Nov. 9-10, 2018

DAYTON, OHIO

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Headliners

FOREFRONT

As one of the most sought-after barbershop quartets, Forefront enjoys a busy schedule entertaining audiences across the continent and around the world. They pride themselves in providing their audiences with great music, artistry, and high-energy performance!

Forefront Quartet formed in August of 2009. In 2010 they won the Cardinal District Championship, and in 2010 and 2013 were named Cardinal District Quartet of the Year. The quartet has also enjoyed great success at international barbershop competitions earning a 5th place bronze medal in 2013 and 2nd place silver medals in 2014 and 2015. On July 9, 2016, in Nashville, TN, Forefront scored highest among all competitors at the International Barbershop Quartet competition earned; a feat which earned them the coveted gold medal.

The quartet’s commitment to energy, passion, artistry, and class – and to consistently opening themselves up to, and engaging with, their audiences – has made them one of America’s most sought-after quartets.

Forefront plans to spread music throughout the world for many years to come!

 

MO5AIC

Music without instruments. Vocal band. A cappella. No matter how you say it, the genre of vocally created music has come a long way in the past 10 years. And while it’s begun to pique the interests of the masses, and while much could be said about the journey of this genre up until now, the more important question for us is, “Where is it heading?”

In our humble opinions, the word “A cappella” has become sort of taboo. An immediate reference is drawn to specific sub-cultures within the genre, such as doo-wop, barbershop, or collegiate chorus. While all of these forms are great, MO5AIC represents a much different face of the A cappella experience, and one that is not easily definable. I suppose that’s why we stopped using the word “A cappella” to describe our sound.

It’s true: we don’t use instruments. Fine. Great. Next. We don’t use that as a way to attempt to draw distinction. In fact, we’d like people to forget about that aspect. For us, the voice is the instrument. It’s the raw starting point for the sound. The way the voices are then arranged, tweaked and manipulated are how we define our sound. The way we choose to amplify, or distort, or alter the voice is really no different than how a guitar player might route through a distortion pedal or effects bank. The voice is the block we build upon. So in that regard, we are a sort of hybrid between a band and an A cappella group. At it’s core, we create vocally driven music that could sonically hold it’s own next to any full instrumentation. That’s what we are. That’s what we do. Vocally Driven Music.