Review & Contest: Christmas Revels!

Though I’m a Buddhist, I have learned to love and embrace the Christmas season, and part of that is due to annual performances by Christmas Revels.

What is Christmas Revels, you ask? Well, it changes every year, but the basic format is the same: pick a place, a time period, and perhaps an author or culture, and then build a show around the Christmas and winter traditions, filled with songs, audience sing alongs, traditional dances, and other wonderful things.

Of course, this formula flows more smoothly some years than others, but this year’s show is excellent. Based on the books and poems of Thomas Hardy, primarily Wessex, the show takes place in the ye olde nineteenth-century English town of Mellstock. The music is absolutely lovely, and you’ll recognize some favorites (and get to sing along!). This year’s show also features guests from England, The Mellstock Band, a quartet of clarinet, violin, concertina, and the serpent (or a ye olde tuba).

You should go if: you like Christmas carols, you like to sing in groups, you need a study break, you watching dancing, you like actually dancing, you enjoy the works of Thomas Hardy, you enjoy drunken English villagers, or if you enjoy 19th century music (including time-appropriate instruments)! That means you should probably go, and FoBoBlo wants you to be able to for free!

Just like last week, send a message to with “FoBoBlo blog” in the subject line. Include name, mailing address, phone number and email address. Revels will notify the winner ASAP. The tickets will be for the show on Sunday, December 12th, at 5 pm.

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Free Tickets to Jane Goodall (FOR YOU!)

The first three commenters on this post can win 1 each!

Jane Goodall will be at Lisner Auditorium tonight at 6:30pm.  If you’re one of the first three commenters, I’ll email you to let you know where to pick up the tickets (but you’ll have to get them by 5pm!)

Vote Camp Kesem to win $250k

Foggy Bottom based Camp Kesem GW, a branch of Camp Kesem National, is up to win some serious cash with your help.  The non-profit works to provide kids whose parents have or have had cancer with a real summer camp experience. Often these kids never get a real chance to just relax, have fun, and be kids — Camp Kesem works to let these kids have the opportunity to, at least for one week, be kids.

Camp Kesem National is currently competing in the Pepsi Refresh competition to win a $250,000 grant from Pepsi if they are one of the top two vote getters by May 30th. They’re in 21st place right now and have 20 more days to make it to the top. If CKN gets a grant, Camp Kesem GW will get $10,000 for their individual camps.

Vote for them to win at

You can vote once every day until May 30th with either your Facebook account or your email address.


Contest: Music from the Crooked Road Tickets

Dear readers, we have in our possession two pairs of tickets to Friday’s show at Lisner, Music from the Crooked Road, and we’d like to give them to yooooooouuuu! Comment on our post or RT this: I want to win free tickets to Music from the Crooked Road from @foboblo! You can too:

The theme of the tour is the 200-mile Crooked Road in Virginia, which winds through tiny Appalachian communities where folk, bluegrass, mountain gospel, and olde timey music thrived. Enjoy the roots of American music, as performed by a fantastic assortment of virtuosos. Featuring: NEA National Heritage Award Fellow Appalachian guitar master Wayne Henderson, the bluegrass banjo player Sammy Shelor, the ye olde timey family string band The White Top Mountain Band, & old-time fiddle and banjo masters Kirk Stuphin and Eddie Bond. For the younger crowd, the rising star bluegrass band Amber Collins & No Speed Limit and 21-year-old balladeer Elizabeth LaPrelle will perform. [Ticketing]

Check out their youtube page to sample something from all the artists: [YouTube]

Contest: Tickets to Angelique Kidjo on Saturday, March 27

FoBoBlo was graciously given two tickets give away for Angélique Kidjo in Lisner Auditorium this Saturday. I highly recommend you check her out even if you don’t win our contest, because she is amazing. I have seen her in concert several times (no joke), and each time is fun and filled with energetic dancing (apparently her last appearance at Lisner had the whole crowd on their feet!).

Kidjo was born in Benin, speaks four languages: Fon, French, Yorùbá, and English, and she sings in all of them. She’s collaborated with Gilberto Gil, Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, Ziggy Marley, Peter Gabriel, and Joss Stone. Her cover of “Little Boxes” was featured in the show Weeds. She’s also been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2002, and founded The Batonga Foundation which helps fund girls’ education in Africa.

Okay, so I’m a total fan girl. But her music is uplifting, she is inspiring, and her shows are always fun. SO TO WIN TICKETS…just retweet this: I want to win Angelique Kidjo tickets from @foboblo! RT to enter & win!

I’ll contact the winner by Friday evening, so don’t dawdle, dear readers!

If you don’t win, tickets are only $15 for students. The show starts at 8 pm. [Ticketing]

Under the cut is a video of Angelique Kidjo with Joss Stone singing Gimme Shelter.