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Holiday favorite ‘Soulful Noel’ gets a makeover
Multiple sites, social distancing for first time
Published Wednesday, December 2, 2020 7:25 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

OnQ Productions’ annual holiday classic “Soulful Noel” is going to multiple sites for the first time with six shows split between Middle C Jazz and Camp North End.

OnQ Productions is turning 2020 inside out to present its signature holiday show.

“Soulful Noel” returns for its eighth year with a twist for six shows performed at two locations Dec. 17-19. Four shows will be performed at Middle C Jazz in Uptown on Dec. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., with two shows set for Camp North End at the Ford Building at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The events will be ticketed and subject to capacity limits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Creating a show during a pandemic has been a hassle, but one Talley and company were up for. Camp North End allows for ample physical distance on the 76-acre site, which was previously a Ford factory, Army quartermaster depot and a few other things before becoming the hub for creativity it is today.

“It really has been a challenge just trying to present it and trying to be safe,” OnQ founder Quentin Talley said. “The last thing I want anybody to do is to get sick at an event. That has been the whole challenge, and that is about as much of a creative twist as we can have right now. I think it will be cool because Camp North End is so spread out that it gives us a chance to decorate in a way that we haven’t before.”

That means a night of R&B, funk, gospel, soul and a splash of holiday cheer. “Soulful Noel” will feature songs like “Ave Maria,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “What Do the Lonely Do.”
“We wanted to give people an inside/outside option,” Talley said. “It will be inside, but it’s a warehouse [at Camp North End] so it feels like outside. We figured that would be the best of both worlds, and still keep everybody as safe as possible so that we can bring some kind of Christmas cheer to folks.”

Talley created “Soulful Noel” as the ultimate anti-Christmas show. However, now he looks forward to the holiday tradition, so much so that he recorded a studio album, “OnQ presents A Soulful Noel,” which is available on Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon.

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