Rockapella Christmas creates a light-hearted and unforgettable holiday experience filled with musical cheer at Parker Playhouse (707 N.E. Eighth Street in Fort Lauderdale) on Saturday, December 22 at 8 p.m.
One of the pioneers of the full-band sound of contemporary a cappella, this five-man powerhouse of vocal talent performs Rockapella-fied versions of favorites including “Silver Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” “The Chipmunk Song,” “Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer,” “Wonderful Christmastime,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Matunda Ya Kwanzaa”, as well as takes on “Little Drummer Boy,” “O Little Town Of Bethlehem” and the original “Christmas Altogether.”
Since the early ’90s when Rockapella first achieved national television fame on PBS’s Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, it has toured the globe and provided a funky powerful soundtrack to several generations of vocal music fans, while keeping it all fresh along the way.
The current Rockapella line-up marks a new generation of Rockapella who remain keenly focused on musical excellence. It addition to high tenor Scott Leonard, the group’s chief songwriter, arranger and architect of their ever-evolving dynamic sound since 1991, the group features Jeff Thacher (1993, vocal percussionist), Calvin Jones (2013, tenor), Mitchell Rains (2016, tenor), and Bryant Vance (2016, bass).
Of a performance at Manhattan’s Feinstein’s/54 Below cabaret, The New York Times reported, “…the show became the musical equivalent of watching the members of a basketball team happily toss a ball around. Camaraderie and comedy go together; there’s something essentially lighthearted about human voices imitating instruments.”
Tickets are $37–$47 and can be purchased at: ParkerPlayhouse.com and Ticketmaster.com; by phone at 954.462.0222; in person at the Parker Playhouse box office Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and at the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office.