State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Misun Lee

SPA Presents: Plastic Musik

“Based out of Las Vegas, NV, Plastic Musik is a unique performance group that utilizes traditional percussion techniques, along with all-plastic instruments to produce familiar melodies. The combination of a revolutionary product known as “Boomwhackers,” ( an energetic stage show, and surprising musicality provides an entertaining experience for musicians and non-musicians alike. When viewing a performance by Plastic Musik, the audience can expect to hear familiar themes ranging from classical favorites, to Motown classics, Hip-Hop hits, 80’s movie themes, and original pieces all accompanied by a visually stimulating stage show.

Created in 2002, Plastic Musik has evolved from three drummers to five multi-instrumentalists, a three-piece rock outfit, and a DJ. With occasional appearances by other musical friends.”

Come check them out from 12 to 2 pm! The Facebook event can be found here!

SPA Noontime Presents Josie McQueen!

“Stop in between classes, grab something to eat downstairs, and join us in the Noontime lounge right above Panda Sushi!

Come check out the rock styles of Pittsburgh’s Josie McQueen!

Please if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for musicians that you want to see – or are interested in being booked for a concert date – contact – Michael Nunez – Noontime Concert Series Chair – at the email address below.

Please visit The Student Programming Association’s webpage and facebook pages for more upcoming Penn State concerts and events at:

Student Programming Association: “

Train: Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour with Special Guests The Script and Gavin Degraw

For those of you who live in the Philly area, Train, The Script, and Gavin Degraw will be performing at the Susquehanna Bank Center on July 24th !

Save me, San Francisco Wine Co. Presents: Train: Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour with Special Guests, The Script and Gavin Degraw!

Lawn tickets will be going on sale this weekend only for $10.61!

It will be held at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ at 7PM

If you like Train, The Script, and Gavin Degraw get your tickets this weekend!


SPA Noontime Presents: Stephanie Carlin

This is an artist you don’t want to miss!

“Stop in between classes, grab something to eat downstairs, and join us in the Noontime lounge right above Panda Sushi!
In an era of fluff, filler and intellectual starvation, Stephanie Carlin’s full-band debut Tree of Series is a music respite. There is strength, power, humor and humility that belie her years on this planet. Carlin speaks with wisdom and offers emotional substance in an age of planned obsolescence and temporary notions of illusory complacency.

Finding a sweet spot that forbids easy pigeonholing, Carlin teeters on the line where jazz phrasing and spontaneity fuse with the melodic syncopation of funk and a lush, organic folk twinge. Her intimate melodies on voice and acoustic guitar explode with power alongside a remarkably blossomed band: Xander Naylor (electric guitar), Javi Santiago (piano), Russ Flynn (bass) and Wes Reid (drums). Together, they recorded Tree of Series live on January 3-6, 2012 at Hoboken Recorders, a hidden gem on the outskirts of New York City.

Since Carlin moved to Brooklyn in 2008 she has brought her original music to over 200 notable venues and festivals (CMJ Music Marathon, Knitting Factory, Cornelia Street Café, Mercury Lounge, The Stone, Southpaw). She holds a B.F.A. in jazz performance and audio production from Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus.

Stephanie Carlin is not just another girl with a guitar. She is a young woman with a voice of bittersweet honesty and unyielding truths, straddling the lines between folk and jazz. Between poetess and prophet. Between her guttural growl and her nuanced sigh. Between the darkness and the light. This is where we find a new voice for the modern age. And that voice is the voice of Stephanie Carlin.”

Check out her cover of  “Lose Yourself” by Eminem!

Paramore Announces North American Spring Tour

Paramore released their new single, “Now,” just last week, and in a few months fans will have a chance to hear it live! Today, the band released its dates for the 2013 North American tour, their first tour across the continent since 2010. There have been 12 dates released (with more to be expected). It will start April 25 in Houston’s Bayou Music Center and finish up May 16 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Presale tickets have become available to the Paramore fan club members today at 5 PM EST by invitation only. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting February 1st.

 Paramore’s upcoming tour dates are below:

April 25: Houston, TX (Bayou Music Center)

April 29: Phoenix, AZ (Comerica Theatre)

May 1: Los Angeles, CA (Wiltern Theatre)

May 3: Las Vegas, NV (The Joint)

May 4: San Francisco, CA (Warfield Theatre)

May 6: Salt Lake City, UT (The Great Salt Air)

May 7: Denver, CO (The Fillmore Auditorium)

May 9: Chicago, IL (Chicago Theatre)

May 10: Detroit, MI (The Fillmore Detroit)

May 13: Toronto, ON (Sound Academy)

May 15: Boston, MA (House of Blues Boston)

May 16: New York, NY (Hammerstein Ballroom)

The State Theatre Presents: BeCAUSE the Night: A Celebration of Women in Rock

Join us for a special evening of music at the State Theatre to benefit a great CAUSE, Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania and the State Theatre.

BeCAUSE the Night will feature great local talents such as “Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats”, “Pure Cane Sugar”, “Ted McCloskey & the Hi-Fi’s” and many more as listed below. All performers will put their own personal “spin” on songs from GREAT FEMALE ROCKERS!

BeCAUSE the Night Bands/Performers:


Pure Cane Sugar

Hannah Bingman

Jmac & Junior

Ginger Woolridge

Erin Condo & the Hoofties

Ted McCloskey & the Hi-Fi’s

Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats

Chris Vipond & The Stanley Street Band

Hot Mamas

Jerry Zolten / Richard Sleigh

The Nightcrawlers….plus more surprise performances!


PLUS: Join everyone in The Green Room, the private pre-concert reception held at Indigo! Enjoy delicious food and beverages including a private concert to get you ready for the evening. Purchase your ticket to the reception and your gold circle seating is included!

Tickets on sale now!

Facebook Event Page

Live Auction Items:

1. An Overnight Stay at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort that includes:
– Dinner for two at Horn O Plenty: A Farm to Table Restaurant
– A Limo Service to and from provided by Arrive N Style

2. Seven nights at Beaver Creek Resort, Colorado provided by Abundance Wealth Counselors

3. Landscape Package provided by Landscape II

4. Signed “Marquee-sized” BeCAUSE the Night Poster