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A cappella energizes campus with first show

By Kirby Davis, For The Miami Student

Miami University students and family members braved the cold to fill Hall Auditorium for the A Cappella All Stars event, a nearly sold-out show on Saturday, Oct. 3.

"It was really entertaining," said Miami student Emma Langer. "It put me in a good mood."

The event's first group, the Treblemakers, performed covers for the energized crowd - Little Mix's "Wings" and an upbeat mash up of pop songs including Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love" and Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance."

Following the Treblemakers was the all-male group, Soul2Soul, who opened with a snappy performance of Rock City and Adam Levine's "Locked Away" and closed with a jazzy take on The Weeknd's hit "Can't Feel My Face."

"Everybody was at the top of their game," said Oliver Grieve, a first-year member of Soul2Soul. "Overall I feel like it went really well. We worked really well as a group."

Grieve added that he and the other first-years were excited but nervous for their first performance.

Soul2Soul's new single, a cover of Ariana Grande's "One Last Time," is currently available on iTunes and Spotify.

Just Duet, a coed group, followed Soul2Soul and brought former members of the group onstage for a performance of The Four Seasons' "December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)."

"I thought they were really fun," Langer said.

The group closed their performance, which included covers of "Levels" by Nick Jonas and The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun," with a dramatic drop of their microphones.

Purple-clad group Open Fifth performed as the night's fourth act, opening with the upbeat, poppy hit "Cheerleader." They followed this with crowd favorite "Stacy's Mom," a cover of the classic Fountains of Wayne song that got the whole audience clapping along, and an emotionally charged rendition of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," also a crowd favorite.

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"Bottoms Up" served as Open Fifth's final performance, following a comical YouTube video advertising their new CD, "Late Night," which features covers of songs like "Waves," "Take Me to Church" and "Rather Be," and is now available on iTunes and Spotify.

The all-female, Misfitz were the last to perform at A Cappella All Stars. They performed several jazzy covers, including the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and Elle King's "Ex's and Oh's." The Misfitz's self-titled album is currently available on iTunes and Spotify.

"I thought it went great," said Will Ellis, a soloist for the group Soul2Soul. "After all the time we put in, I thought it was well deserved."