The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County announces the return of the popular all-male a cappella group The Pitchforks of Duke University to the Wood Auditorium stage this Friday at 8 p.m. The Pitchfork’s repertoire includes covers of both old and new pop music. Tickets are on sale now and are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the FAC box office, 810 Lyttleton St. in Camden, by phone at (803) 425-7676, or online at www.fineartscenter.org. The concert is made possible through the generosity of Bob Sheheen.
Founded in 1979, The Pitchforks are the oldest a cappella group at Duke University. They perform on campus and across the country throughout the year, appearing in venues ranging from dorm common rooms to professional sports arenas. They have sung the national anthem at Chicago Bulls and Duke Basketball games, showcased before the Queen of Jordan, and even opened for Ben Folds in 2009 and The Band Perry in 2015. In 2014, the ’Forks crossed the Atlantic to tour with some of Britain’s best collegiate singers. Back at Duke, the Parents’ Weekend Fall Classic and the Gothic Christmas concert are two of the group’s favorite traditions. With 15 albums released so far, The Pitchforks have a long history of studio recording. Seven tracks have been featured on BOCA compilations since 1997, and the group has twice won the CARA Award for Best Male Collegiate Album nationally with Bring It Back (2006) and Disconcert (2008). Their 2010 album All In was awarded runner-up for the same distinction and won Best Male Collegiate Song and Best Male Collegiate Arrangement with its hit single, “Fireflies.” The Pitchforks’ most recent release, Refraction (2012), another runner-up for Best Male Collegiate Album, also scored a CARA Arrangement Award for its unique take on “Hallelujah.”
The FAC is a 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by donations from businesses and individuals and grants from the city of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, along with the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.