"}
Music

The Voca People

Welcome to Earth

Thursday, February 7, 2013

When I first began to delve into the decidedly weird and potentially wonderful world of the Voca People, I didn’t quite know what to make of this eight-person vocal and performance ensemble.

Now, after having spent some time investigating and attempting to understand their unique approach to, well, just about everything, I’m not afraid to admit that I still don’t know what to make of the Voca People. And I kind of like the fact that they’re a mystery that doesn’t lend itself to an easy solution.

The first odd thing about this troupe—which claims to be comprised of aliens from a planet located “somewhere behind the sun”—is its appearance. Dressed all in white—head to toe, tip to tail—with ruby-red lips, the Voca People are sporting a look that can be a bit unnerving, though it certainly is compelling.

But if off-kilter costuming was all they had to recommend them, the Voca People would be just another bunch of musicians relying on a shtick to make themselves heard. However, this group has a whole lot more going on than just what meets the eye.

Although they say they’re space aliens for whom “life is music and music is life,” the Voca People actually hail from Israel. They’ve brought their show, which combines beat box, a cappella singing and various other vocal sounds and adds a plentiful dash of comedy to boot, to audiences the world over, from Europe to the United States and beyond. The music they embody in their own inimitable way consists of familiar songs by everyone from Mozart to Madonna—but while they may sound sort of like the songs you know, you’ll never see them performed quite like this.

And lest you think I use hyperbole in my touting the uniqueness of this ensemble, it’s probably worth knowing that they’ve enjoyed no small measure of fame on YouTube, where their performance videos have garnered them upwards of 20 million views.

Given that fact, you might think you can save yourself the cost of a ticket by enjoying the Voca People from behind the privacy of your computer screen and in the comfort of your own home. And I suppose you could, but you’d only see part of the show. Because seeing the Voca People is not a passive experience for showgoers. Instead, this painted-and-lipsticked crew of “space aliens” is known for drawing audiences in and getting them to participate in whatever playful hijinks they’ve got up their collective sleeve. In doing so, they cleverly help attendees take ownership of the creation of at least a portion of their own entertainment, and everyone walks away feeling like they’ve shown themselves, and everyone else, a good time.

To sum up, I still don’t know what to make of the Voca People. But if they are representative of what extraterrestrial life might be like, welcome to Earth, I say.

SVCR-0604_GritsGlamour_770x150-CW
More Music...
Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival
Party in the park

Several years ago, after undergoing a series of personal setbacks, I decided it was time to take my show on the road. Generally speaking, I’m a firm believer that wherever you go, there you are. But in this case, a change in geography seemed in order.

So, I moved to Ferndale.

While not…

more »
Wild Buffalo
From Minus the Bear to Macklemore

If you happened to wander past the Wild Buffalo last weekend, chances are pretty good you found that the normally lively music venue had gone dark, save for a private event Sunday night. This darkness probably confused you, as it is not the norm for the Buff, a place where a blank space in…

more »
Northwest Washington Fair
An affair to remember

By now it is no secret that I love the Northwest Washington Fair above almost all things in my life. Perhaps that sounds like hyperbole, the kind of exaggerated statement a person makes when they’re trying to grab your attention.

But with me, it’s stone cold truth.

It’s also not…

more »
Events
Today
5Point Adventure Film Festival

10:00am|Downtown Bellingham

Skagit Tours

10:00am|Highway 20

Boating Center Open

12:00pm|Community Boating Center

Bard on the Beach

12:00pm|Vanier Park

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

8:00pm|Cirque Lab

Plover Rides

12:00pm|Blaine Harbor

Barbecues and Beach Parties

5:30pm|Semiahmoo Resort

Ferndale Street Festival

6:00pm|Downtown Ferndale

Final Sin & Gin Tours

7:00pm|Historic Fairhaven and downtown Bellingham

A Little Night Music

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center

Doubles

9:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Hall

Mount Vernon Farmers Market

9:00am|Riverfront Plaza

Twin Sisters Farmers Market

9:00am|Nugent's Corner

Anacortes Farmers Market

9:00am|Depot Arts Center

Sedro Car Show

9:00am|United General Fitness Center

Wondermud

10:00am|Bellingham BMX

Sumas Writers Group

10:00am|Sumas Library

Discover Birch Bay Days

10:00am|Birch Bay Drive

Island Market

10:00am|Islander Grocery

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

Blaine Gardeners Market

10:00am|Peace Portal Drive

Improv for Kids

10:30am|Improv Playworks

Fidalgo Bay Day

11:00am|Fidalgo Bay Resort

A Swinging Weekend

12:00pm|Fairhaven Village Green

Holly Street History Tour

1:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

This Old House

2:00pm|Point Roberts Community Center

Nooksack River Walk

3:00pm|Horseshoe Bend Trailhead

Drinking for Dogs

4:00pm|Green Frog Acoustic Tavern

Downtown Throwdown

4:00pm|Public Market

Scary Monster & the Super Creeps

5:00pm|Heart of Anacortes

Toys for Tots Benefit Concert

5:00pm|Eagle Haven Winery

Moonlight in Margaritaville

5:30pm|Maple Hall

An Evening with Ann Morris

7:30pm| Lummi Island Library

Circus on the Water

8:00pm|Lookout Arts Quarry and Boundary Bay Brewery

Northwood Steak and Crab Bellingham Farmer’s Market
Tomorrow
Skagit Tours

10:00am|Highway 20

Bard on the Beach

12:00pm|Vanier Park

Boating Center Open

12:00pm|Community Boating Center

Plover Rides

12:00pm|Blaine Harbor

A Little Night Music

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center

Discover Birch Bay Days

10:00am|Birch Bay Drive

A Swinging Weekend

12:00pm|Fairhaven Village Green

Chuckanut Classic

6:30am|Boundary Bay Brewery

Veterans Breakfast

8:00am|VFW Post 1585

Rabbit Ride

8:00am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Run to Fight Blindness

9:00am|Cascadia Eye

Marsh Mucking

10:00am|Tennant Lake Interpretive Center

Anacortes Open Streets

11:00am|Commercial Avenue

International Concert Series Finale

2:00pm|Peace Arch Provincial Park

Cirque Literary Journal Reading

3:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Chuckanut Writers Info Session

4:00pm|Village Books,

Sunday Night Fusion

7:00pm|Presence Studio

Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 5 Point Film Festival
Monday
Skagit Tours

10:00am|Highway 20

Bard on the Beach

12:00pm|Vanier Park

Boating Center Open

12:00pm|Community Boating Center

We Grow Market

3:00pm|Northwest Youth Services

Music Enrichment Project Meet and Greet

4:00pm|Piper Music

Open Mic

7:00pm|Village Books

Get Out More Tour

7:30pm|Backcountry Essentials

Poetrynight

8:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

Guffawingham

9:30pm|Green Frog

see our complete calendar »

Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Swinomish 2016 Northwood Steak and Crab 5 Point Film Festival Artifacts Wine Bar Andrew Subin Bellingham Farmer’s Market Village Books