The House Jacks
Sat, December 7, 2013 8:00 pm
The House Jacks are a pioneering a cappella rock band whose music has been the soundtrack for NBC's "The Sing-Off," ESPN's "Monday Night Football," and the 2012 Sony sound system demo for Ford automobiles.
This band has performed with the likes of Ray Charles, James Brown, Train, LL Cool J, and Crosby Stills and Nash, at venues from Carnegie Hall to Candlestick Park, and has performed and/or recorded commercials for celebrity and corporate clients like President Bill Clinton, Larry King, Aaron Spelling, Coca Cola, and Verizon Wireless.
Come hear them LIVE and experience these amazing voices first hand!
"They sing up a storm in perfect a cappella harmony… Their music is as current as tomorrow’s news."
– San Francisco Chronicle
"Don’t beam me up, Scotty, this is the best a cappella I’ve ever heard!" – George Takei
"Untouchable!" – Aaron Neville
"Man! They can really sing!" – The Temptations
"I'm your Number 1 Fan!" –Rick Dees
"Hip!" – ABC World News Tonight
"The most amazing orchestration of voices!" – KTVU (Fox)
"They sing up a storm in perfect a cappella harmony… Their music is as current as tomorrow's news." – San Francisco Chronicle
"Amazing voices, impressive arrangements, dynamic stage presence! … A battery of sounds that make mincemeat of the traditional limits of the human voice… a bonafide rock band…" – Oakland Tribune
"House Jacks Pair with Sony for New Soundtrack" - Rolling Stone, Jan 9, 2012 (read the article)
What to Expect:
The unexpected:amazing harmonies & vocal instrumentals
Door Open: 7:30
Some Table seating available
General Admission - First Come First Served
Concessions include beer/wine/signature cocktail/snacks
Advance: $22 public/ $20 mbrs
Day of: $25
Purchase Tickets in advance/at the Center for best pricing
Typically plenty of space, but give yourself time for parking
The House Jacks of San Francisco are the original “rock band without instruments.” Using nothing more than their five voices (and mouths), they deliver everything from blistering funk to screaming rock to heart-melting ballads for their ever-growing legions of fans. These pioneering musicians have performed thousands of shows and have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music. Their radio spots for Rick Dees Top 40 have been heard by 50 million listeners on 330 U.S. radio stations and 50 other stations around the world. Their jingles for radio stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco have been heard by over 1.5 million listeners. Their music can also be heard in places as far-reaching as movie soundtracks and computer operating systems.
A "house jack" is what you use when you want to move a house. Anyone who’s seen them perform live will tell you that the name is appropriate. "Raise the roof" takes on a whole new meaning with the House Jacks.
JOHN POINTER a.k.a. "Squinty Phil", grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, got a degree in Cello Performance and Composition from UT Austin and has been a full time musician based there ever since.
He created and led the pioneering a cappella & body percussion ensemble Schrödinger's Cat (Listen here), and was the beatboxer in the Chili's Baby Back Ribs commercials. He's a pretty ridiculous guitarist (seriously… watch a video), played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and Roger in RENT, has commercially released 9 albums with several different groups, and the Mayor and City Council of Austin declared January 27th 2005 "John Pointer Day."
NICK GIRARD Born and raised in the great state of Maine, Nick Girard became interested in music in 4th grade when he started playing the clarinet. Upon realizing that girls aren't overly fond of glasses-wearing, math-loving clarinetists, Nick switched to drums in middle school, and guitar was even better at attracting female attention, so he grew out his hair, bought a Stratocaster and began writing love songs.
Nick’s first encounter with a cappella was as a college freshman at the University of Vermont. Enticed by the Top Cats' marketing slogan "Chicks Dig Guys Who Sing," Nick joined the group as a tenor and later became the group's vocal percussionist.
After graduating from UVM with a degree in applied mathematics and computer science, Nick worked as a telecommunications analyst before ditching the 9 to 5 to become a carpenter. In 2006, he started Overboard as a side project. Five years, five albums and seven CARA nominations later, Overboard expanded into a cappella production work and Overboard Productions was born. Nick's work for Overboard productions has since been featured on 20/20, The Today Show, TBS and NBC's The Sing-Off.
ELLIOTT MICHAEL ROBINSON Elliott's folks played him cassettes of vocal group music nonstop while he was in his crib, so it stands to reason that he'd grow up to be the baby of the House Jacks.
It also doesn't hurt that his voice changed at age 12, providing him with a 3 1/2 octave range, all the way down to a low A flat. For those of you who don't read music, that's somewhere between Russian villain and a dump truck idling.
He started his first a cappella group in high school, and since then (deep breath…), he won the Barbershop Young Men in Harmony State Championship, earned a scholarship to Belmont University where he founded and directed a cappella sextet Soul'd Out and graduated with a commercial music degree, sang in theme parks and on cruise ships, and has performed with more professional a cappella ensembles than perhaps any other person on the planet, including Blue Jupiter, Chapter 6, InPulse, Overdrive, and Home Free, which leads us to believe that he is a huge asset and also suspect that he may be a spy.
In his free time, he's wrapping up a law degree, advocating for youth in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, teaching clinics on singing, and writing songs. Plus, he can deadlift over 440 pounds.
In short, he was genetically engineered and carefully raised to be the new generation of a cappella singer: dangerously knowledgable, supremely versatile, and capable of singing the bass line, melody, and harmony parts to pretty much any song. And, lucky for us, he can’t go the Bobby McFerrin solo route, because if he slaps himself in the chest with those huge muscles, he’ll cause permanent damage to his internal organs. Upshot: He is capable of performing CPR on himself, one handed.
AUSTIN WILLACY is a singer/songwriter who has produced four full-length albums of his original music. He has toured extensively throughout the U.S. as a solo artist and through the U.S., Europe and Japan with The House Jacks. Austin co-wrote the theme song for THRIVE!, and his songs and compositions have been featured on The Sing Off, on national TV in Australia, on Road Rules, NPR, in two documentary films, Word Wars and A Lawyer Walks into a Bar…. and on the demo for a new Sony audio system for Ford vehicles. He has also contributed dozens of soundalike vocals to the Karaoke Revolution & Guitar Hero video game franchises.
Austin is also the director of 'Til Dawn, Youth in Arts' award-winning teen a cappella group and has facilitated over 35 youth retreats. Austin has also co-facilitated four Leveraging Privilege for Social Change Jams and current serves on the YES! board. He also served on the board of Rainforest Action Network for four years and is in his fifth year of service on the board of the Freight & Salvage. He donates his time and his musical talent to a wide range of educational, social and environmental organizations.
DEKE SHARON Deke was born, sang while growing up, directed the Tufts Beelzebubs, decided to make a career of a cappella, started the House Jacks.
Born in San Francisco, California, Deke has been performing professionally since the age of 8, and as a child toured North America and shared the stage in operas with the likes of Pavarotti. Heralded as "The Father of Contemporary A Cappella," he is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella, having created the dense vocal-instrumental sound in college, subsequently spreading it around the world.
In addition to his work with the House Jacks, Deke produces NBC's "The Sing-Off," which had the highest ratings of any new, unscripted television show in the US in 2009, and was the third highest rated show on NBC in 2010. He also consults on the show's international versions (Holland, China). In addition, Deke served as music director for Universal's "Pitch Perfect" starring Anna Kendrick (2012).
Deke founded the Contemporary A Cappella Society while in college, and is responsible for many seminal a cappella programs, including the CARAs (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, ICCAs (International Championship of College A Cappella), BOCA (Best of College A Cappella Compilation), the first contemporary a cappella conferences (the A Cappella Summit), the new Contemporary A Cappella League, and the youtube channel "Inside A Cappella."
He is also contemporary cappella's most prolific arranger, having arranged over 2,000 songs, with many of them in print worldwide with Hal Leonard/ Contemporary A Cappella Publishing. His first book, "Acappella Arranging" will be published in 2012.
He has produced dozens of award winning a cappella albums (including Straight No Chaser, Committed, Nota, Street Corner Symphony and the Tufts Beelzebubs), created a cappella groups for Disneyland and Disneyworld, and frequently tours the world teaching a variety of topics to students and professional singers. His voice can be heard in commercials and video games, most recently in "Just Dance Kids 2"