Showcasing the best of collegiate a cappella music, the 18th Annual SCAMFest (Southern California A Cappella Music Festival) will be held on Friday, November 22 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), USC Sirens, the Scattertones (UCLA) and SoCal Vocals (USC).
Reflecting the soaring popularity of college a cappella, more than 1000 people typically attend SCAMFest. According to Hannah Doruelo '16, president of the Claremont Shades, this year's audience should "expect all of the craziness, musicality and entertainment of last year, and even more. It's always a surprise. You never know what each group is going to pull out."
The Claremont Colleges are home to eight a cappella groups and more than 80 students participate in a cappella groups each year, with many more auditioning. The Claremont Colleges are a consortium of five independent undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions - Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Scripps College, Claremont Graduate University and the Keck Graduate Institute.
The Claremont Shades, which produce SCAMFest, have been featured on two Best of College A Cappella (BOCA 2002 and 2005) compilation CDs. Founded in 1995, they have produced five CDs. Their most recent album, All Things Go, was released in 2010.
Tickets for the event are $10 at the door or online at the Bridges Auditorium website. Presale tickets for Claremont Colleges students, at the Bridges Auditorium Box Office, are $5. For more information, email the Claremont Shades at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.claremontshades.com where you can also listen to The Claremont Shades singing Chicago, Crazy or There is No Arizona.