Flash mob at the Farmers Market!
You’ve seen ‘em on YouTube (they go viral!) and this one kinda did too….Angel Michaels leads a bunch of her barbershop friends in song at last Saturday’s Market, in this fun (and on Facebook, much commented on) video by Mike Martin:
A multi-awarding winning Canadian “Sweet Adelines” chorus, a Seattle champion quartet and three of San Juan Island’s own ensembles bring the art of barbershop singing to the Whittier stage this Sunday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m.
Barbershop Bonanza, hosted by San Juan’s mixed barbershop chorus, Island Chordsmen Plus, celebrates its 14th year in Friday Harbor. It has grown into a popular Sunday afternoon medley of contemporary and old-time favorites honoring this uniquely American music with its a cappella four-part harmonies.
This will be West Coast Harmony Chorus’s first visit to the Bonanza. Based in Vancouver, B.C., the a cappella group of more than 40 women is a seven-time Gold Medal Western Canadian Champion and was recently silver medalist in the International Harmony Classic.
Also joining the Bonanza this year is Evergreen District Champions, Cheers, a Seattle-based quartet. Quartet member Wes Sorstokke, who has appeared in the Bonanza in the past with other award-winning groups and has been singing for more than 40 years, recently held a coaching session in Friday Harbor for members of Island Chordsmen Plus. He says the key to a good barbershop performance is a quality combination of good vocals and good expressions and movement. “I want them to move me. If the song is funny, they better make me laugh. If it’s sad, I want to cry.”
In addition to the mainland visitors and Chordsmen, the island’s own women’s a cappella ensemble, Sound Vibrations, and San Juan’s male quartet, Lane 4 will participate in the Bonanza.
Bonanza director Angel Michaelswill lead the audience in a rousing community sing, and everyone in the audience is invited to attend the complimentary afterglow reception in the Gubelman Theatre following the show.