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February 28, 2015

Applications for Battle of the Bands 2015 NOW OPEN

movin on

The applications for Battle of the Bands are NOW OPEN at! The event will take place in Alumni Hall on March 21st, 2015 at 8pm. Battle of the Bands is a great way to showcase student bands. The winner of this event will receive the opportunity to be the opening act in Movin’ On 2015. Last year’s winner, Lenina Crowne had the chance to share the stage with acts such as Wiz Khalifa, Fitz and the Tantrums, Aloe Blacc, Sky Ferreira and Air Dubai. Applications are due February 28th, 2015 by 5pm to No late applications will be accepted. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the 40th Anniversary of Movin’ On Music Festival!

All bands who consider applying should meet the following requirements:

1. All bands MUST contain at least one member who is a Penn State University Park student.

2. All bands MUST be able to perform a 15-­‐minute set containing only original songs.

3. All bands MUST submit original music samples with their application.

4. No member of the Movin’ On Core or Executive Committee may participate in Battle of the Bands (or at Movin’ On).

5. Musicians may only participate in ONE band.

6. All musical genres are welcome, including but not limited to rock bands, alternative bands, pop acts, acoustic acts, solo acts, DJs, and rappers.

Movin’ On is an annual, ticketless music festival held on campus for University Park students near the end of the spring semester. Penn State’s Movin’ On Spring Music Festival is one of the largest and well-­‐known college music festivals in the United States and has become one of Penn State’s great traditions. This year’s music festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary and will be held at the IM Fields on May 1st, 2015!


Start: February 28, 2015
End: February 28, 2015

February 27, 2015

EVENT: Ugly Zoo w/ Soft Boys and Ghost Dads

Another raging music party. Come let off some steam with Ugly Zoo, Soft Boys and Ghost Dads. Event here.

Talk to a punk for address details.

From the event page:


Soft Boys

Ghost Dads


be kind.

Start: February 27, 2015
End: February 27, 2015

February 26, 2015

Open MIC set to host the Penn State Music Awards on February 26th!

Open MicYes–The Grammy’s Are Finally Coming To Penn State!

The Penn State Music Awards are coming!  This is an awards show put on by Penn State’s Open Music Inspirations and Concepts (Open MIC).  They will be having rounds of nominations for possible candidates to be nominated for a variety of categories.  For example, “Best Male/Female Poet At Penn State”, “Best D.J. At Penn State”, “Best Dance Group At Penn State”, “Best Rapper At Penn State”, “Best Acapella Performance at Penn State” and many more.  After the winners in each category have been determined they will receive their “golden mic” at the event.  After awarding the winners, we will have several student/guest performances.  Following that, “OCD:  Moosh & Twist” will be performing, and opening for them is “Ground Up”.  “OCD:  Moosh & Twist” will be going on their “Patiently Waiting Tour” and Penn State is just one stop among many for them.  They will be traveling and performing in many places, such as New York, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Texas, and Canada just to name a few.  The group consists of two young male artists, DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman McRae and Oliver “Twist” Feighan.  The two bonded over their love of music in first grade and have worked together to become the successful hip-hop artists that they are today!  They have over 12 million Youtube views and over 100,000 mixtape downloads.  “Living Out Loud”, their first EP, was ranked in the top 5 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts and was ranked #1 on Billboard Magazine’s Heatseeker’s list.  The two 21 year olds have opened for artists such as, The White Panda, Hoodie Allen, and Wale.

Moreover, the Penn State Music Awards will allow groups and organizations to be recognized for their talents who may not have been otherwise.  And it also provides an affordable concert for students and others in a convenient location!

Tickets will cost only $11 for PSU students and $15 for PSU faculty/staff, general public and children/youth.  The event will take place on Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Heritage Hall at the HUB at 7:00PM!  This is a cannot miss event, and Open MIC looks forward to seeing you there!

Do you know a talented Penn Stater? Well you are in luck! Open Mic is currently accepting nominations for various cateegories. To nominate a musical act or group, click here.

Start: February 26, 2015
End: February 26, 2015
Venue: Heritage Hall
Cost: $11- $15

February 20, 2015

EVENT: Denzell w/ Bat Zuppel and The Spectres

Straight out the garage, it’s a Burgh-rock invasion featuring Denzell, Bat Zuppel and The Spectres!

FB event here. Hit up a local for address details.

From the event page:



Bat Zuppel

The Spectres


be kind.

Start: February 20, 2015 7:00 pm
End: February 20, 2015 11:00 pm
Venue: Black Cat House
State College, PA, United States, 16803
Cost: $5

February 7, 2015

EVENT: Brontide w/ Goon, Balloon Boy, Beat Rip and Wide Open

Come throwdown with the angry underground. Sludge metal sluggers Brontide will be joined by Goon, Balloon Boy, Beat Rip and Wide Open for a chaotic night of debauchery and brutality. Don’t miss out.

RSVP here. Talk to a friend for address details.

From the event page:

happy birthday to me.
happy birthday to Alice.



Balloon Boy

Beat Rip

Open Wide


respect the house.
don’t sing happy birthday,
but do bring me 40s.

Start: February 7, 2015 7:00 pm
End: February 7, 2015 11:00 pm
Venue: Black Cat House
State College, PA, United States, 16803
Cost: $5

January 30, 2015

EVENT: Mumblr w/ Brown Rainbow and Abi Reimold

Don’t miss a night of Philly’s finest! Philadelphia rock outfit Mumblr is coming back to State College. The band will be joined by fellow Philadelphians Brown Rainbow and Abi Reimold.

Check out the Facebook event here. Ask a fellow punk for address details.

From the event page:


Brown Rainbow

Abi Reimold


1. Don’t break the fucking water heater
2. No crust
3. Be kind


Start: January 30, 2015 7:00 pm
End: January 30, 2015 11:00 pm
Venue: Dad's House
State College, PA, United States, 16803
Cost: $5