A Cappella and Beatbox Show GOBSMACKED Comes to the CCA 11/14
GOBSMACKED!, the a cappella and beatbox musical, will appear at the Capitol Center for the Arts (Concord, NH) on November 14 as part of a 120-stop North American tour. This performance is the second of several free William H. Giles Concert Series performances during the CCA's 2017-18 season.
GOBSMACKED! weaves stories through all forms of a cappella from traditional street corner harmonies to cutting edge, multi-track live looping. Heart-stopping singing and jaw dropping beatboxing are designed for audiences to leave with a song in their heart and a smile on their face.
GOBSMACKED! will feature performers such as world-champion beatboxer Ball-Zee, the three-time winner of the UK Beatbox Champion. Joining Ball-Zee will be a myriad of musical talent including Marcus Collins, the 2011 runner up in the UK version of "The X-Factor," acclaimed Norwegian singer and pianist Monika Sik-Holm, UK stage actress Emilie Louise Israel, West End actor Nick Hayes, and Joanne Evans and Ed Scott who have performed with GOBSMACKED! since its inception.
Though one of the oldest forms of music, a cappella singing has only recently broken through to mainstream popularity. Movies such as Pitch Perfect, TV shows such as Glee and groups like Pentatonix, Straight No Chaser and Naturally 7 have catapulted a cappella from street corners to stadiums. The producers of GOBSMACKED! have created a show for the whole family that takes the audience on a journey through music. GOBSMACKED! not only showcases modern a cappella at its best but also tells an urban tale of love, loss and redemption.
Tickets for the free November 14 performance are limited to four per patron. They are available beginning Monday, October 16 at 11AM and may be ordered by calling the Capitol Center for the Arts at (603) 225-1111 or online at www.ccanh.com. Tickets may also obtained at the CCA's box office at 44 South Main St., Concord, NH, which is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11AM to 6PM. The box office is also open Saturdays from 11AM to 2PM.
About the Capitol Center for the Arts
The award-winning Capitol Center for the Arts (ccanh.com) inspires, educates, and entertains audiences by providing a quality venue for the performing arts as well as a wide range of professional-level, artistically-significant presentations. It is conveniently located off Rt. 93 in downtown Concord, New Hampshire and is close to several quality restaurants, shopping boutiques, and other area attractions. The facility first opened in 1927 as the Capitol Theatre, a prime stop on the Vaudeville circuit; it later became Concord's premier movie house and concert hall. After closing in 1989, it underwent a multi-million dollar renovation / modernization and reopened in 1995 as the Capitol Center for the Arts. Today, the Capitol Center is home to the 1304-seat Chubb Theatre, the Spotlight Café, The Governor's Hall ballroom, and the Kimball House, a Victorian mansion.
About the Gile Concert Series
The William H. Gile Concert Series opened on December 16, 1960, after a legacy of more than $700,000 was left by Helen B. Gile in 1952 to finance a free concert series for the residents of Concord, New Hampshire. The bequest was made in memory of Ms. Gile's father, William H. Gile, who had resided in Concord for a number of years. Ms. Giles stipulated that the details of the concerts were to be left to a committee of three Concord citizens and that the events were to be "of the highest type in all respects." After much consultation, the first Gile Concert Series was arranged for the 1960-61 season and was held at the Capitol Theatre (now the Capitol Center for the Arts). Over the first few years alone, the Gile Series enabled the Concord community to enjoy choir, dance group, and operatic performances, as well as luminary soloists such as Van Cliburn, Isaac Stern, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Victor Borge. While the concert series has been held at various locations over the decades, it is currently being performed again at the Capitol Center. Gile Series performances this past season have included the "sold-out" State Ballet Theatre of Russia's Cinderella, singer Alexis Cole, and Drumline Live.