Straight-up, there’s an awful lot of a cappella going on lately. I can’t explain this, but I like it. I’ve been a bit entranced by it since hearing a UGA group, With Someone Else’s Money, do their version of a Ben Folds/Regina Spektor duet.
Aside from Folds’ recent University A Cappella album, there’s NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” and more shows coming up locally. Two Yale University a cappella groups perform in Atlanta this week, and you’ll see yet more singers performing before “Avenue X” shows at Alliance Theatre this month.
AJCer Lynn Peiser wrote a bit about the local shows in “Guided by voices: A cappella music grows beyond campus borders“:
Yale, being a breeding ground for collegiate all-vocal groups, is home to the oldest group, The Whiffenpoofs, who first sang their now-famous ode to Louis Linder, the owner of Mory’s Temple Bar in New Haven, Conn., in January 1909.
Two Yale groups who grew out of that tradition, Out of the Blue and The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, usually shortened to “The SOBs,” are performing in Atlanta this week. They are both part of the time-honored Yale tradition of building a singing group through a frat-like rush process. Every year in September, prospective singers audition, attend performances, eat and drink with dozens of the campus’ singing groups until the festivities culminate in a literal rush for the best singers in a chaotic event called Tap Night.
“One of the reasons I wanted to go to Yale was that I knew music was so important there that it replaced Greek life,” said Stephanie Weinraub, 19, of Out of the Blue, who along with Harris Eppsteiner, 21, make up the two native Atlantans of the group.
Not to be outdone, here’s the video of With Someone Else’s Money doing “You Don’t Know Me,” a song that still makes me want to dance a little on the train ride home.
Want to go?