Friends and families gathered in the Underground of the Lombardo Student Center on Friday, Dec. 5 to support John Carroll University’s female a cappella group, the Sweet Carrollines, for its biannual concert.
With crowds occupying the seating half an hour before the concert began, the Underground quickly became a packed house.
As 17 Sweet Carrollines took the stage to perform their first song, “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum, the sound system created some difficulty and abruptly stopped the performance.
Soloist junior Jackie DiFrangia jumped right back into the song, and the Sweets had a smooth sailing concert from then on.
Junior John Park, a member of both Rhapsody Blue (the male a cappella group) and Streaks in Key (the co-ed a cappella group) commented, “It was unfortunate that there were technical difficulties at the beginning, but I’m glad the girls were able to push through and keep their composure.”
The Sweets continued their concert with musical selections such as “Emotion” by Destiny’s Child, “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane, “Mama Who Bore Me” from the musical “Spring Awakening” and “You and I” by Lady Gaga.
A crowd favorite from the first act was the “Cups Medley,” featuring the songs “Send Me on My Way,” “When I’m Gone,” “Call Your Girlfriend,” “Rumor Has It,” “Gold Digger” and “It’s Raining Men.”
“They sounded on point throughout the concert and I genuinely enjoyed the songs they picked,” said Park, “especially with the surprise ‘Gold Digger’ they snuck into the ‘Cups’ song.”
To contribute to the vocal variety, Rhapsody Blue and Streaks in Key performed a few songs of their own during intermission.
Streaks in Key kicked off the intermission portion with “Twist and Shout” by The Isley Brothers and “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.
Rhapsody Blue wrapped things up with “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees and “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel.
The Sweets kicked off the second part of the show by entertaining the audience with Christmas selections, such as “Do You Hear What I Hear?” with sophomore soloists Rachel Spenik and Ta’Shaun Dorsey, as well as “Silent Night.”
The performance ended with the ladies singing “Blackbird” by The Beatles, “Animals” by Maroon 5 and a mashup featuring “Without You” by David Guetta, “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons and “Without You” by U2.
“From the song selection, to their pitch, to their energy and stage performance, they had a great, solid performance,” said Rhapsody Blue member sophomore Brian Holler. “I really enjoyed the mashups too. All in all, it was a fun show and their hard work this semester really paid off.”
Alto sophomore for the Sweet Carrollines, Rachel Spenik, added, “The concert was so much fun. I’m so glad we have so many new voices this semester and that we were able to pull together so many new songs for the concert.”
“I am so proud of my girls,” said alto senior Karyn Adams. “The whole event went splendidly. We just wanted to entertain and that’s exactly what we did.”
The Sweet Carrollines will perform during the intermissions for the Streaks in Key concert held on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. in the Underground, as well as the Rhapsody Blue concert on Friday, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology Atrium.