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An Interview with Benj Gershman of OAR

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 05/12 at 09:39 AM

This spring, Penn State students polled for a popular, stimulating, and interactive band to headline the annual music festival, Movin’ On. They got just that with the five talented musicians who make up Of A Revolution, aka OAR.  Being a significant upgrade from past years’ performing acts, I was obviously excited about the booking decision, and felt the urge to speak to one of the band members. Who better than OAR’s fine bassist, Benj Gershman?!

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Music Event Planning: Whys and Hows

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 04/26 at 11:13 AM

Following up to my previous article on the booked acts for Movin’ On and the reasons for the committee’s final decisions, I want to delve into the nature and process of concert management and planning.

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Movin’ On’s Musical Acts

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 04/20 at 11:58 AM

With less than two weeks left of class, the spring semester is already drawing to its close…meaning: summer and the countless, glorious amounts of music and art festivals!  One of these is happening right on campus!  On the very last day of classes—Friday, April 29—Penn State will host its very own day-long music festival, Movin’ On, entirely free for all to attend.
 
Since 1974, Penn State students have come together to organize and implement a fun, thriving outdoor festival to congratulate the soon-to-be graduates and the everyday hard-working college students who need a surge of energy and life before the looming week of final exams takes off.

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Conspirator Executes a Night of Electromania

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 04/12 at 03:19 PM

It’s a “Thirsty Thursday” night for the college students of Penn State and unfortunately this notion seems to have taken away the potentially large audience that should have been present for Conspirator at the State Theatre on April 7th.  Composed of The Disco Biscuits’ keyboardist Aron Magner and bassist Marc Brownstein, Conspirator is the ‘retrograde remix’ to Biscuits’ electro-jam-band sound.

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State Theatre Meets Conspirator this Thursday, April 7th

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 04/06 at 12:47 PM

Conspirator, chiefly pinned as the side project for bassist Marc Brownstein and keyboardist Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, will perform this Thursday, April 7th at 8pm at The State Theatre.  Steadily evolving as a full-frontal collaborative effort of various veteran musicians, the ‘organic electronica’ group features guest musicians and different drummers throughout its tours.  Drummer Mike Greenfield of electronic jamband, Lotus, is currently the integrative cohesion molding Brownstein, Magner, and RAQ’s guitarist Chris Michetti.  Magner explains how Conspirator differentiates itself as being “a little more true to the form of what electronic music is [than the Disco Biscuits].” Conspirator is sure to put on a ragin’ night.

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Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten: A Monumental Performance by Two Bass Gods at the State Theatre

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 03/28 at 10:25 AM

“Wow. That’s all I have to say…wow.”

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Two Bassist Pioneers, Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten, TONIGHT at the State Theatre

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 03/22 at 12:40 PM

This evening, March 22, at 8 pm, two refined and widely renowned bassists—Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten—will showcase their award-winning talents at the State Theatre on College Ave.

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Movin’ On Kicks Off Battle of the Bands 3/19, 9pm, Alumni Hall

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 03/15 at 12:25 PM

This Saturday, March 19th at Alumni Hall, Penn State’s annual student-run music festival known as Movin’ On, will present its fellow students with this year’s Battle of the Bands.  Every spring semester the Movin’ On committee invites all music enthusiasts involved in a band or solo act to apply to perform at the outdoor festival held at the end of the school year.

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A Conversation with Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 03/07 at 01:14 PM

The evening showing of Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk at State College’s State Theatre February 23rd culminated with a prospering finish.  I, along with the surrounding surveyors in the theatre, have acquired an even more intense addiction to the fervent funk so eloquently executed by the band all night.  Yet, although the performance has seemingly been cut short in the onlookers’ eyes, I am stir crazy for what’s about to come.

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Dumpstaphunk at the State Theatre: Jivin’ for Phunk

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 03/04 at 12:04 PM

It may be because it’s a random Wednesday night in rural Pennsylvania that the State Theatre is nearly empty. But, wait, this is Penn State—the same Penn State that hosts the notorious and highly anticipated “State Patty’s Day” celebration full of vengeful, relentless partying. Yet a talented group of soulfully intrigued musicians from New Orleans—host to the ultimate festival party around, Mardi Gras—comes to town and not even half of the theatre is filled.

I assume people missed the memo about this sick-nasty band of five funk junkies coming through, otherwise Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk would have been a sold-out show.  The New York Times did label them as “the best funk band from New Orleans right now.

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Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk Plays State Theatre Tonight

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 02/23 at 03:13 PM

The New Orleans-based funk band attributed as Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk will play The State Theatre tonight, Wednesday, February 23rd. The show begins at 8 p.m. with State College’s own reggae/rock band, Atlas Soundtrack, opening the night.

Dumpstaphunk formed on a whim in 2003 when keyboardist and vocalist, Ivan Neville, wanted to play a set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Turns out, the band’s idea of a side-project became the New York Times’ “best funk band from New Orleans.” Come check out the five talented musicians and you, too, will be absorbed in some of Louisiana’s authentic essence.

Who: Dumpstaphunk
When: Tonight, February 23rd at 8 p.m.
Where: The State Theatre

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THON’s Limitless Music Entertainment

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 02/17 at 11:12 AM

It’s crazy to believe that it’s here already, but this upcoming weekend—February 18-20th—Penn State’s 34th IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon Competition is taking place at the Bryce Jordan Center. During the 46 consecutive hours of dancing, an array of activities and events will ensue. Out of the eleven total music performers, the crowd-favorite cover band Go Go Gadget will play at 2:30pm on Sunday during the final four-hour countdown. And, after competing and winning the THON Band Bash, Dave Joyce and the Slow Pitch Band and 5 Cherry Lewis will also perform during the weekend. The schedule for other bands has not yet been determined, so check back in with the main THON website for the latest information!

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A Sold Out State Theatre Welcomes Umphrey’s McGee

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 02/08 at 03:54 PM

Groundhog Day and State College’s unruly and brutal winter threatens the night’s highly anticipated performance. Yet, the weather does not prevail. In spite of the day’s inclement snow and ice, the night’s plans remain unchanged. Outside the downtown State Theatre, brightly dressed people huddle into the glass doors to retrieve their concert tickets and to await the “not-so-typical-Penn-State show.”

The musicians are a Chicago-based progressive jam band named Umphrey’s McGee. Currently the group is on its Winter 2011 Coast to Coast tour and it remains active almost entirely throughout the spring.  They also will continue into the momentous time period of countless summer music festivals.

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Embracing a Musically Eclectic 2011

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 01/31 at 11:04 AM

The year 2010 is already history, (and hopefully so are any other Justin Biebers and Miley Cyruses out there in the world), but that’s no excuse for a break from new, artistic talents and experimental, innovative albums. The following artists are certainly no strangers to the music scene and presumably not to your ears either. Their latest and upcoming projects will have you craving and raving for more.

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Umphrey’s McGee to Play The State Theatre

Posted by Alexandra Voigt on 01/28 at 03:42 PM

Umphrey’s McGee, a Chicago-based progressive jam-band renowned for their spontaneous, three-hour live sessions, will play the State Theatre on Wednesday, February 2nd at 9pm. In the past, Umphrey’s McGee has played multiple summer festivals such as Bonnaroo, Rothbury, All Good, and Lollapalooza. They’ve also done numerous European tours. Already moving full-throttle in their 2011 Winter Tour, the six-member “improg” group of virtuosity has an enormous and eclectic selection of songs to unveil before the mostly student-based body.

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