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04.3.14

Due to inclement weather forecast, tomorrow's show in Princeton, MN has been postponed! Details for the new date will be posted when confirmed. Read More...

04.3.14

Fundraising Thermometer by: www.easy-fundraising-ideas.com We're already off to a great start, thanks to our awesome fans! Let's keep those dollars coming. Our goal is easy, if each of you were to send in even $1. Remember, donations can be made directly at the FMSC website if you’re using a credit card. (Click the box in the section marked “Additional Information." Then use the drop-down box marked “What prompted you to give today?” and select Tonic Sol-fa at the very bottom). - Mail checks to Read More...

04.2.14

Over the past weekend, in an attempt to take advantage of the fifty-plus degree weather, I headed out to the garage for the ultimate battle, human vs. possessions. I am not exaggerating, it was not only physically grueling, but a mental drain as well. My garage contains a few specific types of items; lawn and garden equipment and supplies, bikes and sports gear, tools, trash, recycling, moving boxes that have not been opened in years and the unofficial Tonic Sol-fa Hall of Fame complete with va Read More...

03.31.14

Those of you that don't get our e-letter, or have it casually placed in your spam folder, may have missed some of the following information... We’re writing to let you know of a great charity that we’re raising money for this year, Feed My Starving Children. This great organization has a simple approach - hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children and adults - and they ship these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. We were also excited to know that a single meal Read More...

03.24.14

Spring is here!  Time to make a change.  For a few years, TSF has been touring, recording, and generally waking up on January 1st with another year past.  We'd like to take a detour.  Maybe we can record many of the songs we've never gotten to or push the talents of the individual members?  Perhaps we rehearse music specific tours, change the image and take our places as one of the best vocal groups in the U.S.  We are still standing after many years, and we still wish to push boundaries.  No ma Read More...

03.21.14

Know what I like about March? In my mind, it's the "transition" month.  You know, that month that bridges the gap between winter and spring, thus harkening a new beginning!  And who doesn't like a new beginning?  Besides people who like their normal beginning, I mean.   But sometimes they might like new middles or endings, right?  Mayhaps. What I'm really trying to say is that good times are on the way!!!  Spring turns into summer soon enough, and that means it's time to bring out the flip flops Read More...

02.6.14

As I was driving down to the cities the other day, I happened to catch a program on MPR discussing five things you wish you had known when you started your career. This particular segment featured five journalists and as I listened to their stories, I couldn't help but wonder the same thing? What do I wish I had known when we started Tonic Sol-fa? I thought about a bit, and, of course, there is a long list of things I wish I had known twenty years ago. For instance, I wish I had realized that al Read More...

01.9.14

Christmas was a blur.  The first week of January was a blur (shout out to the 1/3 of our population who's also suffering from this - expletive deleted - cold/flu).  As TSF looks forward to our first regular shows in 2014, I am reminded of memories...Faces of people who were our biggest fans for a day and faces of those who've been with us nearly this entire journey...All good memories....Thoughts of nearly blowing up the B&B in Pennsylvania, of the lightning storms in Nebraska, of the jet do Read More...

01.8.14

Guess what everybody - it's 2014!!!!  What what?  Aw, yeah.  Time to get your 2014 on.  For Reals.  Yeah. You know what I like about this year?  Lots of things.  Lots.  Can't even tell you.  That's how much.  For one thing, it's TSF's 20th Anniversary.  Yup, we might even have cake.  Not sure yet.  I like marble.  20 years?  Really?  That's like almost as long as Jared's latest probation, Mark's most recent sweater purchase, and Shaun and Greg's songwriting partnership.  How many of you can say Read More...

12.18.13

Wow, this Christmas tour has flown by! The shows have been a blast, the Tonic "Selfies" are steadily improving and the audiences are awesome. My hat is off to one of the nominees for this year's MVP, Dane Johnson, our audio/video technician, stage manager, truck driver, etc. Dane does it all so we can arrive for sound check, perform, hang out with the audience after the show and then head off to the hotel without worrying about the load-in/load-out, technical issues, etc. It is pure luxury and w Read More...

12.3.13

What are some of my all time favorite Christmas songs, you ask?  Oh, you didn't ask?  Well I'm gonna tell you anyway. I've always been a sucker for a good version of "What Child is This" and "Lo, How a Rose e'r Blooming", and who can deny the sweet, lovely simplicity of "Still, Still, Still"?  Not this guy. However, as every year passes, and TSF continues to search for and/or write the next Yuletide favorite, I like to hearken back to my childhood, and relive the days of hearing (and perhaps I'v Read More...

12.2.13

The shows are SO enjoyable (and different) this year... People seem to be responding en masse to the new "Earth Stood Still" project, requesting singles of "Leaving Heaven" and commenting on the various, unexpected surprises in each show.  I feel like we are singing better than ever (mostly due, I'm thinking, to a year of overdue voice lessons!), and there seems to be a bigger sense of holiday in the air.  We are coming to your city so spread the word!  I look forward to hearing YOUR reaction!!! Read More...

11.12.13

Hey!  Hey You!  Guess what month it is?  GUESS WHAT MONTH IT IS!!!  It's November - woot woot!  Know what that means?  I do!  It means our holiday tour is about to begin!  And I mean soon!  Too soon, you ask?  I think not.  Why do I think not?  Because you can never get into the holiday mood too early.  Or can you?  Know what I'm talking about Target?  I kid.  Or do I? I guess what I'm trying to say is,  I'm excited to get started on the 2013 tour - man is it gonna be great!  We've got some new Read More...

11.7.13

This year's show will truly be different.  We've been taking voice lessons all year...stepping up our game...trying to push...for those who finally decide to see us and for those who make our show a tradition.  As we prepare for another tour, my mind flashes to past years.  And I remember all the kids who've shown up in tights (sorry parents), snow in auditoriums that seemed to dump disproportionately on Mark's head, icy figure eights on frozen interstates, cigar shoppes and independent coffee h Read More...

10.30.13

For Sale! Tonic Sol-fa is selling a few pieces of sound equipment that are no longer needed and/or have been upgraded. All items are in great working condition and are priced to sell. Below are individual links to each item which includes a detailed description and quick contact form to use in the event of any questions or purchase arrangements. Please let any potential musician/recording friends/acquaintances know of these great finds! JH M-1 3 Channel Mic Preamp http://info.tonicsolfa.com/jhm1 Read More...

10.24.13

Thanks to everyone who sent in their suggestions for our 2013 Holiday Tour "pop-up" Concert. We were pleasantly surprised at the response, as this was our first attempt at trying this type of tour date addition. While we were only able to add a single show this year, we've hung onto many of the venues submitted for future possibilities (spring tour, 2014 holiday tour, etc.), so stay tuned for a show to appear in your area. Thanks again, and we've included the information to the concert below! &n Read More...

10.9.13

It's always great to be back home again in Minnesota…safe and sound…which is more than I can say for our Toyota Tundra. Yet another tour when the truck takes a beating from the elements and the individuals behind the wheel (mostly me). While driving through Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia (and back again) we added a few new dents and a couple replacement parts to our truck. With the exception of an unknown vehicle backing into our driver’ Read More...

09.12.13

Soon, we will be heading back to the fabled Ohio Pork Festival in Eaton!  Add in Nashville, West Virginia and other points Eastern, and we now send out a call to those who've been waiting for us to leave the Midwest to road trip!  We can hang at the Pancake Pantry, visit the underground bunker in Sulphur Springs or, more likely, share a ton of new music and old stories of Tough Mudder.  We miss you.  You know who you are.  Come see us. shaun Read More...

09.8.13

You know how sometimes it feels like summer just goes flying by and before you know it, school buses are back on the road, the leaves are falling, and Mark gets his annual "fall haircut"? Well this year, it appears summer has decided it was going to start (and apparently end) late. Have you noticed?  I have.  Know why?  Because it seems that ever since the Minnesota State Fair - which was the end of August mind you - almost every show we've done (either indoor or out) has been ludicrously warm.  Read More...

08.7.13

We need ideas for what we will do next to raise money for worthy organizations and what we might do to challenge ourselves as Tonic Sol-fa.  We've helped build houses, jumped out of planes and as many of you know, ran Tough Mudder twice (or crawled/walked/panted as it were).  Thoughts?  Nick, our intern, suggested we ride Ragbrai... an annual bike ride across Iowa... and do a concert each night!  I think we should now do the Spartan Death Race!  Takers anyone?  Hello?  Or perhaps something in la Read More...

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