State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Monica Consbruck


Today, we feature The Word. Gospel/Blues/Rock supergroup The Word features John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood), Robert Randolph (Robert Randolph & the Family Band), Chris Chew, and brothers Luther & Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars). The idea for the supergroup originated nearly a decade and a half ago when the North Mississippi Allstars went on tour with Medeski Martin & Wood. In 2000, The Word became a reality when Medeski and NMA were joined in the studio by pedal-steel guitar phenomenon Robert Randolph, and the quintet recorded their self-titled debut. The album was highly acclaimed for its fusion of gospel, blues and rock and was widely considered one of the best releases of 2001. The Word toured briefly behind the release before resuming their respective careers. The band reunited in the summer of 2005 at Bonnaroo and again in 2009 for a string of dates. With multiple Grammy nominations amongst them and a legion of fans across the country, The Word are reuniting again in 2012 for a few select shows and have plans to release the highly anticipated follow up to their debut album.
(Bonnaroo’s website description of the band)


Members: John Medeski, Robert Randolph and North Mississippi Allstars

Genre: Gospel/Blues/Rock

Latest album: The Word Album

Just some really good jazzy music that i absolutely cannot wait to rock out to.


So, as an effect of much persistance and enthusiasm, State in the Real was granted a press pass to BONNAROO, the music festival that takes place in Manchester, TN June 7-10th!!!! We are BEYOND super super stoked and can’t possibly stop thinking about it. So, I’ve decided to do a little countdown to Bonnaroo, each day featuring a band that will be at there that I just CAN’T WAIT to see. This is the first of many and today we feature Big Gigantic:

Members: Dominic Lalli – Producer/Sax, Jeremy Salken – Drums

Genre: Electronic Dance Music 

Latest Album: Nocturnal

Hometown: Colorado

sample: Big Gigantic

How sick do they sound? Electronic music plus the sweet jazz sound from the sax? WHAT? So pumped to see these guys. Definitely expect more coverage on them as the festival goes on!!

Penn State Pennharmonics to perform on Sunday

Sunday is a day to relax, take it easy, and come out to listen to some beautiful music. So, why not come see the Pennharmonics? Penn State’s Premier Co-Ed A Cappella group, also the semi-finals winners of the ICCA (International Collegiate Competition for A Capella), will be having a concert this Sunday. Proceeds from the show will go towards getting the group of 17 to New York City on April 28th for the ICCA’s final global competition. Come support the seniors, who will be performing for their final time this year and support the Pennharmonics!! Here’s all you need to know:

Who: Penn State Pennharmonics

Date: Sunday, April 22

Time: 6:30pm, doors open at 6

Place: 105 Forum

Tickets: Students – $3.00, Adults $4.99


Come Together – The Beatles

Resistance – Muse

Glitter in the Air – Pink

Fallen – Alicia Keys

…and more!!

and here’s a link to their website, in case you want to find out more:

chads drum app


So for all of you out there lucky enough to be playing drawsomething, words with friends, temple run or whatever on your iphones, check out the Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith’s new app for drummers.

From the app description:

“Watch videos and drum clinics, get the latest news, see the upcoming tour dates and discover drummers you may have never heard before with our unique Drummer GPS! * Read the latest news updates * Listen to tracks spanning all of Chad’s projects * Interact with the Chad Smith Community – post your own comments, photos, and talk to other fans * Get the lowdown on the equipment Chad plays * View photos and videos of Chad * Learn from Chad with his drum clinics * View tour dates for Chad’s many projects * Discover other amazing drummers who Chad draws inspiration from * Follow Chad’s Blog and Twitter feed * And more!”

i have a crackberry so i had to check it out on my roommates phone but its pretty cool. see for yourself:

also, check out Chad’s twitter for more updates!!/RHCPchad