Music preformed by Alice Kristiansen brightens up the night

Pop Singer, Alice Kristiansen performs her songs and favorite covers live. The performance began at 7 p.m. and was held in Washburn A/B.

On Sept. 7, the Office of Student Involvement and Development hosted a concert in Washburn A/B in the Memorial Union.

Alice Kristiansen performed songs from her latest extended play “Memos From Maine,” as well as several covers. The hallways of the Union were filled with echoes of her voice.

The concert started off with her song “Oregon.” Alice crafted a genuine connection with her listeners by expressing her words with emotionally gripping vulnerability.

“By presenting the whispery, acoustic vibes of her songs with such grace and effortlessness, I think it was easier for me to connect to the songs,” said Divita Gadtaula, a sophomore in nursing major. “The connection was further amplified by the honesty her tone reflects with breathy, quivery vocals with light, confessional lyricism.”

She performed covers of “Funeral” by Phoebe Bridgers, “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen and “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus, which she said is one of her favorite bands. Her own songs included “Lucid Dreaming,” “Mall Kid” and “Religion” from her latest EP. She performed her songs “Marilyn” and “Lost My Mind” as well.

“I had known Alice from her cover of ‘The One That Got Away’ by Katy Perry, and her way of changing the upbeat songs to stripped back versions with guitar or piano only is really fascinating,” said Gadtaula. “I am really glad I got to meet her and experience such a lovely evening.”

Kristiansen also shared some of her feelings on playing in this type of venue.

“I like when I have the chance to play an intimate show. I am always working on new songs and it feels comfortable to play for a lowkey crowd,” said Kristiansen. “I like playing in colleges because of the calm environment, and I loved playing here at Washburn.”

Kristiansen played her songs with her guitar, filling the air with an emotionally charged performance. The raw and vulnerable feel to her songs gave more depth to the lyrics and composition. The descriptions she gave for her songs before performing them provided further context to her way of writing.

The night ended filled with a sweet melancholy feel because of Kristiansen and her music.


Edited By: LeSha’ Davis and Simran Shrestha