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a cappella with Pentatonix at The Fillmore
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 8pm
Pentatonix was officially formed just three years ago in 2011 by Kirstie
Maldonado, Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying. They were later joined by
Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola. The group has stated that their goal is
to become the first modern day mainstream a cappella group and despite
being fairly new, they have already achieved much success in obtaining
that goal. After winning the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off, Pentatonix
were awarded a recording contract with Sony. Their debut album PTX Vol.
1 was released in 2012 and reached spot #14 on the Billboard 200 list.
A year later, PTX Vol. 2 was released and ranked in at the #10 spot.
The lights dimmed at 8:00 P.M., and the crowd cheered and shouted names
of individual Pentatonix members as they were glimpsed walking on stage
behind a curtain. When the curtain dropped, Pentatonix kicked off with
their well known "Daft Punk" medley. The song was one that
devotees and new listeners alike could sing along to - and the crowd
did exactly that. A mash up of "Hey Momma" and "Hit the
Road Jack" came next in their set, followed by a cover of Lady
The rest of their setlist was a solid mixture of sing-along songs and
Pentatonix originals. At one point, Kaplan demonstrated his ability
to sing two notes at once with a bass performance of "The Lion
Sleeps Tonight". People were mesmerized into silence, which lingered
through Olusola's following "celloboxing" solo. Retaining
a balance of crowd interaction, Pentatonix sang "Evolution of Music"
and "Evolution of Beyoncé", song compilations that
progress through a journey of the history of music and a more current
journey through world renowned artist and actress Beyoncé's career.
A spot-on cover of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis "Can't Hold Us"
ended in a shocking explosion of confetti and streamers. Though it seemed
an obvious closure to the night, showgoers rattled the venue with a
stamping ovation until Pentatonix reappeared. Keeping theme with the
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis covers, they entertained patrons with "Thrift
Shop". Finally, "We Are Young" (originally performed
by fun.) was played and Pentatonix graciously thanked the audience and
officially concluded the night.
In spite of consisting solely of vocalists, the lack there of instruments goes completely unnoticed as Pentatonix perfectly simulates the sound of drums, strings and numerous other instruments. Their harmonies and tones are immaculate throughout the entire show. Pentatonix delivers a demonstration of raw talent and skill with a unique sound that distinguishes them from even some of the most well known musicians. The worldwide tour they are currently on has already sold out in all but three cities, though all dates can be viewed on their website here.