It's lively. It's nostalgic. And it's coming to Boone for the 29th year in a row.
It's the Barbershop Quartet Show, presented Saturday at Appalachian State University's Rosen Concert Hall by the Watauga Arts Council.
To Roland Moy, it's more than a tradition. Barbershop is a way of life, and he can define the style in technical terms.
"It's a cappella singing in four-part harmony," he said. "It's different than typical choir singing where you have a melody laying on top ... typically, the top line is the harmony part."
That may be what makes it tick, but barbershop is more than technicalities. It's about spirit and theatricality, and this year it's coming through in a unique theme: Medical parody.
"We're taking a look at the medical profession, and we have a lot of fun with some songs that touch on those kind of issues, whether it's something like, 'You're going to pay till you die,' or 'They'll be seeing you in all your old familiar places'... you know, for those wearing a hospital gown," he laughed.
There's a lot to laugh about.
"We have little skits worked in between the songs," Moy said. "Whether it's dealing with your colonoscopy or whatever, we'll have something on it, and we'll have fun."
It's fun Moy has been having for a long time. He was born into barbershop, he said.
"My father was a barbershopper going back to 1916, so my whole family was involved in it," he said. "I got my first quartet formerly in 1953."
The ASU show will feature women's a cappella group "Downtown Sound" and Moy's more traditional "Triad Harmony Express."
Proceeds from the event benefit music scholarships. Reserved section seats are $15 in advance only. General admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Children and students are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://www.watauga-arts.org.