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Review: Pentatonix puts on magical concert at Madison Square Garden (Includes first-hand account)

They kicked off their high-energy show with their classic Daft Punk medley and they immediately broke into “Sing” and treated the crowd to their own unique rendition of Panic! at the Disco’s smash hit “High Hopes,” which resonated well with the audience.

After a musical trip to “Havana,” they also paid homage to the queen of country music, Dolly Parton, with a refreshing version of “Jolene,” where they dusted off her country standard and gave it an atmospheric touch. Their soaring harmonies never sounded more glorious than on their haunting take of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.”

One of the highlight performances of the night was their captivating cover of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” from the feature film, A Star is Born, as well as Kevin Olusola’s cello-boxing solo, which was sheer bliss.

After a brief intermission, the group returned with a mashup of “Natural Disaster” and “Cracked,” and they also threw in British songstress Jessie Ware’s “Valentine” in the mix, which was an added bonus.

Equally impressive were their tributes to pop princess Ariana Grande with “Evolution of Ariana Grande,” and their bold version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

They closed with “On My Way Home,” but they returned for a two-song encore, which included “Run to You” and a heavenly version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” where they left their fans and listeners thirsty for more.

The Verdict

Overall, Pentatonix put on a superb live show at The Garden. They allowed their rich, powerful vocals to do all the talking, and the result was one true musical event. Pentatonix owned that Madison Square Garden stage. Rachel Platten and Citizen Queen were great supporting acts, who were able to get the Big Apple audience stimulated for Pentatonix. Their live set garnered an A rating.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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