Hey Octet fans - it's time for something exciting and new. The UC Men's Octet Archives have just hit YouTube, and the archivist (an Octet Alumni) is sharing classic Octet music with YouTube. Enjoy "Wimoweh (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)" below, and then click on the link (even further below) to enjoy other Octet classics. I am SO excited for this to happen, and I hope you will enjoy all the music to come from this INCREDIBLE group.)
Also, I am going to announce the official 2013-2014 Octet as soon as I know, for sure, who are in the group. I KNOW that we have 2 Kyles, and one of them is an alumni, and American Idol contestant. Oh, yeah. It's gonna be a good year.
The UC Men's Octet will be performing a FREE show Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 8 pm. The show will be at 155 Dwinelle Hall. It will be an amazing show! Go if you can. Current Members. New Members. Audience Participation & a cappella fun!
Update: Also, May 1st is SUPER SPROUL (every song the Octet knows!), another free show. I believe it begins at 1:00 pm
Happy happy friends. I just realized that the Octet fan page is 3 years old this May. I think the actual day is a week or two away, but before I forget (I WILL forget, don't worry about that) I just thought I'd present my heartfelt YAYS! and THANKS! to the Octet (Oldtet, too) for all the good times and all the great surprises! and my heartfelt love and gratitude to Octet and co-fans alike! Bless your collective faces. :)
I know that there can always be improvement, and this upcoming year (year 4) I will do better with the site.
The ordering information for Jason Mabie's unmastered demo CD is up on the Performing Now page. He's obviously got a passion for the music. Check it out and please support great music by buying his CD.
If you live in San Fransisco, or will be in that area on September 4th, please consider spending the evening at what promises to be a wonderful musical Octet filled show starring the one and only Jason Mabie! Jordan Meyer and Keith Menconi will also be performing, as well as some former California Golden Overtones.
You can send a message to Jason via facebook to get more information (or maybe to his YouTube account (gobears236).
If you are able to go, let me know what you think of the show!
It was an hour of pure a cappella euphoria. In fact, I was on cloud 9 for a couple of hours after the show. I had a wonderful time watching the guys perform! It seemed like a Sproul performance with the guys dressed in Hawaiian shirts and leis. They had sort of a set list and then took requests through the chat. They commented on camera in answer to the chatters (though I didn't sign up for the chat until about halfway through the show, so I just watched for the longest time.) We got to see what kind of beer Rick was drinking, and Kenny's nickname (?), and one of the Octet mothers request for her son to sing a crooning song. (I love Octo-parents!) I loved the old favorites (I Like Big Butts, Not Pretty Enough, Let's Stay Together) and songs that were new to me, such as Drift Away - solo by Ben, The Lumberjack Song - Solo by Kenny, Shama Lama Ding Dong - solo by Jerome, and a special request of My Girl which was first performed by the '03-04 group with solos by Ben, Parker and Jason. Princess Papuli was particularly funny.
Hopefully there will be some sort of video posted of all or part of the show. If so, I will direct you to it. Thank you Men's Octet!
I'm not sure when or even if the Octet show will be posted, so I thought I'd post some screencaps from the show - featuring EXTREME OLDTET CLOSEUPS!