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17th Avenue Allstars A Cappella Audio Demo (~5 minutes)
17th Avenue Allstars A Cappella Video Demo (~5 minutes)
Song List (A Cappella)
50s & 60s
- I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingos
- In the Still of the Night – The Five Satins
- 16 Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford
- The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens
- Lonely Teardrops – Jackie Wilson
- Good Vibrations – Beach Boy
- Four Seasons Medley
- Sly and the Family Stone Medley – Sylvester Stewart
- Ride Like the Wind – Christopher Cross
- 25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago
- Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
- All Night Long – Lionel Ritchie
- Working in the Coal Mine – Devo
- Something About You – level42
- Footloose Medley – Kenny Loggins
- Love Shack – B-52s
- You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
2K and Beyond
- Dear Future Husband – Meghan Trainor
- I Choose You – Sara Barielles
- Without You/With or Without You – David Guetta and U-2
- Take Me to Church – Hozier
- Somebody that I Used to Know – Gotye
Song List 50’s Rock and Roll Show(with Band)
- I Fell Good – James Brown
- Shake Rattle and Roll – Bill Haley
- At the Hop – Danny and the Juniors
- I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingos
- I’m All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
- Medley of Little Richard Tunes
- Medly of Buddy Holly Tunes
- What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
- Shout – The Isley Brothers
- La Bamba – Richie Valens
- Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers
- Little Darlin’ – The Diamonds
- Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – The Platters
- Why Do Fools Fall in Love – Frankie Lymon the the Teenagers
- Only You – the Platters
- In the Still of the Night – The Five Satins
- Chantilly Lace – The Big Bopper
- Come and Go with Me – The Del Vikings
- Rock Arond the Clock – Bill Haley and the Comets
Additional Songs available with Band
- Honkey Tonk Women – Rolling Stones
- Johnny B. Good – Chuck Berry
- September – Earth Wind and Fire
- Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – Temptations
- Footloose – Kenny Loggins
- Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
- Y0u’ve Lost that Lovin Feelin – Righteous Brothers
- Brick House – Commedores
- Surfin USA – Beach Boys
- Rock this Town – Stray Cats
- Play that Funky Music – Wild Cherry
- Stayin Alive – Bee Gees
- Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger
- My Girl – Temptations
- Soul Man – Sam and Dave
- Takin Care of Business – BTO
- Let’s Get it On – Marvin Gaye
- California Sun – Rivieras
- 1999 – Prince
- and much much more
Through Changes in Personnel, Musical Tastes and Regular Venues, The 17th Avenue Allstars Continue to Deliver a One-of-a-Kind Performance
Founded in Denver in 1988, The 17th Avenue Allstars have become a lasting favorite through brilliant live performances, critically acclaimed CD releases and national appearances
DENVER, Colo. – Oct. 16, 2000 – Thinking back to the group’s humble beginnings, Norm Silver still fondly remembers standing around a jukebox in Denver’s original Acappella’s Restaurant more than 17 years ago. “The restaurant was almost more of a lunch counter in its early days,” recalled Silver. “But the owner loved a cappella and would have various groups come in sing. But the stage and microphones that many Denver music fans remember came later. Our first gigs at Acappella’s were simply standing by a jukebox and singing a lot of do-wop music.”
Acappella’s Restaurant was on Denver’s 17th Avenue, and Silver’s assembled a group of singers were former members of some of the other groups singing around the Acappella’s jukebox. Since he felt he had assembled some of the best voices available, he dubbed his new group The 17th Avenue Allstars, the name that today’s line-up still carries.
The original Allstars – Norm Silver singing bass, tenor Robert Anderson and baritones Jake Schroeder and Jeffrey Harris – quickly became one of the most popular acts at Acappella’s Restaurant, which had been expanded to include a bar and stage to highlight the music. Unlike the early days, the group didn’t just focus on doo wop and street-corner music from the early days of rock and roll, but expanded their sound to include a wide variety of music. Early fans of the group could expect to hear hits from artists ranging from The Police to Elvis Presley in a single set.
Their popularity in Denver led to the release of their first CD, Talkin’ Acappella. Not only did this first effort feature many covers and crowd favorites, but Jeffrey Harris began to emerge as the original voice of the group by penning a number of Allstars original songs. On Talkin’ Acappella, the Allstars featured a special guest – former Miss Colorado LaTanya Hall – on two of the cuts. The chemistry worked, and the group added member number five when Hall became the first female member of the Allstars in 1990.
As their popularity grew, The 17th Avenue Allstars began work on their second CD release, Simplicity. Taking the title from an original Jeffrey Harris song, the CD firmly established the Allstars as a leaders in the emerging national a cappella scene. With Robert Johnson replacing Schroeder (who became the front man for popular Denver-based group Opie Gone Bad), the group took top honors at the National Harmony Sweepstakes in San Francisco. Not a bad follow up to their second Regional Harmony Sweepstakes championship and honors for Best Original Song (Johnny, penned by Harris), Best Cover Song and Best Soloist (Schroeder) from The Contemporary Acappella Newsletter Recording Awards.
Clearly, the Allstars were at the top of their game. But changes were coming, and they would require the band to restructure their personnel and overcome adversity just to survive. LaTanya Hall left the group to pursue a career in New York’s musical theater, where she has performed in several lead roles and continues to be a star both on and off the Great White Way. But perhaps most devastating was the untimely death of Jeffrey Harris, who succumbed to a severe asthma attack in his Denver home.
“That was certainly a very difficult time for the group,” said Silver. “While all of us were pleased for members that move on to successful careers, Jeffrey’s death was a complete shock and affected each of us both personally and professionally.” Determined to keep the group together, Silver and the other members filled the gaps with new personnel.
Today’s version of the Allstars include:
Norm Silver, the last original member and the group’s bass singer. Silver is also an actor and professional voice talent.
Tim Rosendo, home from the east coast and his stint with touring “boy band”, Graffiti Tribe.
Barry Brown, who was an original cast member of the long running musical review at the Denver Center, “Up on the Roof” written in part by Norm Silver and arranged by Robert Anderson.
Paul Lannon, Denver a cappella maven and sound-maker from award winning groups around town.
Sarah Lippa, fell deeply in love with the world of a cappella while singing with an award-winning a cappella group, Extreme Measures. Sarah has sung professionally in the Denver area with LA/NYC/Denver based Party Singers, and now is thrilled to join the All-Stars.
The group is current working on it’s sixth recording coming off the success of #5 Doo Wop Gold with has been nominated for Doo Wop recording of the year by the Contemporary Acappella Recording Awards.
“In many ways, we’re a cover band,” said Norm Silver, who sings bass for the Allstars. “When people hear the word ‘a cappella,’ they often think of specific musical styles, like barbershop or doo wop. Rather than focusing on a specific kind of music, we’re established a talented cover band using only voices.”
Throughout their 20+ year history, the 17th Avenue Allstars have performed music from nearly every era of American pop, and today’s Allstars continue that tradition. A typical show will take the audience from songs like “Love Shack” by the B-52’s to “16 Tons,” made famous over 50 years ago by “Tennessee” Ernie Ford. The new CD features five of Denver’s most talented vocalists. Silver continues to hold down the bass lines as he has since the Allstars’ original performances in the late 1980s at Denver’s Acappella’s restaurant (located on 17th Avenue at Humboldt, the inspiration for the group’s name). Barry Brown leads and sings baritone for the group and Tim Rosendo delivers the soulful tenor lines. High tenor Bob Shammus and baritone Richard Steighner round out the harmonies while Richard triples on vocal drums with a complete array of percussion sounds – all performed vocally!
About the 17th Avenue Allstars
The Denver-based 17th Avenue Allstars have been at the forefront of contemporary a cappella music since its inception in 1988. The group is a three-time winner of the Regional Harmony Sweepstakes held each year in Denver, Colorado and has also taken top honors in the National Harmony Sweepstakes, held in San Francisco. These talented vocalists thrill audiences nationwide with soulful renditions of songs from nearly every era of American pop music.
The 17th Avenue Allstars have been featured in national media, including CBS-TV, and performed for President Bill Clinton.
With wonderful arrangements and minimal but effective choreography, it is not surprising to hear that the Denver-based ensemble was proclaimed “best a cappella group” in the nation by the National Harmony Sweepstakes, the “Super Bowl” of a cappella contests.
Joel Hacklich, assistant professor of music and the music department head at Imperial Valley College.
If you want to bring in one of the most professional, powerful and classy a cappella acts in the business, hire the 17th Avenue Allstars!
Live Oak Music Festival, Duane Inglish, Entertainment Coordinator, San Luis Obispo, CA
The group is very professional and displays quality musicianship. They are able to adapt to any type of situation and adjust their presentation to the various audiences. The Allstars cross all age ranges with a very diverse and popular repertoire. They are always willing to provide community outreach and do it with energy and excitement that translates to audiences. They have a warmth that they bring to their music that is very embracing. Audiences are very responsive to them. The Allstars are a cultural resource that is very valuable and they continue to be the very best of that genre, winning awards and accolades in the region as well as nationally.
Arvada Center, Kathy Kuehn, Performing Arts Director
Thank you and all the 17th Avenue Allstars for a great season. We all appreciated the commitment that you made to the Denver Broncos and look forward to working with you again soon.
Teresa Shear – Director of Game Day Entertainment.
This is the group that we bring back often; they have become a part of our community. Their appeal to our audiences crosses all ages and backgrounds. Everyone loves to sing along to their music.
Tracey Breckenridge – Recreation Coordinator – City of Thornton
“The All-Stars are all-time winners with any audience.”
Susan Martin – Lakewood Heritage Center, Lakewood, CO.
“We love having you… You always bring in twice as many people as the other acts.”
Terri Calvan – City of Lafayette
“Awesome, awesome show…..the client was so thrilled!! I just wanted to thank you guys for doing such a great job.”
Lindsay Rouch – Event Design, Boulder Colorado
“The 17th Ave. All-Stars have always been a great addition to our special event programming in Westminster. They are very popular, well-received and enjoyed by the community and we always look forward to having them back again!”
Jon Williams – Recreation Specialist City of Westminster, CO.
“As always it was a pleasure working with you. Your group’s entertainment put smiles on the faces of the community. Thanks so much for your professionalism. I will be calling you soon.”
Helen Rodriguez – Special Events, City of Brighton, CO.
“The music was exactly what we needed in every way. I heard nothing but raves about the group. I really appreciate the flexibility and the ease with which the Allstars move between venues. I couldn’t ask for anything better. I will use them again and again.”
Beverly O’Brien – the Cable Center, Denver Colorado
“These guys are great!”
William Jefferson Clinton – 42nd President of the United States
Band Biography (short)
The 17th Avenue Allstars have been recognized as one of the bright stars of contemporary a cappella and one Colorado’s best loved musical acts. Whether they are performing their award winning Pop Music Show, Dance Party or Doo Wop Show at a family concert, large scale music festival or corporate party, one thing is for sure, the Allstars will go the distance to create a completely entertaining and astounding musical experience for their audience!
Band Biography (long)
The 17th Avenue Allstars are three time Western Regional A Cappella Winners and achieved top honors in 1993 as National A Cappella Champions at the Harmony Sweepstakes, the “super bowl” of a cappella competition. The group’s soulful renditions of popular music cover a wide variety of musical styles and span five decades of hits.
Add a hot rhythm section and you have The Allstars Dance Band Show, for great harmonies and a dance party to remember with tunes that include: 40’s Swing, 50’s Rock and Roll, 60’s and 70’s R&B and 80’s and 90’s Pop.
Also available– all a cappella 50’s Doo Wop Show! Listen to great doo wop favorites. Perfect for your 50’s theme party, this show will bring back fond memories and create new ones. The wonderful humor, arrangements and choreography will make ’em “Stay, just a little bit longer!”
Meet the Band
Sarah Lippa Alto/Soprano Sarah has loved being on stage and making music with others since the tender age of 6, when the performance bug bit while singing the song, “Tomorrow,” in a local talent show. She grew up singing in both school and church choirs and playing piano and cello. She has also played major and/or starring roles in a number of musicals including “Hello, Dolly!,” “Bye, Bye, Birdie!” and “Fiddler On The Roof.” She furthered her music education while studying vocal performance at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Barry Brown – Baritone
Someone recently said, “Barry is really accurate…always two degrees off center.” Barry Brown, the Man in Black, is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter whose music innovatively mixes country, rock, blues, and gospel influences. Oh, wait a minute, no, that was Johnny Cash. Grammy Award–winning singer Barry Brown’s smooth, deep voice produced sexy soul hits like “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe.” Nope, that’s the baby that he got switched with in the natal ward – Barry White.
Barry Brown, Colorado native, was selected for “special choir” in 3rd grade, and has continued to think he is special ever since. Student director for his high school choir, drum major for his high school band, 5-state regional 1st runner-up in the Kiwanis Club “Stars of Tomorrow” talent show, then he went home to take out the trash and mow the lawn before his dad would let him graduate.
Barry performed in several, select touring groups that took him from California to New York, Canada, Scandinavia, and even Leningrad and East Germany (back when such places existed). He received a degree in Music and Theater from University of Northern Colorado and performed in all of Denver’s musical theater venues, including the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Originating the role of “Barry” in the country’s first all a cappella musical “Up On The Roof,” he was introduced to Norm, the All-Star gang, and the glory of a cappella music.
Currently Barry teaches voice and piano and creates masterpieces in paper and pumpkin (pack a lunch if you ask him about that…he’s got a lot to say). www.barrybrowncreative.com
Tim Rosendo – Tenor
Tim Rosendo brings his high tenor stylings and Latin flair to the Allstars. He began his musical career at the tender age of nine- singing in his local church choir. He went on to lend his voice to the popular Denver-based contemporary a cappella ensemble, Graffiti Tribe. As a lead vocalist in Tribe, he traveled on tour singing at the Grand Ole Opry, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, and the 2001 Orange Bowl. He’s found his home with the Allstars- his entrancing style can be heard on Doo Wop Gold. When Tim isn’t on stage, he can be found songwriting and arranging in English and Spanish.
Norm Silver – Bass
When not singing bass for the Allstars, Norm Silver works as a professional actor, and has co-starred on television in: The Perry Mason Series, Father Dowling Mysteries, and Diagnosis Murder. He was also featured in the network mini-series Asteroid. Norm’s distinctive voice can be heard representing numerous regional and national clients such as: McDonald’s, Metro Ford, The Denver Post and Burger King. Norm has recently added auctioneering to his skill set and is one of Denver’s most highly recommended film and commercial acting coaches and can be contacted at: Norm Silver Workshops
Paul Lannon – Vocal Percussion
Paul has always aspired to one day be able to make noise for a living. Little did he know he would be a professional noise maker and pursue a career in the vocal arts. Joining the wonderful vocal talents of the 17th Avenue Allstars allows him to continue to dazzle audiences and bring forth a refreshing and energetic element to the stage. His versatility among voice parts and beat boxing allows him to bring new creative elements to the A cappella scene.
Paul is a seasoned veteran to the A cappella world tracing back to the University of Denver Idiosingcrasies, Confidential, Rhythm ‘n’ Dudes, and more, winning competitions and awards for arranging as well as competing. Paul is no stranger to the amazing power music holds and eagerly awaits to unleash it on stage with the Allstars.
Spellings (and misspellings) of A Cappella
a cappella (correct); acappella (sorta correct), acapela (…), a capella/capela/cappela (it works but…)
The Allstars take the hits from the 60’s to today and presents them in a totally original and exciting a cappella format. Close your eyes and you’d never believe it’s all voices. The best part–our setup time is short: no drums, no guitars, just mics, speakers and subs, and even lights. That means more time for your own setup!
Here, we bring in the rhythm section to add to our five exceptional vocalists so you can keep the party going with dancing to a great variety band. If you want to go all-out all night, we bring the whole crew!
The Allstars present their most popular production, the Doo-Wop show. We’ll take you back to the good old days with 50’s Doo Wop hits in an entertaining and energetic stage presentation.
All the shows can be customized to fit your event!