Pentatonix gives new energy to familiar songs in Charlotte, NC
Calum Scott impresses with brief opening set during a capella group’s Queen City tour stop
It’s amazing what the human voice can do… and even more astounding when you have five of them partnered together. Pentatonix put the icing on a vocal showcase at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, NC on Aug. 5, 2018.
The night got started with a 30-minute set from British singer-songwriter Calum Scott. A finalist on Britain’s Got Talent, the 29-year old showed off his vocal chops from the first notes that rang out. His debut album, Only Human, was released earlier this year.
Offering a bit of humor between songs – “I apologize for the giant head behind me – there’s no reason for my head to be that large” (when referring to the banner behind him) or “This is another love song, if you didn’t guess” – Scott was a stellar performer who could fill an arena with his voice.
Echosmith, featuring siblings Sydney, Noah and Graham Sierota, provided a 30-minute set of their own that fused pop and rock while doing the best to ramp up the crowd’s energy.
The group played a new song, presumably from their upcoming sophomore album.
The Californians, best known for the 2013 song “Cool Kids,” saved that hit for last, giving those in attendance a burst of energy before Pentatonix hit the stage.
With no instrumentation, the Charlotte crowd didn’t have to wait long for the group to hit the stage – there were only 15 minute breaks between sets (a rarity these days).
People of all ages roared and cheered when the lights dimmed and rarely let up their enthusiasm through the night. All three artists remarked often about how great the Charlotte crowd was and I, personally, haven’t heard one so loud in years.
Attendees of all ages were singing along to every word, hit after hit. It was nice that singer Kristin Maldonado recognized that their “Shape of You x Despacito” included two of the biggest hits of recent years and hoped people weren’t tired of hearing them. A good portion of the band’s setlist came from their 2018 album, PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. I.
From creating beats by beatboxing to providing depth with harmonies, every song felt new and fresh. Don’t think of Pentatonix as a cover band that creates a jukebox of hits. Think of them as five vocal talents who bring a new energy to what’s familiar.
Can’t Sleep Love
Stay / The Middle
Kevin’s Celloboxing Solo
Shape of You x Despacito
Love You Long Time
Evolution of Rihanna
Cracked / Natural Disaster
Sorry Not Sorry