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Concert Review

Posted by Simma Lamb

The last time I saw an A Capella group was back in 2006 – my best friend’s cousin was in one of Brandeis University’s A Capella groups, so she decided to bring the group in to perform at her Bat Mitzvah. This was still at the beginning of the new wave of music. Since seeing them, I joined a group myself in high school, and continued to see the genre grow. From college groups all across the nation to The Dalton Warblers on Glee, A Capella has never been more popular than it is today. Because of its popularity, a competition was put in place on NBC, called The Sing Off.

Season 3 winners, Pentatonix, were recently in Providence, and I got the opportunity to see them. Being my first A Capella concert, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but they brought the same amount of energy as any Rock show I’ve been to, but in a different way. From how they formed , to their audition song, to the first song they ever sang live on The Sing Off, they were doing far more than singing for the audience, they were telling them a story and including them in every part.

The group opened up with their own rendition of Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child, one of my favorite arrangements of the night. They then slipped into the first songs that the audience had ever heard from when they were on The Sing Off, including Video Killed the Radio Star, OMG, and Love Lockdown. As they went song to song, I was disappointed knowing they have original music, but only hearing covers. Near the end of their set, the group surprised the audience and I by singing their original song, The Peaceful War, and then ended the show with their cover of Fun.’s We Are Young.

From the stories during the transitions of songs, to an interactive audience song, to bringing a fan up on stage, this is a show you don’t want to miss. There’s still a handful of dates left on the tour, so be sure to check it out here!