We are just 2 weeks away from the kick off of the inaugural Bend A Cappella Festival! The excitement and anticipation is growing and we want to help you plan the best weekend that can be had in Bend.
Where to Stay?!
Both of our participating hotels are within easy walking distance to the Tower Theatre, shops, restaurants, and fun. Click on the buttons to go directly to booking your room today.
Where to Eat?!
We are also proud to have many local businesses offer discounts to festival attendees for the entire weekend!
What to do?! (Besides SING)
Check out one our supporters websites and blogs for great ideas on what to do while you are here in Bend.
To slake your a cappella thirst, take a listen to "The Final Countdown" by the Hullabahoos!
Here is one of our competing "Sing Off" groups preparing for the upcoming festival and ICHSA competitions. We cannot wait to hear all the great groups sing to WIN in just 3 weeks!! Woot!
So Are We!!
Take a listen to festival director, Erin Felder, in a radio interview last week. Be sure to check out all the great room rates we have set up through the festival, and get ready to not only hear some amazing a cappella, but be showered with discounts at local restaurants, coffee shops and bars for our lucky festival goers. It's shaping up to be a great weekend!
Passionate about music at an early age, Mark took every opportunity to be involved in extracurricular activities that revolved around it. Music followed him wherever he went, be it church, his after-school program, at home, in the shower etc. Regardless, he questioned whether it was the right route for him to take career wise. Mustering up the confidence his senior year, he auditioned for Berklee College of Music and got in!
Mark made the most of his time at Berklee; he performed in on-campus shows/productions, did countless reference vocals for songwriters, contributed vocals for Music Production and Engineering students, co-wrote songs and sang background vocals for his peers. One of these many collaborations led to a viral video on YouTube. In December 2013, there was a video that was uploaded of Mark singing "Oh Holy Night" in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts with Berklee's Loft Session Music made a gigantic buzz, was shared all over the web and got major news coverage. Mark is now enjoying music as his full time job.
Not only are we getting excited about the upcoming festival and all the awesome entertainment and education that awaits, the hotels are getting excited to welcome you as well!
We have partnered with some of the newest and best properties in town. They are offering great room rates JUST for festival attendees, but they will be gone by FEBRUARY 1!
Go to the website for direct links to each hotel's booking page. You will not find better rates, with better locations in all of Central Oregon.
Individual tickets are now on sale for the exciting "Sing Off" competition and the sizzling Showcase performance featuring The House Jacks! Go to the Tower Theatre website to purchase your seats to the hottest, snow melting shows in town!
John Pointer (http://johnpointer.com), a.k.a. “Squinty Phil”, grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He earned a degree in Cello Performance and Composition from UT Austin and has been a full time musician based there ever since.
He created and led the pioneering a cappella & body percussion ensemble Schrödinger’s Cat and was the beatboxer in the Chili’s Baby Back Ribs commercials. He’s a pretty ridiculous guitarist, played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and Roger in RENT, has commercially released 9 albums with several different groups, and the Mayor and City Council of Austin declared January 27th 2005 “John Pointer Day”. What?! Yes… evidently they do that down there. Thank you, tax dollars!
He also founded and launched Patronism.com, a direct subscription platform for patrons to easily find and serially fund their favorite musicians in a way that benefits everyone. You can legally download unlimited albums, live recordings and other rare tracks of his while helping him make more at http://patronism.com/johnpointer.
Right now John is vying to win the Austin Music Award. Help him out by going to the Austin Chronicle 's online ballot to vote. The award winner is announced at the @Austin Music Awards in March at South by Southwest. Here's how to do it, in three easy steps:
1. Copy: John Pointer
2. Click here, and paste to taste: http://www.austinchronicle.com/polls/musicpoll/15/
3. Share this with your friends. Your votes and theirs are the only way I can have a shot at a Black Fret grant (which awards grants to amazing artists).
We cannot wait to welcome him to the Bend A Cappella Festival and get a taste of his amazing talents!
No need to suffer through the messy traffic, the crowds, and terrible in store holiday music. Just go to www.bendacappellafestival.com and purchase an All Access pass for the singers in your family today. It will be the best kind of gift; one that makes memories. Listen to the festive, soothing sounds of The Manhattan Transfer's "Christmas is Coming" as you click your way to a happy holiday celebration.
As we continue to introduce you to the amazingly talented individuals that make up the fantastic headlining group for this year's festival, THE HOUSE JACKS, Austin Willacy is far more than just a great singer.
Austin Willacy is a veteran member of The House Jacks with whom he has produced 10 full-length albums and completed multiple world tours. For the past 18 years, Austin has directed ‘Til Dawn, Youth in Arts’ award-winning teen a cappella group that empowers youth to find their voices in many ways.
Austin is also an award-winning singer/songwriter with 4 CD’s and 2 EP’s to his name. His music is soulful and raucous, tender and comic. Austin’s music has been featured on “The Sing Off”, “Road Rules”, an Australian ad campaign and three feature film soundtracks. He’s appeared in Rolling Stone and has performed with icons such as Bonnie Raitt and up and coming artists like Jem, Vienna Teng, Rachael Yamagata and Amos Lee.
With complete activist cred as an organizer and facilitator for YES! his former service on the board for Rainforest Action Network and a side career in soundalike singing voiceovers, including Guitar Hero and Karaoke Revolution, Austin is a renaissance man. But, who cares about all that? Because what matters is what Bonnie Raitt told him...“You can really F*ckin sing!”
Be sure to register TODAY so that you do not miss your chance to meet, be moved by, and monumentally awed by Austin at the Bend A Cappella Festival, February 19-21.
Bend A Cappella Festival staff