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Meet the New Fall 2013 Blue Robot Writer: Jessica Gold

Posted by Pat Baxter on 09/09 at 01:32 PM

We’re excited to have a new blogger with us this Fall 2013: Jessica Gold coming out of Penn State’s College of Communications. Jessica is a senior and is majoring in Print Journalism with double minors in African-American Studies and Sociology.

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Introducing the Blue Robot Summer 2013 Writers

Posted by Pat Baxter on 05/23 at 03:56 PM

Blue Robot is back in the game with three new writers ready to tell their stories of music happening here in State College and across America. Meet the new writers who are blogging this summer, and stay tuned for their upcoming articles!

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Penn State’s Movin’ On music festival announces MGMT as the Headliner

Posted by Pat Baxter on 12/12 at 01:13 PM

The 2013 Movin’ On CORE Committee announced today that famed psych rock band MGMT will headline the Movin’ On music festival come spring. As announced in Movin’ On’s press release, “MGMT has garnered numerous accolades across the globe, including landing at #18 on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 100 albums of the decade for their work on their debut album, Oracular Spectacular.”

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Movin’ On Battle of Bands: Saturday, March 31st 9PM at Alumni Hall

Posted by Pat Baxter on 03/29 at 01:33 AM


This Saturday, March 31st starting at 9PM, Movin’ On’s Battle of Bands will take place.  It will be held at Alumni Hall in the HUB at Penn State.  Twelve bands are competing, but only 2 will be selected to join the the lineup of major acts of the festival on April 27th.  The winners will join The Avett Brothers, Ludacris, David Mayfield Parade, Michael Franti and Spearead, and Young the Giant.

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Movin’ On 2012’s Final Act: Michael Franti and Spearhead

Posted by Pat Baxter on 03/22 at 09:27 AM

The Movin’ On 2012 CORE Committee announced earlier today that it has finalized contracts with the fifth and final act for its music festival, signing Michael Franti and the Spearhead. Michael Franti and Spearhead is an alternative hip-hop group that mixes a variety of genres including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock with lyrics promoting peace and social justice.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Plays Bryce Jordan Center Tonight

Posted by Pat Baxter on 11/18 at 03:41 PM

In what has become something of a winter holiday tradition, the prog-rock Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is making its way across the United States to the delight of millions.  Tonight (11/18), they bring their pyrotechnics to the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA at 8:00PM.

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The Art of Music at Arts Fest 2011

Posted by Pat Baxter on 07/15 at 12:44 PM

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, I’m sure you’re aware that one of State College’s biggest summer events is upon us.  That’s right, here in our pleasant, laid back world of central Pennsylvania, Arts Fest is happening, and it’s happening right now.  Some of the best artists from the region and beyond will display just about every kind of visual/physical art you can imagine: basketry, sculpture, glass, water colors, ceramics, painting… The list goes on.  There’s even a category of art called ‘other’ (see here).  All of it is put on display (and for sale) for the thousands upon thousands of Penn State students, alumni, townies, and people who got lost on their way to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, or New York.  Whatever the case, Arts Fest has become the place to be in State College.

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Jason O Shines at Summer’s Best Music Fest 2011

Posted by Pat Baxter on 06/30 at 09:11 AM

Last Saturday I had the  Summer’s Best Music Fest on my mind and was looking forward to music and fun. Though the morning started out with a bit of rain, it quickly cleared up into a very comfortable 70 degree day—perfect for a music festival—and so I decided to head downtown.

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Summer’s Best Music Fest Back in Action on Saturday

Posted by Pat Baxter on 06/23 at 02:39 PM

This week marked the first week of summer.  So it’s fitting that this Saturday, June 25, features an annual State College music event. That’s right, State College’s Summer’s Best Music Fest 2011 is back in action. Starting at 9am and ending around 9pm, the event will feature a mix of local cover bands and local original-music bands of every genre.  There will also be some out-of-town independent artists, including Jeffrey Gaines—the final act performing at 8pm on the Allen Street Stage.

But it doesn’t stop there.

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Bob Dylan: Defying Expectations

Posted by Pat Baxter on 11/12 at 05:10 PM

On November 9, 2010, Bob Dylan performed at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA. Much has been written about the man and his storied career. No doubt he is an American icon manifested in a whole host of variations: folk icon, counter-cultural icon, marijuana icon, even Christian icon (during his brief born-again period from 1978 - 1984). Such a thick aura surrounds the man that one can’t help but bring a kind of awe-struck demeanor to the auditorium. That was the case with me as I brought—at least at first—a “Bob Dylan is a legend” kind of attitude to the BJC. However I realized that bringing in these awe-inspired expectations might set me up for disappointment.

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Phyrst Phamly: A Phryst Tradition for Over 40 Years

Posted by Pat Baxter on 10/22 at 03:37 PM

If ever you should make your way over to The Phyrst on a Saturday night at around 10 o’clock, you’re more than likely to hear the janglings and ramblings of the banjo/guitar group known as the Phyrst Phamly.  This is a group—founded about 40 years ago—that appeals to those whose tastes reside in country and western, blue grass, and other similar genres.  If you’re a fan of the banjo and country music in general, chances are you’ll love this band.  However, for those (such as myself) who don’t much care for country, you might still enjoy their interpretations of known mainstream songs inside and outside of the top 40.  Or you might just like the rustic bar with female bartenders dressed in clothing sure to guarantee tips.

In any event, here’s a review of what I experienced at their show a week ago:

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Atlas Soundtrack: A refreshing, soulful mix

Posted by Pat Baxter on 08/17 at 08:49 AM

Atlas Soundtrack certainly made an impression last Saturday night among newly graduated Penn State students and casual bar-hoppers at Bar Bleu. As I arrived, I was unsure of how their mix of styles would work (reggae, rock, hip-hop, funk). But by the end of the night, I witnessed a genre experiment gone right cementing them, in my mind, as one of the best bands in State College, and a refreshing break from the cover-band antics that is typically the State College bar music scene.

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Atlas Soundtrack Playing at Bar Bleu

Posted by Pat Baxter on 08/13 at 12:16 PM

Local band Atlas Soundtrack will be performing at Bar Bleu this Saturday, then The Phyrst on August 18th before they head out to New York and Harrisburg.

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My Hero Zero at Wing Fest: Top 40 Haven

Posted by Pat Baxter on 07/30 at 01:39 PM

It was near-perfect weather at Tussey Mountain for this week’s Wing Fest.  A reasonable 78 degrees, not too much humidity, and a smattering of clouds highlighted the pre-sunset sky—a great scenario for enjoying both potentially delicious chicken wings and live music.  After waiting in a long, but fast-flowing line I was led into the field/hill where the wing-off and live music was happening.  Wegman’s, Major League, and Bonfatto’s dueled it out for the hearts and minds of wing lovers.  On stage, the Insomniacs kicked things off for the musical portion of the entertainment.  They were the precursor to My Hero Zero.  I’ll touch on the Insomniacs later on, but will focus on My Hero Zero as they were the headliner for this event.

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My Hero Zero to Play at Tussey Mountain Wing Fest, 7/29

Posted by Pat Baxter on 07/28 at 12:42 PM

Summer is winding down to its final weeks, but there’s still time to have some fun before the long daylight hours disappear into autumn oblivion. One way to enjoy the remainder of the summer is to head to Tussey Mountain for the Wing Fest Challenge.

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