A “baud” is…a unit used to measure modem speed. “The Baudboys”…are an 8-part a cappella group of Microsoft employees who will be performing at the Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. Two a cappella groups from Whitman College will open the concert.
The Baudboys were born out of Microsoft’s culture like Athena sprung from Zeus’ head or Spock was born to Sarek and Amanda Grayson. Back around 1990, a couple of the founding members of a choral group at Microsoft called the Microtones decided that they wanted to form a men’s a cappella group. Originally conceived as a barbershop quartet performing for local audiences, the group grew over time until they had enough members for two quartets. With a rotating membership of 7-9 Microsoft employees, The Baudboys now sing much more complicated harmonies, and have 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. The also hold the record for the most (five) Top 3 finishes. The Baudboys have also opened for Take 6 and Manhattan Transfer.
The current lineup of The Baudboys includes: Mike Thomsen, Jonathan Schwartz, Graham Sheldon, Martin Puryear, Owen Braun, Elliot Lewis, Mark Adolph and Paul Eng.
The High Voltage Series presented by Pacific Power features acclaimed nationally-touring acts.
Reserved Seating Tickets ($28-$23) are available online or by calling the Box Office at 509-529-6500.