A Cappella Reigns Supreme at Christy's Concert

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It’s a tradition year after year, but one that never skips a beat. This past Family Weekend marked Christy’s a Cappella Concert in Rooke Chapel. The event was sponsored by Activities and Campus Events (ACE) and featured MCs Shiri Levine '16 and Connor McLaughlin '16 and included all five of Bucknell’s a cappella groups - Beyond Unison, The Silhouettes, The Offbeats, Two PastMidnight, and The Bison Chips. Each group pulled out all the stops, dressed their very best, and performed a show that would make Pitch Perfect‘s The Barden Bellas and Treblemakers jealous. Beyond Unison opened the show with their rendition of Mumford & Son’s “Below My Feet” featuring soloist Matt Micco ’14. This moving piece filled the chapel with a pure, crisp sound as the lyrics offered a perspective we may often forget: “Keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn.” 1378208_10151885392182346_1947477218_n

Their set continued with a version of the popular song “Clarity” by German/Russian electronic dance music producer Zedd. The group then performed “Bottoms of the River” featuring the booming, powerful voice of soloist Alli Aaron ’16. Beyond Unison closed their set with a chilling yet beautiful rendition of “Scarborough Fair.”

The Silhouettes, Bucknell’s all-female a cappella group, performed second. They opened their set with “Royals” by Lorde and added some extra sass and flair to this current pop song.

The group then sang their very own “Rolling in the Crazy,” a mash-up of “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele and “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. Next, Cameron Norsworthy ’15 performed “Blue Jeans” by Lana Del Rey while the other Sils sang delicate, echo-ey background melodies. The group closed with their original creation “Payphone,” a mash-up of “Payphone,” “Misery,” and “She Will Be Loved” all by Maroon 5.1384047_10151885395487346_1155563355_n

After The Silhouettes, The Offbeats, Bucknell’s newest co-ed a cappella group, performed their set. They opened with “Down to the River to Pray,” a melodic, meaningful song that captured the attention of the audience right away.

The Offbeats continued with “Shake It Out” by Florence + The Machine featuring a solo by Jess Isgro ’15. Next, the group performed One Republic’s “Feel Again” and closed their set with “You’re All I Need To Get By,” a song by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell as made popular by Glee.

Two Past Midnight, Bucknell’s oldest co-ed a cappella group, performed after The Offbeats. They opened with an impressive and energetic rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Treasure.” Following that, the group performed “Holocene” by Bon Iver, a chill-inducing melody that was nominated for a Grammy and named one of the best songs of 2011 by various music publications.

The group continued with a 90’s pop melody that included the likes of ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, and LFO. Two PastMidnight ended their set with their traditional closer “In The Still of the Night.”

Following suit with tradition, The Bison Chips performed last. Their set included a rendition of “Wake Me Up” by electronic artist Avicii featuring soloist Andrew Kilman ’15, and “Wayfaring Stranger” as performed by Ed Sheeran featuring soloist Justin Honigstein’14. What really stood out from the Chips' performance, however, was their strong opener, "Hodja, Make me Spin," featuring first-year student, Rodney West '17. In classic Chips tradition, the group concluded Christy’s 2013 with their traditional closers, Irish Blessing and Coney Island Baby.

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If Bucknell knows how to do one thing right, it’s a cappella. And to mention Pitch Perfect yet again, this year’s concert was seriously “aca-awesome.”

‘Ray a cappella!