State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Deanna Cipolla

DJ Madera Releases New Mashup "I Love The Fire"!

DJ Madera has just released a brand new remix/mashup entitled “I Love the Fire (Madera Mash)”. It features “I Love It” by Icona Pop, “Touched (Original Mix)” by EDX, and “Feel the Fire” by Project 46. This song, just released today, is bound to be added to everyone’s pre-game playlists.

Madera is a DJ based out of New York City and producer formerly known as Josh Raymond. He takes his own spin on Jersey punk, classic, and progressive rock and combines it with electronic dance and progressive house music. Obviously, his music is quite successful considering he has had over 250,000 listens, a number which is continually and exponentially growing.

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Come Out to Rock Against Rape!

This friday, April 12th at 3:00 PM, Heister Street will be hosting “Rock Against Rape”. Come and listen to local bands like  Mike Wallz, Chris Topher, Jesse Baker Band,Keegan Tawa & Wondershop Showdown. While you’re at it, you can also come and talk to both local and national organizations whose focus is to prevent sexual violence like Triota, PHREE, LGBTA Coalition, One Heart Campaign Centre County Women’s Resource Center, Men Against Violence, 1 in 6, Student Affairs, UPUA & The Center for Women Students MAV (Men Against Violence).

The winner of the “Battle of the Bands” will be determined by who collects the most donations and all proceeds will be donated to the Centre County Women’s Resource Center and to 1 in 6, a national organization that advocates for male survivors of sexual abuse.

Come help make a change and support a cause!

RSVP to the Facebook Event!


Penn State Thespians present "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!"

Hey all! Next Thursday-Saturday (April 11th-13th), the Penn State Thespians club, will be officially commencing their much awaited performance of Frank Loesser’s “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”.

You can officially buy tickets at at Eisenhower Auditorium, the HUB, or at the Downtown State Theatre. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the performance at Schwab’s ticket office in the lobby. You can also purchase tickets, by clicking HERE.

Prices are $5 (with student identifcation) and $10 for general admission.

Dates & Times:

Schwab Auditorium
Thursday, April 11th – 7:30 pm
Friday, April 12th – 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 13th – 1:00 pm & 7:30 pm

…and while you’re at it, RSVP to the official Penn State Thespians Facebook event!

Facebook Event!

Movin' On Battle Showcase: Keegan Tawa

Keegan Tawa is a live performance electronic musician producing original pieces with live performance elements including a saxophone, electronic saxophone, piano and vocals. Previously, he was a solo act but is intending on including in his tracks Annelise Gaus, a local vocalist. He also won Battle of the Bands last year in 2012.

You can find his Facebook by clicking here, where he constantly updates his fans with all on his new songs. In addition, you can look for new singles on his Soundcloud below, which Keegan is also constantly updating. If you would like to contact Keegan directly, check out his website here.

Keegan’s music is the type that makes you want to do absolutely anything and everything, what better way to do that than to see him play live at Penn State’s Movin’ On!

In a recent interview with him Keegan, he stated, “I have been immersed in music from an early age – seven or eight, about.  I started out playing the Saxophone and received years of classical training and even, at one point, used to do chamber performances.
In Middle School, I fell in love with jazz and became consumed by it.  By 15, I was playing regularly at local bars and clubs with my jazz duo, which eventually became a quartet.
For my graduation project from high school, I researched electronic music production.  As I transitioned to college, I picked up DJing as a means to showcase my music to people.My biggest inspirations are a number of jazz musicians, whose influence played a significant role in shaping my current musical identity.  Players like Maceo Parker, Cannonball Adderly, Horace Silver, Coltrane, Miles Davis, Max Roach, Clifford Brown and dozens upon dozens of others were my musical foundation in youth.  When I began to get involved in electronic music, Infected Mushroom, Wolfgang Gartner and Deadmau5 were my biggest inspirations.
My aspirations in music?  Constantly improve my rate of improvement and reach as many ears as possible.”

Movin’ On 2013, State In The Real, and Penn State are so excited to have Keegan Tawa perform again in this year’s Movin’ On Battle Of The Bands!  Featured below, you can check out two of the Tawa’s singles titled “Meditation on Awooga” and “Sunrise in the Blue” and give us your feedback!

Come out Saturday, March 23rd at 9pm in Alumni Hall to hang out with me and Keegan Tawa and catch his set!

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