‘Cozy Capella’ brings mix of throwbacks and contemporary music

Cozy Cappella had a mix of throwbacks and new bops

Student a cappella groups donned their comfiest attire for Winter Carnival's Cozy Cappella Thursday night.
Published: February 23, 2019
The Mandarins at Cozy Capella concert
A student grabs the mic during the Cozy Capella performance by The Mandarins.

Several student a cappella groups performed a mix of throwbacks and contemporary music Thursday night while dressed in onesies, robes and other pajamas for the Cozy Cappella show in Goldstein Auditorium.

As part of SU’s Winter Carnival, the show put on by SU’s A Capella Council provided a reprieve from the cold for about 300 enthusiastic audience members, as well as free hot chocolate and baked goods.

Alyssa Sullivan and Brendan Weaver, both seniors, hosted the event and introduced the first act around 8:40 p.m. Each of the six acts, including Groovestand, Main Squeeze, The Mandarins, Orange Appeal, Oy Cappella and Otto Tunes, performed two songs.

Stephanie Potts, a junior communication and rhetorical studies major, and Julie Doherty, a junior neuroscience and psychology major, came to see multiple people perform in the groups Main Squeeze and Oy Cappella.

“I like this one because, compared to the other shows they do, you also get to see the raw talent and singing ability of the groups,” Potts said, while Doherty added that she liked the audience setup of tables as opposed to long rows of seats.

Up first was the all-male group Orange Appeal, who brought on cheers with their rendition of “Movin’ Out” by Billy Joel. Co-ed Jewish group Oy Cappella performed “Elastic Heart” by Sia and “I Feel It Coming” by The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk. The Mandarins, an all-female group, sang an a cappella version of the mid-2000’s bop “Potential Breakup Song” by Aly & AJ and “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco.

Groovestand, a group of co-ed singers, started the second half of the show with renditions of “It’s Too Late” by Carole King followed by SAINT MOTEL’s “My Type.” Ottotunes then took the stage with their coordinated outfits and choreography to “Stupid Deep” by John Bellion and “Disturbia” by Rihanna. The final act of the night, the select all-female group Main Squeeze, performed songs by Billie Eilish and Clean Bandit.

Lauren Silverstein, a sophomore public relations and policy studies double major, brought a sign with her to cheer on her First Year Players mentor, Andy Torres of Ottotunes.

“I thought it was incredible. I think that every time I see everyone perform, they just get better,” Silverstein said.

Denise Ryan, of Auburn, came to see her daughter perform at Cozy Cappella as a member of Main Squeeze. Ryan has seen the a cappella performances of daughter Keelie Hotchkiss, senior, at SU for the past three years.

“They’ve come so far since freshman year to now. They’re just an amazing group of talent,” Ryan said.

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