“Pitch Perfect”, the 2012 surprise breakout film, awoke an appreciation for a capella unknown to its viewers. Originally made popular in the United States by middle-aged men in barbershop quartets, a cappella singing groups are now the fast track for young people to become the coolest kids on their high school and college campuses all over the country.
A capella might not be a first choice for Saturday nights but it deserves a chance on your calendar. Senior Zack Posthumus attended the 2014 Semi-finals for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) held at UNL and had nothing but positive remarks.
“There was a beat boxing contest between each qualifying groups’ beat boxers,” he says. “One guy just went off. It was so cray!”
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has four diverse and talented teams on their campus. The Bathtub Dogs and Roctavo are two male groups that have won awards for Outstanding Soloist (2011) and been first runner-up for the national tier of the ICCA competition respectively. Boots & Cats is the first female group UNL has sent to the ICCAs. And, formed in 2012, Pitch Please is the only co-ed team on UNL’s campus.
Each group has a musical coordinator who arranges each song into something unique for exceptional performances of vocal acrobatics. Last year, the Bathtub Dogs hosted a fall showcase titled The More You Know. Songs covered were “The Beat” by Ben Rector, “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” by Michael Jackson, and “Animal” by Neon Trees. Small skits between group performances rounded out the show for an entertaining night.
Although the groups have not yet publicized the dates for their annual showcases information can be found on their Facebook pages or websites. If all else fails, ask me! When it gets closer to the holidays, I will definitely be gathering a carload of people to go. Students get discounted tickets for about $8. Get pumped for “Pitch Perfect 2” and spread the a cappella love.
Katie is a junior studying business administration.