The Encore Room in the Dreyfus University Center was packed with people on Saturday, Sept. 6 as crowds gathered to watch country singer Brett Young perform.
Young is currently touring universities throughout the nation, sharing his original songs as well as a few covers of modern country hits.
Centertainment worked hard to set up this event. Julia Ludwiczak, the centertainment productions center stage coordinator, shared details about how the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point brought Young here.
“The Centertainment staff heard Young perform at the National Association for Campus Activities convention in St. Paul last spring,” Ludwiczak said. “We go as a team to listen to different speakers and performers, and decide collectively about who we want to bring to campus. This allows us to bring some bigger names in for a lower price when other colleges in the area book them around the same time.”
Young’s concert began at 8 p.m. and Loren De Lonay was the opening act. Lonay played a mix of original songs as well as covers, one being Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful.”
Freshman Kelsey Nelson offered her own opinion about Lonay’s opening act.
“Her original songs were magnificent,” Nelson said. “I almost had the nerve to ask for a CD. The lighting in The Encore was amazing. How they can change the colors and everything whenever they want. The sound was perfect. It was never too loud or soft.”
Following a short set change, Young came on stage and opened with Keith Urban’s hit song “Cop Car.” Young’s set was well received by audience members. It seemed that even those who did not initially expect to enjoy themselves appreciated Young’s music once his concert began.
“Even though I’m not a fan of country music, I think that Brett Young did an exceptional job with the songs he performed,” freshman Drake Schroeder said
Both Lonay and Young seemed to make valiant efforts to communicate and connect with their audiences through music. This effort created an intimate performance for concertgoers.
Freshman Taylor Wilcox expressed her feelings about the performance.
“The concert was outstanding and both of the artists were extremely humble and seemed to truly connect with the audience,” Wilcox said. “I still cannot believe that UWSP was able to get them on our campus.”
Nelson felt a particular connection with Young’s performance.
“Brett Young was so funny,” Nelson said. “I loved every story he told to go with his songs. Getting to shake his hand was the coolest.”
It seems that Young’s concert at UWSP’s music hotspot created an opportunity for students to connect over new experiences, whether that was exposure to unaccustomed music genres or newly acquainted campus environments.