Crowded around a blushing Lila Dolan ’15, the MIT Logarhythms delivered a romantic musical mashup to the delight of the audience in Kemper Auditorium.
The Friday night performance was part of A Capella Night, which featured harmonized live performances from a variety of local groups including Azure, The Yorkies, Keynotes and the MIT Logarhythms, MIT’s all-male a cappella group.
The singers of Azure, all donning black clothing, opened the night with a lively rendition of “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie along with their signature mashup of “Brave” by Sara Bareilles and “Roar” by Katy Perry. Strong solo singers, coupled with Azure’s skillful harmonies, made the group’s upbeat repertoire shine.
“We are all really familiar with both songs, so it was fun to perform them for a different audience. Everyone had lots of energy, which made it a really good performance,” said Vienna Kuhn ’16.
The next group to take the stage was The Yorkies, who performed “The End of the Road” by Boyz II Men, featuring the lead voices of Elijah Aladin ’15 and Clint Yoo ’14, as well as a powerful rendition of “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain, led by Remington Remmel ’14.
The two songs, performed for the first time this year, both had a soft, emotional feel that contrasted with Azure’s upbeat performance.
“The audience responded really well to both songs, especially to ‘The End of the Road.’ We’ve been practicing both songs for a while, and it’s always great to see them go up on stage after all of our hard work,” said Johnny Rex ’17.
“A Cappella Night was a really good opportunity for all of the performers to support each other, listen to what everyone else had prepared and to appreciate some great musical talent,” he continued.
After The Yorkies’ powerful performance, Keynotes took to the stage. The boys and girls of Keynotes kept the audience entertained with their strong vocals, charisma and dance moves.
“Performing ‘Pompeii’ was such an incredible time,” said Michaela Barczak ’15, a singer in Keynotes, in an email to The Phillipian. “Even though it was our first time singing the song in front of other people, we had so much adrenaline and energy and were just so excited to be performing at A Cappella Night. It’s amazing how the voices of the different groups that performed all came together to create such complex songs, and it’s great that the night was solely devoted to the a cappella music that we all love creating.”
The MIT Logarhythms closed the night with a bang by performing a number of pop songs, including the Neon Trees’ “Everybody Talks,” Justin Timberlake’s “Pusher Love Girl” and their own theme song, “Superlogs.” Entering Kemper by running and cheering, the energetic Logarhythms were dressed in colorful shirts and ties and added original choreography to all of their pieces. From simple hand motions to flips and jumps, the Logarhythms made their performance aesthetically pleasing, as well as delightful to the ears.
“We believe that keeping the performance fun and interesting for the audience is one of the most important things in a set of music. Having choreography not only keeps us busy and engaged in the song, but it also helps in entertaining the crowd,” said William Rutter, lead singer of the MIT Logarhythms. “The audience at Andover was incredibly energetic, which makes the performance all the more fun for us.”