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Thursday, April 29, 2004

Went to Emeryville last night to see my friend Sean Gugler perform with The Special Guests in a joint concert with Redshift. Both are eight-person, co-ed a cappella groups. This was The Special Guests' first gig ever, and they did really well. A little tentative (and therefore quiet), but very solid musically, and a well-paced set. They opened with the Bobs' "Spontaneous Human Combustion," Sean soloing; he also soloed on Human League's "Don't You Want Me," with perfect facial expressions and hand gestures.

Their set included "Chili con carne" by The Real Group, a vocal jazz ensemble from Sweden. This was one of my favorite songs from the show, since it was interesting musically (rhythms, harmony, yada yada yada) and lyrically ("choose the finest meat you can / from cow or pig it doesn't matter / beans and jalapeƱo peppers / necessary is to this"). Apparently, this is a well-known and possibly "classic" piece, which just goes to show how little I actually "know" about the a cappella music "scene."

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