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August 17, 2009

The voices of A Cappellastock

Salt Lake Tribune (UT):

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival's weekend of "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll," the grandaddy of music festivals, which became an icon of rock music lovers and their counterculture lifestyle. Now comes another music festival, Ogden's sixth annual A Cappellastock, and one of this year's featured performers, baritone Jeff Peterson, of the host band T Minus 5, makes the comparison. "The name 'A Cappellastock' does correlate to Woodstock simply because it's a big musical celebration with a sense of community, but without quite as much nudity," Peterson quipped. "We play to a family-friendly audience -- no free love, but the feel good part still matches."

Peterson and band members, tenors Jared Allen and Karsten Longhurst, as well as bass Jason "Fish" Salmond and vocal percussionist Shawn Satterthwaite, have created one of Utah's premiere a cappella groups. And family-friendly is right, as the Ogden quintet consists of fathers from their 20s to 40s, with a total of 17 children between them.

All of the singers are Northern Utah natives, who became friends while singing together in Weber State University choral groups. Now the singers perform about 50 times a year for business functions, city celebrations, arts festivals and fund-raisers.

The singers describe their group as a vocal band, distinctive from other a cappella groups by their aim to create a full-band sound -- without instruments -- thanks to
use of electronic special effects. "It's the sound system that really separates us from old-school a cappella," Longhurst said. "It turns Shawn's spitting and popping into kicking and snaring." Read more.

Posted by acapnews at August 17, 2009 10:14 PM

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