A Capella Group Stays at the Stonewall Jackson Inn
There was vocal magic at the Court Square Theatre stage here in Harrisonburg last Friday night.
Three vocal bands opened wide their pipes and doused the crowd with energizing tunes spun in ear-opening new ways – and all sans the typical accompanying guitars, percussion, and keys. Yes folks, these were a cappella artists. First on the docket, Low Key (a JMU student group) warmed things up with a mix of songs that covered Top 40 charts past and present. Then, The BluesTones, an all-female crew (also from JMU) stepped out in black-and-blue ensembles to continue the evening’s playlist. Who said girls couldn’t beatbox (and in stilettos, no less!)?
Just when you thought you’d heard the best of the beats, the four guys from Breath of Soul entered stage right in complementary grey-toned ensembles and really got things going. And the crowd settled back in their seats for a thoroughly enjoyable – if not awe-inspiring – set that sprinkled in tastes of familiar refrains from Lady GaGa to Adele to Lady Antebellum.
(Speaking of Lady Antebellum, the guys recently won a competition to appear onstage with the band at their Christmas concert in Nashville – citing it as one of their proudest achievements to date. Listen to the winning song
But while the covers wowed, even drew laughs from the crowd (baritone/tenor Jesse is a genius at arranging the selections), it was their original work that really stole the show. Heartfelt lyrics, catchy beats, and fresh timing might as well have come straight off any hits list.
With David playing lead vocals, Jesse right there with him, Tony on soul-stirring bass, and Jake keeping things rolling with his ridiculous (in the best way) beatboxing tricks, of course the night ended too soon and they were summoned for an encore.
We can’t wait to see where these guys go! Give them a “like” on Facebook (and while you’re at it, check out Low Key and The BluesTones), sample some of their music on YouTube, and keep your eyes on where these guys go – well worth the price of admission!