The snow and rain came, showering the Lauridsen Performing Arts stage last Thursday with unwanted moisture. But Six Appeal did not let water deter them from giving a wonderful performance at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji.
The PLAC staff moved in a portable stage and set up the sound system in the Pomerantz Hall on the lower level of the center. The six members of the a cappella group adjusted their choreography for a much smaller stage and breezed right through the show like the professionals they are.
Having performed the previous Sunday evening for all those famous Hollywood people at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in California, the much more intimate venue at PLAC was a real change of pace for them.
The group consisted of Andrew Berkowitz, Michael Brookens, Reuben Hushagen, Trey Jones, Jordan Roll and Jonathan Thalmann. They sang, danced and interacted without any musical instruments. They made the instrument sounds with their vocal chords. Berkowitz gave us a short tutorial on making the wide variety of sounds we enjoy from a complete set of drums. It was amazing to listen to him perform.
All six have beautiful singing voices and harmonize so very well. It was wonderful to hear them move so fluidly from one key during a song to another entirely.
The dance moves were at times hilarious and their banter between numbers was highly entertaining.
They thrilled us with a wide variety of musical numbers; everything from "You Are My Sunshine" to a Prince tune.
For all of us who enjoy the old fashioned style of a cappella music, they laid away their microphones and did one such number that was extremely well done. Dressed in various shades of blue and red, but not identical costumes, they showed us visually and through sound that, while individuals with much talent, they become a cohesive group on stage.
It was a great show that water did not put a damper on. Thanks for bringing them back to PLAC. It was a delightful evening.