Wacky Acappella Holiday Show To Raise Money For Sandy Relief

The Groove Barbers

The Groove Barbers

WESTFIELD — The Coffee With Conscience Concert Series continues its 14th season with a special holiday concert event benefiting super storm Sandy relief. The family friendly concert will take place on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Westfield, 1 East Broad Street in Westfield. Doors will open at 2:30 PM.

Sean Altman is considered “the father of the modern acappella.” For eleven years, he was a lead singer, arranger and composer for the pioneering group Rockapella, with whom he released nine CDs and starred in the five-year PBS-TV series Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? He also composed the ubiquitous “Carmen Sandiego” theme song, which continues to get international airplay.

The GrooveBarbers are an acappella supergroup. Each member of this all-vocal powerhouse quartet is a star in his own right: Altman, Charlie Evett and Steve Keyes are former founding members of the pioneering group Rockapella, and Westfield native Kevin Weist is a renowned bald vocal guru and acclaimed TV writer. Collectively they have established themselves as the “go to” vocal group for rock, doo-wop, jazz and even barbershop.

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 for all, except kids 12 and under still get in free. Visit groovebarbers2.eventbrite.com/

The Coffee With Conscience Concert Series is a seven-show series running from October through May at the First United Methodist Church of Westfield. Upcoming artists include the Kennedy’s on Jan. 18,Tom Prasada-Rao & Cary Cooper on Feb. 15, Kim & Reggie Harris on March 15, Carsie Blanton on April 26 and David Wilcox on May 31.

The series also supports the following charities: Homefirst (Plainfield), Habitat for Humanity (Plainfield), the Community Food Bank of NJ (Hilside) and the Keith Knost Special Needs Fund (Mountainside). Each beneficiary has at least one concert dedicated to it during the season.

The Coffee With Conscience Concert Series is sponsored by Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery at 104 Elm Street in Westfield and is further supported by a grant from the Westfield Service League, and a few other private donations.

For more information about the Coffee With Conscience Concert Series, the upcoming performance, or ways in which to get involved with the series, visit www.coffeewithconscience.org.

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