Photo by Esther Kaplan
Photo by Esther Kaplan

by Liz Tarnof

What I look for in a musical artist is a unique sound, something new and fresh to catch my attention. Pentatonix, the vocal a cappella quintet has supplied just that. They are a vocal group with one member originating from Southern California, the other three  from Texas and one from Kentucky. Pentatonix have come together to create a fun and charismatic group…they are known for their enticing and visually pleasing YouTube music videos and their capability to mish mash popular songs from various artists, such as Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Macklemore into one full length song. I had the extreme pleasure of watching them perform at the San Diego County Fab Fair (formerly known as the Del Mar Fair) this past week. They did nothing but sing their hearts out and stick to what they are known for, perfection and a beautiful blending of voices. Pentatonix sounded just like they do in their music videos, on point, melodic and in sweet, sweet harmony. The audience was screaming and singing at the top of their lungs, I haven’t seen this enthusiastic of a crowd in such a long time. Thank you Pentatonix, you sure do know how to put on a show!

I had the pleasure of snagging a short interview with one of the lead vocalists, Mitch Grassi. He mentions Pentatonix’s Beyoncé Medley.

Blending numerous songs together has never seemed so seamless. My final verdict: Pentatonix would sound amazing doing an Iggy Azalea song! 😉

Liz Tarnof: How did Pentatonix get started?

Mitch Grassi: Scott, Kirstie, and I were in an a cappella trio in high school. When Scott went off to college, he wanted us to audition for NBC’s The Sing-Off, but the show suggested we add a bass and beat boxer to fill out our sound. We found Avi (our bass) through a mutual friend, and Kevin (our beat boxer) on YouTube, because he had a viral video circulating the internet at the time. Thus, Pentatonix was born!

LT:What are your top three songs to perform and why?

MG: My all-time favorite is the Beyoncé Medley because it’s all about the performance for that one. I really get into character. Daft

Photo by Ryan Parma
Photo by Ryan Parma

Punk is a great one, too, because it’s always a crowd favorite. I suppose my third one would be “Say Something,” because that’s when we really take it down and strip our performance of any choreography or heavy production. It’s just us singing.

LT:What are some songs you would like to cover in the future?

MG: There are a whole slew of them! I would love to do a Robyn song. They’re so poppy and fresh, as always with an interesting twist. I think we would do her songs well.

LT:What do you do in your downtime, either on or off tour?

MG: We like to write our own music sometimes, when we aren’t working on band tunes. I love listening to new music and staying current with the latest releases, and every month, I release a playlist of my favorites from the past month and share it with the fans.

LT: Lastly, what is something you would like to tell all of your fans?

MG: We are endlessly grateful for your immense support, and we love you so much!

For information on Pentatonix’s tour, music and more, visit them at

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7 Responses to "Pentatonix Performs at the Fab Fair in San Diego"

  1. hmph  June 30, 2014

    FYI: Scott, Kirstie, and Mitch are from Texas, Kevin is from Kentucky, and Avi is from California.

    • Jake Conlee  July 1, 2014

      @SimplyCymbalic, thank you for the correction, and we have corrected the article to say so. Thanks again for reading!

      • hmph  July 2, 2014

        🙂 You are welcome! Happy to help! I am always glad to read about Pentatonix! They are an extremely talented bunch and deserve all the good press they can get! 🙂

  2. Aaron David  July 1, 2014

    Btw, Kevin is not from California. He is from Kentucky…

    • Jake Conlee  July 1, 2014

      @Aaron David, thank you for the correction, we made the adjustment in the article. Thanks again for reading!

  3. I brought my kids to this show. My 6year old LOVES PTX and had her signs and face painted. It was so cute. I am so happy that she likes this group, even though they do covers of pop songs, the arrangements are so creative and the video’s are done in an artistic, but thoughtful manner. I would much rather my kids listen to PTX’s Miley medley than watch Miley present a not so wholesome image. The fact that the music is all a cappella intreagues my little one. I catch her trying to immitate Kevin’s beat boxing and and Avi’s low notes… and in the same breath try to reach Mitch and Kirstie’s high notes… now that is fun to watch! 🙂

    • teamaviva  July 10, 2014

      It was definitely a great show! My daughter, who is 9, loves them as well. I completely agree with you, this is a great group for all ages and really shows a more unique and fun side to music! So glad your daughter enjoys them. Thanks for reading 🙂


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