SAP Center rocked Monday night with the music of Pentatonix and Us the Duo.
If you have never heard of Pentatonix check out the video below. Or ask your kids. Pentatonix (or PTX for short) became a musical sensation in our family several years ago with the release of their debut self titled album PENTATONIX. Since then they have appeared several times in the Bay area. Performing to larger and larger crowds of all ages. I can’t say that the SAP Center was sold out on Monday, but I can tell you that I didn’t see many empty seats.
[Official Video] Cheerleader – Pentatonix (OMI Cover) via YouTube
What is A Cappella
I love the a cappella style of Pentatonix because you really get to hear the vocals. A capella means that there is no instrumental music, so all the sounds that you hear are created by the members of the group. There are five members of the group Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kristin Maldonado, Avi Kaplan and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola. By the way if there is a rush on cellos this week or kids asking for cello lessons, you can send your thanks to Kevin “K.O.” Olusola who rocked, sold, jammed a Bach piece on his cello that blew that crowd away.
Kevin Olusola also has several solo and collaborative pieces on that beautiful in their own right. Click here to see the list on Amazon.com.
Favorite Songs of the Night
My favorite songs of the night (and I think the crowd agreed from the cheers and yells) were their cover of Jolene performed with their opening act Us the Duo and their encore song Light In The Hallway.
It’s hard to describe the amazing seque in the SAP Center, from fans screaming PTX to the quiet as PTX performed Light in the Hallway while the crowd lit the inside of SAP Center with cell phones.
Pentatonix and Us the Duo Perform Jolene at SAP Center, San Jose
This shot was taken from Row 22, Floor Section
A Pentatonix Concert is a Family Affair
Parents, if you are looking for a concert that you can take your kids to, PTX has it for you. The audience was filled with parent/child concert attendees. The youngest child I noticed was about 7 years old.
Not only were the performers well behaved but so was the crowd. I did not hear a single word of profanity, and there was no pushing, shoving.
San Jose was the first stop in the US leg of their World Tour so there are several more opportunities to see the show.
What are the Best Seats
I’ve seen events at the SAP Center in all sections. And most arenas are set up the same way so I hope my recommendations are helpful in deciding which seats to choose. These are my suggestions for seating locations.
VIP Section with Special Perks $$$
Always the best because of the special perks (sometimes meet and greet, sometimes sound check). VIP tickets can be found at Ticketmaster.com or the PTX web site.
GA Pit $$
Not all venues offer the Pit section. The Pit section is usually right next to the stage. Available at Ticketmaster.com or arena box office.
Floor Section $$$
The stage includes a |_| section to allow PTX to move closer to the crowd. Any of the seats next to the |_|. Being in the front means you are also more likely to be picked to go on stage and sing with the group! Available at Ticketmaster.com or arena box office.
Middle of the Side Sections of the Area $$
Allows you to see across the stage. Available at Ticketmaster.com or arena box office.
I would suggest that if you are bring a young child, you should choose either the very front (if choosing Floor seats) or in the middle sections (if choosing the mid priced seats).
I recommend this because most people with seats on the floor spent the concert standing up, jumping up, pumped up. Just saying. And again I apologize to the people seated in the row behind me.
Us the Duo
I’ve got to give some shout out to Us the Duo. I liked the sounds of the husband-and-wife musical team of Michael and Carissa Alvarado. And the cover of Jolene with PTX was great. My teen has also given Us the Duo (Amazon.com link) a thumbs up and added their music to her holiday gift list. In case you need a recommendation.
New Album from PTX
Closing with a pic of my happy teen at the show.
Silicon Valley Mom