The Blanks: No Instruments, No Problem.
Ask The Blanks, and they will tell you that it is really cool to be in an a cappella band.
The Blanks comprise a quartet of friends who appear on the television show “Scrubs” as “Ted’s Band.” They will perform at Alma College as the opening show of the 2009-10 season at the Remick Heritage Center for the Performing Arts.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
“It will be a fun night because The Blanks do a family-friendly entertaining show with plenty of hip comedy,” says Mike Sheldon, event coordinator. “Besides singing and being really funny, they are extremely talented.”
Joining in the fun will be Alma College’s own Scots on the Rocks, the all-male a cappella group that will open the concert with a few tunes prior to The Blanks’ performance.
Based in Los Angeles, The Blanks sing a cappella versions of popular TV show theme shows, ranging from “Charles in Charge” to “Six Million Dollar Man,” and commercial jingles like “By Mennen.” They also have put words to songs without lyrics, such as the “Good Old Days,” the theme from “The Little Rascals.”
Group member Sam Lloyd plays the recurring role of the character of “Ted Buckland” on “Scrubs,” the sitcom now in its eight year and in syndication worldwide. Joining him are Paul F. Perry, George Miserlis and Phil McNiven. In 2004, The Blanks released their debut CD, “Riding the Wave” (Parody Records). They began touring in 2008.
Lloyd has worked in such films as “Rising Sun” and “Flubber” and in television shows like “The West Wing,” “Seinfeld” and “Desperate Housewives.” He appears on “Scrubs” as the put-upon hospital attorney, the ying to “Dr. Kelso’s” yang.
Perry does the musical arrangements for The Blanks. As a composer, he wrote more than half the songs for a special musical episode for “Scrubs” in 2007 titled “My Musical,” one of which, “Guy Love,” was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.
Miserlis has numerous stage and film credits, including “Sarah Pillsbury’s Seeds of Tragedy,” “Evita” and “The Odd Couple.”
McNiven has guest starred on TV shows “CSI,” “ER,” “Newsradio” and “Scrubs.” His film credits include “A Dangerous Woman” with Debra Winger and “It’s Pat” with Julia Sweeney.
Posted: Mon, September 7th, 2009 at 7:56AM