NQC tribute to the Florida Boys
So the Florida Boys are going to go out in grand style at NQC this year. Thus an FB’s press release:
[T]he multi-award winning quartet has agreed to perform at all of their previously scheduled performance slots during the National Quartet Convention scheduled to be held in September. The group will be joined during those performances by several former quartet members, as well as the current group as it exists at the time of their retirement.
Additionally, the National Quartet Convention will feature a special segment on the Saturday evening concert, paying tribute to The Florida Boys’ 60-year career. The tribute will be followed by a very special, last performance by The Florida Boys.
The interns have been howling away down in the basement that while they recall a few extended NQC performances from the mainstage acknowledging other groups in the past (the festival of atonality and pitchiness that passed for a Kingsmen reunion/farewell/tribute a few years back – with Hammil brandishing that cane of his in a menacingly flagrant way – came to mind), this whole “special segment” feature for the FBs tastes a bit of the boss (NQC president Les Beasley) throwing himself a farewell bash. But those interns are a cynical bunch.
Still, it might raise an eyebrow or two that the typically tribute-averse NQC (see here and here, for instance) is suddenly pulling out all the stops to say goodbye to the group owned by NQC’s principal powerbroker. But then again most of the tributes that have been conspicuously missing in the past have been of dead people. So maybe this is a new “roses for the living” approach NQC is taking with legendary artists who retire on this side of the grave?
Final question: will the “last performance by the Florida Boys” be the current configuration that’s finishing off the group’s dates or the McDonald/Reed configuration whose picture is still (rather misleadingly) being passed around with FB press releases? Certainly I might not be the only one unwilling to hang around that long Saturday night to hear Not-Gene MacDonald and Not-Harold Reed do some nostalgifying on the mainstage.
Update: Reader CC reminds me that there is a precedent back in the 90s for the FBs farewell at NQC:
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For my money, the NQC sendoff for the Speers a few years back was very tastefully done, what with all the “younger artists” parading across the stage presenting the Speers with roses. So the “roses for the living” deal isn’t entirely new.