Fans of Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen packed the Baltimore Soundstage Monday night for her Gimme Love Tour. The crowd varied in age, from young fans to old. Carly definitely appeals to a wide range of audience, as she had everyone dancing and singing every lyric to her songs.
Carly performs each song with such strong emotion, shown through her facial expressions and dancing. It was easy to tell when a song was written out of happiness or from a painful moment. She dedicated the third song of her set, “E-MO-TION,” to her ex-boyfriend with a cute smirk as she explained that he moved on just a little too quickly, which inspired the song. Despite the song’s subject, she remains so bubbly and joyful on stage, which is the adorable Carly we have all come to know since “Call Me Maybe” went viral five years ago.
Her 90-minute set was packed with songs from her last two albums, E-MO-TION (released in 2015) and KISS (released in 2012). She included in her set “Good Time,” a song she co-wrote with Owl City, which the crowd went crazy for. Carly also dropped a new tune titled “Fever” on her fans during her set, which was recently released on her E-MO-TION Remixed album in Japan.
- Run Away With Me
- Making the Most of the Night
- Warm Blood
- Boy Problems
- This Kiss
- Favourite Color
- Gimme Love
- Good Time
- Didn’t Just Come Here to Dance
- Tonight I’m Getting Over You
- Your Type
- When I Needed You
- LA Hallucinations
- All That
- Let’s Get Lost
- Call Me Maybe
- I Really Like You
During “Call Me Maybe,” Carly jumped off the stage onto the barricade to greet her fans and sing with them. She is great with interacting with her fans during her performance, as she often grabs their hands, points at them, or directly looks at one fan at a time while singing. Carly Rae Jepsen is an amazing live artist, and I hope that she will be back in town again soon, playing at a larger venue. It definitely seemed like Baltimore Soundstage was just a little too small to handle her large fan base who “didn’t just come there to dance, do you know what I mean?”
The crowd was ready to start dancing from the second Carly took the stage, as they were already fired up from Cardiknox, an electronic-based pop duo from Seattle. The duo is comprised of vocalist Lonnie Angle and instrumentalist Thomas Dutton.
Cardiknox just released their first album this month, titled Portrait. Lonnie’s high energy level while performing is so infectious to the crowd, especially during their popular single, “Wild Child.” Cardiknox is a band to know in 2016 and is definitely an act to see live if you get the chance.
Kicking off the evening was Los Angeles based alternative folk pop band Fairground Saints. For being an acoustic folk trio opening up for a pop singer, the crowd reacted very well to their performance, especially when they covered “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber. Fairground Saints released their self titled album was released in August 2015.
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