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Judges and Audience say “Let’s Face It” – and They Did

Saturday in Denver provided an evening of a cappella variety, with seven quite diverse groups taking the stage at Ranum Auditorium for the 18th annual Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes. Close to 900 fans of western style a cappella enjoyed the diversity and were receptive to everything they heard, from pop and jazz to gospel to 70s rock parody, with more than a little humor catching them off guard as 'bookends' to the competition.

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Spring Sing Comes to Colorado

{mosimage}BOULDER, CO -- The first weekend in May has been an exciting period for contemporary a cappella for a long time; 2006 was no exception as vocalists -- more accurately "group singers" -- gathered in Colorado for the 49th annual "Spring Sing."  Yes, that's right: 49 years of Spring Sings in almost that many venues and locales across the country, featuring avocational a cappella ensembles like Jersey Transit, Lake Shore Jive and Noteworthy -- as well as more unusual names like the Grunyons, the New Wizard Oil Combination and the Off Sounders. Many of the group names themselves have been around for over 50 years, while newer ones are mere teenagers at, say 15 years or so. This year's event was called "Spring Sing in the Rockies" for the pretty obvious reason that it was in Boulder, Colorado, hosted by its Colorado representative group, the New Wizard Oil Combination through its eleemosynary counterpart, the Colorado Vocal Jazz Society.  

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Giving Back In The A Cappella World

{mosimage}BOULDER, CO -- On Monday evening, April 24 the Bolder A Cappella series at Redfish Brewhouse in Boulder, Colorado was a special treat, uniting two excellent high school ensembles (8 members in each) in a two-part show at 7:30pm, followed by a second show at 8:30pm with entirely different repertoires by the same fine groups. Raging Harmonies from Westminster High School and 6 Guys Named Blake from Boulder's Fairview High School were almost competitive in the way they did their max for the audience of fans and members of the general community. Thanks should go to Redfish owner Steve Shenk for making this series so welcome.   There was a comfortably large house in spite of inclement weather and everyone seemed to enjoy the evening. It was a good feeling all around and the kids were each appreciative of the other's talents, both as groups and individual performers. It will be some time before we will have that fresh and fun attitude expressed, although Bolder A Cappella is always invigorating and enjoyable.

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m-pact And Groove Society Share The Stage!

{mosimage}BOULDER, CO -- “Dream concert” kicks off “Spring Sing in the Rockies” celebration on May 5. “Imagine . . . The swing and style of Manhattan Transfer, the hip jazz licks of Take 6, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and drive of Earth, Wind, & Fire, the moves and soul of Motown, and the brass bite of the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band. All created by the human voice alone!”   -- Sonicbids.com Well, -- Coloradans and 200+ a cappella singers from across the country won’t have to imagine it any longer. All who show up in Boulder, CO, just northwest of Denver, if they hurry, may be able to get a ticket ($12 for schools to $20 general admission) at the Boulder Theater, 7:30 pm on Friday, May 5  for the best a cappella treat of their lives. m-pact takes the stage and takes you along with them on a vocal jazz/pop tour of the possibilities of the human voice.

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Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes Seeks Participants

{mosimage}The 17th annual Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival is scheduled for Denver, CO on March 18, 2006 at Ranum Auditorium. Tickets to the program are available at www.ticktweb.com (search harmony sweepstakes). However, vocal groups who wish to be considered for the festival by our audition panel must submit their applications not later than January 17, 2006. The Rocky Mountain Regional Competition is one of eight contemporary a cappella contests across North America, from which the winners are flown to San Francisco for the May 6 International Finals. For information on the regional competition nearest you, go to www.harmony-sweepstakes.com.