Six Appeal Momentum Grows With More To Come

Six Appeal Vocal Band recently returned to the States from a whirlwind tour of Europe, where they captured their second consecutive Grand Prize win at the 2019 Moscow Spring A Cappella Festival. While in Russia, Six Appeal filmed three music videos as part of a soon to be released five-song visual EP, aptly titled Euro EP. The new EP tells the story of the band’s first European tour through both audio and video, shot throughout Moscow and Catalonia.

Since first taking the spotlight after winning the National Harmony Sweepstakes in 2012, this world-class vocal ensemble from Minneapolis  combines musical prowess and sharp comedic timing with the energy and vitality of a rock band. Six Appeal have performed with artists such as Thundercat, Andy Grammer, Michael McDonald, and Kenny Loggins. They’ve also twice performed for the stars at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in Hollywood to exuberant response.

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What’s coming up next for this cheeky vocal band? An upcoming tour to promote Euro EP!

Catch them on tour this summer:

June 13 – Plymouth, MN – Hilde Amphitheater
June 28 – Lakeside, OH – Hoover Auditorium
August 7 – Eagan, MN – Eagan Market Fest
August 12 – Maple Grove, MN – Town Green Park
August 14 & 15 – Alexandria, MN – Theatre L’Homme Dieu

Acaville Partners with BHS to Bring You MORE Barbershop

Here at Acaville, we love all styles of a cappella. Throughout each day we play a mix of contemporary, jazz, comedy, classical, and barbershop to make sure our all-vocal music fans get a great mix of a cappella.

This year, we’ve made a commitment to expand our library – especially in barbershop – so, it’s with great pleasure and excitement that we announce that we are working with Barbershop Harmony Society to bring you some of the best barbershop music EVER.

With the help of the staff at BHS Headquarters, we’ll be playing the audio from past international contests and showcases, recent and not so recent, so that fans can hear the best of barbershop from all generations.

We’ll kick things off this week with a recording of the 1965 Medalist Showcase, airing on Friday Night Live starting at 6 pm PDT/9 pm EDT. The 1965 Contest took place in Boston and The Four Renegades earned the gold. Also performing at this showcase are The Four Rascals (2nd Place), The Impostors (3rd Place,) The Auto Towners (4th Place & 1966 Champions), The Four Statesmen (5th Place & 1967 Champions), plus a swan song set from the 1964 Champions, The Sidewinders.

Tune in for FREE right here on Acaville.org (or on the Acaville (Apple) and TuneIn (Android) apps). If you can’t tune in on Friday night, the show will re-air during our Saturday Rebroadcasts at 8 am & 8 pm PDT (11 am & 11 pm EDT).

For even more barbershop, don’t forget to listen to our weekly special “ShopTalk” hosted by Mark Holdeman Thursdays at 4 pm PDT/7 pm EDT. It re-airs Saturdays at midnight & noon PDT (3 am & 3 pm EDT).

Want to hear even more? Here’s what you can do:

Submit YOUR favorite albums for us to play.

Submit a request or dedication for our weekly Requests & Dedications Show.

Reach out to BHS to support their ongoing initiative to digitize recordings from the pre-digital age!

 

Last Chance to Vote in Moscow A Cappella Festival

Since May 1st, 195 groups from around the world have been filling the streets of Moscow with a cappella and will keep singing through Sunday, May 12th. The Moscow Spring A Cappella Festival, now in it’s third season, is sponsored by the Moscow government, Moscow Seasons Street Festivals, and the office of the Mayor of Moscow.

A the end of the festival, champions will be named and impressive cash prizes will be awarded. Last year’s champion was Minnesota-based Six Appeal who earned the Grand Prix prize of 6.2 million rubles (approx US$100,000). Six Appeal returned to Moscow to defend their championship and were joined by eleven other US-based groups, including Face, Ball in the House, and Blue Jupiter.

To vote for these groups or any of your other favorites from around the world, voting is open until May 12. In addition to the Grand Prix prize, there are several other prizes based on group size. Fans can vote for groups once per day. As the competitors are saying – “don’t miss your chance to influence a Russian election!”

Six Appeal Returns to Russia to Defend Their Title

When the Moscow Spring A Cappella Festival was first announced, it almost seemed too good to be true. The chance to perform in Russia? A huge prize? Dozen of incredible groups?

Turns out it IS the real deal and it’s now grown to over 190 groups.

In the Spring of 2018, Minnesota-based Six Appeal earned the most votes and ended up champions, bringing home a substantial cash prize. The win didn’t come without preparation and effort. For over a decade, Six Appeal has been putting in the work – long drives, tour fatigue, constant re-evaluation and improvement, and the never stop reaching for what they want while keeping their sense of humor. The work has paid off.

Learn a little more about this amazing group as they are on their way back to Russia to defend their title:

 

New Varsity Vocals Champions Named

The stages of Town Hall and the PlayStation Theater brought a cappella to Broadway this weekend for the 2019 ICHSA and ICCA Finals.

After two evenings of performances that marked the culmination of a year of hard work from all of the finalists, two new groups joined the legacy of Varsity Vocals champions – InToneNation and the N’Harmonics.

Here are the full results:

ICHSA Finals
InToneNation ICHSA 2019

OVERALL STANDINGS
1st Place: InToneNation (New Manchester High School) – 441 Points
2nd Place: Skyline Blues (Skyline High School) – 338 Points
3rd Place: The Thursdays (Chelmsford High School) – 331 Points

SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Soloist: Tyler Lewis (InToneNation) for “Dancing On My Own”
Outstanding Vocal Percussion: Chris Ekpiken (Skyline Blues) for the entire set
Outstanding Arrangement: InToneNation for the entire set & Griffin Prillwitz (Free to Breathe) for “Sweet Dreams”
Outstanding Choreography: Evolve for the entire set

ICCA Finals
N'Harmonics ICCA 2019
OVERALL STANDINGS

1st Place: N’Harmonics (New York University) – 444 Points
2nd Place: BisCaydence (University of Miami) – 358 Points
3rd Place: ScatterTones (UCLA) – 352 Points

SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Soloist: Tyler Lewis (HardChord DynaMix) for “Trainwreck”
Outstanding Vocal Percussion: Lora Riehl (Pitch, Please) for the entire set
Outstanding Arrangement: Brett Castro (N’Harmonics) for the entire set
Outstanding Choreography: Brett Castro and Devon McDowell (N’Harmonics) for the entire set

Nor’easters Capture NACC Title as AEA Announces Huge News

Some of the best a cappella groups converged in Memphis this weekend to participate in the National A Cappella Convention for showcases, competitions, and educational sessions from the best in the business.

For the first time, the high school competition was swapped out for a showcase of ten top high school groups. While groups received full feedback from judges, the stress levels were reduced as no winner was named. Instead, the audience was the winner as each set was remarkable. With performances from groups like Limited Edition, Unstrumental, Forte, and G-E-T Vocal Point, this showcase was a true highlight of the weekend.

Saturday kicked off with a convention-wide TedTalk-like session from Convention founder and AEA President, Dr. J.D. Frizzell. His motivational talk put all attendees in the right mindset to learn and use their music to leave an impact on their audiences.

The day was a mix of classes, masterclasses, and more showcases, including performances from RESOUND, OneVoice, and Impromptu before the Convention came to a close with the Collegiate Invitational featuring:

EQ Blu
No Comment
The Green Tones
Voices In Your Head
The Nor’easters
Texas Songhorns
Mosaic Whispers
All-Night Yahtzee

With visually creative and emotional sets, the judges chose to honor:

Outstanding Aesthetic – All-Night Yahtzee
Outstanding Scene Painting – Voices in Your Head
Outstanding Choreography- UNT Green Tones
Outstanding Soloist – Anthony Rodriguez (The Nor’easters)

2nd Place: UNT Green Tones
WINNER: Nor’easters

The evening also featured a guest performance by Nomadic, the first group formed out of the June Foundation.

And just when we thought the weekend was over, Dr. Frizzell and Executive Producer A.J. Marino took the stage with a huge announcement – NACC would not happen in 2020. But before the audience could get too upset, Frizzell shared that the reason was that AEA will be hosting an even larger Convention in the Spring of 2021 in Orlando. Make your plans now, a cappella fans – it’s going to be the biggest event we’ve seen in a cappella yet.

 

2019 CARA Nominations Announced

The much anticipated annual Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards nominations were announced today and both long-standing favorites and new stars are among the talents honored.

Standouts include Boston-based experimental group Birdland Avenue who landed five nominations for Come Around including Best Non-Scholastic Debut Album, Best Electronic/Experimental Album, Best Pop Album, Best Electronic/Experimental Song (“Rabbit Hole”), Best Original Song by a Professional Group (“Breeze Baby”) and DCappella who earned four nominations for Best Non-Scholastic Debut Album, Best Rock Song (“Immortals”), Best Showtunes/Soundtrack/Theme Song (“The Glory Days”), and Best Professional Arrangement for a Non-Scholastic Group (“Immortals”).

We also saw multiple nominations for The Swingles, Pentatonix多么幸福 East West Collective, and Rebel Bit.

On the Scholastic side A Cappella Academy, The G-Men, The A Cappella Group, VoiceBox, The Coda Conduct, The Sons of Pitches, and Dragon Scales were among some of the groups heavily recognized for their work this year.

2009 International Quartet Champions Crossroads led in barbershop music with four nominations in barbershop and arrangements.

See the full list of nominations and then follow along as we catch up with nominees and broadcast live from BOSS and the CARA Ceremony in April.

After Hours Visits Harmony Hall

A visit to Harmony Hall is high on anyone’s barbershop bucket list, but when you are the newly instated International Quartet Champions it holds an even more special significance.

During #BHSOpry, After Hours got a special tour and got to see their physical mark on barbershop history. Here’s a little inside peek at their visit, with footage courtesy of Bryan Lynch, BHS Public Relations/Brand Manager.