Indie pop sensation Ryn Weaver put on an amazing show at Alumni Hall in the HUB last night thanks to the Student Programming Association (SPA). Though it was 10 p.m. on a Friday and round two of the Halloweekend festivities, a solid crowd of loyal fans came out to support Weaver.
Weaver’s sound is soulful and distinct, yet certainly upbeat. Her style is reminiscent of artists like Florence and the Machine, Broods, Misterwives, and Phoebe Ryan.
Weaver has a unique and quirky energy about her, which was evident the moment she took the stage. She opened her show with one of her more upbeat tracks, “Runaway,” the first track on her album The Fool The crowd was immediately energized and dancing. She also performed “Sail On” and “Stay Long” also from The Fool, where she continued to entertain with her intense rhythms and soulful vocals.
It took Weaver no time to warm up to the Penn State crowd, making consistent commentary between songs. She did a fantastic job of making the concert feel intimate and personal.
“Before I play this next time, I want everyone to look around them and introduce themselves to two new people,” she insisted, encouraging the crowd to interact and build up even more energy and excitement
Weaver concluded her show with more emotional songs including “Traveling Song,” a track dedicated to her grandfather who passed away. She moved into her No. 1 hit “Octahate” soon after, which of course hyped students up.
She completed her performance with “New Constellations,” the final track on her album. Weaver put her all into each song and her passion and enthusiasm were evident. An NYU student herself, Weaver vibed with the college crowd and took note of the beautiful fall atmosphere and school pride.
Overall, Ryn Weaver’s soulful melodies did not disappoint and served as the perfect low-key and relaxing Friday night treat. As we begin to see the light at the end of the semester, we’re excited to see which acts SPA brings through the end of the fall and throughout the spring.