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Ball in the House perform a cappella at Fairfield arts center, April 24

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The Boston-based soul-pop/R&B group Ball in the House takes a cappella to the next level with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass to create a harmony that appeals to all ages.

Ball in the House performs 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at at the Fairfield Community Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $12 for Seniors or Students. Call the FCAC Box Office at 513-867-5348.

"I grew up in Boston, but was never much into music as a kid," said founder Jon J Ryan. "It all changed for me back in fifth grade, when I met Dave (Guisti) at the Boston Boys Choir School. We studied music pretty intensely, learning to sight read, singing every day in church and other venues, and also learning to play the recorder, piano, and hand bells. Later in high school, I discovered the magic of keyboards and drum machines and took up bass as well."

Ryan caught the a capella bug at Skidmore College when he joined the Bandersnatchers, and continued in that vein after college while singing in the Vineyard Sound, while teaching elementary music and piano lessons.

"I had always loved rhythm, even more than singing," Ryan said, "but never really knew much about beatboxing until I saw Andrew Chaikin perform with the House Jacks. With his amazing performance as inspiration and wanting to perform full time myself, I started Ball in the House and worked on beatboxing until I could go for an entire show."

The group has sold over 65,000 albums, appeared on the "Today" show, and has been the voices behind the Kraft Cool Whip commercials.

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