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The New Standards: A Supergroup Celebrates 'Snow Days'

December 25, 2012This Twin Cities trio, led by Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic bassist John Munson, stages an annual holiday show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul; it's always the hottest ticket in town. Watch The New Standards perform the centerpiece of the show, "Snow Days," for The Current.

A jazz trio and Minnesota music supergroup, The New Standards features singer and pianist Chan Poling of The Suburbs, singer and bassist John Munson of Semisonic and Trip Shakespeare, and vibraphonist Steve Roehm of Electropolis and Billy Goat. With a repertoire composed largely of holiday classics and unexpected covers of contemporary pop and rock favorites, the band has long been a must-see live, but it's also hit the studio a handful of times, releasing albums in 2005 and 2008.

The group remains best known for its much-beloved, insanely popular and always sold-out annual holiday show — which invariably culminates in the Trip Shakespeare song "Snow Days," complete with snow falling from the rafters of St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater.

  • Photo: Steven Cohen
  • Video: Nate Ryan
  • Audio: Michael DeMark

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