Karmin’s energetic performance did not leave 600 students “Brokenhearted” at their show at Alumni Hall Friday night.
Student Programming Association brought the duo, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan to Penn State and they were greeted with sincere fans, some even donning Heidemann’s infamous pompadour hairstyle.
With a full band behind them, Karmin sang songs from their May EP, “Hello” and a few popular covers from Youtube.
Karmin said they were excited to see Penn Staters’ support, especially since they remembered their time in college as one of the best times in their lives.
“You can do anything you put your mind to,” Heidemann said, “500 million views later, thanks to you guys…”
Heidemann, sporting perfect feminine curls and red lipstick, rapped in incredible speed, genuinely garnering a good comparison between herself and Busta Rhymes.
Before performing their popular cover of “Look At Me Now” by Chris Brown , Heidemann asked if anyone in the audience was brave enough to perform with them and sing Busta Rhymes’ part in the song.
Devon Fields (sophomore-public relations) was the fearless student who got up on stage and did justice to the song, enough for Amy to say he did an amazing job.
Fields stayed front row and center for the rest of the show and said he knew he wanted to get up on that stage right away.
“It’s the one song I actually know the lyrics all throughout,” Fields said, “and I thought how awesome would it be to be on stage with Karmin?”
Though most of Karmin’s songs are upbeat, positive and dance-worthy, Noonan was able to showcase his softer vocals and harmonization in the slow-paced love song, “Coming Up Strong.”
After a few more songs from their EP like “Too Many Fish” and “Walking on the Moon,” Karmin preformed a quirky cover of Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” and Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.” Both covers were favorites that had the audience smiling and singing along to each word.
Maddie Cook (freshman-aerospace engineering) enjoyed Karmin as her first ever concert and was impressed with their performance as well as thrilled that the event was free.
“I didn’t get to go to Zac Brown Band because it was too expensive, but Karmin gave a really great performance,” Cook said.
However, Cook thought it would have been cool if Karmin did their cover of Jessie J’s “Price Tag” since Noonan plays the trombone in the cover on Youtube.
After the show, Anna Rastatter (sophomore-special education) left the concert feeling like Karmin had really connected with their fans during the performance.
“Karmin totally took me by surprise, Amy is an amazing rapper and I feel like I could just be best friends with her.”