ABBA Fest Serenades Hollywood Bowl With AcaAwesome Performances

This past Sunday was ABBA Fest at the Hollywood Bowl, featured an a capella competition and a performance by Waterloo, which hold the title of the United States’s No. 1 ABBA tribute band.
The concert was hosted by Sarah Horn, the Riverside voice teacher who recently sang with Kristin Chenoweth at the Hollywood Bowl two weeks ago. The video of their duet has since gone viral. Sarah was a warm host, and pumped us up for the “Abbacapella” contest between three collegiate regional and national powerhouses. After the first round, she sang an ABBA song herself and soared through the pitches like a Disney princess and by comparison I mean that I wanted to be her.
USC’s own SoCal Vocals performed “Voulezvous”with energy. The SoCals definitely capitalize on their own hotness, and each member has such fabulous hair that I almost forgot to listen. But then Nathan Fertig sang “Does Your Mother Know” and sounded downright radio worthy. I was sad when the performance was over, to say the least.
Chapman University’s Soundcheck started with “Winner Takes it All.” I was really feelin’ a love song, so their sultry and soothing singing was very well received. Their featured singer has definite star quality, with a warm and tender voice. They featured another female singer on “Take a Chance on Me,” and she sang beautifully as well. When the UCLA Scattertones began “Money Money Money,” I was terrified. I thought I was in one of my nightmares in which the cast of
Glee surprises me by jumping out at me in the locker room. Their bright tone quality was on point, as was their key change. Their other song, “SOS,” had such strong beatboxing that it sounded like the fourth of July at the end. The audience erupted, and Scattertones ended up winning. Whatever.
Then was Sarah’s reprise of “For Good” from Wicked, as a shout out to Kristin, with the a capella groups singing behind her. The final harmonies gave me chills. It was a stage full of talent making for another memorable night at the Hollywood Bowl.

Source: Neon Tommy Annenberg digital news

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