Written by Trevor May
Willimantic, Conn.: 6 Ways to B Natural, Key of She and Fallin' Flat -- Eastern Connecticut State University's three student-run a cappella groups -- will present their annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 28 in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free. The songs will range from 1950's doo-wop to today's music and everything in between. This will be the final concert for many of the performers before they will graduate in May.
6 Ways to B Natural is the most tenured of the ensembles performing in the concert. The all-male group will perform songs like "The Bed's Too Big Without You" by The Police to "The Other Side" by Bruno Mars, featuring Ludacris and Cee Lo Green.
"Although it is bittersweet that this will be my last show, I am very proud of how far we have come in three years," said Pete Gamble '12, director of 6 Ways to B Natural. "It has been a lot of fun and I will certainly miss it. I hope that this concert will be our best so we can leave with a bang."
Key of She is Eastern's all-female a cappella group. The ensemble will sing songs such as "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong and "The Dogs Days Are Over" by Florence and the Machine. "Creating and being part of a group like Key of She has been one of the most amazing adventures in my life," said Marisa Mazzo '12, director of Key of She. "Although I am sad to be leaving, I know that the group will continue to flourish and that this performance will show our hard work, dedication and love for music."
Fallin' Flat is the youngest of the groups. Headed by Erica Eakin '15, the mixed gender ensemble will sing songs such as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens to "Somebody I Used to Know" by Gotye. "It's been amazing to watch the group progress in just a few months," said Eakin. "We have made great music together and have built strong friendships with each other, and we plan on conveying that to our audience that night."
To promote this concert, members of Fallin' Flat will be guests on the Wayne Norman radio show on WILI-AM in Willimantic on April 27 to sing and talk about the group. "This is a great opportunity for the group," said Fallin' Flat member Emma Kuehnle '14. "It gives our young group an opportunity to let the community know that we are here, and that this concert will truly be a great night of entertainment and fun!"