AcaVids: #LAAFtermath…and then some…

Hi everyone!  I’m excited to be making my debut AcaVids post today! I know, it’s late, but it’s STILL Monday, so it totally counts…I hope! Please, Dave, don’t fire me just yet! [Editor’s Note: Not only will Tara not be fired, I’m thinking she should take over ALL of my posts for me. Great work below…keep reading]

I was fortunate to be able to attend the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival where Overboard emceed the Scholastic Competition and performed on Friday night.  I was thrilled to see Overboard perform again and hear new songs.  Completely surprised by their performance of ‘Help!’, which I love off their album of the same name.

All of the scholastic competitors (UCLA Scattertones, Calabasas High School Unstrumental, Oakland School for the Arts Vocal Rush, USC Reverse Osmosis, USC Trojan Men, and UCLA MEDleys) brought their best to the Bovard Auditorium stage at USC.  However, I was (as were the judges) blown away by the two high school groups that competed.  I had never heard of Unstrumental and was impressed not only with their stage presence, but by the lead vocal of Brooke Wetterhahn in ‘Mamma Knows Best’.

I had heard Vocal Rush‘s music before the festival, but it didn’t compare to seeing them perform live.  They hold a serious energy about them that draws the audience into their performances.  They opened with their take on ‘Bottom Of The River’.

You can see the other songs they performed that night on my YouTube channel.  Vocal Rush took the first place title, followed by Unstrumental in second, and Scattertones in third. I also must give credit to my good friend Shaina E. for her invention of the #LAAFtermath hashtag which was inspired by Brian C.’s #LAAFter, post weekend.

There have been quite a few musical releases today, but since this is an AcaVids post, I’d like to point out two that grabbed my attention.    If you haven’t heard of The Other Guys, definitely head over to their website and check them out.  They released a new song and video today which was the very first thing I saw upon waking this morning!  It’s also out in perfect time for Valentine’s Day this week! :)

Lastly, Straight No Chaser is releasing a new CD on May 7th featuring collaborations with artists such as Sara Bareilles, Jason Mraz, Phil Collins, Rob Thomas, Seal, and Dolly Parton.  Today we received a sneak peek of the album with the track release and video of  ‘I Want You Back’ that they recorded with the infamous, Sara Bareilles.   Please comment below with your thoughts on this song!  Chasers, we want to hear from you!

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Feel free to tweet me at @OooImSoExcited!  Hope to hear from you!  Have a great week everyone!

-Tara :)

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