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Rock artist Kelsy Karter performs at the Middle East in Cambridge

Man and a woman standing together and posing for photoPhoto courtesy Shaun Hood

Observer Arts and Entertainment Editor Shaun Hood with Kelsy Karter during meet and greet prior to the concert on April 25 at the Middle East in Cambridge.

On the night of Monday, April 25th, I finally got to see Kelsy Karter perform live here in Massachusetts!

Kelsy Karter is a singer-songwriter, who released her debut album in October 2020. The album, titled Missing Person, features lots of modern rock melodies, including Karter’s hit track, “Liquor Store on Mars.” Karter gained a lot of attention when she posted a photo of herself with a fake face tattoo of Harry Style’s face. Fans of both Karter and Styles believed that the tattoo was real at the time, and after some time, Karter revealed that the tattoo was fake and that it was a way to promote her single,

“Harry,” which is a song about Harry Styles. That’s something that helped get Karter to where she is today.

Throughout the past few weeks, Karter has been touring the U.S. with King Mala and Animal Sun. The concert was at The

Middle East in Cambridge. Unfortunately, King Mala was unable to make it to the east coast for this particular show. Local band Condition Baker opened the show instead.

Once Condition Baker finished their set and got the crowd hyped up, Animal Sun took the stage and got everyone ready for the great Kelsy Karter.

Per usual, it’s likely that Karter did not disappoint fans with her heavy rock songs, as well as covers from other artists like Billie Eilish’s song, “Happier than Ever.” While performing her song, “Catch me if you Can,” Karter quickly turned around with her back facing the audience, and jumped backwards for the audience to catch her and get her back onto the stage!

Two men pose for a photo at the Middle East in CambridgePhoto courtesy Shaun Hood

Observer Arts and Entertainment Editor Shaun Hood with the lead singer of Animal Sun after the opening performances of the Kelsy Karter show at the Middle East in Cambridge on April 25.

At every show throughout the tour, Karter awards a framed pair of pink panties to whoever she feels deserves the “best dressed award!”

This is a good way for Karter to encourage fans to be their true selves and show how much her music has meant to them by dressing in a way that’s very expressive.

Karter closed the show by singing my favorite song of hers, “Liquor Store on Mars.”

Check out my interview with Kelsy Karter on Fandomize Media!

See my video of Karter performing “Liquor Store on Mars” at the Middle East in Cambridge here.