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A Cappella Holiday Show in Westfield will Benefit Superstorm Sandy Relief

Barrie Knapp

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 • 1:50pm

WESTFIELD, NJ – Sean Altman and a cappella supergroup The GrooveBarbers are coming to Westfield Sunday, Dec. 15, to perform a family-friendly holiday concert benefiting Superstorm Sandy relief. Presented by Ahrre Maros, owner of Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery in Westfield, the concert is part of the Coffee with Conscious series benefiting various charities.

The GrooveBarbers are an acclaimed all-vocal quartet performing rock, doo-wop, jazz and barbershop. The group consists of Sean Altman, Charlie Evett and Steve Keyes, founders and former members of the established group Rockapella, in addition to Kevin Weist, an acclaimed TV writer and Westfield native. For this concert, The GrooveBarbers will perform holiday music with the help of guest soprano Inna Dukach and beat-boxing vocal percussionist Ed Chung of Duwende.

The group will perform such favorites as “Jingle Bells,” “Let It Snow” and “White Christmas,” in addition to a few rock classics, plus two songs from their own hybrid genre "doowopera."

For 11 years, Altman was a singer, arranger, and composer for Rockapella, and he starred in the five-year PBS-TV series Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? (He wrote the theme song, too.)

Altman jokes that the GrooveBarbers “is a glorified hobby group,” but others refer to it as an all-vocal powerhouse. The members of The GrooveBarbers “found our passion in music after failing as instrumentalists and discovering our innate ability for singing and harmonizing,” said Altman. “We do it out of affection for each other and connection to the music.”

The group is happy and grateful to contribute in the concert benefiting Superstorm Sandy relief, Altman said. The GrooveBarbers perform at many charitable concerts, he explained, working with Ahrre Maros who is their “conduit” to helping good causes.

The performance will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 1 East Broad Street (corner of North Ave.) beginning at 3 p.m. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m.

Pre-purchased tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for teens and free for kids 12 and under. Tickets purchased at the door will be $23.00 for general admission, with kids 12 and under admitted for free.

Proceeds from this concert will support the United Methodist Church’s ongoing work of repairing, rebuilding and renewing in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The church is working with community residents, non-profit organizations and local, state and federal agencies assessing damaged homes, especially of elderly, disabled and low-income people whose insurance does not cover all of the damages.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit groovebarbers2.eventbrite.com/.

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