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Curiocity: Pentatonix Packs A Pitch-Perfect Punch
November 8, 2012 3:37 PM
Reporting: Sara Boyd Pelissero
It seems almost strange to see a crowd packed around a nearly empty stage — with only two small platforms and zero instruments. But half-way into the first song, you realize, you don’t miss the band at all.
Pentatonix performed Wednesday
to a near sold-out crowd at Mill City Nights, showing their fans why
they’re the reigning champs of “The Sing Off.”
The crowd — perhaps one of the most diverse I’ve seen at Mill City Nights — was clearly full of diehard fans, every note, every harmony was received with screams, shout-outs and sing-alongs.
They performed a solid line-up of songs, made memorable from their season on “The Sing Off.”
Kicking things off with
a melody mash-up and saving some of the powerhouse vocals for the
end. In what Scott called his favorite song to perform — and
most emotional for the group — a clear highlight of the night
came from the incredible cover of Florence and the Machine’s
“Dog Days Are Over.” Truly one of the best songs to showcase
each member’s individual talent — from Avi’s incredible
bassline, Scott’s unwavering lead vocals, Kirstie’s hot
harmonies, Kevin’s ridonkulous beatboxing and yes, Mitch’s
fantastic range that would make a high soprano green with envy.
They did the best they could during these times — keeping Avi and Kevin on stage to lead a venue-wide song with audience participation or allowing Kevin to show off his God-given talent in a beatboxing solo that made everyone in the room scoff in utter fascination.
They did a few of their
newly arranged YouTube hits — including Imogen Heap’s
“Aha!” and yes, they encored with PSY’s “Gangnam
Style.” Even if you’re sick of the viral hit, you have
to tip your hat to Scott’s flawless Korean, which Kevin told
me earlier he learned in record time.
And just for the fans who
came to see them on tour, they mixed a couple of new jams, including
a Justin Bieber-Katy Perry mash-up — which my friend called
the highlight of her night.
For the diehard fan, and
for newcomers, the show was fun and full of entertainment. The amount
of fresh-faced talent put into one sensational group is awe-inspiring
— and the fact these talents still trip over their words, joke
around and remain thankful is truly refreshing.