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Details of Rockapella and the Ticket Luck value
Formed in NYC in1986, Rockapella is an a cappella music group named from a portmanteau of a cappella and rock. It is famous for singing original vocal music alongside covers of rock and pop songs, while their sound has changed from world music and high-energy pop to a more R&B-inclined style. They found their biggest hits in Japan initially, while in North America they have been best known for being part of the PBS Kids hit game show called Where in this World Is Carmen Sandiego?, where they performed as the vocal house band as well as resident comedy troupe, alongside performing the main theme song of the show. To date, they have released eighteen albums in and outside North America, with three compilation albums released in Japan.
The central idea of the group is to capture all its sounds with their own voices and appendages, which is something each of their CDs exclaims ever since their vocal percussionist joined them. Their current lineup comprises of Steven Dorian as tenor, Scott Leonard as countertenor, John K. Brown as second tenor/ baritone, Jeff Thacher as vocal percussionist, and George Baldi III as bassist. Their consistent hits both commercially and critically, have made Rockapella tickets very prized treats among a cappella followers.
Since the end of the PBS Kids show in 1996, group member Sean Altman left Rockapella in order to pursue a solo career the next year, while his place was taken by Kevin Wright. This new lineup would soon take leaps of popularity by the end of the 1990’s and start of 2000s. The band came forward as the forerunner of contemporary a cappella with the help of an American record label, a PBS special concert of December 2000, and a couple of Folgers coffee commercials which ran from 1998 to 2001. By 2002, another member Barry Carl gave up his position of playing the pipes only to be replaced by George Baldi III, and the next year, the band began their yearly tour called A Rockpella Holiday.
The following year, Rockapella issued a live album along with a re-releases of their earlier North American albums through Shakariki Records, an independent label. The same year, the band’s baritone, Elliot Kerman who was also the last of founding members left, quite the band and was replaced by second tenor, John K. Brown. From 2005 to 2009, the group was busy touring around the globe as well as nationally, continuing their popularity spread in Asia and Europe in such countries as South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland and Germany. Soon enough, they also joined Boston Pops in 2006, making a performance experience reflecting both, the group’s and orchestra’s talents as individual as well as combined musical forces. Instrumentation and a cappella was a very new experience for many and in August 2009, Kevin Wright announced that he would be leaving the band in a few months. By 2010, the band told the media about their first concert cruise plans through Galaxsea Travel on Glory of Carnival Cruise Lines. This event took place at the start of 2011 and included a meet-and-greet session with the band. By September that year, due to the anticipation of a widening fan base, the group issued Bang, which marked their first full length studio offering since 2002.
By 2012, Rockapella announced that it would be releasing a covers album called Motown & More, which they intended to accompany their show by the same name. Before the release, a sampler on YouTube of their forthcoming songs was posted and announced on Facebook, featuring song clips with album-related graphics. This album was issued in March 2013 on iTunes. To date, the band has made many international releases including Best Fest, Out Cold, Vocobeat, Bash, To N.Y., From N.Y., Lucky Seven: Dreams and Memories, Christmas, In Concert, and Live at Duo Exchange Music. The band is touring across the country, performing its most exciting a cappella shows yet, so grab some Rockapella tickets before they are all hogged.