A cappella, Holiday, Jazz | Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 | 5:00 PM | $30-44
Howard University’s premier vocal ensemble Afro Blue will bring their “vocal big band” stylings to BlackRock in a special holiday concert jam-packed with unique arrangements of traditional holiday songs. Afro Blue has previously performed their holiday show live on NPR and at the White House.
Performing music similar to the styles of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 – while adding their own unique sound – Afro Blue has performed to wide critical acclaim. The group has been featured on NPRʼs All Things Considered; reached the top four on NBC ‘s a cappella group competition The Sing-Off, and joined the legendary Bobby McFerrin in selections from his Grammy-nominated VOCAbuLarieS album during the 2011 DC Jazz Festival in what has been called “the finest concert in DC Jazz Festival history.” They have established a continuing relationship with The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts having opened for The Manhattan Transfer and Jon Hendricks, performed with The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Pops under the direction of Marvin Hamlisch, and shared the stage with former Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz, Dr. Billy Taylor.