Last Friday night, Overture Hall was the scene of a birthday concert and celebration for the MadHatters, a men's a capella group at UW-Madison. Founded in 1997, the 17-person group is distinguished by their matching cardinal sport jackets and a repertoire of standard tunes like "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" to beatboxing. The group was not shy about featuring this latter talent at their show on Fri. 23, when they beatboxed versions of "Billie Jean," "Misirlou," and "On Wisconsin."
The live concert video, separated into three segments for tune, follows below.
The MadHatters' show in Overture Hall, which has a capacity of 2,251 seats, was sold out by the day of the performance. The group performed a special alumni tribute and a retrospective on the
decade-long history of the group at the university as part of the birthday celebrations. One attendee exclaimed that the show was
"absolutely fantastic," while another declared it to be simply "awesome." He also noted the beatbox performance, writing:
Wow was it great. I'm sad that they have so many amazingly talented seniors leaving this year, especially the guy that sang "I'll Be" (Edwin McCain) and I think "Hey Girl" (O.A.R.) and their phenomenally talented vocal instrumentalist, who sings an amazing trumpet and trombone.
The MadHatters' next public show in Madison is scheduled for Sunday, Apr. 22, when they perform at the UW's All Campus Idol competition at the Wisconsin Union Theater.