OCTOBER 10, 2012
VCU hosted the third annual Richmond Rhythm a capella invitational Friday at the Singleton Center for Performing Arts. The event gathered nine a capella groups from Virginia universities for a night of performing various songs using only their voices. The event is sponsored by the VCU RAMifications, one of two VCU groups featured at the invitational.
The evening was hosted by Riley Reed, a VCU graduate and former member of RAMifications, and Maggie Catlett. Reed was very enthusiastic to host the event.
“One of my dreams is to become the next Ryan Seacrest, so this is what I’m looking for as far as hosting,” Reed said.
The invitational began with performances by two University of Mary Washington groups. The older of the groups, Symfonics, opened the show with a performance of “Helplessness Blues” by Fleet Foxes, while the blue-colored, One Note Stand sang songs from artists like Florence + The Machine, Frou Frou and Regina Spektor.
The all-female CNU group, Take Note, was the only new group to appear at the invitational. Clad in purple Take Note t-shirts, the ladies made an impression by singing “Brighter than the Sun” by Colbie Caillat, “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers and closed their performance with a medley of Amy Winehouse songs, including “Valerie,” “Back to Black,” and “Rehab”.
“We love Amy Winehouse and that’s one of our only medleys,” Chiaka Chucks, president of Take Note, said. “We just wanted to come out here and do a lot of fun songs.”
The University of Richmond group, Off the Cuff made a fantastic entrance, doing a barefoot “Gangnam Style” hop onto the stage. They were followed by the returning all-female Mary Washington group, BellACapella. The girls entranced the audience with a performance of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics, incorporating foot stomping into the beat.
After a short intermission, the all-male George Mason University group GMUnit took the stage.
Like last year, the ladies in the crowd went nuts as the boys sang songs from artists like Neon Trees, Andy Grammer and Gavin Degraw.
They were followed by GMU’s all-female group Noteworthy, whose performance included a mashup of “Titanium” by David Guetta and “Bulletproof” by La Roux.
Like previous years, the invitational ended following performances by the two VCU groups. The Notochords took the stage first.
Led by Notochord president Elise Patterson, the group performed some of the most energetic and dynamic performances of the night, including a fantastic cover of “Some Nights” by Fun. and “Judas” by Lady Gaga.
“Gaga is always a popular choice, and Fun. is blowing up right now,” Patterson said. “They were just the best in our repertoire.” The RAMifications closed the show.
Where the Notochords sang many mainstream songs, RAMifications leaned towards singing a blend of mainstream and indie tracks, such as “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand and “Lost in the World” by Kanye West and Bon Iver.
As per tradition, their performance was preceded by an awarding of banners to each of the schools for participating.