Come join us on Friday, June 14 as we perform as part of the Logan Summerfest. This is a FREE performance. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your 4th cousin, twice-removed. Bring everyone!!!
What: Men’s Acappella Chorus of Cache Valley performance at 2013 Logan Summerfest
When: Friday, June 14 @ 11:00am
Location: Logan Tabernacle, 50 North Main Street, Logan, UT 84321
Google Map: http://bit.ly/15EUmp8
Time: 11:00am – 12:00 noon
Cost: Absolutely FREE!!!
Link to music listing for Summerfest: http://bit.ly/15EYQfF
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Full Summer Arts Fair event on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/16HZvRd
Songs we will be singing:
Come Go With Me – Doo Wop song made famous by The Drifters
Ezekiel Saw The Wheel – Spiritual
What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor – Sea Shanty / Folk Song
Can’t Buy Me Love – A madrigal arrangement by the King’s Singers of the Beatles song
Always – Barbershop arrangement of the song by Irving Berlin
Come O Thou King of Kings – religious, Men’s Chorus song
The Longest Time – by Billy Joel
Go The Distance – Barbershop arrangement of the song from Disney’s Hercules
When There’s Love At Home – Barbershop arrangement of religious song
Loch Lomond – Scottish Folk Song
Since You’ve Been Gone – by Weird Al Yankovich
In the Still of the Nite – Doo-Wop song made famous by Boyz II Men
When You Wish Upon A Star – Barbershop arrangement of the Disney classic
So Happy Together – Barbershop arrangement of the song by The Turtles
Some Day – Bluegrass song as sung by Blue Highway
Yes Sir, That’s My Baby – Barbershop song
Lonesome Road – King’s Singers’ arrangement of the song by James Taylor
It is official! We have been asked to part of the live music for the 2013 Logan Summerfest at the Logan, UT Tabernacle grounds which will be held on June 13-15. We are extremely excited about this opportunity. We are glad that we will be able to provide our fans, friends, and family a public performance to come and enjoy our music. We have been asked to put a 60min set of music together. So there will be plenty of songs for you to enjoy. We plan on singing some of the songs some of the Cache Valley citizens have already heard us sing. And we plan on adding many new songs. We will have a mixture of pop acappella, doo-wop, barbershop, men’s chorus, madrigals, spirituals, Scottish, and comedy pieces. There should be something for everyone to enjoy. Throughout the decades in the 19th and early 20th centuries, you could often find a barbershop or other men’s vocal group performing in city parks throughout the United States. They were often a staple in county fairs, park expositions, and parades. We are glad to be providing Cache Valley with an opportunity to experience what many of our ancestors experienced.
Also a dying genre of music are the “golden oldie” do-wop songs of the 1940s and 1950s. We strive to preserve this art form as well. We enjoy bringing back memories of times gone by to the older generations in our community. Of times that weren’t so rushed, where people were able to sit back and listen to music in a much more relaxed atmosphere than that of today.
There are many great musical artists in Cache Valley. But it seems that the majority of local bands are more of the rock or hard rock genre. We of the Men’s Acappella Chorus of Cache Valley appreciate these genres, but we feel some genres are being neglected in the local music scene. We are not like any other current Cache Valley artist group. While our roots are in choral singing, we are different from the American Festival Chorus, the USU choirs, and the various community choirs. We sing acappella music – meaning no use of instruments. And we perform genres of music that choral groups do not often venture into.
Come enjoy a wonderful time with us at the Logan Summerfest this June! Bring your friends and your family. It’s free! And who can let an opportunity like this slip by?
The Cache Valley Fun blog has posted an article on the Men’s Acappella Chorus of Cache Valley.
The blog describes somewhat of how our group got started up, the progress we’ve had, and some of our goals for the future. Give it a read here: http://bit.ly/VMaWSh
The Cache Valley Fun blog recently posted an article about our Men’s Acappella Chorus of Cache Valley and how we’ve progressed over our first year of existence. Give it a read!
The Men’s Acappella Chorus of Cache Valley had their debut performance Sunday night, July 22 in the Kent Concert at USU.
Here is a link to the announcement we posted for this concert: http://bit.ly/KDUj5s
The performance went extremely well! From estimates given by USU Alumni Band members based on performances that last few weeks, we only expected around 30 people to show up. Add on the fact that the concert was moved from the lawn of the Quad on the east side of Old Main building to instead be held in the Kent Concert Hall, and it was actually surprising to see such a huge turn out. The Kent Concert Hall holds 2168 people, and we believe the venue was over half full if not 2/3 full. We were definitely very enthused to have such a large audience for our debut performance. And we are very appreciative to the directors and performers of the USU Alumni Band for allowing us to perform as part of their concert.
Seven of our chorus members were able to be there for this performance. Other chorus members had other commitments that day or are on a hiatus due to their participation in other vocal group performances this summer.
We have already received a lot of praise and feedback from concert attendees. And we appreciate your comments and your support! One attendee said they believed we had the loudest applause the entire night. And while we don’t believe we stole the show from the USU Alumni Band, we are very appreciative for the way the audience received our performance. Another audience member remarked how surprised they were at the flexibility of the chorus members being able to sing with a very large vocal range. Our chorus members shifted vocal parts on almost every song we performed. We had high parts shift down to lower at times. We even had Basses and Baritones shifting up to sing Soprano and Alto in falsetto. Another audience member remarked how much the Do-Wop songs reminded them of their time in Chicago.
One audience member told us how he loved hearing “Ezekiel Saw The Wheel” as it reminded him of when he sang the song with a quartet in the 80s. We knew there would be a few people in the audience that should recognize that song.
We have had a handful of people ask how long we’ve been singing together. And we have loved their reaction when we tell them we’ve only been rehearsing together for 2 months. The chorus members have done a wonderful job with their dedicated rehearsal to get the songs ready for performance. Each chorus member deserves an individual applause!
We had a lot of fun up on stage. We love the songs we sing. And we do our best to put all of our emotion in the songs. We hope the audience could tell how much fun we were having.
We are very appreciative to our own chorus member, Bryan Earl for organizing this performance for us. Besides singing with our chorus, Bryan Earl also plays clarinet in the USU Alumni Band. So he had double duty for this performance.
We hope to be able to announce more performances in the near future. We currently do have a concert scheduled for December 15, 2012 at the Why Sound venue here in Logan, UT. We also hope to be scheduling a Christmas performance in the Logan Tabernacle. But we would love to have some performances in the months leading up to December. If you would like us to perform for a community event, please get in contact with us. Currently, we are singing free of charge! We are very adaptable and perform in many atmospheres. We have a few religious pieces we’ve been working on as well. We would love to perform at community events at parks, at conference meetings, community get-togethers, sports events, etc.
The Men’s Acappella Chorus of Cache Valley (MAC) has many influences and we try to cover a broad spectrum of acappella music. This ensure we don’t get too bored with any one genre. Plus it allows a broader audience to enjoy listening to our performances. It also keeps the audience on their toes. We sing Do-Wop, Gospel, Pop-Acappella, Spirituals, Classic Men’s Chorus, Barbershop, Madrigals, Chamber Music, Irish, and other genres.
We thought some of our fans might enjoy it if we shared some of the songs we listen to help inspire us, give us new ideas for songs to rehearse, etc.
We will probably be updating this page from time to time, adding videos, playlists, etc. So check back from time to time. We hope to link to YouTube videos, Spotify playlists, etc.
A couple of our chorus members are proponents of “Spotify”. Spotify is another provider of online radio stations. Most people are familiar with “Pandora Internet Radio”. Pandora allows you to stream music from radio stations that learn what type of music you like. The problem with Pandora is that it acts like a radio station, where you don’t have control of which song plays. Plus, the free version of Pandora only allows you to skip songs 6 times per hour.
Spotify has come into the arena the last few years. Spotify has a different philosophy on internet radio. Spotify is based on the users creating their own song playlists (instead of having the internet come up for them). So the user has much more control. Even with the free version of Spotify, you can skip as many times as you want. You can play a specific song in your playlist. It is as if the songs you are listening to were your own songs that you had on your computer or on CDs.
Now, until recently, Pandora still held the upper hand with Music Discovery. They based what songs played on your radio stations by taking into account all of the songs you had “thumbed up” or “thumbed down”. It would then learn which songs you wanted to play on a specific station that you created. Spotify did not have that capability until recently. Spotify DID have radio stations, but they were all based on an artist – such as the Phill Collins Radio Station. And you couldn’t adjust the station to your own likes. Recently, Spotify has added a feature to play a radio station based on your saved playlists. This basically replicates what Pandora Radio does. Except you can still skip as often as you want. Pandora still seems to do a little better at making their radio stations tweaked just to your likes. But Spotify playlist radio stations aren’t that far behind.
Another internet radio provider similar to Spotify is “Grooveshark”. But currently, we don’t have any Grooveshark playlists to share with you. Who knows, we may have some in the future.
One of our chorus members, Ben Burt, has created some pretty extensive Spotify playlists that he wanted to share. If you are a Spotify user, subscribe to these playlists and go crazy listening to them. They are pretty amazing. We apologize for the many spellings of “Acappella”. All are acceptable, but we have since settled on using “acappella” for our chorus.
Hits Acapella / Barber / Chorus – This is a compilation of all sorts of Acappella, Barbershop, Men’s Chorus, and other Chorus hits. This is the playlist that Ben uses most often for inspiration. He also plays songs from this playlist during MAC rehearsals to give us all ideas and help us know what sound to develop on any specific song.
Acapella / Barbershop Hits – The above playlist minus the Chorus hits. So only Acappella and Barbershop music.
Accapella Hits – All of the Acappella hits that Ben has found on Spotify. These songs are pop/rock covers that include vocal percussion on most songs. There are some great songs by some amazing groups on here.
Barbershop Hits – A collection of all the Barbershop hits Ben has found on Spotify. Gotta love men singing tight four-part harmony!
The following playlists compose all songs on Spotify – not just the hits. If you want to hear some songs you’ve never heard before, give them a try:
Men’s Chorus Hits
Men’s Chorus 2
Acapella / Barbershop
Acapella / Barbershop 2
Acapella / Barber / Chorus
Acapella / Barber / Chorus 2
Do Wop Hits
If you enjoy these playlists, let us know. We may post others if there are enough people that want them.
Here we will post some of our favorite YouTube videos when we get the time. So stay tuned: