Music is wonderfully ubiquitous in the Brazos Valley. Everywhere you go, from bars to coffee shops to parks, you’ll find concerts on the weekends. While proud Texan culture means that country music and rock and roll can be found pretty much anywhere, it can be difficult to branch out if you have the desire for something else. Here is where Texas A&M’s 47th season of OPAS comes in, inviting you to A Cappella Live, an energetic festival celebrating modern a cappella music taking place on Thursday, Feb. 13, in Rudder Auditorium.
First off, you know this will be a stellar show because it’s arranged by Deke Sharon, producer of the “Pitch Perfect” trilogy and “The Sing-Off.” Your second clue is that the performers in A Cappella Live are truly a who’s who of the a cappella world, beginning with the Grammy Award-Nominated Committed, a group of five young men from Nashville. Way back in 2010, they won first place on NBC’s musical competition show, “The Sing-Off” with their now classic version of Queen’s “We Are the Champions.” Their a cappella career has only taken off from there with two album releases, a self titled album released in 2011 and a Christmas EP released in 2014.
Next, also featured on “The Sing-Off,” The Filharmonic is an LA-based a cappella group formed of five young Filipino-American men. After their appearance on the show, their career has similarly skyrocketed after appearing in the hit movie “Pitch Perfect 2” and becoming a viral sensation after their many appearances on James Corden’s “Late Late Show.” Their unique blend of pop, hip-hop, and 90s sentimentality is sure to delight audiences in College Station!
After that, Women of the World is a group formed of four female musicians from the four corners of the earth who make music that crosses cultures while exploring the everyday lives of women everywhere. They have sung songs in 34 different languages and believe that through their music, they can promote peace, wisdom, joy, and tolerance.
Lastly, you will be treated to a performance from Blake Lewis, the American Idol runner up in 2007. His signature sound back then, “blending beatboxing, sound effects, vocal scratching and original arrangements,” has transferred to his solo career swimmingly, and he has released several major-label albums from his 2007 debut, “A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream)” to “Portrait of a Chameleon” released in 2014.
It’s sure to be an energetic, unique night of music from some of the most talented a cappella performers from all across the world. If you’re interested in checking out the family-friendly A Cappella Live, tickets to this show range from $22-$60 and are available through the MSC Box Office (979-845-1234) or
Online through their website: http://bit.ly/317BphM