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Vanessa Carlton Performs at Penn State

Friday was no “Ordinary Day” at Penn State, as Vanessa Carlton took the stage in Alumni Hall. Thanks to SPA, students got free admission to an amazing show — and they didn’t need to walk “A Thousand Miles” to see it.

The crowd was rocking before Vanessa Carlton even took the stage thanks to opening act–and Youtube sensation–Noah Guthrie.  He had the audience dancing throughout his acoustic performance, and his rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” was especially outstanding.

Vanessa Carlton had a tough act to follow, but she did not disappoint.  When the Grammy-nominated artist stepped onto the stage, raucous chants of “Vanessa!” ran through the crowd.  She took to the piano and played some of her biggest hits, such as “White Houses,” and, of course, “A Thousand Miles.”

Throughout the night, Vanessa charmed the crowd with her catchy melodies.  Her violinist was also fantastic and he even played electric guitar at one point.  Vanessa made sure to play some hits off of her newest album, “Rabbits on the Run,” which she recorded in England.

It’s been a decade since Carlton was launched onto the national stage with “A Thousand Miles,” but it’s clear she hasn’t lost any of her stage presence. She even got political at one point, decicating a song to marriage equality and had a simple message for anyone who opposed gay marriage: “Fuck ’em.”

The Milford, Pennsylvania native fittingly closed the show with a song called, “Home,” which she accompanied with an amazing piano solo.  Carlton also received huge applause when she joked about how she decided to take the Megabus to State College, because she was Jewish and wanted to save money.  Overall, the performance was incredible, and most of all, free!

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