BY HOPE SWEEDEN, ASST. LIVING AND ARTS EDITOR
Two a cappella groups, Susquehanna’s Harmonic Combustion and Drew’s All of the Above, performed Jan. 22 in Charlie’s Coffeehouse.
Charlie’s was filled with students who clapped, sang and cheered throughout the performance. First-year Doriane Feinstein said: “I thought that both groups were really good. I loved their arrangements. Their voices were great, but the clear arrangements really made it amazing.”
All of the Above opened the show, welcoming everyone and starting with “Sail,” by AWOLNATION and continuing with “All Star” by Smash Mouth.
The group sang six songs in total, including “The Big Bang,” by Rock Mafia and “Chandelier” by Sia, alternating soloists for each song.
All of the Above is on tour and will sing at various universities for the rest of the semester .
Harmonic Combustion then took the stage with a sped-up rendition of “Some Nights” by fun., followed by “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon with a solo by junior Johnny Culver.
The group then performed a Beyoncé medley, switching soloists for each song. The medley included “Crazy in Love,” “Say My Name,” “Halo” and “All the Single Ladies.” The arrangement hyped up the audience and had some singing along with the well-known artist’s hit songs.
The audience’s excitement continued through “Payphone” by Maroon 5. The piece included a rap, which was performed by sophomore Kailee Nelson.
Other songs that Harmonic Combustion performed included “Fix You” by Coldplay, “The Chain” by Ingrid Michaelson and “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. According to the group, Trainor’s song is new to its repertoire. The group had not performed it for an audience before.
The group ended by asking the audience to “clap along” to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, sung by sophomore Benton Felty.
“Do What U Want,” by Lady Gaga, was also included in Harmonic Combustion’s set list, and is the song that the group recently recorded to a CD. Fifty CDs were available to the audience after the show for free, though the group asked the crowd for donations.
Christina Ungaro, president of Harmonic Combustion, said of All of the Above: “They are really good. I’m jealous that they get to go on tour all the time, and I wish that Harmonic Combustion could do that. They’re really inspiring for us.”
Ungaro said of Harmonic Combustion’s plans for its sound and performances over the course of the semester, “We have been changing up our songs a bit, taking parts out, adding other parts and making things faster.”
According to Ungaro, the group will perform at the end of the semester and the set list will include songs that are new to the group, including “Latch” by Disclosure and “ABC” by The Jackson 5.