Acapalooza concert to incorporate ISU talent

Students and staff are invited to check out the 2014 Acapalooza at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Brown Ballroom in the Bone Student Center.

The free event will showcase and center on the talents of the students of the ISU a cappella groups.

Acapalooza 2014 will also feature the group Ball in the House, which is an a cappella group from Boston that tours throughout the U.S., and the ISU a cappella groups will be opening for them.

After the live music portion of Thursday night’s event, there will be an opportunity for students to buy Ball in the House merchandise and pick up “aca-awesome” buttons provided by University Program Board (UPB).

True to theme, a free screening of the 2012 movie Pitch Perfect will then follow for the rest of the evening.

“[It is] going to be an amazing experience; it is rare to see five a cappella groups in one night,” Ashley Yantis, UPB arts and entertainment chairperson, said.

“With the stress that [comes with] finals week, it is nice to be able to take a break from the madness and hear some great music,” she added.

Ball in the House draws their music influences from groups such as Boyz II Men, The Temptations and Take 6; the audience can expect to hear similar sounds in Ball in the House’s Thursday evening performance.

The five-member group also successfully blends both class and modern music into their concerts.

“[Acapalooza] is a great way to support campus registered student organizations, and overall a great time,” Yantis said.

“Concerts are always fun to experience and this one is going to be a great Redbird moment,” Yantis said.

“You can expect a great atmosphere with great music and overall a good time.”

The ISU a cappella groups participating in the event include the Acafellaz, Secondary Dominance and the Clef Hangers.

Each group can be liked on their own Facebook pages. The Acafellaz features a dozen male singers, Secondary Dominance is all female and the Clef Hangers is a mix of male and female singers.

UPB is sponsoring the event. For more information, call the UPB office at 309-438-8814.

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