Saturday night, I got to see Pentatonix live in Atlanta at the Tabernacle. I brought two of my best friends and my 16 yr old niece. It was one of the best concerts I have ever been to. You know how you hope a band you love sounds as good in concert as they do on their albums -yeah, they are BETTER live. And (with the exception of Kevin's amazing cello) the entire concert is 100% vocal magic.
Last year's Christmas album That's Christmas to Me, recently went PLATINUM. For a few days, that album was #1 on the iTunes charts, dethroning Taylor Swift. An a capella group. Oh, and they won a GRAMMY for their Daft Punk Medley. No big deal.
In my opinion, what makes PTX truly great are mega-bass Avi Kaplan and vocal percussionist and cello-boxer extraordinaire Kevin K.O. Olusola. You can barely hear Avi in concert sometimes because of all the screaming women - seriously the only thing that could make that guy hotter would be if he had a British accent. When he drops the base, it shakes the room. At the mid-point of the concert, Kevin brings out his cello and plays some of his original 'cello-boxing' arraignments. His instrumental and rhythmic skills are off-the-charts amazing. Speaking of charts, his new solo album, Renegade, is currently #1 on the iTunes classical charts.
Here is one of my favorite numbers they performed - their cover of Imogen Heap's Aha! from PTX Volume 1.