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February 18, 2011

Groove for Thought swings back to Seattle

Seattle Times (WA):

When they opened a packed-to-the-rafters concert at Benaroya Hall in January, with a jazzed-up rendition of "How Sweet It Is," the members of the Northwest vocal ensemble Groove for Thought were greeted like reigning rock stars.

A similar reception is likely when this crew of hard-swinging, be-bopping singers returns to Benaroya for an encore performance Friday night.

Groove for Thought has knocked 'em dead for several years, at music festivals from Seattle to Florida to France. In 2005 they won the National Harmony Sweepstakes Championship, a major American a cappella competition.

But it took a stint as finalists on TV's hippest a cappella vocal contest, "The Sing-Off," to get this multigenerational vocal crew some serious recognition in their own backyard.

The Benaroya concert demonstrated how wildly popular they already were with one segment of the local population: aspiring musicians in their teens and 20s who study with members of Groove for Thought at Bellevue College and other area schools. The students of the veteran educators and studio musicians turned out in force (as did many of their parents).

And their teachers did not disappoint them. In the sparkling, lush, harmonically and rhythmically sophisticated arrangements of group member Kelly Kunz, the seven singers merge into one powerhouse unit — whether they're backed up by excellent keyboard player Nick Moore, or performing sans instruments. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at February 18, 2011 11:37 PM


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