Later winter/early spring is a wonderful time in the a cappella world. You’ve got ICCA quarterfinals and semifinals, CARAs, and the longstanding Harmony Sweepstakes competition. If you didn’t realize it, the Sweepstakes has featured some pretty well-known winners over its lengthy existence, including Groove for Thought, The Idea of North, Toxic Audio, Naturally Seven, m-pact, the Coats, and North Shore, among many other talented groups. Learning about the unknown or lesser known groups competing at the Sweepstakes is always one of my favorite things about this time of year.
This past weekend, the San Francisco and Chicago regionals crowned champions, including Ro Sham Bo (SF) and The Cat’s Pajamas (Chicago). Congratulations to both groups.
But they’ve had their moment. Now it’s time to look at a few of the groups still waiting to compete in the remaining regional contests over the next month.
First up, competing at the Los Angeles regional on April 6, Veritas.
The Rainbows, from Quebec, will be competing in NYC on March 30. Look how much fun they’re having!
I couldn’t resist adding a second group from this competition, the lovely ladies known as The Dolls.
Shot in the Dark will be competing at the Pacific NW regional this weekend. Bonus points for filming a video in a parking garage!