BY TER STAFF
Minutes ago, the Grammy award winning a cappella group, Pentatonix, stepped off stage after a memorable performance for the Wisconsin State Fair. Performing for a sold-out Milwaukee crowd, the Pentatonix’s set was full of entertaining mash ups and some of the group’s best original tracks.
Up first for the night, Us The Duo warmed up the Milwaukee crowd. Comprised of the husband-and-wife duo, Michael and Carissa Alvarado, Us The Duo brought some great folk pop to the state fair. Made famous through their covers on the popular phone app, Vine, Us The Duo have reached the mainstream with a major record deal but still take advantage of the internet to spread their sound.
After a brief set change, it was time for the Pentatonix to hit the stage. Opening with their 2015 track ‘Cracked’, from their self-titled debut, the 5-member group stood shoulder to shoulder as their Wisconsin fans went wild. Next the a cappella pros kept the momentum moving by performing their first original single, ‘Can’t Sleep Love’.
One of the highlights of the night though, came as the group performed their amazing ode to Michael Jackson, paying tribute to tracks like ‘Thriller’, ‘Bad’, ‘PYT’ and many more. Another stand out moment came as the a capella troupe broke the number one rule of a capella, using an instrument. But it was well worth it when Kevin Olusola broke out the cello for ‘Bach Cello Suite no. 1 Prelude’, while also mixing some beat boxing into the equation.
From start to finish, Pentatonix demonstrated how one’s voice can be the only instrument you need. If you thought a cappella wasn’t here for the long run, after it’s almost overnight success from the Pitch Perfect series, you are very wrong. Tonight’s sold out crowd will gladly tell you that a cappella will be a staple in music for years to come.
Check out our photos from tonight’s performance below.