A capella group Pentatonix lights up Hollywood Bowl

Grant Asner and Naamah Silcott

Seeing Pentatonix for the first time was a night to remember. Since elementary school, the a cappella group has shaped and influenced our musical interests with beautifully unique mash-ups, which took The Hollywood Bowl by storm on Sept. 29.

The five-person pop group has been performing since 2011. They started out by making YouTube videos while in college and have been making music together ever since.

The lighting and production that went into this concert made it feel like a dream for the audience. Blues, pinks and greens covered the amphitheater all night with music that left you with your jaw dropped and hands sore from the abundant applause the band definitely deserved.

Most of the concert was built on past work and reminiscing on previous projects. Darren Criss, Pentatonix’s opener, did this theme justice by performing songs from the show “Glee” and other projects he is known for.

The three-hour-long concert played out as a nostalgic love letter to new, old and returning fans, with songs such as “Daft Punk” from their early days to “The Lucky Ones,” a song they performed for the first time live. The night came to a close with two encore songs: a wistful “My Heart With You,” performed without microphones, and a high-energy “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 

In addition, seeing the group on stage was a big reality check. Most of the band members revealed on stage they had just become parents or had just been engaged by dedicating songs to new family members who were listening in the audience. This made the concert all the more beautiful and emotional as we saw how far they have come and what’s next for these one-of-a-kind a cappella superstars.