Bucknell A Cappella Groups Stun Per Usual at Christy’s
Nothing yells Parents’ Weekend at Bucknell quite like Christy’s! This year’s concert maintained the same energy-radiating, heart-thumping, ear to ear grinning vigor commonly associated with Christy’s and saw all five a cappella groups-- The Offbeats, Two Past Midnight, Beyond Unison, The Silhouettes, and The Bison Chips-- take the stage. The show seemed to start early for many, as the line to enter Rooke Chapel spanned down the hill a whopping hour before performances were set to begin. After everyone filed in and found their seats, ACE representative Stephanie Houser got the night started with a brief history of Christy’s before passing it on to the performers.
The first group to take the stage was the Offbeats. At first, only the newest members of the group, or the “newbies,” came on stage, performing a medley of song parodies, from “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” to “Let’s Get it Started”, that relayed how excited they were to be a part of the group. After the newbies introduced themselves, the rest of the Offbeats joined them on stage and seamlessly transitioned into Muse’s “Madness” that featured soloist Michael Lee. The group then switched tones completely, breaking into “Okay” by Oh Honey. Soloists Sarah Pelosi and Sean McMahon took center stage for the jovial song before the group switched gears yet again, this time to “The Ghost that We Knew” by Mumford and Sons with a solo by Dan Willard. Allison Cane closed out the Offbeats’ set with a compelling performance of Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” that showcased her forceful vocals.
The next to perform was Beyond Unison. As with the Offbeats, Beyond Unison opened up their set with an introduction by their newest members. The BU newbies’ introductions were set to the tune of an assortment of songs from Disney movies that ranged from Aladdin to Frozen. The rest of the group burst through the doors following the preliminary introductions and immediately transitioned into “Big Yellow Taxi” by Counting Crows with a solo by Taylor Schumann. One of the group’s newest members, Lindsey Ferguson, stepped up to center stage next to perform Sia’s recent hit, “Chandelier”, but the deeply emotional performances did not stop there. Although a bit more somber, Sam Ingram’s rendition of Jon Mclaughlin’s “We All Need Saving” had the crowd astonished. Powerful vocals from Sam in addition to the sheer emotion resonating from the rest of the group had the crowd deeply engaged. Closing song “Come on Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners quickly turned the mood around, though, as new member Mukta Phatak had many grinning and clapping along.
Following in suit, the Silhouette’s newbies entered the stage for their own set of musical introductions before the rest of the Sils joined them on stage. The spotlight wasn’t taken off of the newbies though, as first year Nneoma Ibezim gave a passionate performance of “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Lianne La Havas. Emma Bx performed Pharrell’s “Happy” next before Caroline Carey stunned the crowd with her absolutely incredible rendition of The Beatle’s “Oh! Darling”. The group concluded their set with an eclectic medley of songs by 90s sensation Abba. The sequence opened with Amanda Foto singing “Mama Mia”, continued with “Take a Chance on Me” with soloist Mary Elizabeth Colton and “Waterloo” as performed by Cameron Norsworthy, and ended with Gabby Gottschall’s performance of “Dancing Queen”.
The Two Past Midnight newbies didn’t need much time to make an impression on the crowd. The group came out in costume and began their introduction to the melody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” before moving into The Ting Tings’ “That’s Not My Name” and Lil Mama’s “Lip Gloss”, stomping, clapping, and rapping their way through it all.
When the rest of the group joined them on stage, there was an immediate shift in tone. Daniel Zaldaña and Cara Lamason’s vocals shined during their passionate performance of Zedd’s “Find You”. The group then came together to perform Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” before Alex Golding stepped forward to perform “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith. The conclusion to Two Past’s set might have been traditional, but it was by no means lackluster, as Joanna Malaszczyk held nothing back during the group’s traditional closer.
The final set of the night was the Bison Chips, and, per usual, the Chips didn’t disappoint. The group’s newbies clearly needed little time to get fully acclimated to the group, as they performed a humor-ridden intro that showcased the characteristic Bison Chip comicality. The first two performances of the night highlighted two newbies, as Brendan Trybus performed “Roll to Me” by Del Amitri and Will Frost channeled his inner Adam Levine during Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning”. After a bit of stage banter, Andrew Kilman stepped forward to deliver a passionate performance of “Evil Woman” by Electric Light Orchestra. The group then called up all alumni in the crowd to join them on stage for their traditional closers and, after several alum made their way to the stage, they eased into a mellow Irish Blessing before concluding with a cheeky as ever performance of Coney Island Baby.
Would an article about college a cappella groups really be complete without a Pitch Perfect reference? No. So I think it’s imperative to end off by saying that Christy’s 2014 was, among other things, aca-awesome!