Pentatonix and Us the Duo

Last Thursday, 5 May 2016, I went to the Pentatonix concert at the NMSU Pan-Am Center. Us the Duo and Pentatonix both put on fantastic performances; I readily recommend that you see them if possible.

Us the Duo

Us the Duo

Us the Duo

I hadn’t heard of this group before. It’s a husband and wife, and I might classify them as indie pop. I don’t usually enjoy indie music, but I really enjoyed these two. Their music is overall very positive, and it’s evident they enjoy what they do. They made this large arena feel like an intimate music bar.

Pentatonix

I wanted to see these guys because I find it absolutely fascinating that they are doing covers and original music with only their voices, hands, and feet.

They did 3 medleys I think: 2015 hits, Michael Jackson, and Daft Punk. I was especially happy to see that last one—their arrangement, as well as the light show, was spot on.

Pentatonix during their Daft Punk medley. 

Pentatonix during their Daft Punk medley. 

When the end of the show came, I was disappointed that one of my favorite originals by them, Sing, wasn’t performed. So, good thing we managed to get an encore out of them! Before this song, they did something I found just amazing.

Amazing encore performance

Amazing encore performance

‘We love to sing, so we want to do something special. But we need you to be very, very quiet. We’re going to do this next song without any sound equipment.’ Then all the lights went out exept for one “Edison bulb” at center stage. Gathered around it, they performed Light in the Hallway. It was an emotional experience that I really didn’t expect going in.

These two groups were really fantastic, and together, made for a very enjoyable concert experience. I’m so happy we get so many good acts in Las Cruces, thanks to the efforts of the Pan-Am staff.