Last weekend, I went to see the "A Ca Challenge" at the Lincoln Theatre in DC. I went because I love a cappella, and one of my friends was singing for one of the groups. I thought the tickets were a little steep (without a Groupon deal the cheapest ticket was $30 with online fees), but I wanted to support her, so I went.
I was very surprised by the long line outside the theater once I arrived. For one, I thought the venue would have done a better job of getting people inside and to their seats. But for another, selling tickets on Groupon usually means your show isn't selling well; so how did all these people show up? Once I made it to my seat, I was very disappointed: I was in the upper balcony in row P (row V is the last row up there). I noticed that the back of the upper balcony was packed, but the front part was empty. The Lincoln Theatre had sold us all the crappy seats! So as soon as the lights dimmed, we ALL moved forward to the front of the balcony. For what we all paid, we deserved to actually be able to see the show!
Then the show began. The host, Jonathan Minkoff, is an a capella singer himself, so that made sense. But his jokes were NOT funny; he should stick to being a singer and not try his luck at comedy. Every time he got on stage I groaned, wondering what he was going to say next that would make me cringe or roll my eyes. He also asked the judges questions every once in a while, which I thought was unnecessary. What do we care what they do, what awards they've won, etc.? The majority of people in that audience knew someone in one of the groups, and we all just wanted to hear them sing. Period. Enough with the chit-chat filler, please!
|My friend has the white pants on!|
Next were the Allnighters from Johns Hopkins University. These guys at least attempted to dress up, wearing ties and vests (though not in the same color scheme...). They were a little more old school than I like, but I still enjoyed their performance, especially their charismatic lead singers!
|Sparkles! Glitter! Lookin' good and singin' well!|
|Fashion disaster. But I guess they're singers, not models...|
Vox Pop came next, and this is another group that I had seen before. They were wearing black and purple (again...), and they too had girls there who insisted on wearing ballet flats (Ew); at least they were all in pants, which are flattering on everyone. But onto the music. I am always impressed when I hear them sing. Anna Lee, their female lead, has an AMAZING voice and was probably the most talented singer of the entire night. Though I didn't love their song choices (one was too somber for a Saturday night, and "Runaway Baby" just isn't my taste), I could still appreciate their performance.
The group Word of Mouth was the last to perform; they were last year's winner. I really liked their take on Meghan Trainor's "Lips Are Moving," but then they followed it was a slow, sad song, which killed the mood.
|Meh, I still think The District got gypped because they only got to sing two songs. Image here: http://voxpopdc.com/|
In the end, Vox Pop won the compeition. Of course I wanted my friend's group to win, but I didn't really care about the contest. I just wanted to hear good a capella music! I was left wanting. From the exorbitant price of the ticket to my bad seat to the stupid host, I was destined to have a bad time. Too bad. And to top it all off, the woman sitting next to me had the brightest cell phone ever, and she would not put it away! It was so distracting, and definitely took away what little enjoyment I was getting from the show.
Jill, I love you. But I'm not sure if I'm going to see your next show...