All nine of the University of Connecticut’s a capella groups took the stage Saturday night to show off their talents to a packed Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.
UConn’s A Cappella Association, or UCACA, the overarching organization for all a capella groups on the UConn campus, put on the event. The organization currently includes nine a cappella groups: four co-ed, two all male and three all female groups.
The first group up to perform was Extreme Measures. They opened the show with a rendition of Ellie Golding’s “Fire,” then transitionED to Hozier’s “Angel of Small Death and The Codeine Scene.” During the second song some small technical difficulties made it hard to hear a male vocalist. Once those issues were fixed, the crowd was full of energy.
Next up was A Completely Different Note, or CDN. Their version of “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boys II Men scored them many howls from female audience members. CDN followed it up with “Go the Distance” from the Disney movie “Hercules.”
Notes Over Storrs really brought the heat when they played “Timshel” by Mumford and Sons and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m yours” by Stevie Wonder. Then, the ladies of Rubyfruit performed “Put the Gun Down” by ZZ Ward and “Latch” by Disclosure.
A Minor chose to sing “Elastic Heart” by Sia and “American Boy” by Estelle. Both songs had an element of beat boxing that drove the audience wild. The songs were a great selection for them.
For UConn’s newest a cappella group, Drop the Bass, Saturday night’s rush concert was the first for them. They performed “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” also from the Disney movie “Hercules” and “Stop Wondering” by April Smith. The audience really enjoyed the spunk and attitude that soloist, Eleanor Hudd, brought to the last song.
The Rolling Tones had the fewest members of the performing groups, but nonetheless impressed the crowd with their versions of “Tallulah” by Company of Thieves and “Bottom of the River” by Delta Rae.
The Chordials, another all-female group, performed “You’ll Always be my Baby” by Mariah Carey and “The Parting Glass” by Wailin’ Jennys.
The Conn-Men started their segment by singing “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. The song started off slow, but erupted in the chorus. They ended the night by “bringing it back to a few months to a classic,” as one member put it, which took the form of Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk.”
Sharra Nelly, a 4th-semester computer science engineer major, described the show as amazing. “The Conn-Men stuck out the most [to me,]” she said.
Friends Clara Kelly, an 8th-semester chemistry major, and Enfys Evans, a 4th-semester English and history double major, both said the men’s groups were the best of the night.
The annual show allowed UConn’s various groups to show off their musical ability, and brought the UConn community together through the power of an oft-overlooked form of music.