The Clog had the honor of attending the first night of the West Coast A Cappella Showcase this past Friday, and we were blown away by the never-ending vocal talent. To those who were able to attend both nights – we commend your ability to survive an A Cappella overload (of the good kind). Needless to say, the show was full of awkward introductions by pairs from the California Golden Overtones and UC Men’s Octet, but the performances made the audience forget that initial confusion immediately.

DeCadence started off the evening right, performing at what we think may be their best yet. They opened with “Cry Me a River,” which initially surprised us as an opening song, but they sang it flawlessly and with a great soul that carried through the rest of their performance. “Drumming Song” by Florence + the Machine was their next song, and they sang again with a contagious fervor, accompanied with equally passionate choreography. They ended with “Renegade” by Styx, opening it with haunting intensity, and then jumping into a dancing rhythm full of spirit. Their instrumental and sound effect vocals shined in the song.

Next up was Noteworthy, our all-male group known for performing student-written pieces. They are always hilarious, and didn’t disappoint, opening with their own rap-anthem. And of course, they are able to blend humor with talent – both vocal and choreographic. Next read more »

What’s that? You like A Cappella? Of course you do. Fellow lovers of all things A Capella, the Clog is here to let you know what’s up. And what is up is the annual West Coast A Cappella Showcase, featuring the California Golden Overtones and UC Men’s Octet.

Come by Wheeler Auditorium this Friday or Saturday (Nov. 4 and 5) to see some of the West Coast’s best college a cappella show off their stuff. Both shows start at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $7 for Berkeley students, $9 for other students and $10 general admission. Bring your IDs, and trust us, it’s worth the money. read more »

Take a break from life this weekend, sit back and relax for the “unique” sounds of Dmitri Shostakovich with the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Milnes. The next night, roll on down to Wheeler Auditorium to watch a capella groups from up and down the coast perform, including groups from UCLA, UCSC, UC Davis, Stanford, University of Oregon and half a dozen groups of UC Berkeley’s own talent.

What: Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 1
Gyorgi Ligeti, San Francisco Polyphony [UC Berkeley Events]
Who: University Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Milnes
When: Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.
Where: Hertz Hall
Cost: $15 General admission, $10 UCB faculty/staff, seniors, students, $5 UCB students with current ID

What else: 8th Annual West Coast A Cappella Showcase [Facebook Event]
Who: Various a capella groups (see event page)
Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.
Where: Wheeler Auditorium
Cost: $10 General admission, $9 Non-UCB students, $7 UCB students