HOA flash mob double play at Liberty, Lee's Summit

Type of post: Chorus news item
Sub-type: No sub-type
Posted By: John Braden
Status: Current
Date Posted: Fri, Oct 14 2022
The Heart of America Chorus scored a festival double play Sept. 24, staging flash mob performances at festivals in Liberty and Lee's Summit, Mo.

Similar to a tactic used Sept. 3 in Independence, the flash mob descended on the Liberty Fall Festival in the morning of Sept. 24 with performances on two corners of the historic courthouse building followed by another singout a couple of blocks down the street.

On cue from Director Carter Combs, leads Vince Perry (VP4) and John Braden kicked off "Muskrat Ramble" for unwary passersby. Chorus members dressed in non-matching HOA shirts materialized from the crowd for the two-song performances. Chapter fliers and Holiday Harmony Spectacular notices were distributed to the impromptu crowds.

Then chorus members jumped in their cars and caravanned down Missouri Highway 291 to Lee's Summit for early afternoon performances at the Oktoberfest in downtown Lee's Summit.

Lessons learned: The Lee's Summit event was fairly compact and the amplified bands were close together. Feeling a little outgunned by all the loud speakers, chorus members moved to spots where they could stand, backs to the wall, and gave shorter performances where they could still be heard.

But when the flash mob dispersed, the beer tents were welcoming. The beer and brats (and funnel cakes, and caramel corn and snow cones and… ) were great!