Anthem Lights Band fill campus with music

By KATHERINE CLAYTON Lifestyles Editor

Lights glittered as students gathered for the Anthem Lights concert on Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m at the Performing Arts Center.

Anthem Lights played a variety of original songs, covers and remixes. The members of the band are Joseph “Joey” Stamper, Alan Powell, Caleb Grimm and Chad Graham. The members of the band included student participation by asking students to pick songs that they wanted to hear and students were occasionally brought to the stage to sing and dance with the band members.

Kassandra Niska, a freshman agriculture education major, is a fan of Anthem Lights. She has attended twice prior to attending the concert on Thursday.

“I kind of started freaking out [when I saw they were coming to SDSU],” Niska said. “They are so strong in their faith and their voices blend so well.”

Niska said she likes that they have “Christian Contemporary wholesome songs” and that “the songs overall are amazing.”

The concert lasted for under an hour and half and the band stayed after the concert. They were willing to take pictures and sign posters.

The concerts coordinator this year is Anson Mareus, a junior speech communication major. He acquired the position of concerts coordinator this semester. Mareus said Anthem Lights is “on the rise.”

One of the members of Anthem Lights, Caleb Grimm, grew up in Sioux Falls. He recollected to the crowd coming to SDSU for choir events.

Each member of the band had a favorite aspect of performing.

“My favorite part [of performing] is connecting with a person in the crowd,” Alan Powell said; he plays guitar.

Another member of the band, Joey Stamper, said he enjoys hanging out with the guys in the band. Caleb Grimm said he likes to sing and meet people.

“It’s [performing] a rush,” Chad Graham.

Some attendees of the concert hadn’t heard of the band until they saw the posters around campus. Natasha Halbersma, is a freshman and has not decided a major, said she decided to come to the concert because one of her friends, Dashia Ohman, was attending the concert.

“I like that they sang familiar songs,” Halbersma said. She also enjoyed some of the “mash-ups”; pieces that brought together parts of different songs.

Ohman, a freshman human development and family studies, saw a poster advertising the event.

“I like that they kept you involved,” Ohman said. She said that she and Halbersma have attended several UPC sponsored events.

“[UPC] is willing to bring big names,” Mareus said, “…for the jackrabbit population to enjoy.”