Pollak Theatre - 7 PM
Born on the street corners of urban America, rhythm & blues and doo wop singing reached its peak in the 1950’s, but still has a strong following today. While doo wop singing began as an African American art form, by the late 1950’s it was enjoyed by singers of all races. Doo wop harmony in its purist form is acappella (without instrumentals). We’ve assembled six of the top acappella doo wop vocal groups from NYC to Philadelphia, plus a couple special guests. Choice hails from Jersey City and has been singing for 35 years. Their video recently went viral attracting 6 million views. The Tee-Tones formed on the streets of Brooklyn and fine tuned their harmonies in the tunnels of the NYC subway system. They’ve since appeared on Good Morning America and ABC World News Tonight. The versatile group, Quiet Storm, has developed a huge following in the Philadelphia area. Called “Storm Chasers,” their fans follow them from concert to concert. Joe Cleary & the Balladeers are known for their perfect execution of complex R&B vocal harmonies. They limit their appearances to one or two special performances a year. The popular Piscataway NJ group, Re-MemberThen, has the distinction of twice winning the acappella showdowns at the Meadowlands. The Vic Donna Group is known for their tight intricate harmonies of obscure R&B and Doo Wop collectors sides and original material. Vic, himself, has been singing since 1956. Over the years, he's been backed on record by such noted groups as the Fi-Tones, Parakeets, Cadillacs, Sharps, Compliments and Angels. The Vic Donna Group has recently added a couple new singers with a lot of previous experience. As a special guest, we welcome Larry Chance of the Earls. Larry is an internationally known doo wop star who has agreed to sing acappella for us, backed by Re-MemberThen. By way of a big screen video, we'll have De'Sean Dooley, grandson of the Orioles Sonny Til, singing Orioles songs backed by Quiet Storm.