State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Monica Consbruck

Lucid Dreaming Artist Services – The Latest and Greatest in Local Music Industry Matchmaking

A new company, Lucid Dreaming Artist Services, has been launched in State College to create networks among musicians and creative professionals to help support the arts. Lucid Dreaming is similar to a match making service for artists and music industry jobs. These jobs are all equally important in the music industry, such as Public Relations, Graphic Designs, Marketing, Managing, A&R, Social Media, Consulting, etc, and need people who are passionate about local music. The goal is for people involved in the industry to be able to interconnect with the local and national music scene. The company was founded last January, and has since been looking for musicians who need guidance and resources to make their music a viable entity. The company gives people the tools they need to turn their talents and craft into a business. With Lucid Dreaming, you can now be matched up with professionals such as yourself to take care of photography, web design, or any other creative niche involved in the music making and producing process. The video below showcases the amazing music scene and potential that people don’t really know they have access to.

State College Music from EVERMARK Studios – Todd Downs on Vimeo.


Local musicians are the ones working day in and day out, searching for anyone to help them make something out of their passion. These artists need the most support, which thanks to Lucid Dreaming, is now readily available. Lucid Dreaming Artist Services is looking for high quality musicians or technicians that would match up best with each artist that comes their way, and vice versa. If you are or want to be involved in the local music scene and would like to play a role in helping it prosper, check out Lucid Dreaming Artists Services, and their Facebook, to take advantage of all the “services for the creative soul” they have to offer!

The Smithereens to Play at Cafe 210

The Smithereens


Cafe 210, 21+


The Smithereens stepped out onto the scene in 1980 and have been all over the world and topping the charts. Now, promoting the release of their latest album Smithereens 2011 they’re making a stop right here in State College. They’ll hit the stage at Cafe 210 this Saturday at 9pm and show us all how they’ve been able to keep the music alive for all these years. Be sure to check them out!

Womp Wednesday at Levels is Back!

State College’s Basic Blends crew is back for the Spring Semester at Levels Nightclub. Come check out resident DJs Lethal Weapon, Brickmouth, & Mikey Lin bring you the newest & best tunes from the EDM world. Singing you bangers from Dubstep, Trap, Drum & Bass, & Electrohouse. The Resident DJ’s will be bringing in a different special guest DJ every month.

This month they will be welcoming State College local Hattrix & Kollektiv hailing from Colorado!

We will be Celebrating the births of Kollektiv & MRK KFFMN!

Walter Wadsworth & Brickmouth 9-10:30
Hattrix 10:30 -11:15
Kollektiv 11:15 -12
Mrk Kffmn 12-1
Michael Lin 1-2

18 to groove
21+ to guzzle

Join the official Facebook event page here!

Top 10 Things the Red Hot Chili Peppers Did in 2013

2013 was a busy year for my beloved Red Hot Chili Peppers, who traveled the world sprinkling good vibes, hard funk, and their generous souls wherever they went. The boys took no time off since their last album, I’m With You, which was released in August of 2011, touring around the globe, investing in other projects, and trying to make the world a better place. To sum it all up, here are the top ten things these amazing men did this year:

10. Play Firefly Music Festival – Dover, De – June

In only the second year of its existence, Firefly Music Festival hosted some amazing musicians. Headlining the show? Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The boys ended the first night of the festival, tearing through their set and putting on the most amazing show I’ve seen yet. The set included new songs, old favorites, and lots of impromptu jams that showed everyone in the crowd that they are still the crazy, talented, hilarious weirdos they used to be, just trapped in older men’s bodies.


9. Get on the wrong side of crazed soccer fans – Brazil – November













While attending a drum clinic, drummer Chad Smith took a soccer rivalry joke too far and found himself on the bad side of the normally loving Brazilian fans. When he was presented with a soccer jersey from a local Brazilian Flamengo team, Smith (appearing in the city of the team’s hated rival) jokingly placed the jersey down his pants and threw it on the floor. Fans proceeded to boo him and throw things at him, barely missing his head. Trying to patch things up, he apologized and told them he was kidding, saying the only place that it’s OK to hate something or someone is in sports. Some fans, feeling disrespected made dangerous threats saying he would be killed or pelted with grenades or rocks onstage when the band performed in Brazil. He then issued a statement through Twitter stating “I want to apologize for my inappropriate antics at the drum clinic, my joke about team rivalries went too far. Flamengo fans…I’m sorry” Promising to wear the jersey for 24 hours and personally visit the team to apologize to the players, Chad found his way back in the crazy fans’ good graces and performed the next night with no problems.


8. Get into a scuffle with Rolling Stones’ security – Philly – June













Ok so it wasn’t really their security, but while staying at the four seasons, singer Anthony Kiedis was mistaken for a fan and was refused entry by the local guard, and was tackled to the ground leading to a short little scuffle. Kiedis’ tour manager got involved explaining who he was and the fight was broken up. Kiedis, being the upstanding man he is, shook the guard’s hand afterward simply saying,”I love the Rolling Stones,” and proceeded to enter the building moments before the Stones exited to their awaiting limos.


7. Did lots for charity – Philippines/Los Angeles/eBay

In support of the disasters in the Philippines, the Chili Peppers donated their song “Factory of Faith” to the Songs for the Philippines album, along with several other artists including Ellie Goulding. The boys also held a benefit concert in L.A. for Flea’s Silverlake Music Conservatory, which gives kids a chance to experience music and play instruments even after it’s been taken out of their public schools. They also custom designed a pair of converse to auction on eBay for charity.


6. Lobbied at the Capitol to keep music in public schools – Washington, D.C. – March













Drummer Chad Smith spent some time lobbying Congress members to support public school music program funding saying:
“Right now, [music education] is in jeopardy, and they have the power to change it and do something good here for everybody and every kid. If I didn’t have music education in school, I probably would have ended up in jail or dead. And instead I ended up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” You go, Chad! Fight for these kids and their right to pursue music!


5. Performed for the Dalai Lama – Oregon – May









The Chili Peppers had the honor of performing for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, at Maitripa College in Portland, Oregon, the first and only Tibetan Buddhist college in the Pacific Northwest. The Dalai Lama has always been a fan of the boys, so I’m sure it was a very momentous occasion.


4. Finished their I’m With You tour – April









After almost two years, their first show in September of 2011, the boys finished touring for their last album, I’m With You. The boys played a whopping 136 (by my count) shows in that time, celebrating Flea and Anthony’s 50th birthdays along the way.


3. Went back to work in the studio -TBD














Although it was rumored that the band would head back into the studio in September of this year, the plans have been postponed due to all the projects the members got involved in. Chad started a podcast series where he has conversations with other famous musicians, while Flea partnered up with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and other musicians to form Atoms for Peace. The Chili Peppers are now saying they will hopefully be back in the studio in December or early 2014. Thank God.


2. Put out a whole B side album – November















As if touring their latest album wasn’t enough, the guys decided to release a whole double vinyl LP, I’m Beside You, that was exclusively released on Black Friday for Record Store Day. It is their 10th studio album and is jam packed with hits that they released bit by bit over the past 2 years, which are just as great as the ones on I‘m With You.


1. Remain my favorite band of all time – always and forever















Well another year has passed and these men have continued to blow my mind with everything that they can do. This really speaks for itself and goes to show that no matter what, if you are truly passionate about what you do, you can continue to do it as long as you want, and really succeed. Here’s looking at what they will bring to the table this next year. I personally can’t wait.

Review: SITR & SWC Presents: Concert Benefiting THON

Before break, State in the Real and Song Writers’ Club joined forces to put on a concert benefiting THON! Tickets were sold to the public, with half of the proceeds going to the buyer’s THON organization of choice, and the other half going to Song Writers’ Club for THON. The event featured local bands Fairweather Pilots, Naked Mondays, LullaNAs, Port Vue, and Keegan Tawa.

The event was held in 101 Thomas, a surprisingly cozy, yet cool venue after Christmas lights, tapestries, and a strobe light were hung up throughout the room. Videos from previous THONs and the bands’ histories were played on the huge screen, creating a theater-like experience. The classroom was truly transformed into a perfect little getaway.

Fairweather Pilots started the show with a bang. This was most certainly one of the best performances we have seen out of them yet. They always capture the attention of the crowd with their catchy originals and this show was no different. Miss Olivia Price with her soaring vocals and Ryan Fox with is spectacular guitar skills, they sure know how to duet. This was most certainly one of the best performances we have seen out of them yet and cant wait to hear more.

Then Naked Mondays took the stage doing covers of songs, including “Float On” by Modest Mouse, an obvious crowd favorite, and some originals as well, including “Dead Set.” The witty boys chatted with the crowd during song breaks, and joked around with each other, emanating good vibes and obviously having as great a time as the crowd.

Next up were the LullaNAs, twin sisters and singers with an additional acoustic guitarist. They also did covers of some popular songs, including “Counting Stars” by One Republic, “Name” by The Goo Goo Dolls, a crowd favorite “Cough Syrup” by Young the Giant, and more. Some of their great originals were “Catch Us If You Can” and “I Left My Heart.”

Afterwards, Port Vue kicked it up a notch, rocking the room for the first time in State College since their EP “All Your Wishes” debuted about a month ago. The band showcased their freshly released tracks, “Show Me The Way”, “Shine On You” and “What You Wish For” as well as several well executed covers. Port Vue’s energy was contagious as they interacted with the crowd and one fan even threw their hat onto the stage at guitarist Ben Sudie. Port Vue ended their set with an extremely impressive rendition of “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd.

For the grand finale, Keegan Tawa set up his dj stand and saxophone and shook the walls with awesome edm that got everyone on their feet and into the isles dancing for his entire set. When he took to the sax, people took it to a new level, dancing up on tables, chairs, and all over the room. The disco lights from the strobe made the lecture hall feel like an actual show in a big venue. He ended the set, and the show, around 11, completing an awesome night For The Kids.

All in all, the event was a huge success, pulling in a great deal of money for the Four Diamonds Fund for THON, and it gave local bands a chance to shine and show us what kind of extraordinary talent dwells on campus and in the most common of classrooms. Hopefully we will see another event in the spring, which will undoubtedly be just as much fun!

Jason Aldean to come to Penn State!!


2014 Night Train Tour 

With Special Guests:

Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Farr


Friday, May 2 at 7:30pm



With more than 8.5 million records sold and 12 No. one hits under his belt, entertainer Jason Aldean sold out each of the shows on his previous MY KINDA PARTY TOUR – often in minutes the day they went on sale. He has broken over 40 venue attendance records, and the tour has gone on to sell an unparalleled 1.9 million tickets. He also recently sold out four stadium shows during his 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR.


“I’ve always kind of felt like I had something to prove,” he says. “It’s what keeps me hungry.” That hunger translates into a high-intensity live show that entertains fans on a whole new level – with bigger production and palpable passion.


Tickets for Jason Aldean are $29.75 or $59.75 and will be available Friday, December 6 at 10:00am, Bryce Jordan Center Box Office, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Produced by Live Nation


UPAC student presale will be Thursday, December 5 from noon until 6pm at the HUB, BJC, Eisenhower and Downtown Theatre. Tickets will be $29.75 and $44.75.