Concerts in the Park go a cappella

Four-part harmony a capella music—that is, vocal music without instruments—is all the current rage in the popular music scene.

Groups like Take 6, The Blenders and Tonic-Sol-Fa have all performed a cappella music with tight harmonies. Even though this style of music is popular today, it has been around as long as men have been standing on the street corner outside the barbershop.

The Great River Arts Association, with support from the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce and Bookin’ It Bookstore, will present an A Cappella Fest during the June 11 Concert in the Park. The Fest will feature four area men’s a cappella groups.

The Guys will be the first to perform as they come together to sing their old favorites, including Poison Ivy and Good Old A Cappella. Ryan Olson, Dave Meyer, Matt Nelson and Shane Cole got together to form The Guys in the fall of 1997 and have been singing ever since.

Following them will be Lasting Impression, a group of four local gentlemen including Ron Grove, Jim Fox, Jayme Johnson and Woody Wiger.

The Little Falls Lindyland Chordsmen will then take the stage and share some of their four-part harmony favorites. The Chordsmen are a local community men’s barbershop chorus that meets every Thursday to rehearse and have a good time.

The last group of the day will the The Appetizers. They’ve been together since February and include Shane Cole, Jeff Bartz, Adam Kupka and Matt Nelson.

The first Concert in the Park of the season is Sunday, June 4, at 4 p.m. Original blues and jazz with a touch of folk will kick off the summer concerts in style as Little Falls welcomes singer/songwriter Rena Haus. Rena has recently come back to the Minnesota music scene since her relocation to her home town of St. Michael from the Phoenix, AZ, area.

The public is invited to attend the weekly Concerts in the Park at Maple Island Park near downtown Little Falls free of charge. In case of rain, this concert will be held at the Black and White Hamburger Shop. More information is available by calling GRAA at (320) 632-0960.

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