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SPA Noontime Concert Series Presents Amy Faden

The Student Programming Association will feature Amy Faden as their Noontime performer in the HUB on Friday, October 4th. This free, ticketless event will be held on the main floor in the lounge area directly above Panda Sushi. Amy Faden, who began her career at 15, is a Philadelphian folk artist in her early 20s and has been an opening act for major folk artists such as Holly Williams, Willy Mason, Jeffrey Gaines and Jesse Harris. Gaining traction from performing in venues such as World Cafe Live, The Legendary Dobbs, North Star Bar and Tin Angel, Faden established her fan base and captured audiences through honest, soulful vocals. Be sure to stop by the HUB at noon this Friday to hear Amy Faden’s soothing music and unwind after a long week.

A Cappella + Open Mic Fundraiser Hosted by The Coda Conduct!

Any plans for PSU’s bye week? Parents coming up to visit for PSU Family Weekend?

Penn State’s a cappella group, The Coda Conduct, is hosting a performance-filled fundraiser to record our very first studio single!

“We will be performing an exciting a cappella set for you all! But we also need other talented performers to join us for an open mic. Singing, beatbox, instrumental, poetry… you name it!”


Open Mic sign-ups begin at 1:30pm. Performances begin at 2:00pm.
Waring Study Lounge – West Commons

For more info, contact Ricky Jabarin at

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SPA Noontime presents JD Eicher at Penn State

SPA Noontime Act of the Week: JD Eicher

On Friday, September 27th, 2013 Penn State University’s Student Programming Association will host singer-songwriter JD Eicher in a noontime event that is FREE for all Penn State students. The concert will take place at noon in the HUB Noontime Lounge located on the second floor, directly above Panda Sushi.

JD Eicher is the lead vocalist and guitarist for JD Eicher and the Goodnights, a band originating from Pittsburgh, PA and Youngstown, OH. The quartet has recorded three albums together, skillfully fusing them with overarching themes of love, hope, and acceptance. The titles of their three albums together cleverly spell out “The Shape of Things Shifting Into Place.” Their most recent album, “Into Place,” was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Dustin Burnett and represents a culmination of the themes presented in their previous two albums.  The band’s soaring and graceful pop-rock has often been compared to the likes of Coldplay, Keane, The Script, The Killers, and Death Cab for Cutie.

JD Eicher’s solo acoustic performance at noon will set the tone for the full band’s appearance later that night when they open for Hellogoodbye. Come check out JD Eicher this Friday at noon in the HUB!

Katy Glorioso to perform at SPA Noontime Concert

Singer/songwriter Katy Glorioso will be the Student Programming Association’s Noontime performer on Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 12 pm. She will be performing in the HUB, in the noontime lounge, which is above Starbucks on the main floor. This will be a free, ticketless event for all Penn State students.

23 year old Katy Glorioso is a York, Pennsylvania native. In 2012, she recorded her first full length album, Fine and Foolish, after receiving success from an EP, Shark and A Bird. That EP caught the eye of Nashville recording artist/producer Jeremy Casella; Glorioso soon after flew to Nashville to record her album. Fine and Foolish cleverly mixes elements of pop, folk, jazz, and blues, as Katy’s soothing voice produces songs such as “Am I Alright”, “Lights”, and the atmospheric sounding “Ghost”.

Since traveling back to her hometown, Glorioso has been working with her manager and following up with promotion of her first album, which was released May 19th, 2012. Katy has been building a name for herself, as she has performed at just about all the prominent clubs and venues in Central PA, and impressing fans and critics alike. As she becomes a well-known singer, she’s been featured in Wood Stove House, FlipSide Magazine, and Fly magazine, and showcased at WXPN’s World Café Live in Philadelphia. Katy Glorioso is an up and coming singer/songwriter that is emerging in the music industry. Come check out Katy this Friday at noon, at the HUB.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) will celebrate their first 15 years of touring with an encore and final performance of their multi-platinum rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve.” TSO’s 2013 Winter Tour, presented by Hallmark Channel.  Live Nation is proud to welcome TSO when they return to State College for one spectacular show at Bryce Jordan Center on Friday, November 15 at 8:00pm. Tickets go on-sale Thursday, September 12 at 10:00 a.m. with a portion of the proceeds from every ticket benefitting the Centre County Youth Service Bureau.

TSO, whose phenomena has grown year after year, has played over 1,500 shows for more than 10 million fans in the past fifteen years, and quietly became one of the world’s biggest arena rock acts. The unprecedented fan driven growth is a testament to TSO founder Paul O’Neill’s vision of “Rock Theater,” the perfect amalgamation of Broadway storytelling with the spectacle of rock, delighting audiences of all ages year after year.

For one final year, audiences will get to experience the modern Charles Dickens-like classic, “The Lost Christmas Eve.” Following the 2012 premiere of this acclaimed rock opera, critics were raving, calling it “…a must see for any music lover” , “…a rock ‘n’ roll holiday celebration worth seeing !” and an “unrivaled spectacle of sight and sound.” “The Lost Christmas Eve” features a diverse soundtrack fusing elements of rock, classical, folk, R&B, and theatrical-styled music, with the story taking you on a journey into the “Capra-esque” world of TSO creator / producer, Paul O’Neill. The critically acclaimed rock opera encompasses a rundown hotel, an old toy store, a blues bar, a Gothic cathedral, and their respective inhabitants all intertwined during a single enchanted Christmas Eve in New York City. “The Lost Christmas Eve”, performed in its entirety for the final time, will feature the hit single “Wizards in Winter” as well as longtime crowd favorites, “Christmas Nights in Blue” and “Siberian Sleigh Ride.” It will be followed by songs from last years EP release from Lava/Republic, “Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)”, classics from TSO’s debut album, “Christmas Eve & Other Stories” and the rest of the heralded catalogue of rock operas.

Tickets are $33, $41, $51, $61 and go on sale Thursday, September 12 at 10am at,, Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre, Altoona Campus Ticket Outlet, Wal-Mart Ticketmaster kiosks,  Charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Applicable fees may apply.  Group rates also available.