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16th Annual Southern California A Cappella Music Festival to be Held at Pomona College on Nov. 4

Showcasing the best of collegiate a cappella music, the 16th Annual SCAMFest (Southern California A Cappella Music Festival) will be held on Friday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m., in Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium (450 N. College Way, Claremont). The Backbeats a capella group, who performed during the first season of NBC Television’s “The Sing Off” will also perform.

The concert will feature 11 other groups vocalizing without instruments. Representing the Claremont Colleges are the Claremont Shades, After School Specials, Kosher Chords, Men's Blue and White, Ninth Street Hooligans, Women's Blue and White, Midnight Echo and MoodSwing. Visiting groups include USC’s SoCal Vocals, and the UCLA Bruin Harmony and Scattertones.

The Claremont Shades, which produces SCAMFest, has been featured on two Best of College A Cappella (BOAC) compilation CDs and was nominated to the International Championship of A Cappella (ICCA) Berkeley competition in 2006. Their most recent album, All Things Go, was released in 2010.

Reflecting the soaring popularity of college a cappella, more than 1,000 people typically attend SCAMfest. At the Claremont Colleges, more than 80 students participate in a cappella groups and many more audition each year.

Tickets for the event are $8 at the door (cash or check only). Presale tickets are $5 and available at the Smith Campus Center Office, Room 244 (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont), and at the Pitzer College Gold Student Center Desk. For more information, email the Claremont Shades at or visit, where you can also listen to selections from their 2006 release Random Play.

Pomona College, established in 1887, is the founding member of the Claremont Colleges. The consortium of independent colleges also includes Claremont McKenna College,Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Scripps College, Claremont Graduate University and the Keck Graduate Institute.