Varsity Vocal Showcase kicks off Dorton Concerts

The Varsity Vocal Showcase is Thursday, Oct. 11. Tickets are $10.

My first exposure to a cappella, like many people my age, was a little singing group named Rockapella on a PBS game show called Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Carmen Sandiego always managed to escape, but the theme song was forever stuck in my head thanks to the amazing vocals of Rockapella.

Flash forward 20 years and shows like The Sing Off and Glee are exposing even more people to the fun and entertainment of a cappella. The first-ever Varsity Vocal Showcase presented by Mattress Firm is our way of highlighting some of the amazing voices here in North Carolina.

The showcase, which will be held Preview Day Thursday, Oct. 11, will feature five a cappella groups representing three local colleges. We’ve got Rhythm & Blue from Duke, Grains of Time and Ladies in Red from N.C. State, and Clef Hangers and Loreleis from UNC.

To get a feel for the different groups, we pulled several videos from YouTube. Check them out:


Rhythm & Blue


Grains of Time


Ladies in Red


UNC Clef Hangers


The UNC Loreleis


Tickets are just $10. Best of all, we are donating all proceeds from ticket sales back to the groups. So, come out to support your favorite local university and have a fun night at the N.C. State Fair. Advance tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at

About Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.

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