The air thrummed with energy as thousands of fans waited for Pentatonix to come on stage. Both new fans and old friends came to watch the a cappella group perform on Aug. 31 at the Levitt Pavilion.
The five-person musical group received its start in Arlington in 2011. Arlington-native vocalist Kirstie Maldonado was thrilled to be performing in Arlington again this year, after the group’s performance at the Levitt Pavilion in 2012.
“It’s really cool to be back and be in your hometown and have so many people that know you support you,” Maldonado said. “It’s just really cool. We feel a lot of love from here.”
The group rose to fame by winning season 3 of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” and have continued to expand its musical career.
Each member of the group has a distinct vocal background role, such as beatboxing, vocal bass and falsetto-singing. Lead vocalist Scott Hoying says that he appreciates the diversity and unity of the group.
“I like that each of us individually are really staying true to ourselves,” Hoying said. “We’re taking all of our influences and what we like and creating and adapting it to our sound.”
The group is known for performing and recording covers of other artists’ songs, but is now focusing on more original music. Pentatonix is currently working on its second album, PTX Volume 2. The performance at the Levitt Pavilion served as a kick-off for its fall tour.