Now that the weekend is here, I have little time on my chest to tell you guys my experience at the Pentatonix concert in Nashville!
The 4 hour drive to Nashville was so worth it. I’ve been dying to see them for a while now. The last time I saw them, they performed in a small, condensed hall. 3 years later, they’re performing in a sellout arena in the music city. To see them go from the bottom to beyond, was so emotional and exciting for me. I’ve been following Pentatonix since the Sing Off, winning it, getting dumped by their label and work their way back up. Their hard work has definitely paid off with 2 Grammy awards, successful albums, and staying connected to their fans.
My friend and I showed up at the arena 5 hours earlier for the VIP experience and boy, it was crazy. There was about a total of 180 people involved in the VIP. The arena staff divided us into 2 groups based on the VIP package the fans purchased. One group only purchased the standard package while the other purchased the sound check and Q&A upgrade. My friend and I purchased the sound check and Q&A portion so our group headed to the arena first for the sound check. Before we entered, one of their tour staff told us that we weren’t allowed to us cell phones while in the arena. So, unfortunately, I do not have any recordings or pictures while there. We headed into the arena and Pentatonix was surprised on how many of us entered and was so nice during the entire time. They let us pick the song that we wanted to hear! However, it had to be an oldie/throwback song. Someone asked for Evolution of Beyoncé, which would’ve been awesome to hear up close! But, we didn’t have 6 minutes to spare :p They sang their cover of Royals which was awesome and funny at the same time. They were so nervous before they started because they told us that they haven’t performed that song in a while. It was funny because during the song, they did forget the lyrics but they still kept going and amazed me with their sound. It was definitely worth the money to see them. After the song/sound check, they let us ask questions. I think there was probably 6 or 7 questions asked and we went to another room to meet up with the other half of the group to get ready for the photo op and meet and greet. We waited for about 30 minutes until Pentatonix arrived and ready to get started. The first part was the photo op and it was a quick in and out thing. Each fan had one photo to take with the band. During that time, there was no socialization with them, just a quick in and out photo. After the photo, we received out goodie bag of PTX merchandise with a giant Pentatonix poster. We headed back to the same room for the meet and greet. This time around we were allowed to socialize and have one item signed. For me, the meet and greet lasted about 5 minutes. I told them that my friend and I drove for 4 hours to see them and Avi and Scott were so appreciative that we came out to see them. The rest of the band were very nice as usual and it was a surreal moment to be up close with them. It’s very hard to get quality time these days since they’re major celebrities; they even have a body guard now. Still, the whole VIP experience is something I’ll never forget. It was so much fun and I would do it all again.
The concert started with AJ, a 17 year old upcoming artist. He definitely has potential but the lyrics in some of his songs were…interesting. After AJ, Us the Duo came out and delivered an amazing performance. I follow them on vine and absolutely love their voices. When I heard that they were opening for Pentatonix, I couldn’t be more excited. They performed their top single “No matter where you are” and it was just unbelievable. They performed other great song and their closing song was a mash up of the popular songs out there today. It was beautifully arranged and probably my favorite song they performed. After Us the Duo, the main event was next. To not spoil anything away, Pentatonix was just incredible the entire night. Song choices, choreography, lighting, background, the crowd was just awesome. If you think that an a Capella group can’t deliver a top notch show, go see them live and I promise you’ll change your mind. My favorite part of the show was when they came back out for their encore. They sang “Light in the Hallway” but with no microphones. The whole crowd was silent and just listened intently on the beautiful, ballad song. It definitely gave me goosebumps and it was an incredible that they emitted so much emotion but with no microphones.
I am going to make it my mission every year to make it to at least one show of theirs. Pentatonix will always be my favorite band. I recommend to you all to see their show and I promise you will have a good time.
Thanks for reading!