A Cappella Group Performs Outside Clarendon Metro

by ARLnow.com October 5, 2011 at 9:42 am 4,035 31 Comments

Around 8:00 last night, an a cappella group showed up outside the Clarendon Metro station and began singing for a small crowd of bystanders.

We don’t know who they are or why they were there, but the above video shows them performing a pretty impressive rendition of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. If you’re familiar with the group, please let us know in the comments.

Update at 2:20 p.m. — The group has been identified by commenters as the “Noctonals.”

Hat tip to @anuckols

  • JS

    Goddamn do I hate a capella groups like this. So artistically lazy…

    • DW

      It’s not for everyone – feel free to move along.

      • JD

        Agreed DW.

        You’re not actually listening to this arrangement, if you think it’s artistically lazy. People do covers all the time and aren’t called artistically lazy. This person had to turn instrumentals into vocals. Entirely different skill set and level of creativity, if you ask me. And if you think it’s just transposed note-for-note, you need to listen harder. There are parts there that aren’t in the original. Just sayin.

  • Andrew Benard a.k.a. Nard Dog

    it was “Here Comes Treble”

    we all went to Cornell, it’s an Ivy League school


      I did a double take when you stated the name and then I read the rest. Quick, I like it! 😉

    • Christine

      so was it Here comes Treble or the NocEms? And thanks for the note that Cornell is Ivy League.

      • Google it

        Google “here comes treble cornell”

  • LP

    Good stuff!

    There is also a small group (pretty sure it’s 2 guys) who usually stand in-front of Harry’s Tap Room on the weekend afternoons with a violin and a guitar and sing songs. They do a great job and have some great music selections as well.

  • John Fontain

    The Noc Ems? I think they are former GW students????

    They also performed “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap and a couple of other songs. They were really good.

    It was great to stumble upon this last night.

  • CW

    I hear a capella outside the Clarendon Metro from about 12 AM to 3 AM on most weekend nights, so this isn’t really news to me.

  • FedUp

    Awesome! I hope the county bureaucrats don’t stop this by way of requiring some kind of stupid “outside singing” permit.

  • featherbot

    We’re called the NocEms (or the Noctonals). We’re a group of former UVA and Virginia Tech a cappella nerds who like to sing a cappella even after college. We’ll be back with more songs soon!

    • Well done

      She has a power house voice. Glad you all continue to do what you love. Whether this is everyone’s cup of tea or not, it makes many happy and it reminds or teaches people that singing and music is a great hobby to have to build and keep friendships.

      **Part of an all ages, mixed voices, local volunteer chorus myself. Great way to lighten up a tough work week is having fun for a few hours doing what I like to do.**

    • Ashley

      Hey featherbot – are you in the group? I left a note on the video on youtube. I work for a non-profit in the area. We’re having an event in Novemeber and we’ve been looking for a acapella group to bring in. Would you guys have any interest? You can message me through my youtube account – jerseygamecock!

  • JamesE

    1-2 weeks ago there were people in traditional Lederhosen doing song and dance outside the Ballston metro, but since it is not Clarendon I guess it isn’t a big deal.

    • KR

      It’s probably just that no one bothered to record it and/or submit it. I know I would have had I been in the area and seen it.

  • Rachbedach

    The Nocternal Emmissions! These guys are ridiculously awesome. Give that chick a recording contract immediately. See what you can do without any autotune, glee?

  • BoredHouseWife

    Once upon a time, in Springfield mall, Shai would walk around ans sing acapella.

  • ArlResident

    Of course some of them from from UVA. I miss the days of acapella concerts in C-ville!

  • singhhher

    Amazing… great job! Wish I was still in a choir group…performances like this give me such intense goosebumps.

    If you don’t like to listen…keep walking-simple!

    • shameless plug

      Can’t help but throw in a shameless plug here, but there are a lot of great choral groups in the area that are volunteer and a lot of fun. Facebook search Alexandria Singers and that’s one option in the area. (So what if I’ve there Marketing vp too haha…) We have a website too of course, but throughout the year we’re redesigning and updating everything we’ve got currently. We just had a cycle of auditions that brought in 13 new members, but we’re an all ages and mens and womens voices pops chorus “based” in Alexandria but with members from all of NoVa, DC, and MD…

      There are more recently a handful of awesome smaller groups popping up throughout the city as good friends of mine are in those too. Just have to look for them. 🙂 If you “like” us we’ll get in touch!

    • pghBigDog

      If you’re looking for something a little more on the classical side, you might give Choralis a try. They’re a 110 voice audition choir, do lots of oratorio works, often in latin, german, etc. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, generally at HBWoodlawn, but sometimes at Falls Church Presbyterian.

      You can give a listen tomorrow, Thursday 06Oct at 8:00pm at the George Mason Center for the Arts when they will be performing with the University singers and orchestra in rendition of the rarely-performed Mass by Leonard Bernstein.

      Arrange an audition here: http://www.choralis.org. Reading music is a must.

      • shameless plug

        I feel better now. 😉 Hahaha.

        I certainly wanted to just say that there are SO many options in this area of talented groups that range in even the type of choral performances they give or the music they sing, so people can find one that works for them (i.e.- pops, choral/classic, acapella, etc.). A lot of folks don’t even know they’re out there!


        PS- Choralis is a wonderful program! Though I don’t know anyone who performs with them I’ve seen them perform and it’s amazing. Kudos to you all! 🙂

  • Just Me

    People having fun, not hurting anyone or braking any laws, I think its nice.

  • Jtown

    Hahaha. I think it’s awesome. Noctonal Emissions? Brilliant. Recording’s not great quality, I would have loved to hear the background more. I’ll keep an eye out now!

  • SinSA

    The DC Metro area has a lot of really great a cappella groups performing around town.

    If this performance was something you saw and you liked, come to Jammin’ Java in Vienna on Monday October 24th and you’ll see a lot more contemporary a cappella music by some DC area groups. (Noc Ems–will be looking out for your performances!)

  • CarsSuck

    Really cool to see! It’d be nice to see a lot more street music performers around town. More on weekdays, commuters are wound up so tight, some more music would always be good. I’d even like to see more music panhandlers instead of the usual panhandling at red lights and not offering anything in return. You want a dollar? Sure, entertain me.

  • Kiran

    Yeah, I know those people. I used to sing with them. No big deal 😛

    Seriously, good job guys!!

  • Clarendon Resident

    Glad to see the shout out. I’ve attended Choralis concerts for several years. Definitely worth seeking out.

  • Me je

    Bring them back!! A nice treat!!!

  • I love it! You can practice at our house and visit at the lake anytime!


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