Hey a cappella fans! This is Jeeves, serving up some fresh a cappella news for you! With all the craziness of LAAF and other cool stuff going on, I wasn’t able to get a video out for today, but I still wanted to get some information out there for the masses. So here we go!
Los Angeles A Cappella Festival
If you’ve been living under a rock, I was in Los Angeles this past weekend for LAAF and it was awesome, as expected. The title image is from the Saturday night show headlining group, M05aic. It was a weekend of great music, great people, and beautiful weather! I mean really, I flew out from DC in the snow on Friday morning, and landed at LAX to a shining sun, and 65 degree weather. What the hell, DC weather?! Be better!
Anyway, there is plenty of stuff that I want to mention about the festival, but I’ll try to post something later this week that goes through all the highlights, specifically about how awesome High School A Cappella is! Ridiculous.
Cherry Tree Massacre @ Georgetown University
Okay, it’s definitely not what it sounds like – it’s an a cappella concert series promising two full weekends worth of amazing a cappella to sellout crowds! If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet for this, the final weekend, make sure you check out The Georgetown Chimes website for more information. The two shows that are left are this Friday, February 8th, and Saturday February 23rd. The 23rd is going to be the Alumni show, so that will be an extra awesome one to go to. I also have information from a good authority that The Embassy will be represented at the show this Friday, at least, so make sure to stop by and say “hi!”
If you missed the show the past couple of weeks, I have a couple of videos below to satiate your cravings!
CARA Awards and BOSS
If you’ve missed all the flurry of Facebook posts from different groups and people in the a cappella world, the 2013 CARA Award nominations have been announced! There are WAYYY too many groups and people to congratulate individually, so I’ll just say “Nice work [insert name here]! Keep doing amazing things with those things that you’re doing and good luck in your individual category/categories!” Make sure to check out the list and show your favorite a cappella groups some love!
Along with the nominations comes the inevitable award ceremony. The awards used to be given out in silence – the list would be posted, awards would be sent to the winners, everyone goes on with their lives like nothing ever happened. But no longer! Last year, the BOSS festival hosted the first ever live CARA award ceremony! It was a great time with red carpet treatment, everyone dressed to the 9’s, and acceptance speeches to rival Sally Field (“You like me! You really like me!”). If you haven’t yet, make sure that you book your spot at BOSS to enjoy the CARA awards live and in the flesh! And on top of that, you’ll get to see groups like The House Jacks, Five O’Clock Shadow, and Postyr Project from Denmark. It’s going to be a great time, and it’ll be even better with you there!
Clear Harmonies Concert Series
If you’re in the DC area or are looking for an excuse to come here, there are some amazing concerts being planned right now! Clear Harmonies Productions, a local a cappella production company, already has 5 concerts set for the coming year with such groups as Musae, Ball In The House, The Executive Board, Six Appeal, and Blue Jupiter (#nbd). These are spread out over the entire year, so my suggestion would be to go to Facebook and “Like” Clear Harmonies Productions to stay on top of all the concerts as they are announced!
“Auto Tunes” A Cappella Competition
So this is kind of a weird one, but it worked out well – So the Washington DC Auto Show is in town at the convention center. This year, they decided to have an a cappella competition at the show – That’s right, a cappella at a car show. Yeah, I didn’t get it either, but we all had a good time. I had the pleasure of being one of the three judges of the competition along side our DC College Diplomat, Andrew Adams, and Kim Clark from the DC-Based a cappella group KeyVibe. We had three groups competing – Catholic University’s Redline (winners of the competition – Gratz!), George Washington’s Pitches, and American University’s On A Sensual Note. It was a blast – I think all of the groups had a great time! I know I speak for the judges when I say we really enjoyed ourselves and look forward to doing it again next year.
Texas Gets An A Cappella Festival
I’ve been missing this in my reports recently. Texas A Cappella Celebration is happening in March! It’s going to be a short one (just the one day), but it’s going to have some awesome performances from Delilah and Overboard, an awesome scholastic competition featuring Clearly Vocal, an fantastic Jazz group from Texas, and some great workshops that will make you a better singer! If you’re going to be around the area, or want to take a trip out to San Antonio for the weekend, make sure check out their website for more information!
And that’s it for me! I’m going to try to get a video out this week to talk about the awesomeness that was LAAF. But for the time being, make sure to check out all the cool videos below, send us an email and let us know what you and your groups are doing, and as always, keep the music alive! Peace!
“How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston – Georgetown Superfood
“Who You Are” by Jessie J – Johns Hopkins Octopodes
“Timshel” – GQ
This isn’t from the Cherry Hill Massacre, but it is absolutely awesome!