Acappellapalooza impresses crowd

Abbey Carr

With all the a cappella groups on campus, it might be hard to keep them straight.

Thank goodness they put on an annual spring concert featuring all the groups so you can get a view of each group in one convenient location.

This year’s Acappellapalooza was held on March 15 in the Villanova Room.

The room was packed; the seats were filled with family and friends of the singers.

All the seats were taken and there was barely enough room to stand in the back – Villanova is serious about its a cappella groups!

I stood in the back next to a devoted a cappella fan and a woman who constantly shouted praise to her friends singing on stage.

First up, the seniors from all of the groups came together to sing “Snakes on a Plane” by Cobra Starship.

After adjusting some issues with the mics and the lights, the Haveners took the stage with “crushcrushcrush” by Paramore, “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles and a medley of Disney songs.

Next, the Villanova Spires stole the show with their matching ‘Nova jumpsuits and aviators.

This all-male group covered “What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park, “Every Other Time” by LFO and “Low” by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain.

During their last song, a few parents appeared a bit nervous when the Spires began stripping their jumpsuits and were joined by members of the Villanova Dance Team, but everyone loved the Spires’ take on the song.

The boys even changed some words to give shout outs to Jay Wright and the Oreo, and they sang, “Had but one desire, to get with every Spire.”

“I loved the Spires’ jumpsuits,” senior Jenny Murphy-Lubowicz said. “When they perform, they always come up with something crazy and entertaining!”

The Sirens had a tough act to follow, but they delivered a fun performance as well.

They started out with Fall Out Boy’s “Sophomore Slump” and Sugarland’s “Baby Girl.”

For their last piece, several of the girls put on blond wigs for Miley Cyrus’ “See You Again.”

Acappellapalooza is such a big show that it even had half time entertainment, which consisted of beat-boxing exercises featuring participants from each group.

Vocal Minority was up next, the second all-male group of the night.

This group interacted with the crowd very well and covered songs like,”Feel It (In the Air Tonight)” by Naturally Seven, “You and I Both” by Jason Mraz and “Running Away” by Hoobastank.

The gentlemen had a small delay getting started for their last song, but they turned it around and sounded great.

The last all-female group, Nothing But Treble, was up next.

This group’s performance had special meaning because the founding members of the group will be graduating this year.

They covered some great songs: “Amsterdam” by Guster, “Beat It” by Michael Jackson and “Somebody to Love” by Queen.

The final group to perform was the Supernovas, the only co-ed a cappella group.

They covered a classic song, “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles, and two newer songs, “Wine Red” by The Hush Sound and “Thanks for the Memories” by Fall Out Boy.

This group gave a great performance and entertained the crowd by adding humor to their songs.

The night concluded with another song from the seniors, “Dig” by Incubus, and many hugs to celebrate the end-of-the-year performance.

“Each group prepared and worked hard for this performance, and it definitely showed,”  senior Supernova member Pam Natale said. “This was hands down the best show we’ve had since I’ve been at ‘Nova!”