Pentatonix, Us The Duo, and AJ had the crowd at Merriweather Post Pavilion in a tizzy on Thursday night. The roar was like listening to The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. Girls were almost in tears and shaking each other in shock and total excitement.
AJ was up first. I was impressed with his showmanship. He worked the audience and seemed like he’s been onstage since birth. His adorable smile captivated all of his young fans (I’m sure some older ones too)! His set included covers of current, chart topping hits that ended with an impressive mash up. He concluded the set with an original song, “Tongue” which had great lyrics and sound. I think this guy may go very far! I was fortunate to meet him briefly and observe him with some adoring fans (the line was super long). He was sweet and excited, himself, but grounded.
Us The Duo came up next. Their sound and fresh take on some classics such as, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” made me a fast fan. They are multi-talented, playing many a wide range of instruments. My favorite was the song they wrote that became their wedding vows, “No Matter Where You Are”. Obviously, the lyrics are full of love and promises of devotion. What really struck me was the music; the build and change at the chorus is great and makes the song really pack a punch, which gets reinforced at the bridge and end of the song. They will be returning in August to the 9:30 Club and I plan on being there and you should too. ?
After what a lot of the crowd felt was too long of a break (the only negative of the night), the Pentatonix made a dramatic entrance. Before they even started, the lights dimmed and the entire place went bonkers. Their entire set was like that…loud cheers and screeches as any one of them walked further downstage. They are truly a talented group. They have a great look of individual style that is blended to make a cohesive ensemble look. Their choreography is done in such way that it only enhances the performance. Each one of them is unbelievably versatile and talented, which makes for a great group dynamic. They made every song their own and not one cover was disappointing. Especially, “Cheerleader” and their newly added, “Love Yourself”.
This was their last night on the U.S. leg of their tour, but they’ll be back, so be ready to see them. What a fantastic concert!!
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