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A cappella group The House Jacks to perform at RHIT

Thursday, January 6, 2011

TERRE HAUTE -- As the original "rock band without instruments," one might expect the "unexpected" from The House Jacks, a group of five multi-talented musicians bringing their crowd-pleasing show to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Hatfield Hall Theater Friday, Jan. 14.

Tickets for the show are $18 for adults and $14 for students/youth. For tickets, call the Hatfield Hall Ticket Office at 812-877-8544 or visit the office on weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, from noon-4 p.m.

Using nothing more than their voices (and mouths), the a cappella group's members deliver everything from blistering funk to screaming rock to heart-melting ballads for their ever-growing legions of fans.

They have performed with James Brown, LL Cool J, President Bill Clinton and Run-DMC. Their radio spots for Rick Dees Top 40 have been heard by 50 million listeners around the world, and their radio jingles have been heard by more than 1.5 million.

The original Jacks met while singing in a cappella groups at their various colleges on the east coast. They all moved to San Francisco to form The House Jacks in 1991. Since then, there have been several membership changes, culminating in the tight ensemble showcased and loved today.

The House Jacks found its name in the phone book under Heavy Equipment Rental: a "house jack" is what you use when you want to move a house, making the phrase, "Raise the roof," more important.

For more information on The House Jacks, log on to www.housejacks.com.

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