By Emma Giebler

Aaron Carter pulled out some old favorites between showing his more recent influences Sunday, Feb. 24.

Check out our photo gallery from the show.

It seems like there’s a lot to be thankful for when you’re an international pop-star like Aaron Carter. But as the 26-year-old looked down at the many concertgoers at the Wescott Theater on Sunday night, Feb. 24, he says he cared about one thing — his fans.

“These are the most important people. I love them for just showing up,” Carter said with a small smile before the show.

Syracuse is the third stop on his 2013 tour, the aptly-named “The After Party.” Carter titled the tour to pay homage to his favorite album, Aaron’s Party, which was released in 2000 and sold over 1.5 million copies.

This is not to say, however, the original Mr. Carter has been sitting idly over the last few years. His recent stint in the off-Broadway production The Fantasticks, as well as his newfound love for house music like David Guetta and long-time admiration for R&B artists like Usher, have influenced the development of his new sound. It’s now a more mature version of his classic pop persona. Aaron affectionately described his new sound as “Me…version 2.0”

The screaming hordes of girls (and a handful of guys) were anything but disappointed with this evolution Sunday night. His set was preceded by acoustic acts Jay Loftus, Jason Levinson, Nikki Flores, and the female-heavy band Petrel, sharing their up-and-coming sound with eager ears. Carter kicked it off with foot-stomping and elbow-popping dance moves, which were supported by his former America’s Next Best Dance Crew dancers, Trey and Nico. He quickly pleased his loyal fans with the tracks “Bounce” and “I Know Everything About You,” moving the crowd to reminiscing tears and head bops.

Carter mixed the boyish charms for which he’s known so well with his newfound maturity to create a theatrical performance. Characterized by a non-stop flow of energy that included pulling off acrobatics, bringing audience members from the crowd, and throwing on dance remixes, his set was a peppy soundclash of new and old.

Carter made the crowd wait for his top hits like “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” “I Want Candy,” and, of course, “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),” which solidified the crowd’s transformation from chipper teens and 20-somethings to ecstatic tweens.

“The After Party” tour will no doubt indulge your preteen self while satisfying your adult curiosity. So, Aaron, it’s good to have you back.

  • Maddy

    Definitely listened to Aaron’s party (come get it) while pre-gaming tonight. Not ashamed!