The magic of the holidays begins at Fitchburg State University when the celebrated five-man a cappella group Rockapella returns to campus for a seasonal show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Weston Auditorium, 353 North St., part of the CenterStage arts and culture series. Prepare to be enchanted by their tight harmonies and vocal percussion to ramp up the holiday spirit.
Tickets are $28 for adults; $25 for Fitchburg State alumni, seniors and staff; and $5 for students. Tickets can be ordered online or by visiting the box office in Weston Auditorium, 353 North St., from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. The box office can be reached at 978.665.3347.
They’ve become one of the world’s most sophisticated, lasting, and imitated vocal groups around today. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more influential group out there in this new era of movies like Pitch Perfect, network television a cappella shows, and innumerable college vocal groups that own the corner of cool on campuses everywhere.
As one of the progenitors of the astonishing full-band sound of “contemporary” a cappella, Rockapella has shown every audience the raw power of pure vocal talent and originality. “There’s nothing in the way between us and the audience; it’s very human music,” says Rockapella’s human beatbox Jeff Thacher. No instruments, no tracks, no mirrors … but never lame.
Since the early ’90’s when they first achieved national television fame on PBS’s Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, they’ve toured the globe and provided a funky powerful soundtrack to several generations of vocal music fans, while keeping it all fresh along the way. With buckets of catchy original pop songs, and complete contemporary revisions of sparkling Motown, pop, and soul classics, this group has always been the one to watch.
“We make it rock and make it interesting,” explains Scott Leonard, the group’s chief songwriter, arranger, and an architect of their ever-evolving and imitated dynamic sound. USA Today summed up their lasting appeal: “The best musical instrument of all is the human voice – if you’ve seen Rockapella you know that’s the truth.” The New York Times agrees, calling them “pure entertainment.”