The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, the premier American showcase for vocal harmony music, celebrates its 16th year in 2000. The annual national competition draws from hundreds of vocal groups from around the country with regional competitions in eight cities. The winning group from each festival is flown to perform in front of celebrity judges and a sold out house of enthusiastic a cappella fans at the National Finals.
2001 Bay Area Champs
Current Champions of the Far Western District, barbershop quartet Freestyle are known for not only their great singing but also their zany antics, characterized as "a few fries short of a Happy Meal." Recently named Entertainment Champions at the prestigious Buckeye Invitational, their memorable show is sure to please, and members of the group have appeared on countless stages and milk cartons throughout the land. Tenor Todd Kidder recently gave up his dream of being the first 5 ft. 9 in. center of the NBA, while bass Bruce Morgan is the (Volvo) owner of a (Volvo) dealership in (Volvo) Santa Rosa, but does not use this venue (Volvo) for his own personal (Volvo) gain. Baritone Andy Wallace is an unassuming financial mastermind, collecting paperclips in his spare time. Lead Rich Brunner is the best-looking member of the quartet and his mother really loves him. Itıs Freestyle entertainment tonight!
Members: Todd Kidder, Bruce Morgan, Rich Brunner, Andy Wallace
|Three, Five and Six|
Best Original Arrangement
|"Super Mario Brothers" - Total Chaos|
Best Original Song
|"Listen" - Speedzoo|
DILEMMA: Take the power of rock, the grit
of blues, and the smooth groove of R&B. Add commanding vocal percussion, an
impressive bass line, a compelling vocal and stylistic range and you have the
5-woman group -- DILEMMA! Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dilemma was founded
in November 1998 by a group of women who wanted to challenge the traditional
female a cappella sound. The result is dynamic and powerful music encompassing
a range of original compositions and covers. Audiences are continually impressed
with solid harmonies, captivating melodies, engaging stage presence, and an
infectious beat. Dilemma has entertained at corporate events to great acclaim
and repeatedly dazzles local cafe and club audiences. With voices that command
attention and performances that resonate, Dilemma is winning an instant fan
base and breaking down the boundaries of female a cappella.
Members: Rahela Abbas, Christine Chang, Denise Shepherd, Suzanna Smith and Tracey Van Hooser
The Eclectics, who hail from the Sacramento area, were originally formed in 1997 (as Rogue Mercenary Christmas Carolers for hire). Since, they have expanded their musical styles, encompassing doo-wop, R&B, Motown, and contemporary POP. Their arrangements of classic hits include tight backrounds and vocal percussion. For most of its history, the Eclectics have been a quartet but with the recent addition of a fifth vocalist, they have become the 'World's Largest Quartet',weighing in at just over 1,000 lbs!
Members: David Adams, Lorin Miller, Cindy Shotwell, Guy Pilgrim, Sara Haas
Freestyle: Current Champions of the Far Western District, barbershop quartet Freestyle are known for not only their great singing but also their zany antics, characterized as "a few fries short of a Happy Meal." Recently named Entertainment Champions at the prestigious Buckeye Invitational, their memorable show is sure to please, and members of the group have appeared on countless stages and milk cartons throughout the land. Tenor Todd Kidder recently gave up his dream of being the first 5 ft. 9 in. center of the NBA, while bass Bruce Morgan is the (Volvo) owner of a (Volvo) dealership in (Volvo) Santa Rosa, but does not use this venue (Volvo) for his own personal (Volvo) gain. Baritone Andy Wallace is an unassuming financial mastermind, collecting paperclips in his spare time. Lead Rich Brunner is the best-looking member of the quartet and his mother really loves him. Itıs Freestyle entertainment tonight!
Members: Todd Kidder, Bruce Morgan, Rich Brunner, Andy Wallace
G-Notes are vocal/recording artist from Cottonwood Ca.. Shaneen(15), Gabriel(17), Lathanyo(19), and Larenzo(21), are a sister and three brothers who began singing together while waiting for electricity to be connected in their rural home town. Having no TV or radio for three weeks, the four began to entertain themselves by singing TV theme songs and jingles. The four began sing in public, and as request for performances increased, the group decided to call themselves G-Notes, the G coming from their last name Garth. G-Notes have performed in many events and venues throughout California, including opening for Bobby Blue Bland, San Jose Sharks All Star Celebration, Festival at The Lake in Oakland to name a few. With their angelic harmony, the group is able to draw from R&B, Jazz, Pop, Be-Bop and Hip-Hop, put a G-Note spin on it and consistently deliver a crowd pleasing performance
Members: Shannon Garth, Gariel Garth, Lathanyo Garth, Larenzo Garth
Hookslide is a 4 person, 5 part vocal rock
band whose tight harmonies and driving, energetic sound are eclipsed only by
their tight abs and the surprising fact that they are not all brothers. Hookslide
came together in a brilliant flash of light in December 1999, and after months
of planning and biweekly meetings in which all discussions were conducted in
minor 7 chords, had it's first public performance in April 2000 for about sixteen
people who were so mesmerized by the wiles of Hookslide that they built a giant
ark to get them to the concert. Since then, Hookslide has successfully infiltrated
a variety of underground societies and converted them to the ways of Hookslidism.
They have become masters of the underworld, on occasion going so far as to wear
vinyl pants, disguise themselves as monks, and pose as a boy band (not all at
once) to gain entrance. To make future embarkations easier, Hookslide plans
a recording project for later this year, that the victims may be conquered in
the comfort of their own living rooms. Get Hooked at www.hook-slide.com
Members: Paul Anderson, Jon Pilat, George Hoffman, Mayank Thanawala
Kai is a pop vocal quintet from the San
Francisco Bay Area. Kai is also an abbreviated form of the Tagalog word kaibigan
which denotes the common bond among all people. The quintet chose a Tagalog
moniker because four of its five members are Filipino-Americans. In addition
to the Rhythm Crossover chart hit, "Say You'll Stay," Kai (Geffen Records) features
a variety of harmony-drenched gems, ranging from silky ballads to funky, mid-tempo
workouts, to shimmeriing, gospel-tingled spirit lifters. Formed in 1992 Kai
has experienced every aspect of the music business. Since its inception Kai
has traveled the world, appeared on numerous compilations and has released an
album under Geffen records. Kai's lastest album, "The Promise," is receiving
major attention in various markets and features a new and exciting arrangment
of The House Jacks' standard, "Gone." Kai was produced by Tristan Bishop, a
founding member of the rock/funk a cappella group The House Jacks.
Members: Errol Viray, Johnny Misa, AC Lorenz, Leo Chan, Audrey Silva
The Kinsey Sicks are renowned throughout their own minds as America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, and are beloved by Popes and taxidermists everywhere. Having assualted the sensibilities of tens of thousands of audience members at performances in the San Francisco Bay Area, the divas have increasingly been forced to tour the U.S. to find fresh victims. The gals first performed together as contestants in the Miss Teen-Pregnant America pageant, where they shared the Miss Congeniality award. After a brief stint as Menudo, they quickly compiled an impressive list of film and television credits, including fluffer duties for Regis Philbin and as chalk outline models for "America's Most Wanted." Thanks to the magic of sexual favors and strategically hidden video cameras, the Kinsey Sicks have received praise from critics across the country, and have won numerous music awards. They have performed for such luminaries as Slobodan Milosovic and Charo in esteemed concert halls and highway rest stops across the country.
Members: Chris Dilley (aka Trampolina), Irwin Keller (aka Winnie), Maurice Kelly (aka Trixie), Ben Schatz (aka Rachel)
speedzoo If they were a building, they'd
be Fallingwater. If they were a sensation, they'd be vertigo. If they were a
game, they'd be Quidditch. If they were a flower, they'd be a trillium. If they
were weather, they'd be the light after the storm. If they were land, they'd
be Atlantis. If they were food, they'd be a warm chocolate torte with wild raspberries
and creme fraiche. [Mmmmm... chocolate]. But they're not. Lisa, RJ, Damon, Ken,
and Joel are a health educator, custom publisher, two engineers, and a linguist,
and together they're speedzoo. Combining experience in collegiate a cappella,
rock bands and touring theater, these singers set out in 2000 with the simple
purpose of making music they love. From passionate to whimsical, familiar to
hyperbolic, fantastic to sophisticated, their enthusiasm and eccentricity recently
earned them the diagnosis "obsessive creativity disorder." See for yourself,
and to hear more, visit www.speedzoo.com. Have a listen to their mp3's and sign
up for their email list. There. We said it without using the words "tapestry"
or "cornucopia," isn't that great?
Members: Lisa Trevorrow, RJ Smith, Damon McCormick, Joel Harris, and Ken Purchase
THREE 5 AND 6 These five guys were born for this, though they only found each other a few months ago. From day one, passion was written on their songs and emblazoned on their hearts. Call it dance -- call it groove -- call it Motown with a blissful funk. However you choose to describe it, their music is hot and they're doin' it right. As a group, "Three 5 and 6" has only been in existence since October 2000 but it's members have individually performed professionally for years throughout the United States and Europe. Collectively, they have performed on over 30 nationally and internationally released albums covering styles ranging from gospel and jazz to rap and hip-hop. These guys are big...big on the groove that will make you move. So hold on to your seat and absorb the beat! Can you feel it?
Members: Dave Enns, Todd Halverson, Jason Isaac, Steve Pearce and Maximillian Reynolds
Total Chaos: When the efforts of finding a name integrated into a void of "Total Chaos," it was then this quartet was born. These four gentlemen from Santa Rosa and Kenwood have spent the past two years dazzling audiences all over the state providing an eclectic, harmonic experience of Barbershop, Doo Wop, and Contemporary A Cappella music. Bringing the gift of music to eager listeners, Dave, Willis, Paul, and Ben have extended the influence of A Cappella to festivals, benefits, private parties and high schools, as well as other youth outreach programs, in order to attract future performers and appreciators to the A Cappella world. After their start in 1999, TC were crowned the Far Western District High School Barbershop Quartet Champs, and later were ranked seventeenth in the world after competing in the MBNA International Collegiate Competition in Kansas City, Missouri, sponsored by SPEBSQSA. From day one, these two high school seniors and two sophomores from Santa Rosa Junior College have been singing songs, making harmony, and meeting many beautiful girls who thankfully appreciate what they do. So take a seat and hold on tight, and you will experience Chaos tonight!
Members: Dave Hawkey, Willis Cook, Paul Peglar, and Ben McLain
Gary Bolles: A much sought after coach and clinician within the SPEBSQSA, Gary has been singing, teaching and conducting Barbershop Harmony throughout the United States and abroad for nearly 40 years. He has been a certified contest judge since 1975 and has judged the Society's International Contest seven (soon to be eight) times. As a performer, Gary has sung baritone in several District Champion quartets and has twice made the semi-finals in his eleven appearances in International Quartet competitions. He is currently the Musical Director of the Pot O' Gold Chorus, three-time Far Western District Champion and five-time International competitor. Gary holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Boston University. He taught vocal music at the junior high school level for ten years and often works with young singers in Bay Area schools.
Andrew Chaikin made his name as a singer, songwriter and producer with vocal-band pioneers The House Jacks, and is considered one of the world's foremost vocal percussionists. His beats have funkified albums by the Bobs, the Nylons, and the Persuasions, and caused Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll to devote an entire column to Andrew's "Lips of pure gold.". As a singer and voice-over talent, he can be heard on many national TV and radio commercials, Web sites, and video games. These days he performs live with fellow ex-Jack Austin Willacy, the industrial percussion ensemble Rhythm Slam, and the techno-tribal collective Mixtape From Mars.
Tammy Heinsohn is the Santa Cruz a cappella maven. She has been a fan of a cappella and harmony music since she was born. She currently sings a cappella music with the Santa Cruz Shape Note Society, and she loves introducing people to the joy of the human voice raised in harmony. Tammy has served as an Ambassador to the Contemporary A Cappella Society since 1993. She is a founding director for SCATS, Santa Cruz Acappellafest and Talent Showcase, which produces the annual Santa Cruz Acappellafest in March each year. She has conducted workshops at the A cappella Summits and at ACAFEST, the Acappella Company's contemporary Christian music seminar. To support her a cappella habit she works as a computer analyst for the University of California Santa Cruz.
Laura Moody ---after graduating from college with a degree in voice, Laura came out west from Illinois in search of some more interesting geography. A lifetime lover of radio, Laura found herself behind the microphone at radio station KALX 90.7 FM in Berkeley where she can still be found spinning her favorite records as alter ego Laura in the Livingroom Monday mornings from 6-9 AM. There is nothing stronger than the power of the human voice, and she continues to explore vocal genres that push through mainstream musical boundaries. She may sometimes be found at The Alley or at The Mint belting out her infamous version of Goldfinger.
Dave Worm began his vocal career in 1985 with the Bay Area groups Jazz Mouth and Vocal Front. In 1988 he became a founding member of Bobby Mcferrin's Voicestra ensemble and has remained a regular performer with Mcferrin, touring with the early quartet, Hard Choral and his most recent project Circlesongs. David is also one of three original members of the a cappella group SoVoSo. David has worked extensively with the dance community, having scored or co-written original works for ODC, Robert Moses Kin and Suzanne Gallo. David is an in-house musical producer for Sales America, and has appeared in music videos for Kawasaki and Levi Straus. He also has recorded 2 CD's with his rock band Glass House
Winner represents the Bay Area in the Harmony Sweepstakes National A Cappella Festival
A set of Shure SM 58 microphones
A selection of compact discs from the Primarily A Cappella catalog
Free cassette tape duplication by Discmakers
Studio time at Skyline Studios
Studio time from Studio 468
The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella
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