Posted Thursday, February 11th

Press Release                            

m-pact: Acapella Powerhouse in Concert February 27

Vocal Group of the Year – LA Music Awards
Pleasanton, Calif.  Hailed as “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world” by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact hits the Firehouse Arts Center main stage on Saturday, February 27, at 8:00 p.m.  Known as an acapella powerhouse, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music.

Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, this six-man ensemble has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature’s “first instrument” – the human voice.

Reserved seating tickets are $32 – $42.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.firehousearts.org, by calling 925-931-4848, and in person at the Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.  Box Office hours are Wednesday – Friday 12:00 noon-6:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm, and two hours prior to the performance.  Free lot parking is available at all times.

One reviewer puts it this way: “Imagine the smooth soul of Stevie Wonder, the percussive power of Stomp, the funk and drive of Earth, Wind, & Fire, the hip licks of Take 6, and the brass bite of the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band…All created by the human voice alone!”

Known as the “Cirque du Soleil of Song,” m-pact has racked up plenty of awards, including Vocal Group of the Year (Los Angeles Music Awards), Best Jazz Album, Best Pop/R&B Song, Best Male Vocalist, and Best Vocal Arrangement (the CARA Awards), Best Seasonal Album (“Indie” awards), and Best Unsigned Band (Billboard Magazine).  m-pact recordings are also frequently selected for inclusion on compilations and “best-of” collections.

Now based in Los Angeles, the six distinguished vocalists of m–pact lend their voices to 20 or 30 films per year, from Spiderman 3 to High School Musical. Over the last dozen years, their signature sound has been used in both TV themes and animated Disney feature films, and is enjoyed on jazz and pop radio worldwide.

Performing regularly in concert halls and jazz venues across four continents, m-pact has performed with such pop superstars as Sheryl Crowe, Natasha Bedingfield, and Boys II Men. And their jazz credits include performances with Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Bobbie McFerrin, the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, and many others.

A must-see concert for this season.

The Firehouse Arts Center is dedicated to inspiring passion through the arts.  The center is comprised of the 227-seat Firehouse Theater, the 2000 square foot Harrington Gallery, classrooms and rehearsal space, the grand atrium lobby, and the famous interior glass bridge.  With world-class performing and visual arts, exciting interactive programs for all ages, and a state-of-the-art venue which opened in 2010, we combine the sophistication of the culturally rich Bay Area arts landscape with the hospitality and intimacy of our own home town.  The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton.  Media:  Jane Onojafe, jonojafe@cityofpleasantonca.gov, or 925-931-4855