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Somerville High School Choirs Sponsor Benefit Concert Featuring "Five O'Clock Shadow"

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Five O'Clock Shadow, an a cappella rock band based in Boston, will perform a benefit concert at Somerville High School Nov. 17th. Credits: Courtesy Somerville High School
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SOMERVILLE, NJ  - Five O'Clock Shadow, an a cappella Boston rock band, returns to the stage at Somerville High School for a benefit performance to raise money for a charity that supports children with cancer.

Sponsored by the Somerville HS choirs, the Nov. 17th show in the high school auditorium, 222 Davenport St.,  begins at 7 p.m. It marks the 8th benefit performance by the band in Somerville.

The band creates the sounds of instruments while singing their original songs and covers of popular artists.

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“Five O’Clock Shadow has redefined the possibilities of vocal music by incorporating mouth percussion, real-time digital effect processing and innovative writing and arranging into its critically acclaimed live performances and recordings, according the band;s website, http://focs.com/.

The concert will benefit Camp Quality NJ, a charity supporting children with cancer. Their website, http://www.campqualityusa.org/nj, details the organization’s dedication to making a difference in children’s lives.  “We are a volunteer driven organization providing year round programs for kids with cancer with a focus on improving quality of life.” Their goal is to help kids with cancer be kids again.

“I have been working with the members of Five O’Clock Shadow for over 15 years," said Karen Gorzynski, director of Choirs at Somerville High School.

"They are fantastic musicians, but they are even better human beings.  Anytime we want to help an organization or a family they come and help us raise funds," she added. "Through their concerts we have raised money for the SHS music department, a student who needed a heart transplant, a student who had brain cancer and the organization Habitat for Humanity.  What better way for a choir to show support than through an incredible night of singing? It is another way music can be used to bring people together for good.  The SHS auditorium will be rocking and raising money!”

Tickets can be purchased for $10 through the school by calling 908-218-4108. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

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