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Shows Like American Idol Introduce Young Colorado Men To Barbershop Quartet Singing

Originally posted in KUNC.org

With shows like American Idol bringing a major increase in revenue dollars for TV networks, there’s an old American musical art form which is also seeing an increase in popularity with a younger audience across the country, and right here in Colorado.

There’s an interesting phenomenon taking hold in the Barbershop Quartet world. You know barbershop? “…Hello my baby, Hello my darling, hello my ragtime gal..?” Yea, it’s pretty old and outdated.

But YouTube “Gaga Barbershop Quartet”, and you’ll find a group of high school guys singing Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”. It sounds nothing like the barbershop you remember. The young group is from Yorkville, IL a suburb of Chicago.

Groups like this are sprouting up all across the country, including right here in Colorado.

One of the Colorado groups is called “Foundation.” They’re the current Rocky Mountain Barbershop Collegiate Quartet Champion, and are a part of the large barbershop chorus “Sound of the Rockies” from Centennial Colorado… Click here to read more and listen to an audio sample…

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