A Capella Event Will Hit
A High Note In Phoenix
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
March 28, 2018 — What seemed like a quaint art form just a decade or so ago is now big-time show business: A capella got a huge boost from the hit TV series Glee -- a show about a group of geeky high schoolers and their singing group New Directions -- back in 2009.
Three years later, a little film called Pitch Perfect, focusing on a female college troop and their adventures, became an international box office hit spawning two sequels. Pentatonix, the American group, has won three Grammys and sold millions of albums.
Now, a capella hopefuls will get their chance to shine Saturday, March 31 in the 2018 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Southwest Semifinals, being held at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix.
Presented by Varsity Vocals, this event is the largest international a cappella tournament exclusive to universities around the world, according to organizers. Along with performing, singers will be able to interact with one another, receive feedback from professional.
The semifinals will include more than 400 groups across the world in over 50 events. Also included are eight college a cappella groups already holding a first- or second-place title in other events across the Southwest.
The group named ICCA Southwest Champion will then compete in the finals held April 21 in New York City’s Beacon Theatre on April 21. Admission to this family-friendly event ranges between $24 and $44. To purchase a ticket, call (602) 252-8497 or visit http://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/2018-international-championship-of-collegiate-a-cappella-southwest-semifinals/
March 29 to 31
Emmy-winning classical crossover group The Texas Tenors will perform March 29 to 31 at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. Tickets start at $49. Get more details by visiting http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=10737
Friday, March 30
New York City has its own style for every art form, and salsa music is no exception: The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra will show that during a 7:30 p.m. performance at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. The band has won acclaim from publications such as The Village Voice for their take on popular rock and pop tunes. Admission is $25 and $35. For more details, go to https://www.tempecenterforthearts.com/events/tca-presents-2017-18-season/williamsburg-salsa-orchestra
Tuesday, April 3
Singer and musician Liam Ó Maonlaí -- who Bono once called “the best white boy soul singer in the world” -- will perform at 7 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. During his 25-year career, Ó Maonlaí has topped music charts in over 20 nations and recorded with U2, Van Morrison and other notable musicians. Admission starts at $33.50. For more details, go to https://mim.org/events/liam-o-maonlai/
Wednesday, April 4
Cardboard House Press is presenting the Bilingual Poetry Series at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. The works of Omar Pimienta (Mexico), Susan Briante (Tucson), and José Antonio Villarán (who teaches at University of California, Santa Cruz) will be read in Spanish and English. The event is free, but an RSVP is required at https://tickets.phxart.org/shows/cardboard%20house%20press%20poetry%20series/events For other info, visit http://www.phxart.org/event/6901cf57-0856-cf7f-c4dd-10c734c99a8a
Thursday, April 5
Veteran musicians get together for an after-hours jam session to swap stories and play their favorite songs from legends such as Muddy Waters, Mae West, Ma Rainey, Sophie Tucker, Howlin’ Wolf and Pearl Bailey. That’s the synopsis of Low Down Dirty Blues, running through April 22 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix. Tickets start at $25; to buy one or for further details, check out https://www.arizonatheatre.org/show/low-down-dirty-blues/
Friday, April 6
The Black Theatre Troupe is staging the play Three Sistahs through April 22 at its venue, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Inspired by Anton Chekov’s Three Sisters, the play moves the scene from early 20th-century Russia to late 1960s Washington, D.C. and features a musical score. Admission is $38; call the box office at 602-258-8129. To learn more, visit http://blacktheatretroupe.org/three-sistahs/
A musical favorite since 1970, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is being presented by Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre. The show will be held through May 6 at Cullity Hall, at Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road. For ticket prices or other details, go to http://www.desertstages.org/joseph-and-the-amazing-technicolor-dreamcoat/
Saturday, April 7
Versatile performance artist Taylor Mac is bringing his 24-Decade History of Popular Music Abridged to the Arizona State University Gammage. His show will highlight various musical styles with glitzy costumes, and inspiration from legends like Walt Whitman and David Bowie. The show will begin at 7 p.m., with tickets starting at $20. To learn more, visit https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/taylor-mac
The contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race are hitting the road: Haters Roast: The Shady Tour will be held at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. in Phoenix. Tickets start at $20. For more info, check out https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=390
South American gaucho ensemble Che Malambo is performing at 8 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. The group specializes in drumming and sharp precision footwork. Tickets are $35 and $45; visit https://www.tempecenterforthearts.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/53115/5071 for further details.
Wednesday, April 11
Singer/songwriter Wes Williams -- who blends Southern rock, soul and New Orleans-style music -- will play The Rhythm Room, 1019 Indian School Road, Phoenix. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10; for more info, go to https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1630762-wes-williams-phoenix/
Friday, April 13
First it was a literary phenomenon in 1992. Then, it was a well-received movie starring Meryl Streep. Now, it’s a Broadway musical: The Bridges Of Madison County will be staged through May 13 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. For showtimes or ticket prices, visit http://azbroadway.org/event/the-bridges-of-madison-county/
A rock mainstay for over four decades, when they first hit with Don’t Fear The Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult will play Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. Tickets start at $29; showtime is 8 p.m. To learn more, check out https://www.talkingstickresort.com/phoenix-scottsdale-concerts-entertainment/entertainment-listing/the-showroom/blue-oyster-cult/
CaZo Dance is presenting Tough as Nails 7:30 p.m. today and April 14 at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St. The production follows a couple over a 6-year period as they struggle with a health crisis. Tickets range from $20 to $45, and are available at http://cazodance.com/. For more details, go to https://phoenixcenterforthearts.org/events/cazo-tough-as-nails-2018/
Saturday, April 14
The ninth annual Waylon Run, presented by Los Santos MC, is a memorial motorcycle ride and live country music show celebrating country icon Waylon Jennings. The afternoon rally will include a visit to Jennings’ gravesite. To learn more, check out http://www.azcmc.org/event/9th-annual-waylon-run/
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