Matt And Kim Made Penn State Get A Little Weird
“Penn State likes to get fucking weird and I like you guys for that.” Touché, Matt and Kim. Touché.
If you weren’t one of the 820 students to take advantage of the free Matt and Kim concert Sunday night, you missed out…big time. Unless, of course, you’re easily offended by swear words and inappropriate dancing and don’t like having fun on a school night.
If you’re reading this and FOMO is starting to kick-in, here’s a recap of what you missed:
- As their last show of the summer, Kim requested there be one naked person, to which the Auxiliary Police Officer next to me frantically began looking around. It appeared everyone remained clothed (until later that is.)
- Matt requested the audience do the “Penn State bounce” during their performance of Cameras. Which consisted of having one hand in the air and “bouncing like a thug.”
- Kim threw 500 balloons to the audience, started a “let’s get weird” chant, and then had people blow up and release the balloons when they played Now.
- I could quote just about everything that Kim said throughout the evening, but “I want the bitches in Simmons to hear us” was a personal favorite.
- Kim was also said she was giving out “fuck me” eyes to the audience throughout the show and asked people to just go with it.
- In order to “get the right amount of Penn State weird,” audience members that were Kim’s height (5-foot-4 or shorter) got on peoples shoulders.
- Later, Kim gave the audience lessons you won’t learn in a Penn State textbook, including: “pussy runs everything.” She also shared that she went to Penn State for a year, although admitted she did not make it to many classes.
- Then Matt requested things get even weirder, and asked people to take their shirts off. Kim told the audience she was grading them on their party level and that was 75 percent of the grade, to which the audience responded by swinging their shirts over their heads.
- Kim (successfully) walked on people’s hands.
- Matt led a “We Are” chant at the end of the set before preforming a one-song encore.
If the highlights weren’t a dead giveaway, the duo gave quite the performance. Keeping the crowd pumped wasn’t the only key to the stellar night, but their own energy was obvious and kept the vibe strong. From covers to originals, the band kept with the energy and tone that was present in their album, and has even injected new energy into songs I had listened to before. Previously, when listening to the hit Daylight, I didn’t imagine a terrifyingly energetic Kim dancing around smiling, but now it is a natural part of the song in my mind. Did I mention that Kim was crazy? Because she was crazy. Dancing, bouncing, leaping, and crowdsurfing are all just the tip of the iceberg that was her performance.
The musical quality was also fantastic, with their voices reaching all of the levels that they promised in their recorded version, with some great improvisation and additions to songs. After the band had left and it seemed like it was over, a chant started. It grew rapidly: “one more song,” they screamed, eventually taking over the room, and “one more song” they received.
As if Matt and Kim could refuse.
Their encore performance started out with a hitch, as Matt accidentally disabled the audio equipment. This was not a loss to the band or the crowd, though, as Kim made sure it was taken as a second chance. The second time around, you could have mistaken the crowd for a music video — people were singing, sitting on shoulders, dancing, throwing balloons, and overall having a fantastic time.
While Matt apologized for “getting so chatty” in between numbers, the playful banter between the pair was hilarious and everything they said was geared to engage the audience in some way. Although they had absolutely no filter whatsoever to anything they said, it gave them a raunchy yet relatable and genuine vibe.
Essentially, every school week at Penn State should start with a free Matt and Kim concert, and everyone should take advantage of the free concerts at the HUB. If you didn’t, hopefully you learned your lesson, and hopefully Matt and Kim come back to Penn State for a third time.