By Lyndsey Jimenez
The Sing-off winner a cappella group Pentatonix brought a different kind of crowd to the Westcott Theater on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Here’s the thing: an a cappella group coming to the Westcott is different. More so than twirly guy (you know who we mean if you’ve seen a show there), and more so than a ceiling tile falling during a show. It wasn’t the usual DJ or pop punk band.
Although I personally enjoy Pentatonix and the a cappella scene, I hardly expected the group to pull so many people together that they could fill up the Westcott Theater. But they did. Even before opener Alexander Cardinale took the stage, the floor was cramped, but not with the usual Westcott crowd. For the first time since I’ve been here in ‘Cuse (read: not a very long time), the Westcott welcomed a new scene to the much-visited Syracuse theater. Young and old alike joined together to see the 2011 winners of The Sing-off perform a two-hour set filled with covers and original songs.
From the family-oriented atmosphere (surprising for the Westcott, right?) to the audience becoming apart of an arrangement, the show saw the group involving themselves with the crowd. The PTX show was different from others I’ve been to, because it brought the artists down to the level of the crowd—and come on, who doesn’t want that? The only thing separating Pentatonix from its audience was a small metal barrier. Not a huge DJ stand, and not bulky security guys.
If there was anything that I took away from the show it’s this: I love a cappella. The scene, the vibes, the people. A cappella groups are just as weird as the people who follow them. This proves it’s not only OK to be a fucking weirdo, but also that there are people like you, you weirdo. As corny as it is to say: a cappella brings people together. And Pentatonix did just that.