After The Bar is a part-time professional all-male A Cappella group based in Philadelphia that performs contemporary music, as well as pretty much anything from within the past century. Founded in 2009, the group consists of 9 members with extensive A Cappella experience. After The Bar prides itself on its close-knit harmonies and custom arrangements. The groups fits well in an array of venues (with or without microphones) and carries repertoire that is diverse enough for almost any occasion. Requests for specific arrangements can also be made for those who want the perfect song for the perfect occasion!
I wanted to hire an a cappella group as a surprise for my wedding. What I had in mind were a lot of silly and some original songs that had a personal meaning for me and my fiancee. I contacted a number of groups and almost all responded with just blind quotes that didn't take any of the performance details into consideration. After The Bar responded with a list of questions and things they wanted to know to create the best performance possible. They worked with me creating a custom setlist and were quick to respond to any questions I had. The performance was better than I imagined. If I were going to do something similar again, they would be the only people I would contact.
Response from After The Bar:
Thank you so much Lewis! We were happy to make your Wedding day a little bit more special! Congratulations again!
These guys were amazing !! They made my made of honor speech and we stole the show. Could not be happier with the entire experience.
After the Bar performed at Sedgeley Club's annual black tie dinner in December 2015. They were fantastic! The members showed up on time, and were very professional. They sang just what we requested and received rave reviews from our party guests!
I had been furiously searching, high and low, for someone who can bridge the continental gap for me and sing a song for my girlfriend on the east coast. I figured it would be awesome to have a few handsome dudes serenading her instead. I landed on After The Bar and immediately was taken good care of. This was really last minute (ie < 1 week). I would be throwing a fit if I was asked to do something like that in this time frame and just before the holidays in November. But these guys came through. We exchanged a few emails, decided on the song for her birthday, figured out logistics and that's it. They were really attentive about what I was looking for. They did the job: Got to the venue before time, scoped out the place and surprised her with a birthday greeting and a tight performance on the sidewalk(!) , all for a very reasonable quote. They had someone record it for me. And within 30 minutes after the deed was done, I had a youtube link. Thanks guys. Totally recommend these gentlemen.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 15 - 60 minutes
Languages: English, German, Spanish
What to Expect
Event planners and clients can expect a professional act from start to finish; timely communication responses, early arrival, a smooth sound check, outstanding performance, and the simplest of breakdowns. They have a standard repertoire that spans pop/rock music of the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's, and current hits. This includes a holiday set that is a fresh mix of traditional songs and covers of contemporary holiday music. They are also eager to arrange songs, given adequate preparation time, upon your request.
Audiences can expect gracefully tuned vocals with top notch tone and excellent vocal percussion. After The Bar prides itself on coming up with unique spins on popular songs and fresh perspectives on classic tunes. Perfect for weddings, birthday parties, engagements, community events, housewarmings, and holiday shows!
After The Bar was originally founded in 2009 as a post-collegiate A Cappella group composed primarily of alumni from Drexel's 8 to the Bar. It has since evolved into a part-time professional group consisting of people from across the Philadelphia region. They currently have 9 members (4 tenors, 2 baritones, 2 basses, and 1 vocal percussionist), although they are capable of performing with as little as 4 if necessary.
Additional Booking Notes
After The Bar excels at performing in both amplified and acoustic environments. The majority of repertoire features a lead vocalist, background vocals, vocal bass, and vocal percussion. After The Bar utilizes a simple tech setup with nine dynamic microphones, an integrative sound board, and two speakers. They can provide their own sound equipment and sound technician for an additional fee, or they can sing on your house system with standard Shure SM-58's or equivalent. No special light cues are required. If food is provided as part of a contract, vegetarian options are humbly requested.
Past Booked Events
|October 07, 2018 • 6:00pm - 6:15pm||Wedding Reception|
|January 21, 2017 • 5:00pm - 5:45pm||Wedding Reception|
|December 05, 2015||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
After The Bar sings a wide variety of pop and rock music from the past 60 years. All musical arrangements are done by members of the group and repertoire is constantly growing. Don't see a song that you're looking for? Request an arrangement!
Good Old A Cappella - The Nylons
Sleeping With the Television On - Billy Joel
Insomniac - Billy Pilgrim
Cecilia - Simon & Garfunkel
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Another Irish Drinking Song - Da Vinci's Notebook
The Gulf War Song - Moxy Fruvous
Still Fighting It - Ben Folds
Africa - Toto
Last Dance - Rhye
Dr. Worm - They Might Be Giants
Can't Help Falling in Love with You - Elvis Presley
Everybody's Got Somebody But Me - Hunter Hayes
Tired Magician - Lady Danville
The Star Spangled Banner
O Holy Night - Barbershop
We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Barbershop
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming - Traditional
Deck The Halls (in 7/8) - 20th Century
Chiron Beta Prime - Jonathan Coulton
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - 20th Century
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Barbershop
Coventry Carol - Traditional
While Shepherds Watched / O Little Town of Bethlehem - Barbershop
Christmas Wish - Straight No Chaser
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays - NSYNC
|Dan Walker||Musical Director|
|Steve Stratoti||Business Manager|
|Levi Toback||Asst. Business Manager|
|Justin Bendigo||Public Relations Manager|
|Matt White||Sound Engineer|
|John Wright||Legal Counsel|
|Rick Chang||Vocal Percussionist Extraordinaire|
|Mike McMahon||Tenor angelicus|
Influences & Inspiration
Drexel University's 8 to the Bar
Straight No Chaser
Da Vinci's Notebook
Acoustic-only venues must be conducive to vocal music with minimal ambient noise (crowds, traffic, etc.)
Amplified venues can optionally supply monitors and main speakers with a minimum 5-channel mixing board
Amplified venues must supply power
Amplified venues can optionally supply 4 Shure SM-58 microphones and 1 condenser microphone, or 9 individual wireless microphones
Minimum stage 12' x 8'
We request nine bottles of water for performances lasting longer than 20 minutes
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