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17th Annual Southern California A Cappella Music Festival Coming to Pomona College on Nov. 9

From the 2011 SCAMFest

From the 2011 SCAMFest

Showcasing the best of collegiate a cappella music, the 17th Annual SCAMFest (Southern California A Cappella Music Festival) will be held on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m., in Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium (450 N. College Way, Claremont).

The concert will feature 12 of Southern California’s top a cappella groups. Representing the Claremont Colleges will be the Claremont Shades, After School Specials, Kosher Chords, Men's Blue and White, Midnight Echo, Mood Swing, Women's Blue and White, and the 9th Street Hooligans. Visiting performers scheduled are Bruin Harmony (UCLA), Reverse Osmosis (USC), the Scattertones (UCLA) and SoCal Vocals (USC).

The Claremont Shades, which produce SCAMFest, have been featured on two Best of College A Cappella (BOAC) compilation CDs. Founded in 1995, they have produced five CDs. 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 $10 at the door, plus fees. Presale tickets at the Bridges Auditorium Box Office or via the Bridges website are $5 plus fee. For more information, email the Claremont Shades at or visit where you can also listen to The Claremont Shades singing Chicago, Crazy or There is No Arizona.

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.