Posted by dontblink on April
DAR Constitution Hall
Arlington, Texas based a cappella group Pentatonix - comprised of singers
Avi Kaplan, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, and Kevin
Olusola - have been taking live music to the next level since their
victory on season three of NBC's The Sing-Off.
It started back in their high school days, with Kirstie, Mitch and Scott.
The group added Avi, and later Kevin (after seeing his videos which
were going viral on youtube). Meeting just a day before the auditions
for The Sing-Off, the group would eventually go on to win the 2011 title.
It is very refreshing to hear music that is actually done well; hearing
vocals that are purely raw. There is something to be said about a group
that doesn't need to hide behind overly effected guitars and keyboards.
This was on full display when the group put down their microphones during
"Run To You". It is amazing that 5 individuals can captivate
an audience of 3,700+ with only their voices.
Pentatonix is carving out their place in today's music industry with
amazing versions of some of todays most popular songs such as "Say
Something" and "Royals." The group's harmonies and incredible
talent of blending together seamlessly is really showcased in "Say
Something." while Mitch nails Lorde's vocals in "Royals."
Any questionable choices for a song, based on lyrics, is completely
forgotten once you hear the arrangements that the group performs. Medleys
were also present during their performance, and one arrangement that
really stood out was PTX's "Evolution of Music." All vocal
skills these individuals could have showed off came out in this entertaining
and well done piece. It really quells any doubt that these vocalists
can sing any genres of music thrown at them.
My favorite moments? Certainly Kevin Olusola's celloboxing solo. This
in itself is worthy of an event. The artist received a massive standing
ovation, which was completely owed to him. Second, their rendition of
Imogen Heap's "Aha!" complete with intricate vocals and unexpected,
yet catchy, beat really nailed it. Last, but not least, the MTV's Unplugged-type
performance of "Run To You". Pulling this off in a small venue
would be difficult; now try to imagine five vocalists who can accomplish
this in a massive venue such as Washington D.C.'s DAR Constitution Hall.
There are very few artists who can challenge Pentatonix. There are fewer
who can use their voices to do it.