Boston native performer Lis Harvey not only sings and writes music, but she is currently attempting to become a Guinness record holder. Harvey recently started on her ‘Fifty State Tour’ trying to break a world record by playing 50 states in just 61 days. If she completes the tour, she will be the first female soloist to do so.
Student Activities and University of Alaska Anchorage welcome Harvey as she is over a third of the way done with her tour on Friday, Sept. 13. She will be promoting her second and newest album Topography and performing songs from her first album, such as the feminist anthem ‘Light As A Feather’ and ‘Gone Jonesboro,’ in which the narrator is a 13-year-old gunman in the tragic Arkansas” school shooting.
Amanda Dickens, a sophomore and a Student Activities manager, remembers seeing Harvey perform at the National Association for Campus Activities Convention.
‘I really like her. She was really personal and easy to talk to,’ Dickens said. ‘But I was disappointed with the turn out at the performance because I thought someone with her talent should have had a bigger audience.’
Dickens hopes that Harvey, and other Student Activities presentations, receive the audience they deserve. This Campus Life committee puts much effort into bringing performers to the UAA campus.
Most performers are chosen at the NACA convention, Dickens said. University students and administrators have the opportunity to get a glimpse of singers, comedians or other performers who are interested in traveling to college campuses. Often times there are meetings of representatives from each school at the convention for campuses to divide up the performers for specific times. Other times, the students bring back demo tapes and information and discuss it with the rest of the staff before making a decision. Once they book the events, UAA students have the opportunity to experience a wide-variety of talent.
‘Student Activities is all about bringing community to UAA,’ Dickens said. ‘And not just bringing community to the average student, but to all types of students.’
Some events, such as Family Movie Night, are targeted at students with children, while others, such as the Fiesta Dance, are targeted at the younger students.
Harvey is definitely an artist that all ages can enjoy. Erlendahle Records dubs her music intellicoustic indie folk-rock. A Pittsburgh weekly paper called her work, ‘Intelligent, unnerving songwriting.’ Even the Rolling Stone covered her tour in a brief.
Dickens said last year when she first arrived at UAA as a freshman she was not impressed with the lack of community atmosphere on campus. She hopes the Student Activity events, such as Lis Harvey, will bring students together.
Harvey will be performing in the Campus Center Den from 8-10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. Cost is $3 for students with a current UAA ID and $7 for the general public.