'Rockapella' rocks without instruments at the Stadium

'Rockapella' rocks without instruments at the Stadium

WOONSOCKET - Rockapella brings its latest show, "Motown & More," to the Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, on Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m.

The concert pays tribute to the music of Motown with unique a cappela versions of hit songs from The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and more, including The O'Jays' "Use Ta Be My Girl," Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour," The Temptations' "My Girl" and "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone," The Commodores' "Brick House," and more.

Rockapella presents the songs with vocals only - no instruments and no tracks.

"We're making every bit as much music as the whole "Glee" chorus, but with only five guys," said Rockapella's human beat-box Jeff Thacher.

"We make it rock and make it interesting," said Scott Leonard, the group's chief songwriter, arranger and architect of their dynamic sound.

"When I was a little kid," Leonard said, "little Michael's voice or little Stevie's voice was what I wanted to sound like."

The current Rockapella line-up features Scott Leonard, high tenor; Jeff Thacher, vocal percussion; George Baldi III, bass; John K. Brown, tenor; and Steven Dorian, tenor.

"People have a hard time believing it's just us making all of that music. It's still those same elements that make modern band music: percussion, bass, melody and harmonies," said Leonard.

Tickets are $26, $31, and $36, available at the box office, 401-762-4545, or online at stadiumtheatre.com .