Pentatonix 2016 world tour comes to NJ

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Within an open stage for all to see, five friends who began in a small town in Texas, performed using only vocals and their creative talents. Pentatonix performed Thursday, November 10, at the Prudential Center which was filled with teenage and adult fans with a love for music.

Before the big show, two opening acts performed. The first performance was from Abi Ann, a rising 19-year-old country pop singer and songwriter. Abi Ann sang original songs such as “Truck Candy”, “Your Side of Town”, “Future Ex-Boyfriend”.

Next performance was from YouTube, folk singer couple, Us The Duo who returned to the stage later to perform a cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” with Pentatonix. Singers Michael and Carissa Alvarado incorporated music using  piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar and their voices and positive attitude to entertain the audience. The couple also won some cheers over their recent marriage and original song about their love story.

The crowd roared over the Pentatonix’s arrival as well as the colorful special effects and light show incorporated into their music. The a capella group sang a couple of their original songs as well as covers such as Meghan Trainor’s “NO”, Kiiara’s “Gold”, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us”. Pentatonix members, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola, Kristin Maldonado, and Avi Kaplan invited 10 fans on stage to join them in singing one of their first original songs toward the end of the show.

Member, Kevin Olusola, also played his cello during the show which was synched to special effects and lights in the arena. Pentatonix received a standing ovation and returned to the stage to perform a cover of fan favorite, “Hallelujah” by recently deceased Leonard Cohen. Performing without microphones, the a capella group sang in pure silence while fans waved their flashlights from their phones. Westwood junior, Zoe Watson said,“The concert was very fun. The opening acts and music were very good. It  was different going to an a capella concert, but I had a good time.”

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