You could say Jeff Smith is the drummer for m-pact, one of the groups performing at Olympia’s Music in the Park this summer. But because m-pact is an a cappella singing group, Smith keeps the rhythm going with his voice.
M-pact will perform at the only Friday night concert in the Music in the Park series, sponsored by the Olympia Downtown Association. The series begins Wednesday with a show by the Olympia Jazz Senators. Shows happen every Wednesday for eight weeks in Sylvester Park.
M-pact will perform Aug. 3 at the series’ highest-profile show at Port Plaza. Billboard magazine once named the group “best unsigned band,” and the six-voice ensemble — formed in Seattle but now based in Los Angeles — has performed with Jackson Browne, Ray Charles and Sheryl Crowe, among other top-name vocalists and songwriters.