Grillapalooza a chance to sample, learn, listen

Top male choir in United States to be featured at Saturday event


Songs, samples, grills and grub will be found at the eighth annual Grillapalooza kick-off to the summer grilling season at Herman’s Boy, 220 Northland Drive in Rockford. Just as exciting, the event will be a chance to hear the number one-ranked United States men’s choir throughout the days events, which run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Each year the Grillapalooza offers visitors the chance to learn grilling techniques, enjoy free samples, play in the kids tent, view work of area artists and more. The returning star, the Big Green Egg, will face some competition for attention in the Rockford ACES men’s chorale who will sing during the day, showing off the talent that has lead them to be the top young male choir in the United States.

Those who miss this event and the chance to hear this world-class (literally) group may have to book tickets to Latvia for another chance to hear the a cap pel la men’s ensemble. In 2014 the World Choir Games will take place in Riga, Latvia where the group will perform. Herman’s Boy has donated a Big Green Egg to the group to raffle as a fundraiser to help cover the costs of traveling to the world competition. Although the raffle will not take place during Grillapalooza, visitors will learn how and when they will have the chance to buy tickets for the upcoming chance to win an Egg.

Each year Herman’s Boy chooses a worthy cause to benefit from Grillapalooza, last year donating egg for raffle to help the Rockford Area Historical Society to raise funds for the new museum, currently under construction. This year the Rockford ACES were easy to pick as a local group doing their part to make Rockford proud. The extracurricular group returned in July of 2012 after earning a spot in the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati (considerably closer than Latvia). There the group competed in two categories, earning top silver medals in each. In the Young Males Choirs category they finished third overall in the world and were the top choir from the United States. They competed against 362 choirs from 64 countries. They sing a varied repertoire including pop, jazz, classical, contemporary and Barbershop.

With such an opportunity to listen to talent that is tops in the world, samples of great food done right on the Big Green Egg, the world’s best Grill and Smoker, who would want to miss this event? Samples of Herman’s Boy sauces, rubs and spices and salt block demonstrations and samples are also scheduled.

Jed Scott started the ACES in four years ago. He is excited about the upcoming event and said, “We love it when we can get out to perform in the community. It’s almost the end of the year for the Aces, though we still have our annual charity/variety concert on May 30. It has been great working with Herman’s Boy on this event.”



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