Betty Who gives Raleigh crowd a fun night of music

Reviewed by Alexis Dickerson
Times-News correspondent

   RALEIGH — On Tuesday night, Betty Who fans piled into King’s Barcade, a little venue nestled in downtown Raleigh. Fans ranged in age from late teens to early 30s, and far more in-between.
Betty Who had just performed last weekend at the well-known Firefly Music Festival in Delaware on a stage with a much different scale. The small layout of the stage and a crowd of more than 100 in Raleigh seemed to give the feel of watching friends play music in their garage more so than a fast-rising star in the pop music industry.
Both opening acts kept the crowds loose, while also getting them ready for the main event. Cailee Rae, 15, covered popular songs such as One Republic’s, “Apologize,” as well as some of her originals, showing off her own star potential. Nashville band COIN got the crowd bouncing with their use of fast-tempoed rhythms and heavy use of drums. Both acts definitely got the crowd ready for the main act, Betty Who and her “Who Crew.”
   The entire setup was simplistic, which gave Betty Who’s performance the “indie” feel that complemented her music. No props were on stage, just Who and her band (who were all wearing “WHO CREW” shirts). The set list created a nice balance with softer songs such “A Night to Remember,” juxtaposing with her faster ones such as “Glory Days.” She performed hit songs from her debut album, “Take Me When You Go” and finished the concert with her most popular song to date, “Somebody Loves You.”
Who commanded the stage, utilizing the small space to her advantage through movements across the entire stage, as well as interacting with the fans up-close. She kept her performance simple and delivered powerful and subtle vocals.
Who was energetic and flirty, making jokes about her bandmates in between songs, which quickly showed to be infectious as she had the entire crowd dancing with her. Who kept the atmosphere light and fun, while fans sang along. Betty Who performed a show to remember.

 Alexis Dickerson is a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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