Six USC a cappella groups showcase singing skills at free concert
An exhilarating atmosphere filled Bovard Auditorium on Monday night when six a cappella groups took Â the stage, captivating and enthralling a rapt audience for two hours.
This year, the All Hail A Cappella concert was hosted by the Troy Tones, who performed alongside other notable campus a cappella groups such as the USC Sirens, SoCal Vocals, The Trojan Men, Reverse Osmosis and Khoir Practice.
The concert was organized in an effort to showcase the very best of USCâs aural talent. By flaunting their unique characteristics, these six groups also hoped to attract raw talent for the new academic year.
Thompson Aplin and Brad Wergley from USCâs improv troop Â Commedus Interruptus served as the emcees for the evening. Aplin and Wergley succeeded in getting the audience pumped for the night of music ahead via entertaining, albeit unrelated, chants of âPanda Express.â
The first group to perform was Reverse Osmosis. With five albums under the groupâs belt, its opening act did not disappoint. Beginning with an enthusiastic rendition of âCarry On My Wayward Sonâ by Kansas, the group was clad in black costumes accented by blue trim. It easily transitioned into its second, more demure number: âI See Youâ by Leona Lewis, the theme to Avatar.
The grand finale for Reverse Osmosis was a mash-up of âDisturbiaâ by Rihanna, âSweet Dreams (Are Made of This)â by the Eurythmics, âUnbreak My Heartâ by Toni Braxton, âCrazyâ by Britney Spears and the crowd favorite, âShow Me the Meaning of Being Lonelyâ by the Backstreet Boys. The number was accompanied by Lady Gaga-inspired twitching and the victory sign woven into the choreography.
The ladies of the USC Sirens were next, starting with a soothing version of âYesterdayâ by the Beatles. This was followed up by the empowering âRunning Awayâ by Paul Haig and a dulcet finish with âWhat Can I Do?â by the Corrs.
The suited-up Trojan Men, looking to get the audience excited about the football season, began by ceremoniously stabbing the stage in the traditional Tommy Trojan fashion. Their opening number was a school-spirited mash-up of USCâs âFight Onâ and âAll Hail,â the universityâs alma mater, which garnered much approval from the audience. A soulful version of Jon Laughlinâs âHumanâ was next, followed by an energetic performance of âYes We Can Canâ by the Pointer Sisters.
A stirring interpretation of âTornâ by Natalie Imbruglia served as the introduction to the fun-loving Khoir Practice. Â The group incorporated some rather raunchy hip thrusts into its second song of âAfternoon Delightâ by Starland Vocal Band before transitioning into a passionate performance of âAfricaâ by Toto to close the set.
The heavyweights of a cappella, the SoCal VoCals, followed. With two International Championship Collegiate A Cappella titles â and won as recently as April â the group took the stage dressed in black with Trojan-themed ties for the men. An animated performance of DJ Earwormâs âSummer Mash-upâ borrowed signature phrases from a plethora of artists to make an entertaining first number.
The group continued with its haunting award-winning solo, âGod Bless the Childâ by Billie Holiday, which featured member Emily Goglia as the main voice. The VoCals also displayed their skills with their last song, a remix of âTuskâ by Fleetwood Mac and the USC alma mater.
The Troy Tones concluded the evening, delighting the audience by appearing onstage in outfits inspired by the cast of MTVâs Jersey Shore. They donned tight skirts, fluorescent tank tops and Snooki bumps while taking swigs from a vodka bottle and toting a sign that read âWill strip for shots.â The crew started with a fist-pumping version of âWe Built This Cityâ by Jefferson Starship, followed by âCowboy Casanovaâ by Carrie Underwood and âDownfallâ by Matchbox Twenty.
All in all, at the end of the night, the groups proved that it doesnât take an instrument to make music.