200 Reasons to Love A Cappella: Festivals

For the uninitiated, it can be difficult to understand why people love a cappella. Heck, even for those of us who do actively enjoy it, it can be difficult to put into words why we enjoy this art form so. While we’ll never have a truly comprehensive list of everything cool about a cappella, 200 Reasons to Love A Cappella is our best attempt at assembling a list of what makes it great.

Reason #60: Festivals

Seeing just one a cappella group perform can make for an entertaining evening. Seeing multiple groups perform over a period of hours can both make for a fun show and give a fan a diverse enough array of acts to get them thinking, questioning, forming preferences, and coming up with their own creative spins on the a cappella perform.

Whether it’s an event like SoJam, Acappellafest, or The Los Angeles A Cappella Festival that bring a region of performers and fans together, a gathering like SingStrong that raises money for Alzheimer’s research, or The Harmoy Sweepstakes that prides itself in bringing the nation’s best to one place, festivals build community and provide a bit of something for everyone to the audience.

I love it!

Tuesday Tubin': I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked Dead

Each Tuesday, The A Cappella Blog presents a link to a collegiate a cappella performance, or related material, that we recommend to you.

We welcome clip suggestions from anyone who would like to submit them.

This week, we present Wagner College Vocal Synergy performing “I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked Dead.”

Social Networking: Blogging

A lot of fans of a cappella groups are fans just because they like the music. Others have crushes on group members, or, if you're really fortunate, follow your group just because it's the cool thing to do on campus. While these conventional means serve many groups well, there are other, proactive ways of solidifying an audience, many of which are served well when a group chooses to blog.

ACB Interview: Peter Hollens

I first met Peter Hollens at a gathering in Manhattan, after he had served as a judge for Varsity Vocals’s Finals weekend, and after I had sat in the crowd taking feverish notes about the evening’s proceedings. Mind you, this was after Hollens accrued hundreds of thousands of subscribers for his regular releases on YouTube, after he had appeared on The Sing-Off, and after he had co-founded one of the most influential collegiate a cappella groups in the world, On the Rocks, at the University of Oregon.

Upon such an interaction, you might expect Hollens to have been brash, boldly charismatic, or a touch arrogant.

Hollens was none of these things.

He’s the sort of talent who doesn’t seem to realize how famous or celebrated he is. Or if he does realize it, he demonstrates no interest in cashing in on any associated rewards beyond having a broader platform to share his music and get other people involved.