April 11, 1991 |
Let Gibson keep its guitars, and Steinway its pianos. Just give Bernice Johnson Reagon a voice, and she'll make music. Tomorrow, Reagon and her ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock, will make music at the Academy of Music. The closest thing to an instrument on stage will be the clapping hands of the group's five singers. They do it a cappella. Reagon traces her interest in a cappella to her Georgia youth, during which she sang in the classroom, in the schoolyard, and at church without instruments.
February 19, 1991 |
It's one thing for an artist to claim divine inspiration. It's quite another thing to show evidence of it, as Take 6 did Sunday at the Academy of Music. The male a cappella sextet, composed of young Seventh-Day Adventists from Alabama, asked the audience members to act as if they were in church, and the crowd, which began calling out at the first note and kept it up throughout the evening, gladly complied. The group, which collaborates on its arrangements, unfurled a harmonic complexity unrivaled in pop and gospel.
May 3, 1989 |
Asentiment first expressed by the Persuasions way back when will be reiterated Sunday, May 14, when the Africamericas Festival presents "We Don't Need No Music" - a concert of a cappella singing and poetry. Two-time Grammy Award winners Take 6 will headline the show, which also features the internationally acclaimed Sweet Honey in the Rock and local a cappella artists Nanikha. Poets Rikki Lights, Lamont Steptoe and Kimmika Williams fill out the bill. Tickets for the concert, at the Uptown Theatre, 2240 N. Broad St., are $10, $5 for children.
February 27, 2015 |
Before the singers embarked on the tour, music director Deke Sharon told them: "This isn't the competition, and these guys are not your competitors. " It was a good reminder for the members of some of the country's top a cappella groups - Voiceplay, Street Corner Symphony, and the Exchange - as they began the Sing-Off Live Tour, which comes Sunday to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. The three groups had, indeed, competed against one another - on the NBC show The Sing-Off , in which a cappella groups vie to be dubbed the best in the country.
August 24, 2013 |
When the 10-man band Straight No Chaser started their 11-date run at Harrah's in Atlantic City on Wednesday night, it wasn't the a cappella pop sensation's first extended stay in the area. The multi-crooner act, which started in 1996 at Indiana University, has taken part in several residencies in A.C. "Our roots have been planted in Atlantic City since we did 40 shows at Harrah's Casino three summers ago," says Straight man Walter Chase. He reminds us the vocal ensemble did 50 more shows at Harrah's the next year.
August 3, 2011 |
Inquirer television critic Jonathan Storm is reporting from the television critics' press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. These items are taken from his blog, "Eye of the Storm," at www.philly.com/eyeof-thestorm . The subway is not just for getting to the Phillies games. For Shawn Stockman and his singing group, Boyz II Men, it was a concert hall. "You know, when me and my guys got together, we used to sing in the streets of Philadelphia," Stockman told TV critics Monday.
May 13, 1989 |
The leaps-and-bounds success story of the a cappella group Take 6 is unlike anything else that has hit the music world in recent years. Consider what has happened to the six vocalists since their first, self- titled album was released on Reprise in March 1988: They won two of the three Grammys for which they were nominated (best gospel performance for their song "Spread Love" and best jazz vocal group for their album Take Six). They played two dates at Radio City Music Hall in New York with Stevie Wonder, who bought 200 CDs of their album to distribute to friends.
April 28, 2000 |
In this age of high-powered instrumentation, recording-studio wizardry and high-tech ears, there is still a place for the most basic musical sounds of all - a cappella. You know the stuff. A bunch of guys - five is the ideal number - hanging on a street corner and harmonizing one of the good old numbers, frequently something from a 1920s or '30s movie. You don't find much of it any more. Nowadays, if you spot a delegation of young men on a street corner, you probably head in another direction.
September 28, 2012 |
JUST HOW MANY "a cappella" puns can you fit into a movie that runs just under two hours? A-ca lot. "Pitch Perfect" does for a cappella (making music with mouths, as we're constantly reminded) what "Bring It On" did for cheerleading. An eyeliner-imbued alterna-chick (this time, it's Beca, played "Up in the Air's" Anna Kendrick) is thrust into a world she deems lame and gradually learns to love it, while the girls she surrounds herself with teach her life lessons that allow her to grow as a person.
May 15, 2015 |
SEQUELS have a bad habit of taking what made their predecessors popular and augmenting those aspects to the point where they just aren't fun anymore - as in thin supporting characters becoming major players, or two-bit gags becoming full-fledged plots. But "Pitch Perfect 2" avoids becoming a bigger, dumber version of the 2012 sleeper hit. Structurally, the movies are entirely similar, but writer Kay Cannon ("30 Rock") refocuses the story so that the crowd-pleasing parts are intact, without drowning out any semblance of a coherent movie.