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The Lovers Show

Hamilton, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | SELF | AFTRA

Hamilton, Massachusetts, United States | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2000
Duo Pop Funk

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Sep
17
The Lovers Show @ First Avenue ROCK THE CAUSE

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Sep
06
The Lovers Show @ St. Croix Festival Theatre

St. Croix Falls, Minnesota, USA

St. Croix Falls, Minnesota, USA

Aug
31
The Lovers Show @ HAIR SALON

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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"Poptrical Sophistifunk" is how Minneapolis-based duo The Lovers Show describe their sound. On the act's self-titled full-length debut, the real life duo of Jared and Noni Mason stir a funky pot of pop songs into effervescent classics. - Music Connection


"Poptrical Sophistifunk" is how Minneapolis-based duo The Lovers Show describe their sound. On the act's self-titled full-length debut, the real life duo of Jared and Noni Mason stir a funky pot of pop songs into effervescent classics. - Music Connection


Issue — February 13, 2008
CITY PAGES
Pop is a yodeler, Mom was a stomper, and their garage is a Golden Valley Love Shack
Minnesota's Own Sonny and Cher

By Michael L. Walsh

THE LOVERS SHOW
The Lovers Show
Yodelboy Productions

You totally want to be Jared and Noni Mason. They are one of those rare couples who have somehow defied the descent into conformity, cubicles, and overall yuppie lameness that comes with marriage, parenthood, and the flight to suburbia.

You'd never know it walking up to their cheery yellow rambler on a quiet residential street in Golden Valley, but you sense there's something funky about these two once you step inside. In their dining room, across from an in-progress game of "Horseopoly" that the couple has been playing with their kids, a huge psychedelic swirl of pink and orange spirals up one wall from floor to ceiling. Not typical home decor for a modern Midwest 'burb, no sir.

Then you get to the garage.

Their garage is the epicenter of the Lovers Show, the couple's funky, psychedelic, theatrical musical duo. It's Austin Powers's fantasy garage. Huge, nine-foot mirrors cover the inside of the garage door, providing the backdrop to an elevated stage covered in a thick, wooly shag. A disco ball spins overhead. A fluorescent orange couch beckons you to take a load off. Pianos, guitar cases, drum sets and unconventional percussion instruments are strewn across the room.

For a pair with three kids under age seven, the Masons positively ooze cool. Noni, with her jet-black Bettie Page hair, svelte black turtleneck, and heavy black eyeliner, spent 10 years touring the world with Stomp, the renowned avant-garde percussive dance troupe. That's where she met and fell in love with Jared, who performed with the group as Dr. Who. Strip him of his skin-tight, retro plaid slacks and mod black vest and turtleneck, and he could pass for a Norwegian farmer circa 1830.

It gets better.

Both in their 30s, neither Noni nor Jared can recall the last time they had to work a "normal" job. Believe it or not, they are able to pay their mortgage and provide for their children largely because of Jared's yodeling. That's right, yodeling. He learned to yodel for a gig back in the early '90s and now has an agent who calls him whenever a professional yodeler is needed. His talents have been featured in commercials for Volkswagen and Dr. Pepper, among others. The income allows them to spend more time with their young sons, Django, Geivan, and Nicodemus. And it allows them to focus on their ambitious plans for the Lovers Show.

"Everything I've learned has been to stay alive in the music industry without having to get a real job," Jared explains.

"He is extremely disciplined and extremely motivated," Noni adds. "He had to learn to yodel, juggle, and ride a unicycle all at the same time."

Like I said, you want to be Noni and Jared Mason.

Alas, there is no yodeling on the Lovers Show's self-titled debut album. What you will find is 11 songs of bubbling, sentimental, dancy, funk-inspired pop that Noni says is "all about our love." They've even coined a name for it: "Poptrical Sophistifunk."

"Poptrical meaning pop music with a theatrical edge. Noni came up with Sophistifunk because it's funky, and yet sophisticated chords are being used," Jared says.

Noni said a friend recently described their music as Prince-meets-The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and you would be hard-pressed to come up with a better description. It's got a sexy, voluptuous groove that almost seems exhibitionist. The Prince comparison is particularly appropriate when considering that almost all of the instrumentation on the album is performed by Jared: guitar, bass, drums, piano, organ, saws, trash cans, plant holders, pop guns, tooth brushes, margarita glasses, you name it. All of these things are on the album, and amazingly it doesn't sound like a clattering, clunking experimental mess.

The opening track, "Give a Little Nibble," puts a groove in your step, starting your day off right, the way a little morning nookie does. It's cute, playful, and nicely sexed-up. A pulsating Rhodes piano line snakes between a chunky backbeat, while Noni and Jared trade lusty vocal lines about...well..."nibbling."

"It's uplifting. I mean...it's fun. You can shake your booty to it," Jared says.

Beyond the cute and playful nibbling, things heat up on "Funked Up Love," a nasty, gritty "love" song. A grinding electric guitar thunders like a bass drum while a slapped bass line marches along like the baddest '70s funk. Jared's masculine falsetto gives the chorus, which teeters on cheesy, its attitude: "Everybody getting drunk on love tonight/Everybody get funked tonight/I got the feeling you want to get funked up/Everybody funked up love tonight."

When asked why they decided to call themselves the Lovers Show, the answer is wonderfully simple.

"We were like, 'Well, we're in love. What else would we call ourselves?'" - CITY PAGES


Issue — February 13, 2008
CITY PAGES
Pop is a yodeler, Mom was a stomper, and their garage is a Golden Valley Love Shack
Minnesota's Own Sonny and Cher

By Michael L. Walsh

THE LOVERS SHOW
The Lovers Show
Yodelboy Productions

You totally want to be Jared and Noni Mason. They are one of those rare couples who have somehow defied the descent into conformity, cubicles, and overall yuppie lameness that comes with marriage, parenthood, and the flight to suburbia.

You'd never know it walking up to their cheery yellow rambler on a quiet residential street in Golden Valley, but you sense there's something funky about these two once you step inside. In their dining room, across from an in-progress game of "Horseopoly" that the couple has been playing with their kids, a huge psychedelic swirl of pink and orange spirals up one wall from floor to ceiling. Not typical home decor for a modern Midwest 'burb, no sir.

Then you get to the garage.

Their garage is the epicenter of the Lovers Show, the couple's funky, psychedelic, theatrical musical duo. It's Austin Powers's fantasy garage. Huge, nine-foot mirrors cover the inside of the garage door, providing the backdrop to an elevated stage covered in a thick, wooly shag. A disco ball spins overhead. A fluorescent orange couch beckons you to take a load off. Pianos, guitar cases, drum sets and unconventional percussion instruments are strewn across the room.

For a pair with three kids under age seven, the Masons positively ooze cool. Noni, with her jet-black Bettie Page hair, svelte black turtleneck, and heavy black eyeliner, spent 10 years touring the world with Stomp, the renowned avant-garde percussive dance troupe. That's where she met and fell in love with Jared, who performed with the group as Dr. Who. Strip him of his skin-tight, retro plaid slacks and mod black vest and turtleneck, and he could pass for a Norwegian farmer circa 1830.

It gets better.

Both in their 30s, neither Noni nor Jared can recall the last time they had to work a "normal" job. Believe it or not, they are able to pay their mortgage and provide for their children largely because of Jared's yodeling. That's right, yodeling. He learned to yodel for a gig back in the early '90s and now has an agent who calls him whenever a professional yodeler is needed. His talents have been featured in commercials for Volkswagen and Dr. Pepper, among others. The income allows them to spend more time with their young sons, Django, Geivan, and Nicodemus. And it allows them to focus on their ambitious plans for the Lovers Show.

"Everything I've learned has been to stay alive in the music industry without having to get a real job," Jared explains.

"He is extremely disciplined and extremely motivated," Noni adds. "He had to learn to yodel, juggle, and ride a unicycle all at the same time."

Like I said, you want to be Noni and Jared Mason.

Alas, there is no yodeling on the Lovers Show's self-titled debut album. What you will find is 11 songs of bubbling, sentimental, dancy, funk-inspired pop that Noni says is "all about our love." They've even coined a name for it: "Poptrical Sophistifunk."

"Poptrical meaning pop music with a theatrical edge. Noni came up with Sophistifunk because it's funky, and yet sophisticated chords are being used," Jared says.

Noni said a friend recently described their music as Prince-meets-The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and you would be hard-pressed to come up with a better description. It's got a sexy, voluptuous groove that almost seems exhibitionist. The Prince comparison is particularly appropriate when considering that almost all of the instrumentation on the album is performed by Jared: guitar, bass, drums, piano, organ, saws, trash cans, plant holders, pop guns, tooth brushes, margarita glasses, you name it. All of these things are on the album, and amazingly it doesn't sound like a clattering, clunking experimental mess.

The opening track, "Give a Little Nibble," puts a groove in your step, starting your day off right, the way a little morning nookie does. It's cute, playful, and nicely sexed-up. A pulsating Rhodes piano line snakes between a chunky backbeat, while Noni and Jared trade lusty vocal lines about...well..."nibbling."

"It's uplifting. I mean...it's fun. You can shake your booty to it," Jared says.

Beyond the cute and playful nibbling, things heat up on "Funked Up Love," a nasty, gritty "love" song. A grinding electric guitar thunders like a bass drum while a slapped bass line marches along like the baddest '70s funk. Jared's masculine falsetto gives the chorus, which teeters on cheesy, its attitude: "Everybody getting drunk on love tonight/Everybody get funked tonight/I got the feeling you want to get funked up/Everybody funked up love tonight."

When asked why they decided to call themselves the Lovers Show, the answer is wonderfully simple.

"We were like, 'Well, we're in love. What else would we call ourselves?'" - CITY PAGES


The Lovers Show CD Release Show at the Varsity Theater
by David de Young

The Lovers’ Show is about the last show on earth you’d want to go to without a date, but that’s exactly what I did. On Valentines Day no less. And though at first I felt I’d stepped into about the most awkwardly hellish situation ever, I managed to leverage my vast concert-going experience to make myself at home in a Varsity Theater full of couples seated cabaret style who were just finishing their catered fancy dinners provided by the Loring Pasta Bar. (To blend in, I used my favorite trick: I just pulled out my ever-present camera gear, found myself a spot on the floor by the catwalk, and spent the evening capturing the photos now featured in the photo slideshow to your left.)


The Lovers Show is the adopted name of husband and wife musical duo Jared and Noni Mason, and Thursday’s Varsity show turned out to be one of the more fun shows I’ve seen in a while and certainly one of the most extravagant productions I’ve ever seen at the Varsity. The band had spared no expense to make this an over the top production from bringing in a full size grand piano to hanging kiddie swimming pools from the ceiling to be used as massive yellow plastic drums.



The evening started out with a short one act play about relationships. Then came a short film with background on Hope Unlimited for Children. (The show was a benefit for this organization, which is working to saving the lives of Brazil's street kids. More info at http://www.hopeunlimited.org.)


And then came the feature presentation. And what a show it was, almost like a Broadway musical in scale, complete with choreography, costume changes (including one "scene" in which the entire cast was dressed in gospel choir robes), and more. And to think I’d come just because I found their album to be a funky and catchy set of well-constructed and produced songs! I got way more than I bargained for even as many of the songs from the disc were featured over the course of the night. It’s good to be pleasantly surprised, and I was pleasantly surprised over and over again at the Varsity Thursday.

- How Was The Show


The Lovers Show CD Release Show at the Varsity Theater
by David de Young

The Lovers’ Show is about the last show on earth you’d want to go to without a date, but that’s exactly what I did. On Valentines Day no less. And though at first I felt I’d stepped into about the most awkwardly hellish situation ever, I managed to leverage my vast concert-going experience to make myself at home in a Varsity Theater full of couples seated cabaret style who were just finishing their catered fancy dinners provided by the Loring Pasta Bar. (To blend in, I used my favorite trick: I just pulled out my ever-present camera gear, found myself a spot on the floor by the catwalk, and spent the evening capturing the photos now featured in the photo slideshow to your left.)


The Lovers Show is the adopted name of husband and wife musical duo Jared and Noni Mason, and Thursday’s Varsity show turned out to be one of the more fun shows I’ve seen in a while and certainly one of the most extravagant productions I’ve ever seen at the Varsity. The band had spared no expense to make this an over the top production from bringing in a full size grand piano to hanging kiddie swimming pools from the ceiling to be used as massive yellow plastic drums.



The evening started out with a short one act play about relationships. Then came a short film with background on Hope Unlimited for Children. (The show was a benefit for this organization, which is working to saving the lives of Brazil's street kids. More info at http://www.hopeunlimited.org.)


And then came the feature presentation. And what a show it was, almost like a Broadway musical in scale, complete with choreography, costume changes (including one "scene" in which the entire cast was dressed in gospel choir robes), and more. And to think I’d come just because I found their album to be a funky and catchy set of well-constructed and produced songs! I got way more than I bargained for even as many of the songs from the disc were featured over the course of the night. It’s good to be pleasantly surprised, and I was pleasantly surprised over and over again at the Varsity Thursday.

- How Was The Show


Discography

Debut CD THE LOVERS SHOW, released Valentine's 2008.
Jared Mason, She Believes In Me, 2004, WINNER AA ALBUM OF THE YEAR, LA Music Awards
Jared Mason, One More Summer, 1998

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Bio

RECENT PRESS: Northwest Airlines World Traveller Magazine, Music Connection, City Pages, How Was The Show, Bismarck Tribune
RECENT COMMERCIALS: VW, Dr. Pepper and Ebay
RECENT TV APPEARANCES- ABC KSTP's "On The Road", KARE 11 "Showcase Minnesota", WCCO Morning News, Twin Cities Live
AWARDS: Winner ALBUM OF THE YEAR, L.A. Music Awards 2004, Top 5 Winner "You Are There" Durango Song Contest
RADIO AIRPLAY: KLOS L.A./ The Current 89.3 Minneapolis
Performed with: Gloria Estefan, Savion Glover, Charlie Pride

Self-titled Debut Record: Release FEB 2008
All songs written and sung by Jared and Noni Mason
All instruments and arrangements by Jared Mason except saw by Noni Mason.
Produced by Jared & Noni Mason, Brian Johnson at Winterland Studios, Minneapolis, MN

"Fashionable Musical Super Heroes, " Jared and Noni Mason, met on tour and traveled the world performing in the "international percussion sensation" STOMP. Drawing from their experience touring the world with performances including The Tonight Show and Good Morning America, The Lovers Show are defining sophistifunk for Minneapolis with a live show that is a kaleidoscope for the senses.

"What you will find is 11 songs of bubbling, sentimental, dancy, funk-inspired pop! You totally want to be Jared and Noni Mason."
Michael Walsh, City Pages

"...they stir a funky pot of pop songs into effervescent classics."
Dan Kimpel, Music Connection

"...the results are magical!"
Lori Barghini, The Lori and Julia Show, FM 107.1

"The Lovers Show is better than Star Wars"
Evan Keller, age 7

"You have the most amazing voice I've ever heard!"
Kevin Williamson, A&R Maverick Records

"Their music is eclectic, sparkling, and exciting!
This is both real music (at last) and real entertainment!"
Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage

"So much money in his throat!"
Seth Riggs, "Voice Teacher of the Stars"

"Rock Star Material. A cut way above all independents in L.A."
Al Bowman, Founder L.A. Music Awards

"Absolutely refreshing!"
Patty Peterson
Entertainer, Vocalist, Radio Personality, Minneapolis

"Prince meets the Rocky Horror Picture Show."
John Swardson, Americana Artist, Minneapolis

Fans have spoken:
"The Lovers Show renewed my faith in true love!"
"Kick-ass car melodies that just won't quit!"
"Pure Entertainment"
"Honestly, you have incorporated forty years of of my favorite music genres into a single band. I can't believe the sounds you produce. They sound like the music I used to worship many years ago but involves a completely contemporary voice. Most of all the PASSION carries through in your music!"

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