Hey there, 2016

It’s a new year, and with it comes new songs, new venues, and new members.

Just kidding. No new members. But you’ll have an opportunity to see a whole lot of former members when we hold the FOCS 25-year reunion concert in the fall.

As far as those new songs? We’re recording. A bunch. And we plan to put those songs onto a new album (or 2).

And as for new venues? We’ll see. But we’ll also be coming back to some of our favorite places.

We’re really excited to see you all and, as always, appreciate your support.

Have a happy New Year and we’ll see you soon.

We’re 24!

Today we turned 24 years old. This year, we’re hoping to perform in some areas that we haven’t visited in a while. We’re working on some exciting new projects and, as always, lots of new music, so stay tuned to what the year has in store.

Thanks for your support over the past 24 years. We’ve had some great times and there are many more to come.

Five O'Clock Shadow in 2014 at Spookapella XI

Spookapella XI

We were excited to be the headlining act at Spookapella XI, The Center for Arts in Natick’s annual halloween a cappella show. Our good friend Joe stepped in to fill Oren’s spot for this performance, since Oren was away on vacation.

It’s a tradition for groups who are performing to dress up in costume for Spookapella, so we searched high and low, far and wide for the best 80s outfits we could find. I think you’ll agree that we chose wisely.

New Video – “I Will Wait”

We recently had the pleasure of singing in Marblehead, MA at me&thee coffeehouse. Unfortunately, our boy Paul was not able to join us on stage that night for personal reasons. In his stead, we had two amazing musicians/performers join us, Gary Gustavsen (a guy who has subbed for the band so often, we gave him the official title of 22nd member of Shadow) and Eric Morrissey of the well known Boston group “Overboard.” They had three days to learn eight songs each and they both pulled it off with flying colors.

The video below was taken during Eric’s set (he’s the guy on the far right). It’s an arrangement we love performing and a song that sounds so great in Judd’s voice. We’re very proud of this performance and we hope you take the time to listen all the way to the end.

Enjoy!

-Caleb

Dan goes west

Boston’s very own Dan Lennon will be taking a year off from FOCS as he and his family travel to California in support of an amazing job opportunity for his wife. While Dan’s away, our very good friend Gary will be filling his spot.

Join us in wishing Dan a safe and happy time in CA. Have fun, Dan!

Ok. Now, join us in hoping that Dan doesn’t have too much fun out there so that he comes back. Have just enough fun, Dan!

FOCS Rocks For Jenna- Somerville, NJ

We’ve just added a new performance date. The show will be Thursday, November 21st 2013 at Somerville High School in New Jersey. We are honored to have been asked to be the featured performers for a concert in memory of Jenna Magliulo. Jenna passed away on October 11th 2013. This was posted by Karen Gorzinski, our good friend and Jenna’s chorus teacher:

“The SHS Music Department is having a benefit concert to celebrate the life of Jenna Magliulo, Class of 2012. Jenna was a talented, fun-loving, kind, positive blessing to all who had the privilege of knowing her. Two weeks ago, Jenna lost her battle with an aggressive, cancerous brain tumor and we are all heart broken. The pop-rock vocal band “Five O’Clock Shadow” is coming down from Boston to rock the house and spend the evening doing what Jenna loved most – SINGING! Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:00pm in the Somerville HS Auditorium to celebrate this beautiful young woman. Tickets are $10.00 for all general admission seats. Checks for tickets and donations can be made out to SHS Music. Call 908-218-4108 for tickets. We are looking for sponsors to cover the cost of the group and are in need of hotel rooms and dinner for the FOCS. If you can assist with getting any of these items donated please message me. If we cover all the overhead costs, we can give all of the ticket and refreshment sale monies directly to the Magliulo family. Alums…now is the time to step up for a fellow choir member. In her senior year Jenna sang in all three curricular choirs and Chamber Choir. The music department was her home. Thank you for your help and support.”

Whether you knew Jenna or not, we encourage you to come out and celebrate her life with us.

See you there…

FOCS

We’re Singing at the Patriot’s Game

We are excited to announce that we’ve been chosen to sing the National Anthem at the Patriot’s game this Sunday, October 27th! I’m sure it’s difficult to get tickets this late in the game, but if you happen to be going, make sure you get there early enough to hear us. If you’re wondering if they’ll broadcast it on TV, we are almost positive they won’t. It is in our experience that the only time they broadcast the anthem is for playoff games or for the Super Bowl. We’ll ask for a copy of the video feed to post here on our website for you to see.

In other news, I (Caleb) am not very good at keeping up with the news feed. We had a great time performing in Concord, NH at the Capitol Center for the Arts for the Voices of the 603 festival. Big thanks to Jamie Saucier for putting the whole thing together and inviting us this year. If you haven’t been a part of the festival and you are either a student or teacher from NH interested in a cappella, you really need to look into being a part of the festival.

We’ve finally rid the stage of our effects units. It’s been about a decade since we were hands free on the stage and it feels great to be able to get rid of the distraction and really connect with the audience. I think we all agree that our show is only going to grow from here.

We have several gigs on the calendar. If you happen to be in New Jersey on November 21st, we are in the final stages of confirming a new gig at Somerville High School. More details to come soon. Boston locals, please come out to Westford, MA (it’s not that far!) to see us perform at the Parish Center for the Arts on November 23rd. All of the necessary details are on our gigs page.

Check back soon. We’re starting to really work on our web presence and I imagine there will be quite a bit of media (videos, audio) coming at you soon!

Five O’Clock Shadow