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Vocal Chaos at Midwest Acapella Fest

September 12, 2008 10:46:55 AM PDT
Many performers depend on amplified instruments and electronic wizardry in the recording studio. But not Vocal Chaos. www.vocalchaos.com Their voices are the only instruments the acapella group uses. While the acapella musical tradition goes back a long time, there's nothing old fashioned about this vocal group. Their arrangements include classic rock songs from artists like The Jackson 5, The Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello, as well as hits from current groups Tonic, *NSYNC, Counting Crows and The BoDeans.

Starting in 1996 as a group of business school students singing for fun, Vocal Chaos has developed into a diverse collection of consultants, actors, students, teachers, computer geeks, a playwright and a cartographer. They perform throughout the Chicago area at sporting arenas, corporate events, schools, charity functions and even on the big screen. They have release a CD called Taste the Chaos. You might have seen them performing at Soldier Field for the Chicago Fire major league soccer team, entertaining at Ravinia or singing the National Anthem for the World Champion Chicago White Sox. If you look quickly, you can even see some of them in the Jennifer Aniston/Vince Vaughn movie, The Break Up. They say they live to sing the songs you know and love, in a way you've never heard before. It's all you would expect from your favorite band, minus the instruments.

Vocal Chaos will also be headlining Midwest AcappellaFest, where nationally-known and local contemporary a cappella groups will be sharing the stage at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Ct, Schaumburg, on Sunday, September 21 at 6:30p m. Other groups performing include An Octave Above, Route 66, elmoTHUMM and special guest Scott Leonard of Rockapella. Tickets are $20 at the door and can be ordered in advance at advance at acappellafest.tix.com.

"The goal of AcappellaFest is to bring a cappella music to the masses and show just how much contemporary a cappella can be a part of mainstream music" says Jeff Swearingen of Vocal Chaos. "Contemporary a cappella music includes every style including pop, rock, rhythm & blues, soul, jazz, gospel and doo-wop. You will hear many of these styles at AcappellaFest. No one will leave the concert feeling left out."

For more information, visit their website www.vocalchaos.com.


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