200 Reasons to Love A Cappella: Late Night Shows

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 #67: Late Night Shows

Performing at the collegiate level is a unique environment for appealing to a free-thinking, edgy, late night audience. Nowhere is this dynamic better on display than at a late night campus show.

Late night shows are often scheduled as such to occur long past any academic commitments of the day, and occasionally as alternative programming to draw listeners out of their dorm rooms and out of the frat house beer pong tournament to join some music in a communal setting. Sometimes raunchy, often funny, and always full of good music, such shows are natural opportunity for people to come together, enjoy one another’s company, and bask in the pleasure of listening to live music.

I love it!

Proverbappella: A Watched Pot Never Boils

It’s hard to wait for big things to happen.

Particularly in this age of social media, many a cappella groups find themselves driven by statistics, whether it’s album sales, Facebook likes, Twitter followers, or YouTube views. Groups are well-advised to monitor their numbers—but not at the expense of driving themselves or the rest of their group crazy and certainly not at the expense of doing more productive things.

Tuesday Tubin': Retrograde

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 The Boston University Dear Abbeys performing James Blake’s “Retrograde.”

The ICCA Bracket of Champions: What Was the Best ICCA Set of the Last Eight Years?

Since Mike Scalise and I launched The A Cappella Blog in 2007, we have attended every International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Final, live in New York. Today, one week before the launch of the 2015 tournament, and as I hope all of you have completed your entries to the 2015 ACB ICCA Bracket Contest, I’d like to take a look back at the last eight years of ICCA Champions—and what more fun way to do that than with a bracket all its own?