Where in the world is Rockapella?

At The Capitol Theatre on Friday

At The Capitol Theatre on Friday

April 26, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Booked for a concert Friday night at The Capitol Theatre, members of a cappella quintet Rockapella say they'll show fans how far they've come since their five-season stint on PBS's "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?"

Rockapella was the official house band for the '90s TV show; you might remember their voices from the show's theme song. But much has happened outside the confines of TV.

Rockapella, which specializes in pop and contemporary music, has released 21 albums and has been featured on eight compilation albums since 1990.

Tickets to the Rockapella concert range from $27 to $36. It will be the band's second time performing at the 850-seat theater. The group's set, roughly two hours long, will consist of some new songs the band has yet to record and some covers of '70s songs.


Still, many people see the name "Rockapella" and think "Carmen Sandiego."

"We've found a way to balance our recognition above and beyond that," said the group's "percussionist," Jeff Thacher, in a phone interview. Thacher is the group's resident mouth drummer, a human beat box who creates rhythms with his mouth.

"All the haircuts are a lot better, too," Thacher said.

The band's first big break came in the early '90s after an appearance on Spike Lee's PBS special, "Do It A Cappella." Then they were asked to be the house band for "Carmen Sandiego."

In 1995, Rockapella was cast for the HBO series "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child," starring Whoopi Goldberg and Denzel Washington. The group also has appeared on "The Tonight Show," the "Today" show and "The Early Show," according to the group's management company.

Rockapella's most recent album, "Live In Japan," came out in 2004.

As for what's next, the group hasn't started on a new album, "but everybody's writing," Thacher said. "With all that material, there'll have to be an album eventually."

To learn more about Rockapella, go to

If you go ...

WHAT: A cappella quintet Rockapella in concert

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, April 27

WHERE: The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: $27 to $36

MORE: For tickets, call the theater, 717-263-0202. For more information, go to

Hear it for yourself

Check out Rockapella's song, "Smile in My Heart," on the Loop podcast, at "Smile in My Heart" is off the album "Smilin'."

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