Kelly Cope

It’s Friday, so sit back, relax and Take it SLO – or listen to them.

Tonight, Cal Poly’s a cappella group, Take it SLO, will be making its solo concert debut with some of its unique repertoire of well-known pop songs.

The group has enjoyed much success in its tenure at Cal Poly, and has made a name for itself all over the state through competitions such as the California A Cappella Festival.

The group will perform songs originally made famous by artists such as Kelly Clarkson, “Because of You,” and the Black Eyed Peas’ hit “Don’t Lie.”

Take It SLO’s concept was formed in spring 2003. In the beginning, UCLA’s a cappella group, Awaken, lent the group a few pieces, and after a few rehearsals, Take It SLO was on its way. Many of the 12 members this year have done their own arrangements for the group.

Dov Rohan, a physics senior and beat boxer for Take it SLO, described the group’s sound as “drastically different” compared to other groups on campus.

“I get a lot of really great feedback after concerts about how our songs and our overall set was really awesome and totally different from the standard classical or more typical-sounding a cappella sound,” Rohan said. “This was one of the main reasons I originally wanted to be a part of the group.”

Tonight’s performance is meant to raise money to pay for an opportunity to record a CD that Take It SLO director and music senior Kimberly Nicola hopes to create in a few months.

“Right now we are still in the preliminary stages, just trying to raise the money,” Nicola said. “But hopefully by June we can make a studio recording.”

Tickets for the concert are $3 at the door.

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