free gave to our kids, showing them ‘look we’re out there making it and you can too.’”
Besides being a learning experience for the choir students, the concert will also provide funds to benefit both programs.
“After all of the expenses are paid off we’ll take a portion of the profits to divide between the schools,” Kloes said. “In Nederland, we always need extra equipment, things break down. At Ned and Company we have amplifiers that are 23 years old. They’re still working but the funds could be used to update things like that.”
Over at PN-G, the funds will go toward a show choir trip. The group will head to San Antonio for a choral competition then enjoy some sightseeing. The monies received will go to help fund the trip.