AcapaROOza gathers for second annual concert

Written by: Forrest Dukes

The University of Akron hosted an a capella concert to benefit soldiers on Sunday.

The concert, held by The University of Akron in Leigh Hall, was the second annual AcapaROOza by Rhythm & Roos. In honor of Veterans Day, the audience at the door was asked to give donations to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

The WWP helps soldiers returning from service to deal with emotional anxiety and stress, as well as any physical harms that they may have suffered. With every dollar the WWP receives, they put 82 cents into research that helps families to find jobs for those service members.

This concert brought together singing groups from The University of Akron such as Groove, Nuance, Kanga Blue and Rhythm & Roos, as well as Rhapsody Blue from John Carroll University and the Kent State Clerks from Kent State University. The six groups contained students, graduate assistants, professors and even a lumberjack.

In between songs, the groups danced, beatboxed or told jokes.

“The concert was a lot of fun,” said Suzan Lewis, a supporter of Rhapsody Blue. “The groups were very entertaining and did much more than singing. And the crowd was great. A lot of people were there to show their support and appreciation of music.”

Student Mary Martinez was surprised by the different styles of music, which included rock, pop and oldies.

“The music was much different than what I had expected,” she said.

Among the songs performed were “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne and “Rumor Has It” by Adele.

“It was a great event for a great cause,” said student Jay Davis.