Despite last Friday being the ominous “Friday the 13th” members spread out from all corners of the Trinity campus and community converged at Hamlin Hall for the first official A cappella concert of the year. The eclectic mix of athletes just getting out of practice, nervous contenders for open slots, and excited observers made for an electric atmosphere. Members of each group parted the masses of cheering students as they made their way to the front of the room to flaunt their group’s individual style.
Every group chose two to three songs to showcase their personality and unique flair. The audience was constantly entertained and pleasantly surprised as different groups consistently brought something new to the table.
The Pipes opened the concert with a sweet and lively rendition of VV Brown’s “Shark in the Water.” Wearing comfortable but polished attire, the group emitted a sense of ease and grace that embraced the crowd with an at-home, campy, feel-good warmth. They ended their set with the upbeat “Cecilia” by Simon & Garfunkel and left everyone in the audience wanting more.
Entering the room with an air of class and sophistication, the Trinitones made their way to the front dressed in all black. They warmed up the crowd with their first song and transitioned into their original “Trinitone Blues.” The group took a mini break to introduce themselves and explain that their next and final song was to be taken very seriously. Waiting with anticipation, the audience opened their anxious ears to the first few lines of the “Walk of Shame” before laughing and smiling with the realization of the true lyrical content.
The Dischords brought a little soul to the room with Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.” The multitudes of people began to coagulate and sway along together to the blues-y rhythm and promising, relatable lyrics of “it’s been a long time coming…but a change is gonna come.” Even after finishing the last song “Come on Eileen” the group left everyone still clapping their hands along to the beat.
Walking down the aisle in crisp white shirts and jeans the Quirks brought a breath of fresh air with their performance of “All These Things That I Have Done” by The Killers. By the end of the song, the crowd continued to stomp their feet and nearly rose out of the seats in applause and cheering. “House of the Rising Sun” was next on the docket. The group put an original, new twist on the old classic with some beatboxing.
Finally the only all male Acapella group on campus, the Accidentals, jogged to the front to end the night and bring the concert to a close. The sweet twang of “Some Kind of Wonderful” made of smooth shift into energetic verses of “Shout.” Towards the end of the song when the group called out to everyone to be “a little bit softer now” there was a buzz of anticipation for the switch to lyrics telling the crowd to “get a little bit louder.” The energy in the air crescendoed in tandem with the final verses of the song.
Even after the Accidentals had made their way back to the main atrium of Hamlin Hall, the seats were still packed with people waiting for a few extra moments with the hope that there was still more to come. There was a change in the energy of the room as everyone finally stood up and started to make the trek to various audition locations; casual observers of the concerts were inspired to try out too, for the chance to become part of one of these all-star groups. The performances sent everyone home enlivened and enthusiastic about all the concerts to look forward to in the coming months.