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Chicago, Detroit, and Marion, Ohio play host to Midwest based a cappella music festival

The Ohio State University at Marion’s Five Nights on Campus performing and cultural arts series is pleased to host AcappellaFest Ohio, Thursday, November 18, 2010, 7:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium on the Marion campus, 1465 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion, Ohio

Now in its 4th consecutive year, AcappellaFest is a Midwest regional a cappella music festival that features some of the top professional contemporary a cappella touring acts in the world. In 2010, Chicago and Detroit have already served as host cities for the event and now Marion, Ohio will have the opportunity to host this unique slate of talented performers from what is a growing genre of music. In its inaugural year, AcappellaFest Ohio will feature Pittsburgh’s only all vocal band DoubleShot!, Ohio-based Great Lakes vocal band 4 The Record, Tiffin University's a cappella groups Up in the Air and Higher Ground, Ohio State Marion's InChant, and special guest New Riegel High School Jacket Company. The groups will perform over 6 decades of music from jazz tunes of yesteryear to radio hits from the 1960's through today, all performed solely with the world's most complex and versatile instrument...the human voice.

AcappellaFest’s featured group is DoubleShot! The all men’s group, which has been making music together since 2006, has blended traditional and contemporary all-vocal music with energy and humor to create six decades of hits live on stage at every show. Every sound - vocals, bass, effects, even the drums is created using only the voice. They have performed all over their native Pittsburgh, and nationwide from Washington, D.C. to the San Francisco Bay area, as well as features on local news, television, and radio. One year after launching the group, Harmony Sweepstakes Regional A Cappella Music Festival named DoubleShot! Mid-Atlantic Champions and Audience Favorite for 2007. The group was also recognized with two awards for Best Arrangement. Members of DoubleShot! include Luke Clavey, Steve Donnelly, Dre Johnson, Nate Wildfire, and Mike Yanchak.

AcappellaFest Ohio producer Wayne Rowe and his group 4 The Record took part in Detroit’s AcappellaFest in 2009, and hope to emulate the success achieved in the Motor City.

“We are pleased that the executive producer, Greg Vaden of elmoTHUMM chose Ohio and more specifically the Marion area to host such an event this year. Working with the university and Five Nights on Campus has helped get things off the ground in year one,” explained Rowe.

“If you haven’t heard contemporary a cappella music, you are in for a real treat,” he explained.

“We are creating a hub for this genre of music right here in central and north central Ohio. InChant, Tufts University Beelzebubs (season one runner-up on the NBC television show “The Singoff”), Up in the Air, Higher Ground, Vocaldente, Blue Jupiter, elmoTHUMM, HeeBee BG’s, The House Jacks, 4 The Record, and many others have all performed in the area, have strong ties, or have actually got their start in central/north central Ohio,” said Rowe.

“Our goal is to make a cappella music more mainstream,” he added. “Exposure is the key, because when people hear it done right they are hooked.”

Five Nights on Campus is a performing arts series designed specifically for the residents of the seven-county regional service area of Ohio State Marion and is intended to complement the other entertainment opportunities which are available in the area. The 2010-2011 season highlights a variety of musical entertainment styles and groups: Appalachian, a cappella, big band, classical, jazz, pop, and Hispanic music, with the opportunity for the audience to meet with the artists following each performance.
Ticket prices for AcappellaFest are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $4 for students. Marion campus faculty and staff, which includes all Ohio State Marion and Marion Technical College personnel, are eligible for $8 discounted individual performance tickets.

Five Nights on Campus is made possible through the generous support of the following community-minded businesses: ArcelorMittal Marion; ClearChannel Radio; The Herald, Inc.; Frontier Communications; Marion General Hospital; Marion Technical College; The Marion Star; The Ohio State Bank; Whirlpool Corporation; Wyandot, Inc.

The mission of Five Nights on Campus is to provide exceptional and diverse cultural and educational opportunities and to encourage the community to be a part of campus life. The series, which began in autumn 1995, offers an outstanding blend of talented local, national, and international performers.