We went to church, did some grocery shopping and then we were off to Cerritos for a visit with the New Christy Minstrels’. The New Christy Minstrels’ influence on Pop and Folk music is indisputable, with chart-topping hits like Green, Green; This Land Is Your Land; Denver; and the Oscar-winning song Chim Chim Cher-ee. The ensemble, hailed for its rich and robust vocal blend, garnered a “Best Performance by a Chorus” Grammy for its album Presenting The New Christy Minstrels. Special guest Barry McGuire performs with the group.
Did You Know? Christy’s Minstrels, sometimes referred to as the Christy Minstrels, were a blackface group formed by Edwin Pearce Christy, a well-known ballad singer, in 1843, in Buffalo, New York. They were instrumental in the solidification of the minstrel show into a fixed three-act form. The troupe also invented or popularized “the line”, the structured grouping that constituted the first act of the standardized 3-act minstrel show, with the interlocutor in the middle and “Mr. Tambo” and “Mr. Bones” on the ends.
We went home and decided to watch TV since Monday was going to be such a busy day! We first saw “Dinner For Schmucks”. Summary: When he finds out that his work superiors host a dinner celebrating the idiocy of their guests, a rising executive questions it when he’s invited, just as he befriends a man who would be the perfect guest.
We had a few minutes so we saw “Chasing 3000” which was actually pretty good. Summary: Two brothers drive across country to see their hero, Roberto Clemente, get his 3000th hit. It got a 6.1/10 rating.