The Baudboys will return for another a cappella concert in Walla Walla on Friday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. thanks in part to sponsor support from Price Computers and Grassi Refrigeration. The Baudboys last performed here in 2015.
The Baudboys are an 8-part a cappella group of Microsoft employees (aka “geeks”). With a rotating membership of 7-9 members, The Baudboys competed or performed at the Northwest Regional Harmony Sweepstakes for a record nine years running, claiming the top spot in 2008 and again in 2011.
Back around 1990, a couple of the founding members of the coed Microtones decided that they wanted to form a new men’s a cappella group at Microsoft. True to their profession, the group’s chosen name, The Baudboys, referred to the method by which modem speeds were rated. The group performed only a few times in its first years of existence, doing lunch time gigs on the Microsoft campus.
As members left Microsoft over the years, they would also leave the Baudboys, prompting natural turnover in the membership. During the 1990’s, the group expanded it’s membership, aiming to have two full quartets within the group. Since that time, the group has remained at 7-9 members, but the expanded membership has allowed the group to sing more complex arrangements than the 4-part charts that the founders envisioned.
The Baudboys performed locally at Mariners, Storm, and Thunderbirds games, at Northwest Folklife, at local schools, churches, prisons, Baudboy weddings, and senior centers, and anywhere else they could find a willing audience. More recently, The Baudboys have co-headlined with The Coats, and opened for Take 6 and Manhattan Transfer.
Reserved seating tickets ($32-$27 Adults, $20 for Students, ticket fees included) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. RSVP on Facebook