BOULDER, Colo. — Eighteen years ago, a few guys from college a capella groups formed a band and started singing for tips on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall. Today, Face Vocal Band is doing more than 100 shows a year, including world tours.
“With all-vocal music, I think people can just relate to the organic-ness of it,” said Forest Kelly, a member of Face Vocal Band.
While a capella music has grown in popularity, it has taken a lot of hard work for Face Vocal Band to bring their sound to a worldwide audience.
Two years ago, the group decided to put on their own show at Red Rocks Ampitheatre. They were the first all a capella group to ever headline at the venue.
While it was a bucket list moment for the band, the concert also raised more than $30,000 for music education in Colorado. The band hopes to have similar success at the upcoming Face Vocal Band: Return to the Rocks concert on July 10. The concert will raise money for music grants through the Colorado Department of Education.
Face Vocal Band members said one of their missions is to help train and educate the next generation of Colorado singers. They teach classes and camps through the Face Academy of Music. Three hundred of their students will join the band on stage at Red Rocks.
Three local bands will also open for Face Vocal Band at Red Rocks: Love Stallion, The Long Run and Float Like a Buffalo.
“This concert is a complete celebration of Colorado music,” said Face Vocal Band member Stephen Ross. “We’re just so humbled and grateful for anyone who would come and enjoy our music and partake in what we’re trying to create here."
Looking forward, the group plans to put out more original music and continue performing more shows nationally and internationally.
“There’s so much more for us to do, and so many more people to hear our music and so many more people that we want to inspire,” said founding member Mark Megibow.
Tickets for "Face Vocal Band: Return to the Rocks" can be purchased