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SPA Noontime Concert Series: The Potential is There

Posted by Ryan Chase on 12/02 at 03:14 PM

Every Friday at noon during the fall and spring semesters, a band performs on the first floor lounge of the HUB-Robeson Center. It’s called the Noontime Concert Series. Masterminded by SPA (Student Programming Association) and funded by the student activity fee, the Noontime Concert Series, in the past, has offered an eclectic selection of outfits stretching the entire musical soundscape.

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Kris Kehr Plays to Packed Crowd on Halloween

Posted by Ryan Chase on 11/05 at 03:24 PM

Singing about everything from heartache to sprawling sea voyages, Kris Kehr went solo, rose above the relative festivity of Halloween night, and captured the attention of everyone at Zeno’s.

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Kris Kehr Flies Solo at Zeno’s Halloween Night

Posted by Ryan Chase on 10/30 at 01:00 PM

On Sunday, October 31st, Kris Kehr will perform a solo acoustic set at Zeno’s. This will be one of the few live shows Kehr plays alone. He usually collaborates with James Harton and John Kennedy in Kris Kehr and the Stone Poets, formed when he moved to State College four years ago. (The band also includes Matt Cullen on drums and Dave Mudgett on guitar.)

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Andrew Jackson Jazz Ensemble Latest Noontime Performer

Posted by Ryan Chase on 10/14 at 02:48 PM

The noontime sun sprawled across the room in exaggerated rectangles, and Andrew Jackson was seated behind his drum kit with sticks in hand. Last Friday at the HUB, the Andrew Jackson Jazz Ensemble introduced the audience to a mix of hip-hop and jazz as part of the weekly SPA Noontime Series.

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SPA Noontime Series Welcomes Andrew Jackson Jazz Ensemble

Posted by Ryan Chase on 10/07 at 04:06 PM

The SPA Noontime Series features new, diverse musical acts each Friday at noon in the Hetzel Union Building (HUB). This week showcases the Andrew Jackson Jazz Ensemble.

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Elf Power Returns to State College, Plays Chronic Town

Posted by Ryan Chase on 09/23 at 05:31 PM

Facing heavy competition from the NFL’s Monday Night Football and Mad Mex’s infamous five dollar burrito special, Elf Power still managed to pull in a respectable crowd at Chronic Town. Elf Power did not disappoint, even if you were secretly hoping they had something to do with Keebler.

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Mr Hand Played Saloon Saturday Night Again

Posted by Ryan Chase on 09/07 at 09:05 AM

As students new and old settled into their apartment (or dormitory) that will be their home away from home for the next eight months or so, the dawn of new classes, new over-priced books, new roommates and new experiences impatiently awaited them.  At least one thing could be counted to stay – Mr. Hand, Saturday nights at the Saloon.

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Lowjack Hits Mixed Notes At Bar Bleu Friday Night

Posted by Ryan Chase on 08/03 at 03:03 PM

Lowjack opened the show with a stirring original song, reminiscent of the quasi-alternative sound of the Counting Crows. It drew patrons towards the stage like politicians to petty, jejune behavior. It was my favorite number of the night.

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Lowjack Performs at Bar Bleu, 10pm Friday Night

Posted by Ryan Chase on 07/30 at 03:38 PM

Lowjack, a local rock & roll band with a touch of soul, walks into Bar Bleu tonight, with a solid reputation as a live act.

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Deirdre Flint Lampoons the Arts Fest Heat with a Javelin of Political Humor

Posted by Ryan Chase on 07/15 at 04:04 PM

Deirdre Flint is a satirical folk singer and songwriter whose songs aim to poke fun at pop culture and Americana. Before taking up music full time, she was an elementary school teacher.

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Ruby & the Hummingbirds: Best Corn Dog I Ever Had

Posted by Ryan Chase on 07/14 at 11:20 AM

Ruby & the Hummingbirds? Ruby & the Hummingbird rather. Even so—hummingbird or hummingbirds—this act lost more viewers than the Gulf of Mexico lost wildlife after the oil spill. It was horrid. Billed as “vintage jazz,” Ruby & the Hummingbirds infused as much jazz into their performance (it was a performance) as Lady Gaga infuses subtly into hers.

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Experience Quality Music At The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

Posted by Ryan Chase on 07/09 at 11:44 AM

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is an annual event, celebrating the art through music, dance, and paintings to name a few. Every July, the Arts Festival draws approximately 125,000 people.  Everyone from alumni to curious tourists suffocate the streets and exhibit questionable taste in footwear.

Booths line each side of South Allen Street for five consecutive blocks showcasing local artwork - and fried food. Water falls from buckets hanging high above, drenching excited children in their bathing suits.  Slender tattooed women with pasty white skin tap dance on a small wooden stage. It is the high mark of the summer season.

Spanning five days, the Arts Festival technically starts off July 7 for Children and Youth day which features more kid-focused entertainment and activities. Then things turn towards the adults for the remaining four days. At this point everything from Italian street painting to sand sculpture to silent auctions can be wondrously witnessed.

For further information, either pick-up a copy of the Arts Festival pamphlet downtown (which is available for free) or swim over to the official Arts Festival Web Site: http://arts-festival.com/.

Fifty-five bands perform during the Arts Festival. I have rundown a few below to give you a taste of some of the musicians and their musical styles.

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Summer Fest Brings Exciting Mix of Music 6/26/10

Posted by Ryan Chase on 07/01 at 03:13 PM

Last Saturday, June 26th, twenty bands—from hip-hop to bluegrass—jumped, stomped, and jammed in State College. They performed on one of three outdoor stages spread throughout the downtown area for the 4th Annual Summer’s Best Music Fest & Street Bazaar.

Of those twenty bands, I watched ten.

Of those ten, I covered three. Here are the three: the Nittany Knights, Sugabone, and Spider Kelly.

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Domenick Swentosky at the American Ale House 6/18/2010

Posted by Ryan Chase on 06/29 at 10:23 AM

Domenick Swentosky started off slow with songs that were long, meandering, and—if only for the moment—uninspired. Audience members stretched their necks straining for a closer look, as if they expected the problem to be readily visible—perhaps a broken string or malfunctioning amp.

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4th Annual Summer’s Best Music Fest & Street Bazaar

Posted by Ryan Chase on 06/25 at 12:31 PM

During a season that causes your legs to stick to the seat of your car, you may be likely to turn on the air-conditioning and stay indoors.

But not this weekend! The 4th Annual Summer’s Best Music Fest & Street Bazaar, everybody’s favorite pre-Arts Fest fest, comes to State College.

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