By CALVIN PYNN
The Gregory Brothers, the famous Radford-born comedy band, are returning home to play a special Christmas show at the Radford Theatre tomorrow night.
The Radford Theatre will serve as the venue for the band’s annual Christmas concert. According to the theater’s manager, Paul Pallante, the initial contact to bring the band back to Radford was made through Bruce Brown, the city’s mayor.
This is the first concert the theater has hosted since reopening this past June.
“With the theater being revitalized and given a new lease on life, we felt that it would be a good fit to have The Gregory Brothers down for our first major musical event,” said Pallante.
The group – which is now based in Brooklyn – features Radford natives Michael, Andrew, and Evan Gregory, as well as Evan’s wife, Sarah. The group formed in 2007 after the three brothers moved to New York, and met Sarah through the local music scene.
The Gregory Brothers play a blended novelty style of folk rock, with hints of soul, hip hop, and country. They are perhaps best known for their viral Youtube series “Auto-Tune the News,” in which the band created songs by digitally manipulating recordings of anchors and politicians from newscasts.
The band garnered mainstream attention in 2010 with their “Auto-Tune the News” installment called “Bed Intruder Song.” The Gregory Brothers’ auto-tuned parodies have been featured on national television multiple times, including the 83rd Academy Awards.
Most recently, The Gregory Brothers achieved more viral fame with a bluegrass rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.”
Although the comical use of auto-tune has helped shape The Gregory Brothers’ career, the audience won’t be hearing anything like that when they play the Radford Theatre. According to Pallante, they are “masters of harmony,” and their show will feature more of their varied, multi-genre style.
In the past, The Gregory Brothers have played their annual Christmas show at smaller venues around Radford, including the now closed Coffee Mill, and the Ken Farmer Auction house.
“The show has kind of grown along with them,” Pallante said. “It’s been getting more and more grand as they move along.”
So far, two-thirds of the tickets for the show have been sold. Once the concert is over, the theater will return to its normal function with a 9:30 p.m. showing of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will go to the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley.