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April 28, 2005

Rockapella does it with style

LaCrosse Tribune (WI):

A few people yelled out, "Do it Rockapella," and boy, did Rockapella do it Tuesday night. The popular a cappella quintet, known as the house band for the hit PBS game show, "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" rocked the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Rockapella's party antics and sweet, rich and vibrant harmonies captivated a sellout crowd of 1,100 to close Viterbo's 2004-05 NexStar Season. It was obvious Rockapella performs for the pure joy of singing. The ensemble turned the stage into a three-ring vocal Olympics. Early on, the group sang favorites "Dancin' in the Street," "Stand By Me" and "Under the Boardwalk." Lead singer and arranger Scott Leonard poked fun at the feral cat issue in La Crosse, but then beat it to death as the night continued.

Rockapella sang a beautiful rendition of the Mills Brothers' "Up a Lazy River," which included a smooth vocal instrumentation segment. After intermission, the group came out singing Disney's "It's A Small World" with a slight attitude, and sang its famous Folgers' coffee commercial and "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" to the delight of many.

A Winona State University student was serenaded on stage, and George Baldi's gigantic bass voice was featured in "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." In a phenomenal section, Jeff Thacher showed off his professional mouth drumming in a percussion solo. The show ended with the uplifting "Shambala" and an encore, "Up on the Roof," sung without microphones, which capped off an exquisite night of entertainment. The only disappointment: There wasn't enough time for more favorites.

Posted by acapnews at April 28, 2005 12:06 AM