Review & Photos: Pentatonix @ the Paramount
Posted on 02/27/2014 by BBS
Pentatonix @ the Paramount, 2/20/14
Show Review & Photos by Abby Williamson
A few years ago if you would
have told me that a five-piece a cappella group would sell out the Paramount
Theatre, I would have slapped you and called you a liar.
Okay maybe not that harsh, but you get what I’m saying. But Pentatonix
is not just any a cappella group. Having started out as a three-piece
that met in high school,
Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, and Mitch Grassi added bass Avi Kaplan
and beatboxer (and cellist) Kevin Olusola to the mix, these kids have
up the last few years. After winning NBC’s all vocal competition
The Sing-Off(by a landslide, by the way), they’ve garnered millions
of views on their YouTube covers.
But seeing them perform these
songs live is another experience all together. Relying just on their
voices, harmonies, undeniable rhythm and each other they filled
the theater like nothing I’ve seen before. I saw them perform
last year at Showbox at the Market, the Paramount is certainly an upgrade
from the Pike Place club.
Starting the show with their wildly catchy medley of Daft Punk, it set
the stage for what was going to be the most energetic show I’ve
seen all year. We were graced
with some of the classic Pentatonix hits, like “Video Killed the
Radio Star” and Katy Perry’s “E.T.,” as well
as the entire evolution of Beyonce, two Macklemore hits, and an original
song by Kevin, where he beatboxed and played the cello at once. And
just like the last time they played Seattle, Pentatonix brought a girl
up on stage and serenaded her with Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s
Get It On,” all the while dancing around her chair, sprawling
out across her lap, and other blush-inducing goodness.
One of the great things about
Pentatonix is that they highlight each member’s superhuman talents,
like Avi’s ability to sing two notes at once, or “Mongolian
overtones.” The entire crowd was so silent that we could hear
these tones coming from the ether of Avi’s phantom lungs. I was
already impressed with Avi’s ability
to make the floor vibrate with just his voice, but hot damn he can sing
two notes at once.
There were some original
songs as well, like “Natural Disaster,” and the beautiful
and earnest ballad “Run To You,” which prompted an audience
member to shout
from the balcony, “I’ll run to you Avi!”. It was lovely
and left me speechless. You can check out the video embedded below,
and keep in mind – this music is all coming from the vocal chords.
There’s something unbelievably mesmerizing in listening just to
the human voice and getting the same chills and feelings that you would
from an epic guitar solo.
Plus, you won’t get
Mongolian overtones at any old concert.