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VoiceJam A Cappella Festival Returns to Walton Arts Center

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, December 3, 2018 –Auditions are now being accepted for VoiceJam, the annual a cappella festival produced by Walton Arts Center in April. The competition is open to any a cappella group of three to 20 performers.

Video audition submissions will be accepted from now through February 3, 2019. Up to eight groups can be selected to compete, and those groups will be announced on February 8, 2019. The VoiceJam Grand Champion will have the opportunity to attend the Vocal Asia Festival this summer.

Registration, competition criteria, submission information and festival details can be found at the VoiceJam website.

A cappella fans and finalists will converge on Northwest Arkansas for a weekend of activities April 4-6, 2019 including a cappella workshops, a headliner concert and the VoiceJam Competition hosted by Deke Sharon, dubbed by Entertainment Weekly as "the father of contemporary a cappella."

Tickets for the headliner concert by The Edge Effect and the VoiceJam Competition can be purchased in person, online at waltonartscenter.org/voicejam or by calling the Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479.443.5600. Ticket details and schedules for the a cappella workshops will be available soon.

VOICEJAM FESTIVAL
Thursday-Saturday, April 5-6, 2018

VoiceJam Kickoff Concert
Thursday, April 4
A free concert with Hong King group, Boonfaysau, and the VoiceJam Varsity Singers

Headliner Concert featuring The Edge Effect
Friday, April 5 at 7:30 pm
Tickets are $10
Winners of MTV’s “Top Pop Group” and finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” The Edge Effect is a six-man vocal group combining pop, R&B, jazz, rock and funk in a show unlike any other. Weaving a colorful tapestry of infectious beats, intricate harmonies and vocal acrobatics, The Edge Effect joins the VoiceJam competition as the festival headliner. With stunning reinterpretations of musical favorites as well as inventive original songs, The Edge Effect was named Boys II Men’s “Next Great A Cappella Group.”

VoiceJam Workshops
Saturday, April 6, 9am-5pm
Registration details coming soon

VoiceJam Competition
Saturday, April 6 at 7:30pm
Tickets are $19 to $39
This is your chance to witness the hottest vocal bands from around the country competing for the title of VoiceJam Champion. Hosted by a cappella producer Deke Sharon, the competition portion of the VoiceJam Festival is full of audience participation and fun for all ages. Come cheer on these vocal masters and cast your vote for aca-fan favorite!

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors who help bring world-class arts experiences to Northwest Arkansas. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

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