KeyHarmony, Gemini Blvd. host R-Rated A Cappella
When you think of R-rated content, a cappella may not be the first thing that comes to mind.
The members of Gemini Blvd. and KeyHarmony will be combining vocals in their very first R-Rated A Cappella event on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the College of Sciences Building, room 101.
This free concert will consist of music, choreography and entertainment that is not suitable for children; those under 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, according to the event's Facebook page.
In other words, if you get uncomfortable in sexy, heart-racing situations, you may want to skip this concert.
Gemini Blvd. member Jeff Ting said the group's concerts are generally professional, where 'overly sexual' songs are tossed out the window. For this concert, however, Gemini Blvd. will be doing just the opposite.
"Students should expect plenty of profanity and sexual content," said Ting, a senior music major. "We're going all out on both sides of the 'R-rated spectrum,' because when is the next opportunity we will get to curse profusely and twerk in front of an audience? Most likely never again."
Stephanie Trull, a senior musical theatre major and member of Gemini Blvd., said the group has been practicing for more than a month for this raunchy, racy concert.
"There will be stripping, cursing, grinding, twerking and much more," she said.
In addition to the R-rated concert, Gemini Blvd. will be holding a fundraiser, where it will auction off some of its members for the audience to bid on, with a chance to take a performer on a date. However, the bidder won't know who their date will be until after they win.
KeyHarmony has taken the lead as far as decorations are concerned, and Trull said the room will be transformed into something far from a lecture hall.
"Working with KeyHarmony is fantastic. We are all on the same page; we work well together and I think that will show in our performance," Trull said.
Along with Gemini Blvd., the all-girl a cappella group KeyHarmony has been ready for this sort of entertainment.
TC Skowronek, a junior music, commerce and sociology major, is a member of KeyHarmony who will let loose at the concert.
Skowronek said every group in Contemporary A Capella has talked about having an R-rated concert at some point in time.
KeyHarmony member Darby Bell said the group cannot wait to show everyone a new side of a cappella.
"KeyHarmony really is known for trying to break the stereotype that all-female groups are supposed to be sexy all the time; and at this concert, we're embracing that," said Bell, a junior undeclared major.
Sarah Bookout, a sophomore undeclared major and member of KeyHarmony, said she thinks an audience of young adults will respond really well to this type of show.
"I think it's extremely important to present a variety of shows to the audience because it keeps them coming back for more," Bookout said.
Rachel Stuart is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.