Most of us can't afford to sit on the front row at our favorite group's concerts (ticket prices can run near $1,000 for prime seats). The Northwoods Concert Series is helping to change all that by bringing high-profile artists to the 500‑seat Northwoods Presbyterian Church. Up next in the series is the Manhattan Transfer, the jazz vocal quartet that has remained on top of the musical world for more than 40 years.
The Northwoods series fits in perfectly with MT's new concert format, which they call the Living Room Sessions. Featuring just the four singers and a piano, these more intimate concerts are full of low-key but technically brilliant performances. They also offer the group a chance to tell stories about their long career. ''I knew it would translate to our stage because at Northwoods, the audience is only a few feet from the performer,'' said organizer Todd Nolde by e‑mail. Affordable ticket prices combined with an almost unprecedented level of nearness to the stars made a recent concert with Doc Severinsen and the San Miguel 5 a remarkable experience for fans. We expect more of the same for the Manhattan Transfer.
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7:30 p.m. 3320 Cypress Creek Parkway (FM 1960). For information, call 281-444-8861 or visit northwoodsconcertseries.com. $30.
Sat., Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2013