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University of Kentucky musicians continue making beautiful music behind the mask

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky Although audiences aren’t gathering at the Singletary Center for the Arts and other similar arts and entertainment venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, music can still be heard around campus as University of Kentucky’s instrumentalists and vocalists adapt to the “new normal.” To make sure these Wildcats can continue to make music, several precautions...

UK Men’s Chorus takes stage alongside acoUstiKats, Tates Creek H.S. men’s chorus in Fall Extravaganza

It’s raining male vocal talents at the 2015 University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus Fall Extravaganza. The chorus will perform alongside the acoUstiKats, Tates Creek High School Men’s Chorus and The Kentuckians barbershop chorus in the annual concert beginning 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Tates Creek Presbyterian Church, located at 3900 Rapid Run Drive, in Lexington. The UK Men’s Chorus is...

UK a cappella groups, Choristers to warm hearts at ‘After Dark’ and ‘Night on Broadway’

The University of Kentucky Choirs present two February concerts that will set the mood for a romantic evening. A cappella groups Paws and Listen and the AcoUstiKats present the popular annual “After Dark” Valentine’s concert Feb. 13. The following weekend UK Choristers will present their annual “Night on Broadway” concert of beloved show tunes Feb. 20 and 21.   Paws and...

UK Fine Arts rings in the holidays with classical offerings, new opera production

From the university’s art studios to the stages of Singletary Center for the Arts and Lyric Theatre, students in the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts are ringing in the holiday season with everything from classic annual offerings to a new production of a beloved Christmas opera. With Open Studio, “Collage,” “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “Celebration of Song,”...

Elvis may have left Memphis, but acoUstiKats still headed to Graceland for 2014 Elvis Week

The popular acoUstiKats head to Graceland in Memphis for performances Aug. 14-16 in honor of Elvis Week. ‘The King’ passed away Aug. 16, 1977, 34 years ago. (Photo from UK) By Rachel Knuth Special to KyForward   The University of Kentucky’s all male a cappella group, the Acoustikats, are hoping audiences will be “All Shook Up” as they rock Graceland’s annual Elvis...

All-male acoUstiKats and all-female Delilah headline this year’s Voices in Harmony IV

The acoUstiKats perform on season four of the NBC show The Sing-off. They will be featured performers at the Lexington Catholic High School Vocal Harmonies IV on Feb. 28 and March 1. (Photo from Facebook)   Staff report   For the fourth year in a row, Lexington Catholic High School is hosting its Voices in Harmony: An A Cappella Singsation on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, with...

All-male acoUstiKats and all-female Delilah headline this year’s Voices in Harmony IV

The acoUstiKats perform on season four of the NBC show The Sing-off. They will be featured performers at the Lexington Catholic High School Vocal Harmonies IV on Feb. 28 and March 1. (Photo from Facebook)   Staff report   For the fourth year in a row, Lexington Catholic High School is hosting its Voices in Harmony: An A Cappella Singsation on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, with...

2013 Review: Schools/universities popularity shows reader interest in education at all levels

Like our readers, we care about quality education in Kentucky. We know how much it matters to our kids, our future, a sound economy, good jobs – and general quality of life. We care so much that we have two special sections devoted to education – Our Schools and Our Universities. In reviewing the numbers for 2013, it appears you are attracted to the kind of coverage we are providing – and...

Too little rock ‘n’ roll, wavering harmonics sent acoUstiKats off national NBC stage

The acoUstiKats sing ‘Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll in their underwear in the Dec. 18 performance on NBC’s Sing-Off. (Photo from YouTube)   The fun-loving acoUstiKats made their fifth and final appearance last night, Dec. 18, on NBC’s The Sing-Off falling along with Orlando-based Voice Play in a double elimination.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Lesley”] The University...

Too little rock ‘n’ roll, wavering harmonics sent acoUstiKats off national NBC stage

The acoUstiKats sing ‘Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll in their underwear in the Dec. 18 performance on NBC’s Sing-Off. (Photo from YouTube)   The fun-loving acoUstiKats made their fifth and final appearance last night, Dec. 18, on NBC’s The Sing-Off falling along with Orlando-based Voice Play in a double elimination.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Lesley”] The University...

We’ve Only Just Begun: The acoUstiKats rise to top six, one lowers to a knee for proposal

Bass singer for the acoUstiKats, Mike Owen, asks girlfriend Margaret Blair, now known nationwide as ‘Maggie,’ to marry him on national television on NBC’s The Sing-Off Thursday, Dec. 12, after the a cappella group’s performance of Lonestar’s hit “Amazed.” (Photo from Facebook)   Staff report   The University of Kentucky acoUstiKats ascend to the top...

Lex What Wear: Cheers to holiday style and creating a fun, festive look for every occasion

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   Before I get the fashion party started, a word about those Kats – the acoUstiKats, that is! Are they awesome, or what? Earlier this week at the NYC restaurant where I work in my, um, spare time, I was talking to a customer and, like most, she asked me where I was from (that Southern accent does it every time). Before I could finish saying Kentucky, she...

Bottoms up? The acoUstiKats fight their way out of elimination challenge on The Sing-Off

Staff report   The University of Kentucky acoUstiKats fell from a top performance to a struggle to stay alive in last night’s The Sing-Off on NBC. They made it and will sing again in tonight’s performance.   Judges found the UK ensemble to be highly “entertaining,” but to lack musical maturity and depth. Their performance of “Hey Ya” by Outkast was energetic,...

Bottoms up? The acoUstiKats fight their way out of elimination challenge on The Sing-Off

Staff report   The University of Kentucky acoUstiKats fell from a top performance to a struggle to stay alive in last night’s The Sing-Off on NBC. They made it and will sing again in tonight’s performance.   Judges found the UK ensemble to be highly “entertaining,” but to lack musical maturity and depth. Their performance of “Hey Ya” by Outkast was energetic,...

Review: Kentucky’s energetic acoUstiKats are acoUstika-mazing in The Sing-Off premiere

Kentucky’s acoUstiKats perform on NBC’s The Sing-Off with lead Ron Wilbur’s impressive three-octave range. (Photo from Facebook)   The acoUstiKats were acoUstiKa-mazing as the last group to perform on NBC’s The Sing-Off last night. Their energetic, Elvis-inspired rendition of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” scored the only standing ovation from judge Shawn...

Review: Kentucky’s energetic acoUstiKats are acoUstika-mazing in The Sing-Off premiere

Kentucky’s acoUstiKats perform on NBC’s The Sing-Off with lead Ron Wilbur’s impressive three-octave range. (Photo from Facebook)   The acoUstiKats were acoUstiKa-mazing as the last group to perform on NBC’s The Sing-Off last night. Their energetic, Elvis-inspired rendition of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” scored the only standing ovation from judge Shawn...

Singing way to stardom: The acoUstiKats take to the national stage on NBC’s The Sing-Off

University of Kentucky acoUstiKats perform tonight on NBC’s The Sing-Off at 9 p.m. (Photo from Facebook)   By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   Tonight the vocal talents of some of the University of Kentucky’s and state’s best singers are in the spotlight on a national stage as the acoUstiKats, a popular men’s a cappella group, begin competing on the fourth season...

Singing way to stardom: The acoUstiKats take to the national stage on NBC’s The Sing-Off

University of Kentucky acoUstiKats perform tonight on NBC’s The Sing-Off at 9 p.m. (Photo from Facebook)   By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward   Tonight the vocal talents of some of the University of Kentucky’s and state’s best singers are in the spotlight on a national stage as the acoUstiKats, a popular men’s a cappella group, begin competing on the fourth season...

Tenor for acoUstiKats puts his experience
to use in classroom, on NBC’s The Sing-Off

At the start of class, Ron Wilbur leads the Tates Creek High School men’s chorus through warm-ups. “He’s done a lot of great stuff and tried different methods to see what works with us,” said senior Blake Taylor, who is also in the men’s a cappella ensemble. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Choral students at Tates Creek High...

Timberlake meets KFC: UK’s acoUstiKats going to LA to compete on The Sing-Off

The 2013 AcoUstiKats, from left to right, are: Jeremy Michael, Peter Gibbons, Banks Mattingly, Patrick Banks, Nick Johnson, Ron Wilbur, Evan Jennings Pulliam, Jordan Lindsey, Ross Hill, Charlie McManus, Mason Stewart and Mike Owens. (Photo by Candace Sword)   Staff report   After 20 years, the acoUstiKats will face their toughest challenge to date. The popular University of Kentucky’s...