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Dakaboom’s Third Annual Holiday Show

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 | Posted by

Ben McLain (left) and Paul Peglar.

Sonoma Valley residents are in for a treat next Monday and Tuesday, when Dakaboom performs its “Third Annual Holiday Show” at Kenwood Depot.

Dakaboom–which consists of Maria Carrillo grads Ben McLain and Paul Peglar–is a ground-breaking comedy act that incorporates generous amounts of music (including pop, opera, jazz, hip-hop, a cappella, and more).

McLain, who grew up in Kenwood,  met former Cleveland, Ohio resident Peglar in high school. “We both took a cappella classes, which were really inspiring, and we were lucky to work with Gail Bowers, the school’s choir conductor.”

After high school McLain attended UC Irvine, where he studied music and drama. When he graduated in 2005 he decided to aim for a seemingly impossible dream: he would try to make a career in the performing arts.

“I spent time on a cruise ship singing in a group,” he said. “I was on General Hospital for a while. I spent a lot of time slumming around LA auditioning for things.”

In 2006 some friends were putting together an a cappella group. “They knew I was a good be-bopster,” McLean said, “so they invited me to join.”

And just like that the 5-person group–Sonos–was signed to Verve Records “and really began taking off.”

Sonos won the 2010 CARA (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award) for Best Pop/Rock song of the year, numerous ACAs (A Cappella Community Awards) including Best Group, Album and Vocalist, and the 2011 CARA for Best Holiday Album for their 2010 release, “December Songs.”

Sonos has released two records, undertakes frequent tours, and received nationwide attention last fall as contestants on  NBC’s The Sing-Off. Although they were voted off early, McLean feels “it was probably the best time of my entire life, with 5 million people watching us once a week and bringing joy to that many people.”

Peglar, who had graduated from UCLA’s School of Theatre, was also a member of Sonos for a time (he departed in February 2011 to focus on acting). Another member, Jessica Freedman, also attended Maria Carrillo High School.

McLain and Peglar started Dakaboom as a way to combine their comedic, acting, and musical skills. “We have hopes down the line for a TV show,” McLain said, “but right now we’re focused on the release of our new album coming out in January.”

Both McLain and Peglar return to Sonoma Valley at Christmas to be with family (Peglar’s parents now live in Oakmont). That’s turned out to be a good thing for locals, who get to watch the two perform in intimate circumstances.

“We’ll have promo copies of our album at the show,” McLain said. “People can expect an amazing Christmas extravaganza. Alcohol will be served, there will be lots of amazing music. It’s going to be an incredibly fun time, one that the whole family can enjoy.”

Dakaboom performances are on Monday (12/26), 5 and 8 p.m., and Tuesday (12/27), 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12/person, available at the door, from Kenwood Press, or by calling 537-6685.

Learn more by visiting the websites of Dakaboom and Sonos.

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