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Coffeehouse concerts: a capella & Isaac LeSage

By Medea Giordano Special to the chronicle


Hofstra Concerts kicked off their first Coffee House Series of the semester on Thursday. This was my first time attending a show like this, and it was definitely worth it to experience all of Hofstra’s diverse talent.

Two of Hofstra’s a capella groups performed, and first up was The Hofbeats. They started out slowly, but progressively worked the crowd up by performing a mash up of hits like “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap and “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down.

The members of The Hofbeats are so talented with their wide variety of voices that I almost forgot that there were no actual instruments being played. Needless to say, The Hofbeats were able to set the tone for what would be an eventful night.

The second performance of the night was Isaac LeSage, a sophomore member of The Hofbeats. He sang never-before-heard songs that he will be recording on an upcoming EP release. Isaac described himself on stage as a “much less talented version of Ed Sheeran raised on a diet of punk and heavy metal.”

Although, judging from the tons of love the audience showed, I think LeSage can now refer to himself as just as talented as the famous musician today. LeSage’s music is reminiscent of pop punk bands of the 90s and early 2000s, making his music relatable to college-aged students with lyrics including partying, angst and having a complicated relationship with your hometown.

The final act was Makin’ Treble, Hofstra’s only all-female a capella group, who ended the night with a soulful feel. They were able to transform Elvis Presley’s classic rock‘n’roll hit, “Hound Dog,” and give it a country spin. The group also sang an empowering version of “Super Girl” that would put “The Princess Diaries” to shame.

The three groups offered a diverse range of music catering to almost everyone’s personal taste, while still flowing well together. You’re missing out if you don’t make it to another coffeehouse performance, held every Thursday night, and experience the talent available right at your fingertips.

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