Review by Greg Haymes
“We still ain’t got no band…”
That was the battle cry (and album title) of the fab Jerry Lawson and the Persuasions way back in 1973, and it seems just as true today. In fact, a cappella is more popular than ever, as evidenced by the nearly sold-out concert by Pentatonix at The Egg’s Hart Theatre.
Yes, the choir geeks have become cool kids thanks to movies like “Pitch Perfect” and TV shows like “Glee” and “The Sing Off.” And they were out in force at The Egg, roaring their approval with Beatlemania-like lung-power at every cool dance move and nimble vocal turn by Scott Hoying and company.
Some vocals-only ensembles still pump out old-school doo-wop or vintage barbershop quartet harmonies or more avant garde fare, but no a cappella group is focused as keenly on the contemporary pop world as Pentatonix. That much was clear from the very start, as the red stage curtains parted, and the five-piece vocal ensemble cracked open their show with a gang-buster version of the Swedish House Mafia’s “Save the World,” with lead vocalist Hoying stepping into the spotlight as the audience clapped along unprompted. And they followed it up with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ubiquitous hip-hop hit “Thrift Shop.”
No, this defintely wasn’t your father’s a cappella…