Recently, the International Championship of College A Capella Northeast quarter finalists The Rusty Pipes hosted their 19th Annual Spring Show on Friday, April 8, in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies auditorium. Their game show themed night had rousing performances broken up by games with audience member participation. The evening finished off with a raffle that guests had either purchased raffle tickets for, filled out a survey before hand to receive a free one, or won some from the games during the night.
To start off Act I, the Rusty Pipes performed “Should’ve Been Us” by Tori Kelly, “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift, “Latch” by Sam Smith, “Hey Brother” by Avicii, “Sweater Weather” by The Neighborhood, and a OneRepublic Medley. Personally, I am not a huge fan of pop songs performed by a capella groups, mainly because pop artists utilize a lot of electronic sounds that translate awkwardly to vocals. However, the Rusty Pipes did a stunning job. My favorite of this set was at the beginning of “Bad Blood” when they imitated a traditional choral group, and their solo in “Hey Brother.”
Act II started up after the intermission with “Ain’t it Fun” by Paramore, “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder, “Where R Ü Now” by Skrillex and Diplo, and “Iscariot” by Walk the Moon. I enjoyed this second set more. “Isn’t She Lovely” featured a whimsical doo wop by Bradley Schwartz ’16 and “Where R Ü Now” was sung in a smooth alto voice by Gina Jung ’17, both of which presented these solos phenomenally. However, my by far favorite song of the night was “Iscariot.” No solos were sung in this piece; every member of the Rusty Pipes worked together to produce the whole, rich sound that I had been getting hints at throughout the evening. It was the kind of