UCF's a cappella groups to hold Spring Showcase Saturday
UCF's a cappella groups will come together for their annual Spring Showcase on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Mathematical Sciences Building.
WoodStacappella is a free show that will feature music by a cappella groups KeyHarmony, Voicebox, So Noted, Crescendudes and Gemini Blvd.
"The name [of the concert] is in reference to Woodstock, and how this music festival gathers thousands of artists and audiences to share their love of music," said Nathan Barone, social media director for Contemporary A Cappella at UCF.
Barone, a member of the Crescendudes, said fans can expect music from a variety of genres.
"You have us, the Crescendudes, who is starting off with 'Soul Man' from the Blues Brothers; and then you have Gemini Blvd. who is performing its rendition of 'Grim Grinning Ghosts' from The Haunted Mansion," said Barone, a sophomore broadcast journalism major. "There's a lot of variety of music in every concert, but because all five groups are performing, there is more of that variety to be found."
Each year, the a cappella groups at UCF have a CAC Spring Showcase, but this year they decided to add a theme to their concert.
"WoodStacappella is a night of peace and a cappella where you come for the prizes, but stay for the friends," said Nick Brown, a member of Gemini Blvd.
Brown, a junior economics major, said attendees can expect to hear all the groups' best tunes that they have been performing throughout the year. The concert is a culmination of all the performances, gigs and competitions the groups have done.
All the a cappella groups are under the umbrella organization of CAC at UCF, and Brown said, as an organization, the groups want to show off everything they have to offer.
Tina Fleming, a member of KeyHarmony since 2009 — making her the longest-standing member in the group — said she wants to show the community what UCF's a cappella singers can do with their voices.
"The groups have been preparing for this since January," said Fleming, a UCF grad working toward her master's in business administration. "You can expect to hear and see a unique art form that you won't find anywhere else on campus."
There will also be a raffle, which will consist of five baskets — highlighting the five a cappella groups — each worth about $20. Attendees are handed a raffle ticket at the door and can purchase more at the show.
Bahone, who works alongside CAC Marketing Director Fleming, said each group has worked very hard to make this concert happen.
"All I ask is that people have a great time and are able to come back for more concerts," he said. "I'm proud of the work we accomplished. We haven't advertised a showcase this much in the past, and I hope that we can gain new fans in the process."
Rachel Stuart is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.