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Alec Benjamin sells out The Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah (with Alexander 23)

I drove to Salt Lake City yesterday after getting out of class extremely eager to finally see Alec Benjamin live in concert. I remember when I first discovered him and his song, Paper Crown, back in 2014 and I instantly became a fan. I had never even heard of Alexander 23 until last night but to my surprise, he was absolutely incredible and crushed his set.

Alexander 23 gave off extremely retro-artsy vibes. He came on stage wearing a striped long-sleeve and some vintage pants that gave off such a chill vibe. Alexander 23 laughed with the crowd before he sang his song, “When I Die”. He said, “This one’s a sad song,” as everyone sighed but then joked that it’s a beautiful song and hopes that people remember him by his positive legacy when he dies. He also covered Alicia Keys’, “If I Ain’t Got You” which had the crowd singing along before he played his unreleased music. I didn’t know what to expect from his set originally because he only has two released songs, but I am excited to see what he put out in the future.

The young singer and songwriter, Alec Benjamin, closed the night by performing his first album, “Narrated For You”. This was Alec’s fifth time coming to Utah and let the audience know how much it meant to him for their support over the years. He even joked about when he opened for Jon Bellion and how people were moshing and said it was a crazy experience. Benjamin sang the songs from his album while mixing in some of his older music including “Paper Crown” and “I Built a Friend”. His voice was soulful, and his performance reminded me of Ed Sheeran. It was simple, beautifully crafted, and made everyone feel something as he sang similarly to Sheeran as well as his superior guitar skills. He had the audience singing along to every word as he serenaded them with his narrated album.

It’s crazy to think that just a few months ago he sold out the Kilby Court in Utah which only holds 200 attendees and now sold out The Complex. He is a self-made musician who used to do small parking lot shows and is now selling out venues across Europe and North America.

Alexander 23

Alexander 23

See Alec Benjamin and Alexander 23 on their remaining dates:

May 2 – Vancouver, British Columbia
May 3 – Portland, Oregon
May 4 – Seattle, Washington
May 8 – San Diego, California
May 9 – Los Angeles, California
May 10 – Los Angeles, California
May 25 – Honolulu, Hawaii

Lia Crumpton
Lia Crumpton is a concert and lifestyle photographer based in Boise, Idaho. More of her work is at liacrumpton.myportfolio.com.

Alec Benjamin sells out The Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah (with Alexander 23)

I drove to Salt Lake City yesterday after getting out of class extremely eager to finally see Alec Benjamin live in concert. I remember when I first discovered him and his song, Paper Crown, back in 2014 and I instantly became a fan. I had never even heard of Alexander 23 until last night but to my surprise, he was absolutely incredible and crushed his set.

Alexander 23 gave off extremely retro-artsy vibes. He came on stage wearing a striped long-sleeve and some vintage pants that gave off such a chill vibe. Alexander 23 laughed with the crowd before he sang his song, “When I Die”. He said, “This one’s a sad song,” as everyone sighed but then joked that it’s a beautiful song and hopes that people remember him by his positive legacy when he dies. He also covered Alicia Keys’, “If I Ain’t Got You” which had the crowd singing along before he played his unreleased music. I didn’t know what to expect from his set originally because he only has two released songs, but I am excited to see what he put out in the future.

The young singer and songwriter, Alec Benjamin, closed the night by performing his first album, “Narrated For You”. This was Alec’s fifth time coming to Utah and let the audience know how much it meant to him for their support over the years. He even joked about when he opened for Jon Bellion and how people were moshing and said it was a crazy experience. Benjamin sang the songs from his album while mixing in some of his older music including “Paper Crown” and “I Built a Friend”. His voice was soulful, and his performance reminded me of Ed Sheeran. It was simple, beautifully crafted, and made everyone feel something as he sang similarly to Sheeran as well as his superior guitar skills. He had the audience singing along to every word as he serenaded them with his narrated album.

It’s crazy to think that just a few months ago he sold out the Kilby Court in Utah which only holds 200 attendees and now sold out The Complex. He is a self-made musician who used to do small parking lot shows and is now selling out venues across Europe and North America.

Alexander 23

Alexander 23

See Alec Benjamin and Alexander 23 on their remaining dates:

May 2 – Vancouver, British Columbia
May 3 – Portland, Oregon
May 4 – Seattle, Washington
May 8 – San Diego, California
May 9 – Los Angeles, California
May 10 – Los Angeles, California
May 25 – Honolulu, Hawaii

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