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Mosaic earns MTV's top pop group title

After incredible performances by all of the groups, including some smooth grooving by runner up Ju-Taun, Mosaic took the crown in an explosive finish for MTV’s Top Pop Group. The confetti flew as everyone rushed on stage in a wave of congratulatory hugging, laughing and crying. The only group to perform without music to back them, Mosaic initially faced an uphill battle to win America over. But the struggle seems to have made this victory all the sweeter, inspiring Sean Gerrity to yell out “A capella just became cool!” Check out Mosaic and Ju-Taun’s reactions in this exclusive backstage interview: Read the full article here.

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Fill[]ng in the Bl[]nks

According to “The Blanks,” there are a number of things you must do in order to make a live show successful. A successful show needs to have music, comedy, drama, high stakes, guest stars, smooth transitions and “young and hip” performers. In addition, it’s always a good idea for entertainers to share some personal information that makes the audience uncomfortable. At the Rozsa Center this past Saturday, The Blanks followed their own advice and as a result (or in spite) performed a spectacular show. In case you haven’t heard, The Blanks are a group of four “young and hip” men who like to sing a cappella music. They are famous for their appearances on the popular TV show “Scrubs” as Ted’s Band. The members of The Blanks are Sam Lloyd, Philip McNiven, George Miserlis and Paul Perry. Read the full article here.

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Take 6 Performance is Welcome Opening to Rockwell Hall Series

The opening concert in Rockwell Hall's "Great Performers Series" was a hit in many ways. There was Take 6, one of the premier vocal groups of the last couple decades, onstage and -- think about it -- three members, half the group, had roots in Buffalo. It was a great homecoming for both audience and band and, in addition, a fine way to kick off a season. The group's Web site calls Take 6 a "Christian vocal jazz group" while the Wikipedia entry for them applies the label "a cappella gospel music sextet" to their art and, truth be told, that last description is closer to the core of what they are and do. The group's jazz leanings received ample space during the concert, but so did their gospel side. Read the full article here.

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Blues is songs of joy to the ear

In 1997, actor/singer Faca Kulu scooped a lead role in the original production of Disney's The Lion King, on Broadway in New York. While in New York, he taught a master class in African singing and culture which won him a cultural outstanding award, in 1999, from the Harlem community. Yes, Kulu has a theatrical CV as long as your arm and now he's directing his show Native Blues at the Catalina Theatre, running from Thursday to November 2. Kulu describes his show as "a musical integration of sounds from different walks of life interpreted by the natives dwelling and working the city of Durban in the late 50s and throughout the decades that follow". The a cappella musical comedy is based on "the fond reminiscences of two old men who are the former members of an a cappella musical group - Native Blues". Read the full article here.

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Straight No Chaser Celebrates the Season With ATCO/Atlantic Records Debut, "HOLIDAY SPIRITS"

ATCO/Atlantic Records has announced the signing of acclaimed a cappella group Straight No Chaser. The Indiana University-born, ten-man ensemble -- which caused a YouTube sensation with their unique take on "The 12 Days of Christmas" -- will release their debut album, entitled "HOLIDAY SPIRITS," on October 28th. The album's forthcoming release is heralded by a front page story in Sunday's New York Times Arts & Leisure section (10/5 edition), entitled "A Cappella Dreaming," which notes that "This may be the year's most unlikely major-label story." Taking off from the runaway success of "The 12 Days of Christmas" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fe11OlMiz8), "HOLIDAY SPIRITS" sees Straight No Chaser re-energizing holiday classics such as "The Christmas Song," "Silent Night," and "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" with their captivating and powerful vocal arrangements. "HOLIDAY SPIRITS" also includes two original Christmas-themed compositions, penned by group founder Dan Ponce (see below tracklisting). Read the full article here.