“A Cappella Live!” – which brings together the vocal harmonies of four award-winning ensembles in the classic model of a Motown Revue – will be presented at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater on Wednesday, Feb. 5, for one performance only.
Performing will be the six male vocalists of Committed, with the rich harmonies of Gospel and R&B; the Los Angeles-based Filipino-American group, The Filharmonic, with their blend of hip hop, pop, and 90s nostalgia; Blake Lewis, runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol; and the quartet, Women of the World, singing original and traditional folk music in 32 languages
The groups were brought together by Deke Sharon, vocal producer for the “Pitch Perfect” movies and the television show “The Sing-Off,” which features a cappella groups. They will perform their best-known hits, as well as mix it up together in larger group numbers on stage. A cappella, arguably the world’s first musical form, emphasizes the purity and harmony of the human voice, creating music without instrumental accompaniment
Robbie Pressley, Theron "Therry" Thomas, Maurice Staple, Dennis "DJ" Baptiste, and Geston Pierre – who make up Committed – all hail from Huntsville, Alabama, and graduated from Oakwood University, a private, historically black university in their hometown. The group won the second season of “The Sing-Off” with their arrangement of the Queen hit, "We Are the Champions." Their self-titled album, “Committed,” was released in 2011, and their subsequent album, “Home for Christmas,” earned a Grammy nomination.
After making the semi-finals during the fourth season of “The Sing Off” in 2013, The Filharmonic was featured in the movie “Pitch Perfect 2.” The group was the top college-booked entertainment group in the country in 2016. Members of The Filharmonic are VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, Jules Cruz, and Niko Del Rey.
As a teenager, Blake Lewis was well-known as “Bshorty” in Seattle’s a cappella, hip-hop, and rave scenes. Since his American Idol appearance, his hits have included “Break Anotha,” “How Many Words,” and “Your Touch.” His third album, the independently produced “Portrait of a Chameleon,” was released in 2014.
Mentored by Grammy-award winning maestro Bobby McFerrin, the four members of Women of the World represent Japan, Italy, India, and the U.S., by way of Haiti. Despite their cultural differences. they share the sounds, rhythms, and music from all over the world through chants, storytelling, dance, and percussion. The Women of the World are Ayumi Ueda, Annette Philip, Débo Ray, and Giorgia Renosto.
Tickets for A Cappella Live!, which begins at 7:30 p.m., are $20-$95; $20 for students under 21 and active military. Tickets are available at lvpac.org or by calling (925) 373-6800.