'Sing-Off' Champ Pentatonix Drops The Beat
A capella group plays Warfield on Jan. 27
By Nicole Powers
Thursday, Jan 24, 2013
Pentatonix turns a capella into a spectacle and an extreme sport.
A combination of impeccable close harmonies, banging human beatboxing,
tongue-in-cheek musical arrangements, and incredibly likeable personalities
propelled the group to win season three of NBC’s The Sing-Off
competition back in 2011. However, it’s their ability to bring
it both live and online that has kept their dream alive and helped
them pack houses and sell records since the win.
The five-piece group, which hails from Texas but is now based in Los
Angeles, is comprised of lead vocalists Scott Hoying (21), Kirstie
Maldonado (20), and Mitch Grassi (20), vocal bass Avi Kaplan (23),
and beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola (24). Their first EP,
PTX Volume 1, debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200 when it was
released in the summer of 2012, and a follow up EP of seasonal songs,
PTXmas, snagged a spot on the iTunes’ Top 10. But since their
music has to be seen to be believed — yes, they really can do
all that with vocals and no effects — it’s perhaps on
YouTube where Pentatonix have made the most impact. The Pentatonix
channel there has now clocked up a staggering 50 million-plus views.
Having completed a highly successful, mostly sold-out tour in the
latter part of 2012, Pentatonix has wisely decided to capitalize on
the momentum by starting 2013 with an even longer string of live dates.
The group plays San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre on January
27 as part of a 36-date North American tour. Expect a crowd-pleasing
mélange of covers, which will likely include fan faves such
as Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Fun’s
“We Are Young,” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”