Journal of the San Juan Islands


Barbershop Bonanza: cut above the rest

May 28, 2014 · Updated 2:50 PM

The 16th annual Barbershop Bonanaza features “Cheers”. / Contributed photos / SJCT

A 45-member choir from British Columbia, a Northwest quartet with a combined 150 years of barbershop singing and San Juan Island’s own barbershop masters share their a cappella talents, the stage and the spotlight, at San Juan Community Theatre, Sunday, June 1, at 2 p.m.

Celebrating its 16th year in Friday Harbor, Barbershop Bonanza honors this uniquely American music with contemporary and old-time favorites full of four-part harmonies.

Directed by Angel Michaels, the Bonanza is hosted by San Juan’s mixed barbershop chorus, Island Chordsmen Plus, and features the island’s local women’s a cappella ensemble, Sound Vibrations.

Barbershop BonanzaThis year’s visiting groups include First Capital Chorus, based in Langley, British Columbia. The choir got its start more than 40 years ago and today has more than 45 active members. While the group has a few old standards they share, their repertoire is now filled with “boogie, Broadway, Elvis and Elton, Beatles and Beach Boys.”

The Northwest quarter, Cheers, re-formed in 2014 after being “Friendly Advice” for the better part of the previous decade. The total number of district championships among the group's four men totals 14. In addition to their combined 150 years of barbershop singing, they have more than 30 appearances on the international stage presenting a variety of music types such as gospel, doo-wop, popular, traditional barbershop and patriotic.

The Business Partners for the Bonanza are Kirk House Bed and Breakfast and Friday Harbor Drug. Tickets are $18, with festival seating. The SJCT box office is open Tues-Fri. , 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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