Congrats to the 2010 ICCA winners!

Mouth Off already spilled the beans on their Twitter feed, but here’s a brief rundown of the results of tonight’s ICCA showdown:

3rd place: UGA Accidentals
2nd place: Berklee Pitch Slapped
1st place: SoCal VoCals

In addition, the VoCals won best choreography (well deserved!), and best solo went to a gentleman from UGA, and best arrangement went to a lady from Pitch Slapped. Apologies that I didn’t catch the names well enough to type up here (I’m typing this from my slightly fuzzy memory before catching the bus back to BOS).

It was a strong showing from all the groups. Every group more than deserved to be there, and every group brought their ‘A game’. Compounding things was the fact that each group had a different style, making comparisons even -more- difficult. I can honestly say I was impressed by every group.

Host group Duwende brought the house down, closing their time on the stage with the same French Rap that brought down SoJam a few years back. And three of the High School groups from the ICHSA finals last night also took the stage and each sang a song. And to paraphrase EmCee Dave Brown (a gentleman and a scholar), it wouldn’t have been a surprise if the judges gave the awards for the evening to the high school groups. There was some serious heat and fire there from Enharmonic Fusion, the Town Criers, and the ICHSA champions, Limited Edition.

All said, a stellar evening, and I wish I’d been able to spend more time at the afterparty. Time to go catch a bus and maybe some sleep….

Like the old college days…

I’m writing this from the megabus to NYC. I’m riding down today to catch the ICCA finals at the Alice Tully Hall. If you see me there, come up and say hi! After the show, I’ll be catching the 1:30am megabus back to Boston because I’m stage managing a show that goes up tomorrow night… yeah, I’m that kind of crazy.

See you again after the show!

P.S., wifi on a bus? GENIUS. That’s all.

Nominated for an ACA!

The Acapodcast has been nominated for an A Cappella Community Award (ACA) in the Favorite Podcast category!  The ACA’s are the people’s choice awards for A Cappella.  You can see all the nominees in all the categories at www.casa.org/aca2010n and CASA members can vote on their picks for the ACAs.  Even being nominated in a category is a huge honor.  Do I dare dream of winning?

SpringSing 2010 – Voices United For A Cause

I’d like to tell everyone about a very special a cappella festival coming up.  It’s called SpringSing, and it’s a weekend full of classes, workshops, concerts, and opportunities to meet some fabulous people.  And even better, it’s all done in the name of charity.  The Team Burns Charity Foundation organizes the whole event and the proceeds all go to the American Cancer Society!

Here’s a little taste of what you can see or participate in if you go to this year’s SpringSing, taking place on April 16th and 17th, in Athens, Georgia:

  1. A collegiate competition, showcasing 6 different groups, and hosted by the terrific UGA Accidentals!
  2. A pro concert, with Almost Recess, Blue Jupiter, Duwende, and more!
  3. Workshops on everything from Arranging (with Duwende) to Vocal Percussion (with the -awesome- Dave Baumgartner)!
  4. Masterclasses for you and your group!
  5. The chance to hang out with people like Dave Baumgartner, Dave Brown, Marty Gasper, and the sassy ladies of FSU’s AcaBelles!

And did I mentioned that it’s only $30 for a weekend pass that gets you everything? And if that’s not enough, remember, it’s to help in the fight against cancer!  I want as many of my listeners to go as possible!  If you do go, send me a message letting me know, and I’ll send you a special bonus!

A Cappella Pinball Wizard by a Ukelele Playing Octet at the Royal Albert Hall

Thanks to my friend Diana for sending me this one.  This is too good not to share!