By Katie Swinton
Villanova’s seven a cappella groups joined forces last Friday night to put on an amazing show at A Cappella Palooza.
The student body displayed its commitment as an impressive 1,500 college students decided to spend their Friday night at an a cappella concert in the Jake Nevin Field House.
Andrew Carroll and James Capurro did a great job MCing the event, incorporating witty banter and obligatory “Pitch Perfect” jokes.
Minor Problem opened the show with an enthusiastic version of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” dressed in clothing assumingly purchased from a thrift shop. (And by the way, it was freaking awesome).
The group also sang Imagine Dragon’s “Demons” and ended their set with M83’s “Midnight City,” dimming the lights to reveal all their bodies covered in glow-in-the-dark paint.
The Haveners, looking classy in blue and black, gave a powerful performance with sophomore Olivia Franchella belting out “Locked Out of Heaven.”
Junior Caroline Distefano followed her with a chill-inducing version of Coldplay’s “Yellow” that would have made Chris Martin proud. They finished their set with a lively, creative rendition of “Dig It Up,” the song featured in the 2003 film “Holes.”
Vocal Minority followed with a fun array of music featuring sophomore Sean McGinn singing “The Way,” sophomore Jack Kim singing Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose” and junior Eric Treffeisen singing “Take A Walk.”
The group’s total cohesiveness demonstrated their powerful group dynamic, showing not only their strong vocal skills but their love for the group.
The Sirens showed their skills with a cool arrangement of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend.” They also performed a soulful rendition of “Killing Me Softly” and junior Michele Engelbert performed a beautiful solo for Michelle Branch’s “Everywhere.”
“It was an incredible experience for all of the seven groups to come together and sing at our biggest show yet,” Engelbert said of the night.
“The senior song was awesome. We’ll miss all of the seniors next year!” she added.
As a whole, the Sirens’ strong vocals combined with their lively spirit made for an impressive performance.
The show then took an intermission for the highly impressive beatboxing competition (who else wishes that they could do that?) and the senior song of “Semi-Charmed Life.”
Nothing But Treble gave a great performance with strong soloists. Sophomore Danielle Morro showed off her pipes in Kimbra’s “Settle Down,” sophomore Mary Muldoun, senior Kim Whitehall and junior Liana Galtieri in “21 Guns” and junior Lauren Del Valle in a Justin Timberlake throwback “Cry Me A River.”
The Supernovas wowed the crowd with their mash-up of “Daylight” and “Change My Mind” performed by junior Tommy Monks and junior Emily Morgan.
Junior Dave Marx soloed the Beatles “With a Little Help From My Friends” and ended with sophomore Maura Ricci’s mind-blowing performance of “Radioactive.”
The all-male Spires closed the concert with their usual antics, a highly entertaining parody of “The Bachelorette” concluding in the song “Bromance” that demonstrated not only their singing skills but also their dancing prowess.
The Spires serenaded the crowd with Billy Joel’s “Lullaby” and finished with junior Eddie Escobio’s solo in Mumford & Son’s “Below My Feet.”
“It’s incredible from my freshmen year to my senior to the see the progression and improvement of all the groups,” senior Claire Corsey said.
The seven a cappella groups appreciated all of the community support.
“We feel so honored that so many people come out every year to what all the groups work on,” senior Chris Paulison said.
“We can’t thank Villanova enough.”