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Pentatonix packs Levitt Pavillion with a cappella covers [Scenes From the Pit]

Published September 3rd, 2012 | The Shorthorn Staff

I sat outside for two hours. I was sticky with sweat and squished among strangers in a big, claustrophobia-inducing crowd — and I enjoyed it.

Arlington-based a cappella group Pentatonix returned to the city Sunday to play at the Levitt Pavilion for the first time. Their performance was one of four that helped kick off the Texas Power 2012 fall concert series weekend.

Watching the band's recorded songs online, I admit it: I had my doubts. I was hesitant to believe it was possible to make such rich, instrumental-sounding noise with only natural vocals. Pentatonix blew me away: It's a band that sounds as good live as they do recorded in a studio.

At the pavilion, an estimated 10-20,000 fans agreed. Families, college students, the elderly and even a few dogs attended the concert, some wearing Pentatonix shirts, others waving homemade “We Love PTX” signs. It was a sight to see.

The band, famous for its covers of popular pop songs, sang a huge set list including “Telephone” by Lady Gaga, “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5, and “Your Love is My Drug” by Ke$ha. The band also played their first original song entitled “The Baddest Girl” — which received possibly the most enthused screams of the night.

The band will continue its tour Thursday in the Cambridge Room at the House of Blues in Dallas. The show is sold out.