By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff
A fun beat begins, and a question is asked, “Do you remember the 21st night of September?”
The musical indulgence of Earth, Wind & Fire consumed the room when Grand Canyon University Club Acapella opened their Spring Finale Showcase on Tuesday night at GCU Thunderground.
For the third time this season, the hour-long showcase, yet again, displayed the array of talent of Club Acapella. The audience all enjoyed solos and group performances by GCU Club Acapella’s very own: Acalopella, Basic Pitches and the Thunder Alley Boys. The music ranged from the likes of: Beyoncé, Khalid, Ben E. King, Adele, Whitney Houston and barber shop quartet.
At the end of the showcase, Club Acapella had a fun surprise for the audience: a “Riff-Off”. The Riff-Off was inspired by the popular movie, “Pitch Perfect”, where acapella groups sing songs that are related to specific categories. For GCU Club Acapella, the categories were: hip-hop, Disney and boy bands. The two groups, Acalopella and the Basic Pitches, went back and forth in a friendly competition to conclude the show. Both groups came together and sang “Bye, Bye, Bye” by the famous boy band, NSYNC.
“The Riff-Off was the student’s idea,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Philip Carr. “It was our first attempt at a riff off. I think it went really well and a good finale for the showcase.”
The Spring Finale Showcase was not only to conclude the team’s spring semester, but to prepare for the Arizona Collegiate Acapella Festival (ACAF) hosted by the University of Arizona this coming Saturday.
“This showcase was essentially a dress rehearsal,” said Carr.
The ACAF is an annual event hosted in Tucson for collegiate Acapella clubs to learn new techniques through different workshops and director swaps. The festival will conclude with a concert of each Acapella group performing their own unique mash ups.
Carr believes the club is ready.
“Their performance skills are going up,” Carr said. “Their overall stage awareness has really grown over the course of this year. It is better now than it has ever been. In that regard, I think we are ready for Tucson.”
Not only are the Lopes ready and excited for Tucson, but Carr believes the ACAF can develop Club Acapella for the future.
“I am looking forward to our students hearing and seeing what the possibilities are for our club,” said Carr. “Our club doesn’t have the same exact experiences as other clubs, but we can watch what the possibilities are, and learn from these more established groups.”