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Hey, Washington DC-area Acafans! Are you up for a night of awesome music PLUS doing good for the community?


Come to Jammin Java (Vienna, VA) this Thursday, January 14 for TOTAL VOCAL featuring Pitches Be Crazy, Word Of Mouth, and Handsome Reward. The Pitches are turning this fun-filled show into a benefit concert to help support the Jackson/Kinney families.

You can be entered into a drawing to win two (2) FREE tickets to this event. See details below!

Pitches Be Crazy is an all vocal cover band rockin’ some of the biggest hits of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Edgy and raw in their arrangements and presentation, they add those juicy harmonies, bone rattling percussion, and subharmonic bass, making PBC very unique across the a cappella landscape.

Word of Mouth, a post-collegiate group, were the winners of DC’s first “Aca-Challenge” a cappella competition, They are a mixed all-vocal band with a serious passion for contemporary a cappella and a Peter Pan complex.

Handsome Reward is a four man barbershop group who are a spin-off of the large chorus out of Gaithersburg, MD known as Harmony Express.  They also have members who are part of the famed Alexandria Harmonizers.

Handsome Reward Barbershop Quartet

Greg Kenney is an 18 year old young man who was once very active in the local community theater scene as an actor, singer, and dancer. He has a list of credits that rival many adults. An active member of his church and community, Greg has dedicated countless hours to his faith and has even spent time on a personal mission to support the church.

An avid runner, Greg (or GJ as he is also known by), was running the Rock N Roll Marathon in Virginia Beach, VA in September. Close to the finish line, he collapsed with cardiac arrest. Fortunately, another runner behind him was a nurse and provided aid immediately.

With college and a bright future ahead of him since he finished high school, he is now in intensive therapy to regain basic motor skills and learn to communicate again. He is battling to learn how to even stand on his own. Everyone who knows him knows he will hustle every day to beat the odds and get back to being in the hustle of life. His family has set up a gofundme link to provide updates and assist with medical bills.

Half of the profits from this benefit will go to Greg’s medical fund.

Jivon Jackson was named as one of the Top 40 Under 40 for supporting the development of their communities. He is well known throughout the DC, MD, and VA performance arts communities.  A producer, director, writer, actor, singer, dancer, and mentor for youth, Jivon has been a force in the Southern Maryland and DC areas and has screen credits as an actor on cable television.  Last year, Jivon was in accident where he sustained severe head and brain injuries.

Half of the profits from our benefit will go towards an arts program that he chooses that will help to continue to promote performing arts in the community.

These are great causes for AcaFans to support, so please check them each out, and give if you feel so led.

To enter to win two FREE tickets to this event, please click on the link below, and enter via our Rafflecopter sweepstakes form. Entries close Thursday, January 14, 12:00 am EST.

Win 2 FREE tickets to TOTAL VOCAL at JAMMIN JAVA (Vienna, VA) 1/14/16

Winner must be able to attend the show at Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA. Winner will be notified via Facebook Message, Twitter Direct Message, and/or email as soon as the giveaway ends.

Even if you don’t win, you should still go. You need more a cappella in your life.



Ball In The House/PBC/MC Beats Gonna Give It To Ya!

Boston’s own, Ball In The House returned to the greater DMV area for the first time since 2013 this past Saturday night. They brought their funky, soulful sound to local favorite hot spot, Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA. They are one of the hardest working a cappella groups in the industry, averaging over 200 tour dates a year, teaching and performing at schools (ranging from elementary to college) and entertaining audiences nationwide.

They are comprised of founding member, Jon Ryan (vocal percussionist),  David Guisti (tenah ←#notatypo #hesfrombahston), James Jones (bass), Montario ‘Monty’ Hill (baritone), and Wallace Thomas (high tenor). Together they deliver something for everyone, combining smooth, sultry selections with songs that get the whole audience on their feet.

Their discography covers an array of musical tastes. From classic Christmas tunes, to a variety of rock/pop/R&B covers, to a live recording, to a wealth of original music, Ball In The House is sure to hit the right notes no matter what your listening preference is.

They were hosted by Pitches Be Crazy, who are a true testament of the motto, ‘You can do anything you set your mind to.’ Moved by what they experienced while attending a cappella shows (like Ball In The House!), they thought to themselves, ‘THAT! That is what we want to do, too!’ And they *are* doing it.

Super couple Z (bari/vp/beatbox) and Leslie (alto/rapper) Kekuewa set out to create their own little niche in the a cappella community. While the idea was planted in 2013, the roots took a stronghold by January 2014. Completing their line up is Chris Macinkowicz (bass), James Parker (bari-tenor/vp/beatbox), and Didi Ruiz (mezzo/effects).

From the entire band once dressed in full length, hooded cloaks (yes, that really *did* happen), to Z decked out in his very best ‘Temptations via Liberace’ gear (#ALLthesequins), to busting out a trio of fully choreographed backup dancers mid-set at SingStrong (never saw THAT before), Pitches Be Crazy truly lives up to their name. They strive to give their audience a hand-clapping, finger-snapping, toe-tapping, booty-shaking experience with their high-energy set blending funky, old-school hits with the best of what’s hot today.

They were joined by special guest artist, Meghan ‘MC Beats’ Costa (beatboxer for Stiletta) who was ranked the third best female beatboxer in the world at the 2012 Beatbox Battle World Championship in Berlin, Germany.  She amazed the audience with her powerful, non-traditional style. She is self-taught, fusing together the influences of trance, techo, and electronic music.

The energy and enthusiasm in the room was electric. From start to finish, the groups had the crowd’s full attention. It was obvious that everyone on stage was having a great time and it translated to the audience. The thunderous applause, raucous hoots and hollers, and standing ovations were proof that a great time was had by all.

A highlight of the evening was a quick beatbox tutorial led by Jon (BiTH), Z (PBC), Jimmy (PBC), and MC Beats.

While Ball In The House, Pitches Be Crazy, and MC Beats each performed individually, they joined forces and cooked up some crowd pleasing collaborations. (Their full set will be available here shortly.)

Most importantly, these folks are some of the kindest, most generous, and all around best people you will ever meet. Be sure to ‘like’ them all on facebook, ‘follow’ them on twitter, and check out their tour schedules. You will not be disappointed! Tell them Tara (@OooImSoExcited) from AcaFanBase sent you!




BiTHPBCMcBeats(photo missing Wallace Thomas)

***Do you like FREE stuff? Share this post on facebook and/or RT on twitter to be entered into a drawing for a SIGNED copy of Ball In The House’s latest EP, Move and a Pitches Be Crazy swag bag (complete with free download of ‘Represent’). Spread the word!

AcaFanBase #LACF2014 @SwingleSingers Sweepstakes

We are in London!!!

At London A Cappella Festival, that is. We’ll be blogging our way through all things a cappella we encounter: House Jacks, SLIXS, The Songmen, The Real Group, and of course the host group Swingle Singers! In honor (honour) of our first official international festival, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Swingle Singers, we’re giving away the Swingle Singers “Weather to Fly” CD autographed by all seven current members!

This contest runs now through 11:59 PM EST on January 26, 2014. is open to anyone 18 years and older who lives in the US, Canada, or the UK!  Enter here:

Stay tuned for blogs from the festival!




And the @acoUstiKats #FOLLOWFRIDAY T-shirt Winners Are…

Please join AcaFanBase in congratulating the three winners of our @acoUstiKats #FOLLOWFRIDAY Giveaway that was held December 20-22.

For following @acoUstiKats on Twitter

For following @acoUstiKats on Twitter

For tweeting about the giveaway

Each of these fine folks will be receiving some very special AcoUstiSWAG: their very own Official acoUstiKats t-shirts.  If you didn’t win, you can still buy your own!

Keep following us for more ways to win.  We’re always on the lookout for fun stuff to give away to our fellow acafans.


AcaFanBase and @acoUstiKats #FOLLOWFRIDAY Sweepstakes

Has everyone been enjoying The Sing-Off as much as we have?  We have loved seeing the competing groups bonding with their fans on our social media timelines. Acafans are the best.

Any acoUstiKittens in the audience?


Click Here to Enter our AcaFanBase and @acoUstiKats #FOLLOWFRIDAY Sweepstakes!

We are excited to announce that we are sponsoring the AcaFanBase and @acoUstiKats #FOLLOWFRIDAY Sweepstakes, which will start RIGHT NOW, Friday, December 20, 2013 and run through Sunday, December 22, 2013, 11:59 PM EST.


THREE (3) Winners of our AcaFanBase and @acoUstiKats #FOLLOWFRIDAY Sweepstakes will be selected to win:

one (1) Official acoUstiKats T-shirt (short-sleeved, limited to sizes available on-hand), generously provided by the acoUstiKats.

When you click on the link to enter, you will see there are three ways you can earn entries.  If you’re already following us both on Twitter, it’s even easier!

  1. Follow the acoUstiKats on Twitter @acoUstiKats (1 entry)
  2. Follow us on Twitter @AcaFanBase (1 entry)
  3. Tweet about us daily (1 entry daily)

There are a few legal points we need get out of the way…

  • Sweepstakes is open to US residents 18 years of age and older (Sorry, international friends; we’re working on it!)
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Void where restricted or prohibited by law.
  • This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or WordPress. Entrants are providing information to AcaFanBase and acoUstiKats, not to Facebook, Twitter, or WordPress.
  • The products offered as prizes for this sweepstakes were provided by the acoUstiKats.
  • More legal information in the sweepstakes’ Terms and Conditions.

Be sure to tell your friends about AcaFanBase.  Stay on the lookout for more a cappella and Sing-Off news coming soon. Don’t miss out!

Click Here to Enter our AcaFanBase and @acoUstiKats #FOLLOWFRIDAY Sweepstakes!


And Our First AcaFanBase #FOLLOWFRIDAY Sweepstakes Winner Is…

Please join AcaFanBase in congratulating our first winner:


Traci hails from Maine and is a dedicated member of the #Chaser community.  She’s excited about her autographed Straight No Chaser “Under the Influence” CD because, in her words, “I never win anything like this!”  She’s also learning more about a cappella from AcaFanBase.  Congratulations, Traci!

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry.  There will be more fun and prizes coming soon.  Stay tuned!