Sounds of song and dance filled the air at Salt Lake Community College’s Taylorsville-Redwood Campus on Friday, August 22, as students were treated to a live concert by the a cappella group Ball in the House.
Ball in the House is a group of five singers from Boston, Massachusetts and perform free of instruments or backing tracks. The group’s singers are Dave Guisti, Monty Hill, Cole Sherratt, James Jones, and beat boxer Jon Ryan.
Ball in the House demonstrated their abilities in a hour long concert hosted by Student Life and Leadership, with the set list featuring music that ranged from the 1970’s to contemporary music, all in the style of R&B, soul and pop.
The show started off with a cover of Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” mixed in with lyrics from Will Smith’s “Yo! Home To Bel-Air,” all of which set the mood for an upbeat show.
Ball in the House then performed a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” before formally introducing themselves and sharing that this was their first time touring and passing through Utah.
The show continued with renditions of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” and Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody,” followed up by a beat boxing demonstration by Ryan.
The unique styling of a cappella and beat boxing combined kept the show well energized, but the choreography was fairly contained, however that soon changed when the group did their 1970s medley.
The medley consisted of “Stayin’ Alive,” “That’s The Way (I Like It),” and “Y.M.C.A.”
The choreography switched to more movement and poses, but the highlight of the number was when the members performed the classic choreography for the YMCA.
The energy was ramped up, but that wasn’t enough for Ball in the House as they had audience members jump to the front to dance with bass singer Jones for their rendition of Cupid’s “Cupid Shuffle.”
After the shuffle had finished, the band gave thanks to the audience and moved on to their final song number, Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.”
Members of SLL came up on stage to once again thank the band and to remind the audience of the next performance; Hypnotist Chris Jones at the Student Event Center on Thursday, August 28, at 7 p.m.
More information and music for Ball in the House can be found online at www.ballinthehouse.com.