Carlie Hanson lights up the stage


Photo by Shane Potter

Carlie Hanson performing one of her songs for a packed show at the Rave on Oct. 20.

Pop singer Carlie Hanson graced the Eagles Ballroom with her catchy music and a memorable stage presence to match on Oct. 20.
The La Crosse native, who with Kim Petras served as an opener for Troye Sivan, began the show with “Why Did You Lie?”– a song with tropical elements that was met with approval by the audience. After this first song, Hanson informed the crowd that she is from La Crosse and a fan of the Milwaukee Brewers, which incited even more cheers.
The singer then performed “Toxins,” a new single that mixes organic instruments with the synth sounds that dominate her music. Hanson also got everyone’s hands waving with “Hazel,” a sad song about a hometown friend, and kept the momentum going with “Only One,” a danceable tune about a hesitant romantic partner.
“Us,” Hanson’s closing song, was introduced as a “f– – you anthem” and was met with a roaring applause at its end. The song’s unbothered message, paired with Hanson’s commanding energy, proved that she knows how to start a concert off with a bang. Suffice it to say that the 18-year-old is a musical force to be reckoned with.
Hanson is currently on tour with Troye Sivan. Fans can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @carliehanson and expect more great music from her soon.