When they lined up for the national anthem, the four men who comprise the Dallas-based music group Acoustix might have induced more than a few skeptical stares. After all, Game 3 (Jack Ingram) and Game 4 (Kelly Clarkson) trotted out singers who more easily fit the phrase “high profile.”
At first glance, Acoustix looks like a barbershop quartet, but after hitting the last perfectly formed note, they raised the question: What’s wrong with a barbershop quartet, especially when they sound like this? With Beach Boys-like harmony, Acoustix had no trouble hitting the highest notes or showing off a form that stamps them as true professionals (they were especially clutch on “our flag was still there!”).
By the end, they had left the crowd and a national television audience duly impressed. Decked out in dark sportcoats and jeans, they may have looked middle-aged but scored the musical equivalent of a Mavs’ slam dunk. And no wonder. As it turns out, Acoustix is a legendary group with deep musical roots.
They’ve been doing this for more than two decades, having appeared on CNN, NBC and two PBS specials. They also sang the anthem at the 2007 NBA Finals. and have shared the stage with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, LeAnn Rimes, The Dixie Chicks, The King’s Singers, Mitch Miller, Isaac Stern, Pete Fountain, Victor Borge, The Four Freshmen, The Gatlins, The Canadian Brass, The Dallas Wind Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.