Hi A Cappella Fans!!
As part of the production team, I'm proud to present to you VoCAL Nation (www.vocal-nation.com), a contemporary a cappella festival, coming to the DC area on July 13-14.
VoCAL Nation is hosted by CASA (the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America), and will be co-presented by Strathmore.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, July 13th at 8 pm with the CAL Showcase, featuring 8 semi-professional vocal groups from across the nation. The evening will be hosted by WAMA award winning vocal band, Cartoon Johnny. Groups will perform popular jazz, R&B, pop and rock songs, all without instruments. The Showcase will take place at Arlington Temple United Methodist Church at 1835 N. Nash Street, Arlington, just steps from the Rosslyn Metro Station.
Saturday, July 14th will include classes from 9 am until 5 pm taught by some of the best in the business, including Barry Carl, the original bass singer from Rockapella. All classes will be hosted at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD. Attendees will be treated to performances throughout the day.
The festival will close out at Strathmore with the main event - the Professional Showcase, at 8 pm, featuring Cluster and Afro-Blue.
Accounted as one of the best vocal groups in Italy, Cluster was founded in 2004 by five young musicians, who were studying at the Niccolò Paganini Conservatory of Music in Genoa. The group has spend the last 6 years touring Italy and Europe with their unique style that combines elements of jazz, pop, and fusion. This is their first visit to the U.S.
The Afro Blue Vocal Band is a 10-member vocal jazz a cappella ensemble that was formed at Howard
University in Washington DC. The ensemble has won multiple awards, performed alongside names such as Smokey Robinson, Geri Allen, and Bobby McFerrin. They have performed in venues that include The Smithsonian Museum, The Warner Theater, and The Kennedy Center. Most recently, the group appeared on the NBC show “The Sing-Off” where they finished 4th out of 16 a cappella groups.
The concert will also feature opening performances by The Glue, of Switzerland, and local group, Vox Pop!
All access passes and concert tickets are still available. Visit http://vocal-nation.com/ for more information or to purchase tickets.