Flint Arrowhead Barbershop Chorus to present spring concert on May 18

Members of the Flint Arrowhead Barbershop Chorus. Photo by Ben Gagnon

Members of the Flint Arrowhead Barbershop Chorus. Photo by Ben Gagnon

FLINT — On May 18, the Flint Arrowhead Barbershop Chorus will host its annual spring show at Powers Catholic High School in Flint.

Starting at 6 p.m., the concert will feature an evening of music and comedy highlighted by Flint’s renowned Arrowhead Barbershop Chorus (FABC) and award-winning barbershop quartets “Upper Deck” and “Station Break.”

Each year at the spring concert, the FABC strives to present captivating themes to accompany its repertoire of classic a cappella and barbershop tunes. This year’s program, entitled “Pitch- Hiking Across America,” follows the comical adventures of two barbershop chorus members who are trying to hitchhike from Detroit to Flint.

Running late for rehearsal, the pair manages to hitch a ride with a cab driver…but winds up embarking on a journey across the United States—from the Midwest, to the West Coast and everywhere in between.

FABC member Tyler Wells, who wrote the script, said that the show will take listeners on a road trip of barbershop music history, paying homage to a score of old-time favorites such as “Tell ‘Em You’re From Detroit,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “Alabamy Bound.”

“All of our songs will reference famous locations, states and cities across the country,” he said. “Our men will arrive in a city, go through their spiel and then we’ll sing a song for that city as they’re leaving.”

Entering its fifth year at Powers, the spring show has become the Flint Arrowheads’ biggest annual concert, as well as its largest fundraiser.

FABC member Bill Karas, who handles the chorus’ media relations, said that ticket sales from the concert are critical for covering operational costs.

“Not only do we pay for the music itself, we also pay for the copyright to use it,” he said. “By putting on this show, we’re able to replenish our funds so that we can continue to buy music and perform.”

Proceeds from the concert will also benefit scholarships at Powers and provide funding for FABC performances at hospitals, churches, schools, funerals and senior residence centers—which the chorus presents at no cost.

Founded in 1939, the FABC is a 501(c)3 organization comprised of men from all walks of life and ages who love the four-part a cappella style of barbershop harmony. The group has around 30 members and is open to any men who are interested in joining. The chorus meets on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Carman-Ainsworth Senior Center on Graham Rd. in Flint.

Show tickets for “Pitch-Hiking Across America” are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 62 and over, $15 for students and $10 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased by contacting any chorus member or Steve at 1-844-370-6470 ext.1. Online tickets are also available at flintarrowhead.org.

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