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Rockapella to perform at GSU Friday
Rockapella, of “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” fame, will perform in Statesboro tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Georgia Southern’s Performing Arts Center. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Tickets are $28. - photo by Special
Carmen Sandiego’s whereabouts may be a mystery, but Rockapella will be in Statesboro tonight at 7:30 in a concert at the Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center.
    Tickets for the show are $28, and available at the PAC box office or online at Proceeds from the show will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County.
    “It takes a tremendous amount of money to build homes and operate our program,” said Vicki Davis, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County.
    All of that money is raised locally.
    “We felt a concert would be a great opportunity for us to raise money while offering a great entertainment option to the community,” Davis said.
    “We felt that if we were going to hold a concert, we should offer something that you can’t see just any day, and Rockapella is it.”
    In its first 15 years, the Bulloch Habitat built 30 houses, and has set a goal to build 20 more by its 20th anniversary in 2011.
    “The money raised by this concert will help us meet that goal as we continue to build, and we hope the awareness and excitement the concert generates will bring us more donors and volunteers for the future,” Davis said.
    The concert is sponsored by First Southern National Bank, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Howard Lumber and Hardware, St. Andrews Builders, the Statesboro Herald and STAR 107.3.
    Founding Rockapella member Elliott Kerman recalled how the original quartet, a group of young Brown University alumni, was formed for the sheer love of performing; singing on New York City street corners with a hat out at their feet.
    “We were pretty embarrassed to ask for money,” he said.
    Rockapella would earn enough from passers-by to get dinner, and business cards dropped in their hat led to work at private parties and club appearances.
    One thing led to another, and as the ‘90s began, they caught the eye of a producer putting together a television special about the growing genre of “contemporary” a cappella music. After filmmaker Spike Lee and entertainer Debbie Allen signed on to host this program, it became “Spike & Co.: Do It A Cappella,” and aired for several years on PBS, producing a soundtrack and video as well.
    Rockapella’s unique appearance on the show was the perfect national debut, and soon led the creators of a zany new daily geography gameshow to give rockapella a call. They were seeking original music for their show’s theme song and elements, as well as some smart on-camera comic relief, and Rockapella was a perfect fit.
    “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” was born, together with a companion soundtrack CD containing original music by the group. Soon live appearances and collaborations with major recording artists began to appear on their resume while millions of households across America were enthusiastically receiving daily doses of Rockapella.
    In the spring, the group signed with a new U.S. label, Amerigo Records, creating their newest album, “Smilin,” released in 2002.
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