Formed in 1996, Purple Haze has been singin', dancin' and lovin' for over twenty years! Completely run by students, we rehearse on a weekly basis and put on a killer show every quarter. In the fall, we invite other groups from nearby colleges to perform in our Best of the Midwest concert. In the winter, we combine a cappella with games and improv for Too Much A Cappella Makes the Baby Go Deaf, based on the Neo-Futurists' popular Chicago show. And in the spring, we devise a new script to go with our songs and a theme of our choosing.
Aside from campus shows, Purple Haze also performs throughout the Chicagoland area at events and school workshops. Purple Haze has released nine studio albums, available now on iTunes and Spotify. We are currently in the process of recording our tenth studio album, set for release within the next two years! Our cover of "Pretty Hurts" was recently selected for the 2017 track list of Voices Only, an annual compilation album comprised of songs from collegiate groups around the world. The a cappella podcast Mouth Off called us "the best you're going to hear out of the whole Midwestern United States" and "the group that everyone wants to party with!"
Purple Haze goes on tour every year, alternating between domestic and international trips. Past tours include Montreal, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Dublin, and Washington D.C. Our 2018 tour destination is Havana, Cuba! We compete biennially in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, winning our 2018 Great Lakes Quarterfinal! But most importantly, Purple Haze is a group of friends who love to sing together!