Acapocalypse brings rival a cappella groups together

Ryan Morris

Campus a cappella groups will converge Saturday at Legends for the final concert of the semester, Acapocalypse.

The event is similar to fall semester’s Acappellageddon, except Acapocalypse is not a contest.  Instead, all Appalachian State University a cappella groups will come together to perform a benefit concert.  

The proceeds from the event will go toward funding the Watauga High School chorus.  VoiceMale, Enharmonix, Lost in Sound, Ear Candy, Higher Ground, Streets Ahead, the Mountain Ayres and Treble Attraction will all perform Saturday night.

“It’s a pretty gnarly showcase of each one of our eight groups at ASU,” said freshman vocal major Jesse Borrower. “There is an absurd amount of talent in every group, and there’s a really special sort of community that’s formed from all the groups.”

Borrower is a member of VoiceMale, one of the university’s all-male a cappella groups.

Borrower said that while VoiceMale has a lot to live up to since winning Acappellageddon last semester, the boys are more than up for the challenge.

“I can say with superfluous certainty and enthusiasm that VoiceMale is going to have some fun onstage, and I hope the audience has fun with us,” Borrower said.

Concerts like Acapocalypse are important for the a cappella community, said sophomore communications major Olivia Easly.

“Sometimes final spring concerts end up on the same days, and we won’t get to see another group because their concert is the same time as ours,” Easly said.

Easly is a member of the co-ed group Enharmonix.  She sang “Toxic” by Britney Spears for the finale of the fall competition, Acappellageddon.

Preparing for the showcase has been hard work for the vocalists.

“We’ve been practicing three days a week,” Easly said.  “I’m really excited to hear everyone else’s set list, though. I’ve been hearing some of their rehearsals, and everyone sounds great.”

Though this showcase will not include any collaborative songs between the a cappella groups, Easly said there is hope for next year.

Tickets for the concert are $5 in advance for Appalachian students with their student ID and Watauga High students and $7 at the door and for the public.

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