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October 11, 2012

'Dragapells' singing quartet performing at MSU Oct. 18

MANKATO — There’s only one “dragapella” beautyshop quartet -- and it’s coming to Mankato on Oct. 18.

Kinsey Sicks was conceived in 1993 by five male friends who wanted to perform barbershop quartet-style music in drag. Their moniker is a reference to Alfred Kinsey’s heterosexual-homosexual rating scale, with a rating of 6 referring to exclusive homosexuality.

The Kinsey Sicks have legally trademarked the term “dragapella” and have performed nationwide for more than 16 years.

Two of the original members -- Ben Schatz and Irwin Keller -- still perform with the group. Schatz is a civil rights lawyer and former Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. He also authored Bill Clinton's HIV policy during the 1992 presidential campaign. Keller is the former director of the AIDS Legal Referral Panel and authored Chicago's gay rights ordinance.

Other members include Spencer Brown and Jeff Manabat.

The Kinsey Sicks have performed in an Off-Broadway show, an extended run in Vegas, two feature films and have released seven albums.

The following is a synopsis of their show from the group’s promotional materials:

“Join the Kinsey Sicks for the official launch of their groundbreaking campaign to become the first Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet to serve as President of the United States and Leader of the Free World. Watch the gals take back America by out-pandering, out-conspiracy theorizing, and out-outlandishing even the most cynical of the current crop of Presidential candidates, all in glorious four-part harmony.”

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