A cappella festivals around the country and beyond our borders have changed the lives of performers young and old looking to learn more about the genre. Established gatherings such as SoJam, SingStrong, LAAF and the London A cappella Festival have done much to promote growth and cultivate talents within the a cappella community.
They have also inspired the creation of other festivals, to cater to different groups of aca-enthusiasts in different parts of the country. Amplify, which will take place in Providence, RI this weekend, is one such newcomer to the a cappella festival scene.
“There are many great festivals and organizations who do an incredible job of promoting the a cappella at the local and national level. Indeed, because of their efforts a cappella has broken into the mainstream in a way many of us never would have imagined,” the Amplify website reads. “We not only want to do our part to aid in this mission by putting on a great event, but hope to compliment those efforts through some new and different programs and initiatives.”
In addition to the continued promotion and development of the a cappella community, Amplify organizers hope to educate attendees about using a sound system correctly and properly licensing music.
The weekend, coordinated by a cappella production giants Liquid 5th, will involve courses taught by big names such as Tom Anderson, Carl Taylor and Jonathan Minkoff. A scholastic concert on Friday night, featuring the Brown Jabberwocks and the Wheeler School’s 18 Wheelers will kick off the weekend, and a professional showcase involving ACR clients transit vocal band and The Red States – with Duwende headlining the show – will serve as the culmination for a weekend of learning, networking and music-making.
So if you’re in the Providence area this weekend, swing by Amplify! Check out their website for details.