A Cappella – The Sing Off – SingStrong
This is the third season for the NBC Show ‘The Sing Off’ which airs on Monday nights. Being a former member of Juxtaposition, a college a cappella group from Virginia Tech, I was automatically hooked on this show. (I spent a lot of my extra college money on CDs which has transitioned to a downloading habit!) When this show debuted a few seasons ago, I was excited to have another vehicle to see new a cappella groups in a well-produced show. There were groups that I was very familiar with and lots of group that I had never been exposed to performing each week. There was an audience for the show from the first season, so there were an uptick in the amount of internet traffic regarding this form of music. From this, I was lucky to find out that an a cappella music festival was held locally called SingStrong. The organizers graciously gave me access to photograph the groups, workshops, and the concerts – all of which were donated in support of Alzheimer’s research. The featured performers were prominently featured in the The Sing Off including Nota in 2010 and Street Corner Symphony in 2011. This was an amazing opportunity for me to see what was new and upcoming in a cappella up close with the latest in techniques, technologies and musicians that are pushing creative limits and making amazing music. This season is the largest yet – more groups, more rounds of competition, and another episode is on tonight. Check it out, and if you are in the DC area, or love to watch live music, check out SingStrong for next year’s schedule.