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Concert Review

Pentatonix performs to sold out show at State Theatre

By Kelly Godzik
Collegian Staff Writer

Pentatonix, winners of the NBC show “The Sing Off,” preformed for a full house at the State Theatre last night and might be on the path of putting artists like Justin Bieber and Katy Perry out of work.

Performing original covers of popular pop songs, sans instruments, the a cappella group of five talented singers and beatboxers blew away the crowd and had them shouting and dancing along during the entire show.

Describing themselves as a close knit family like “five fingers, one hand,” Pentatonix said they were excited to perform at Penn State.

“I feel like we are all around the same age,” Avi Kaplan said. “I feel like we are all just hanging out.”

Fans of Pentatonix, most whom are involved in music groups on campus, were in attendance and could not be more thrilled to watch a group that has inspired them.

Kelley Volosin (junior-marketing) is a member of The Penn State Singing Lions and is a devoted follower of the Pentatonix on every social networking medium, including Twitter and Instagram. She said she jumped on the opportunity to see them in State College.

“I watched them on the show and I just tweeted Scott Hoying asking him to play anything with a key change,” Volosin said.

A key change was not all that the audience experienced.

After an opening act by singer-songwriter Alexander Cardinale, whose music was reminiscent of Counting Crows, The Pentatonix came out on stage to shouts, claps and screams.

The group started out their set with a cover of “Save The World” by Swedish House Mafia, which is a unique choice, since it showcased that the group branches out from pop music covers to electronic dance music as well.

Kevin Olusola, the group’s beatboxer, started out with sounds that were exactly like Hollywood special effects, perhaps even better quality and more amazing since it was coming from just human vocals.

Pentatonix continued to perform clever mashups like that of Britney Spears’ “Oops!… I Did it Again” “Toxic” and “Hold it Against Me.”

Ricky Jabarin (senior-supply chain) summed up the caliber of Pentatonix.

“I get a lot of inspiration from them especially as someone who is forming their own a cappella group,” Jabarin said, “It is amazing that five people could emulate the sound of a whole choir and more.”

Towards the end of their performance the Pentatonix performed a flawless mashup of “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Beiber and “Wide Awake” by Katy Perry.

Olusola even showcased a new style of rapping that they described as “beatbox rapping” by simultaneously rapping Big Sean’s verse on the Justin Bieber track, while beat boxing the bass sounds.

With thousands of subscribers on their site and an overall growing fan base, Pentatonix is a group of five singers who are able to mimic and perhaps even out perform the originals without anything but their voices.