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Cowell College Night // Tuesday, January 24thth
5:30pm @ Cowell Dining Hall

Bravo! Spotlight on Performing Arts // Saturday, January 28th
8:00pm, @ Cabrillo College, Crocker Theatre

Hellacapella // Saturday, February 4th
8:00pm @ UC Davis

2012 ICCA Quarterfinals // Saturday, February 18th
Come witness the Bay Area’s top a cappella groups compete for a spot in this year’s International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella! 8:00pm @ Wheeler Hall

Hightones Winter Show // Friday, December 2nd
Relax before finals with an awesome show hosted by the lovely and talented all-female Hightones! We and Cloud 9 will be contributing a few songs to the ladies’ winter showcase. It starts at 7:30pm in the Porter Fireside Lounge, which is across from the entrance to the Porter Dining Hall.

West Coast A Cappella Showcase 2011 // Saturday, November 5th
This is one of our favorite annual events! Meet us at UC Berkeley’s Wheeler Hall to see a bunch of the timezone’s best a cappella groups in one amazing show.

Acquire’s Fall Showcase // Thursday, November 3rd
Join us in welcoming our new members at our first show, a small one at the Cowell Fireside Lounge.

Fall 2011 Auditions // Saturday, October 8th
This year’s auditions will take place from 10am to 4pm at the Cowell Fireside Lounge. Come by anytime to sign up for a time slot, then come back later on. Please prepare to sing about 30 seconds of a song that showcases your voice. Check out the Auditions page for more information!

Cowell Open Mic // Saturday, September 24th
9pm @ Cowell Fireside Lounge

Stevenson Open Mic // Wednesday, September 21st

OPERS Fall Festival // Tuesday, September 20th
We’re excited to kick off the new school year with a performance at the annual OPERS fall festival, which invites new students to check out various campus clubs and organizations. This is a great time to get information on upcoming auditions and meet members of the group! The festival runs from 3 to 6, and we’ll be performing at around 4:50.


Cowell Commencement 2011 // Saturday, June 11th
Acquire is honored to end the school year by performing at Cowell College’s graduation ceremony. The celebration will take place from 1:30 to 3:00 P.M. on the East Field.

Slugs on Stage: The 2011 UCSC Talent Show // Tuesday, May 17th
Check out some stunning performers and support the Invisible Children Foundation! Tickets are $3 presale in the Quarry or $5 at the door.

Relay For Life // Saturday, May 14 th
Support the American Cancer Society’s annual fundraiser for an amazing cause. The event starts at 10 A.M. with Acquire’s performance between 1:30 and 2:30 P.M. See you there!

Acquirefest 2011 // Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th [Facebook Event]
This year’s two-night annual Acquirefest will include a fantastic array of performers: Stanford Harmonics and Fleet Street, the Berkeley Men’s Octet, Davis’s Liquid Hotplates, UCLA’s Artists in Resonance, and UCSC’s very own Isang Himig, Cloud 9, and Hightones. The show is always free to UCSC students and $5 for general admission.

Day By The Bay // Saturday, April 30th
This annual free event encourages connection and interaction between UCSC alumni and current students. Enjoy great food and drinks, guest speakers, and entertainment on a beautiful afternoon at the East Field. The event goes from noon until 3 P.M.

C8 Organic College Night // Thursday, April 14th
College 8’s annual event celebrates organically grown ingredients by creating delicious meals for students. Acquire will be there to provide musical entertainment (and eat too, of course!).

Cowell Olympics // Sunday, April 3th
Show off your Cowell house pride in a variety of sporting, trivia, and scavenger hunting events! Opening ceremony is at noon, and games begin at 1:30 on the Founders Glen (behind Parkman and Adams, near the Humanities Lecture Hall).

Hillel Alternative Spring Break Benefit Show // Tuesday, March 1st
Join Acquire, hip-hop artist Kosha Dillz, and other UCSC performing groups to raise money for Santa Cruz Hillel’s alternative spring break trip to New Orleans! Tickets are $2 in advance and $3 at the door. The event starts at 7:30 in the Stevenson Event Center.

2011 ICCA Quarterfinals – West // Saturday, February 26th [Facebook Event]
Acquire will be competing with several extremely talented groups at the 2011 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, hosted at UC Berkeley’s Wheeler Hall. Buy your tickets now!

Hellacappella 2011 // Saturday, February 12th [Facebook Event]
We’re so spoked for Hellacappella this year! The Spokes from UC Davis are hosting their annual NorCal a cappella extravaganza, and we hope to see all of our UCD fans there!

10th Annual West Coast A Cappella Showcase // Saturday, November 6th
Our favorite fall quarter event is just around the corner! We’re excited to introduce you to our new members and show off our latest songs. See you in Berkeley!

Acquire Auditions 2010! // Saturday, October 9th
It’s that time of year again – our annual singer auditions! Come to Cowell Fireside Lounge starting at 10:00 A.M. with a 30-second song selection to sing for us. Show up early to sign up for a timeslot. See the Facebook page for more details, and shoot us an e-mail if you have any questions. We’re very excited to meet all of you!


Cowell Commencement Ceremony // Saturday, June 12th
Acquire will be performing once again at Cowell College’s graduation ceremony. The event starts at 1pm on UCSC’s East Field.

Kuumbwa Jazz Center w/ the House Jacks // Friday, June 11th [Facebook Event]
Acquire, The Hightones, and the House Jacks will reunite for an encore of their first concert together in November. We’re honored to be hosted once again by the legendary Kuumbwa Jazz Club in downtown Santa Cruz.

Woodstock’s Fundraiser // Tuesday, June 1st [Facebook Event]
Acquire will be doing some fundraising and pizza-eating at Woodstock’s Pizza on Front St. Print out a flyer or an Acquirefest program and 15-20% of your purchase will go towards our debut CD fund!

Acquirefest 2010 // Friday and Saturday, May 28th and 29th [Facebook Event]
It’s Acquirefest’s fourth birthday! We’re inviting groups from all over the West Coast to join us for our annual celebration of a cappella on the UCSC campus. This event, free to UCSC students, will be at the Stevenson Events Center at 8pm. Check out each night’s lineup on our event page!

Kresge PRIDE // Saturday, May 22nd
In celebration of Harvey Milk Day, UCSC’s Kresge College is hosting their 5th annual PRIDE event. PRIDE honors the LGBTQ and allied communities with a campus-wide march and festivities on Kresge’s Lower Street.

Beatlemania // Friday, May 21st [Facebook Event]
We’ll be joining our lovely lady friends The Hightones at their first concert featuring songs by the world’s most popular band.

Soquel Elementary Outreach // Friday, May 14th
We’re excited to visit a group of young singers at Soquel Elementary School to teach them about collegiate a cappella music.

Merrill Student Leaders Dinner // Thursday, May 13th
Acquire has been invited to perform at the annual Merrill College dinner for student leaders. We’ll be doing an extended set starting at around 6:15pm.

College 8 Organic College Night // Thursday, April 22nd
In honor of Earth Day, College 8 will be hosting an organic dinner and College Night celebration at the C8/Oakes Dining Hall. Acquire will be performing an extended set during the dinner, so come and hear some old favorites as well as our newest tunes!

UCSC Day by the Bay // Saturday, April 17th
Come to UCSC’s East Field at noon for an outdoor festival celebrating the university’s alumni and local community. Admission is free!

VSA 4th Annual Cultural Charity Show // Saturday, April 17th
Acquire is joining UCSC’s Vietnamese Student Association to raise money for blind children’s education in Vietnam. Come to Porter Dining Hall for a night of great cultural festivities and delicious food!

Overtones Spring Show // Saturday, April 10th
We’re joining our friends the Golden Overtones at Cal for their spring show. Remember, we’re on Saturday night (not Friday).

Aji Kounye-A for Haiti // Friday, April 2nd
This benefit concert for Haiti is hosted UCSC’s Student Union Assembly. Acquire will be joining other on-campus performance groups to help raise money to donate to the Red Cross.

A Cappella in Wonderland // Saturday, March 6th
Join Acquire and The Hightones for an a cappella concert to benefit Santa Cruz Hillel’s Alternative Spring Break program! UCSC students in the program will travel to Nicaragua to build an oven for a community in need. We’ll be featuring a prize drawing and delicious snacks, so come and show your love!

Hellacappella 2010 // Saturday, February 27th
The UC Davis Spokes have invited Acquire to be part of their annual Hellacappella concert, which is always an incredibly fun event. Don’t miss this gathering of some of the best NorCal a cappella groups!

The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCAs) // Saturday, February 6th
Acquire will be participating in their first-ever ICCAs at the University of Oregon in Eugene. If you’re a fan of ours in our neighboring states to the north, come support us on our first out-of-state trip!

Stevenson’s Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? College Night // Tuesday, November 24th
Acquire performed at Cowell’s neighboring college, Stevenson, at their last College Night of the quarter.

Cowell’s I Love New York College Night // Thursday, November 19th
Acquire did a short performance at College Night from one of our favorite Broadway musicals.

Kuumbwa Jazz Center w/the House Jacks // Friday, November 13th
Acquire will be featured in a performance once again at the legendary Kuumbwa Jazz Center downtown, performing alongside the world-famous professional a cappella group The House Jacks. Be sure not to miss what is sure to be an exciting event.

West Coast A Cappella Showcase // Saturday, November 14th
This year, Acquire will again be performing at UC Berkeley for the West Coast A Cappella Showcase hosted by their friends in UC Men’s Octet and the Golden Overtones. Acquire will be performing immediately before this groups at the Saturday night performance.

Sing For Your Life // Saturday, November 7th
The group will be performing at this year’s Sing For Your Life concert at Aptos High School. The show’s proceeds will benefit high school music outreach.


Cowell Graduation // Saturday, June 13th
Acquire performed at the Commencement Ceremony for graduating seniors from Cowell College.

Kresge PRIDE // Sunday, June 7th
The group was honored to announce they were performing once again at Kresge PRIDE. Following a march from Pacific and Cathcart, there was be a festival at San Lorenzo Park where Acquire performed a few songs.

SCTV Year-End Celebration // Wednesday, June 3rd
A small performance was held at SCTV’s End of the Year Celebration at Classroom Unit 2.

Isang Himig Presents: La Voce Bella // Sunday, May 31st
Acquire was once again invited to be featured at Isang Himig’s annual spring show, La Voce Bella. The show took place at the Merrill Cultural Center at 5pm and was free to all.

Cowell Dining Hall’s Talent Show College Night // Wednesday, May 27th
The newly-renovated Cowell Dining Hall sponsored a talent show college night that featured a performance by Acquire A Cappella.

Invisible Children Benefit Show // Tuesday, May 26th
Acquire performed at a benefit show for to support the Invisible Children at College 9/10’s multi-purpose room.

Drag Yourself out For Diversity // Friday, May 22nd
The group performed at an event sponsored by The Diversity Center at UCSC.

ACQUIREFEST 2009 // Friday, May 8th & Saturday, May 9th
This year, Acquirefest returned bigger than ever: two nights of music featuring different line-ups of the best a cappella groups in the bay area! The event featured groups from UCSC, UC Davis, Berkeley, and Stanford to perform at the Stevenson Event Center. The third year of this annual free show was a resounding success.

HomoHop // Tuesday, April 29th
Acquire was thrilled to be an opening act at the HomoHop event sponsored by the Cantu Queer Center and Cowell College.

The 2nd Annual Banana Slug Salto // Saturday, February 28th
The group performed the Star Spangled Banner at the opening ceremony for this year’s UCSC Gymnastics Home Meet, as well as a few songs at their awards ceremony at Santa Cruz Sports Central.

College 8: Organic College Night // Thursday, March 5th
Acquire plans to perform an array of material at the Organic College Night for College Eight on campus.

Acquire Presents: Pump It Up!: A Musical Benefit For Playpumps Int’l // Thursday, March 12th
This year, Acquire was thrilled to announce its first ever benefit show for the humanitarian organization Playpumps International. 50% of all proceeds from this show benefitted Playpumps, a group that installs ingenious water supply systems to Sub-Saharan Africa. The other 50% of the money raised went to recording Acquire’s first ever CD, a portion of which’s proceeds will also go to Playpumps. Check out the Pump It Up! Event Page and Facebook Event pages for this show for more information on the organization and the concert!

The 4th Annual Kappa Zeta Cancer Walk // Tuesday, March 10th
Acquire perform at this year’s Cancer Walk hosted by Kappa Zeta Sorority at Kresge college.

Acquire Presents: East Meets West Showcase Round 2 // Tuesday,
February 17th

Although Brandeis VoiceMale was unable to attend, Acquire entertained a full house with several new songs as well as intimate solo performances. A few old favorites were brought back as well as some unexpected recent additions, making the second part of EMW a great success. (Facebook Event)

College Nine/Ten Family Day // Saturday, February 7th
This year’s Family Day at College 9/10 featured some music by Acquire.

HellaCappella ’09 // Friday, February 6th
Acquire was invited back to perform at UC Davis at this year’s HellaCappella, hosted again by the Spokes.

LA / AF – Los Angeles A Cappella Festival // Friday, January 30th
This year Acquire was excited to participate in the LA / AF, a “day-long vocal festival held on the beautiful UC Los Angeles campus” featuring “top industry professionals, collegiate a cappella groups, and fans in this unique celebration of the vocal arts.” This was the group’s first trek down to the Southern California area, where they participated in festival events as well as performed a few songs for the LA crowd.

Acquire Presents: East Meets West Showcase Round 1 // Thursday, January 15th
In the first of a set of shows featuring groups from the East Coast traveling to UCSC to perform with Acquire, the group hosted a special show at Cowell
College, featuring Brown University’s Brown Derbies from Providence, Rhode Island. This coming together of the UC and the Ivy League packed the apartment community room to the rafters. (Facebook Event)

Cloud 9’s Winter Show // Saturday, December 6th
Once again, Acquire joined Cloud 9 at their annual winter show.

College Nine/Ten Chrismahanukwanzavus College Night // Tuesday, December 2nd
Several holiday songs were sung along with a few old favorites at College Nine & Ten’s festive college night celebration.

West Coast A Cappella Showcase // Saturday, November 15th
Acquire was invited back to this year’s West Coast A Cappella Showcase at UC Berkeley, hosted by their friends the Golden Overtones and the UC Men’s Octet. They performed on the first night of events at the Wheeler Auditorium at Cal alongside over half a dozen other well-respected groups from the western coast.

OPERS Festival ’08 // Tuesday, September 23rd
In addition to having a table at this year’s OPERS festival, Acquire had fun performing a few songs for a crowd of students out on the east field.


Cowell Graduation Commencement // Saturday, June 14th
The group was invited to perform at the Class of 2008 Cowell Commencement as both a “speaker” and a performing group. 1-2:30pm.

Inauguration Of Chancellor Blumenthal // Friday, June 6th
Acquire was very honored to perform at the official inauguration of George Blumenthal as Chancellor of UCSC. A video of the ceremony (including Acquire’s performance about 1/4th of the way in) may be viewed online.

Isang Himig Presents “Euphoria” // Sunday, June 1st
The three UCSC a cappella groups sang together once again at Isang Himig’s annual spring show.

Kresge PRIDE // Saturday, May 31st
Acquire was honored to be among those performing at 2008’s PRIDE march and celebration at Kresge College.

Acquirefest ’08 // Friday, May 30th
The second annual Acquirefest saw over five hundred attendees and six groups perform from UCSC, Berkeley, Davis, and Stanford. It was a great success for all involved. (Facebook Event)

Cloud 9’s Spring Show // Friday, May 16th
Acquire proudly performed at Cloud 9’s show at Humanities Lecture Hall.

Cowellpalooza // Friday, May 1st
In honor of the last dinner at Cowell/Stevenson Dining Hall before it for renovation until March 2009, Cowell performed for diners during a special meal. As the Cowell Dining Hall had been the venue for many rehearsals and concerts, this was a heartfelt moment for the group.

Cowell Alumni Luncheon // Saturday, April 26th
Acquire was honored to perform at the Cowell Alumni Association dinner. Songs from the year 1968 were performed at the Provost’s House for Cowell alumni and their guests.

HellaCappella // Saturday, March 8th
Acquire was part of UC Davis’s performance at UC Davis Freeborn Hall, 7-10pm.

Cloud 9’s Winter Show // Friday, February 29th
Acquire performed at fellow group Cloud 9’s Winter show from 7-10pm.

BaTo LoMuDa // Thursday, February 14th
For Valentines Day, Acquire performed a few of their renditions of Disney Songs for Babies and Toddlers Love Music & Dance at the 418 Project.

Disneymania! // February 1st & 2nd
Audience members visited magnificent castles and distant lands in this magical musical experience. (More Info)

Kuumbwa // Saturday, January 12th
Acquire had the honor to perform with the female indie folk pop quartet BLAME SALLY from San Francisco. Show at 7pm, tickets $15 and $10 for students.


Vocal Harmony Showcase // Friday, November 16th
Acquire performed at Peachwood’s Steakhouse in Santa Cruz with a six other performance artists featuring a variety of other talent. Doors opened at 6:30pm and tickets sold for $7 at the venue.

Cowell Thanksgiving College Night// Tuesday, November 20th
A performance at the best of all dining halls on UCSC’s campus, Acquire headlined Cowell’s Thanksgiving dinner with the other campus a cappella groups opening.

Merrill College Night // Wednesday, November 14th
Acquire performed several songs from the jukebox era at Merrill’s diner-themed college night.

GenerAction // Wednesday, November 7th
Performing at Kresge Town Hall for those attending an informative get-together on the GenerAction program. 9-9:15pm

West Coast A Cappella Showcase // Saturday, October 27th
Acquire kicked off the new school year by performing on night two of a two-night a cappella festival at UC Berkeley. 8:00pm to 10:00pm at the Cal Wheeler Auditorium.

Acquirefest ’07 // Friday, June 1st
The first annual Acquirefest! This show was the largest a cappella event of the year in Santa Cruz, featuring Acquire, Cloud 9, Isang Himig, the Spokes,the Afterglow, and Decadence. It took place from 8-10:30pm in the Cowell Dining Hall.

Merrill College Staff Appreciation Dinner // Tuesday, May 22nd
Acquire sang several songs (including some new ones) for members of the Merrill Staff at a movie theater-themed dinner in their honor.

FSA Concert with Isang Himig // Sunday, May 20th
Opened for Isang Himig at a performance for the Filipino Student Association at Namaste Lounge.

UCSC Wellness Fair // Tuesday, May 8th
Acquire performed a few songs for an audience in the Quarry during the campus’s annual Wellness Fair, sponsored by Luna.

Banana Slug Spring Fair // Saturday, April 28th
A performance at the reception of the Oakes College 35th alumni reunion, singing songs from the late sixties and early seventies.

Oakes College 2nd Annual Family Fest // Saturday, February 24th
Acquire’s very first gig! The group, just three weeks old, was hired to perform a few songs at Oakes for the families of students and staff at Oakes College.