Come on in to Flappers Coffee House downstairs at Old City Hall and bring the family and your friends for a meal and a good listen to The Accidentals, for National Barbershop Quartet Day.
About the Accidentals:
The Accidentals got together in late 2016 just for fun, and they’ve been doing a pretty good job of that ever since. Altogether, the four guys combined have more than a century of singing experience. In addition to singing locally, they have performed as far away as Klamath Falls. They have also competed in Eugene and at the Ballad Town competition in Forest Grove.
Darren Dirk (Tenor) has been singing on (and off) stage since he was 3 years old. In all that time he’s never had as much fun singing as he is having now with The Accidentals - except when he sings to his wife, Terri. He is a correctional officer at Shutter Creek but is hoping to retire soon.
Chris Beebe (Lead) recently retired from KCBY TV and has been spending more time with his wife, Deryl. He’s an avid bicycler and gardener, and active in local theatre.
Chuck Axelton (Bass/Baritone) is a pharmacist for Bay Area Hospital, and loves travelling with his wife, Nanci. His other hobbies include horticulture and photography, especially photographing birds.
Dave Aakre (Baritone/Bass) directs the Gold Coast Chorus, the Bay Area Community Choir at SOCC, the Gloria Dei church choir, and the Florence Community Choir. He’s also a voice coach, and many of his students have won state championships.
About National Barbershop Quartet Day:
On April 11, 1938 the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America was founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma, marking the official celebration of Barbershop Quartet Day. The image of four wearing straw hats singing together with complex harmonies could be considered a cultural cornerstone of the 1940s.
However, Barbershop Quartet is by no means an American invention; the popularity of barbershops in England amongst men during the time of Shakespeare extended as far as in-house entertainment, often taking the form of a lutist providing a melody to which the queuing patrons could harmonize with. This idea and practice became popular in America in the West during the late 1800s, though a banjo was often used instead of a lute.