Nick Jonas, Kris Allen Perform Favorite Songs

Former Jonas Brother Nick Jonas gave an unforgettable performance at a Student Activities Board-hosted concert on April 22 in the Farris Center.

Season 8 “American Idol” winner and Arkansas native Kris Allen opened the show for Jonas.

“Whether you’re here for me or not, we’re going to have some fun for the next 40 minutes,” Allen said in reference to the Nick Jonas fans before him.

Allen played a variety of original songs, and some covers including The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” before he played his hit “Live Like We’re Dying.”

Upon exiting the stage, Allen gave a shoutout to Hughes Hall and said “I love you UCA, it was great performing for you — God bless!”

After Allen left the stage, and the lights were turned up for the reset of the stage, the audience had nothing to do but wait.

The impatience of the crowd was soon eased as an anonymous crowd member became the center of attention in the packed event center, busting out dance moves when Fifth Harmony’s “Worth It” began to play over the loud speakers.

The anonymous crowd member kept the entire crowd screaming with delight while the wait for Nick Jonas continued. As the lights dimmed and the strobes came on, the crowd roared.

Suddenly, you could hear Jonas’s voice, but could not see him — until he emerged on stage in sunglasses singing his hit single “Close.”

Throughout the one-hour concert, Jonas sang songs he has released in the past five years, as well as Jonas Brother and Camp Rock originals. He came back for an encore to sing his single “Jealous,” before waving farewell to the audience.

Photo by Lauren Swaim.

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