CSUN’s first coed a cappella group, Acasola, had its fifth annual Halloween concert Saturday.
The Lost Sols concert took place at The Acasola House and featured performances by Acasola, as well as USC’s Overflow.
The performers kept the show festive by dressing in coordinated costumes. Acasola members dressed as superheroes, while Overflow members wore Hogwarts uniforms from the “Harry Potter” series.
“It’s exciting to establish a new connection with another group,” said Acasola member Samantha Johnson, 19-year-old film major.
Acasola performed a Halloween-themed set for students, friends and family members.
The line-up included “Walking With a Ghost” by Tegan and Sara, “Zombie” by the Cranberries, and a group favorite, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by the Backstreet Boys. The group gave “Everybody” an Acasola twist, with the lyrics, “Acasola’s back, all right!”
Overflow’s Hannah Nachef, a sophomore journalism major at USC, said she thought the concert was amazing and loved Acasola’s sound.
“Acasola was very welcoming to us, and we would love to have the opportunity to perform alongside them again,” said Nachef, 19.
Overflow, USC’s Christian a cappella group, sang four songs, including Switchfoot’s “Dare You to Move” and Worth Dying For’s “Savior.”
Acasola president, Michael Arceneaux, 19, said the group likes to expand its connections with other groups as much as possible and wants to remain innovative and fresh with the groups they invite.
“We always want to bring something new and entertaining,” said Arceneaux, junior theater major.
One resident of the Acasola house was drawn to the concert after listening to many rehearsals take place within the walls of his home.
Wayne Borromeo, 21, said he wished the concert was longer and especially loved hearing musical director Mike Elton’s solo during “Roxanne” by the Police, an encore song.
“Honestly, I wished the concert was longer,” said Borromeo, a sophomore business major who has lived in the house for seven months.
Another concertgoer was surprised and impressed with the level of talent at the concert.
“It wasn’t what I thought it would be,” said Breanna Nichols, 22. “I thought it was just singing, but they added music and melody to it, and I loved that.”
Nichols, a student at Moorpark College, came because her cousin Kyrsten Williams is a member of Acasola. Nichols also added she especially loved the beatboxing during some songs.
After the singers took their final bow, Acasola offered a party to members and attendees in celebration of their hard work before Halloween.
“We put in so much work to put this concert on,” Arceneaux said. “We want to be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor.”