State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Bon Jovi to perform at Penn State

Bon Jovi Penn State

Come out and let Bon Jovi rock your Uggs off at the Bryce Jordan Center this February 9th, 2011.  He’s not just the man; he’s also a real ladies man.  People Magazines only named him one of the top 50 most beautiful people in 1996.!/event.php?eid=101721689898256

A review of Street Light Manifesto and Go Go Gadjet

Streetlight Manifesto and Go Go Gadjet review and video of their Penn State musical performance on 2/7/11.  Read and view on.


So maybe you couldn’t attend the Streetlight Manifesto show or you just didn’t want to, but you should have.

First off, Go Go Gadjet opened up for Streetlight Manifesto, and what a terrible job they did.  Go Go Gadjet proceeded to play covers of all frat songs.  They must have come to Penn State thinking their crowd was going to be a bunch of bros and frat rats stopping by before their highlighter party.   Go Go Gadjet proceeded to play; Pink – Raise Your Glass, Taio Cruz – Dynamite, Neon Trees – Animal, and many others.  They eventually threw out glow sticks to the crowd, which resulted in the crowd throwing them right back at the band.  There were many middle fingers and “boos” being exhibited.  The crowd was as stiff as the hairs on the back of my neck after a near death experience. I was soon relinquished from death thanks to Streetlight Manifesto reviving me with an outstanding performance. Not saying they are a bad band… but Go Go Gadjet should have reevaluated who they were going to be playing for so they could cover more relevant songs for the concert.

Thanks SPA for Streetlight Manifesto, they were terrific. The band played song after song without the slightest let up.  The crowd was insane, finally letting loose having a chance to endure an exceptional performance.  The band played in amazing unison and constantly acknowledging each-other with smiles and gestures as if they were best of friends, who finally were at a show they had been waiting a lifetime to play.  The energy they gave off was in such high spirits, which is exactly how the crowd felt in return.  You honestly had to be there to truly understand why this band had turned down interviews from the Collegian and Radio 94.5. Since you couldn’t be there… I brought back some video footage for everyone to enjoy.

An exclusive interview with Young Brizz

Young Brizz

Rap artist and Penn State student Young Brizz is on the rise. He has opened up for Juelz Santana, Fat Joe, Lloyd Banks, and many other big artists. Keep a look out for Young Brizz, a truly talented individual. Check out the exclusive interview with Young Brizz and

What major artists have you opened up for? I have opened up for Juelz Santana, Mac Miller, Afroman, Fat Joe, Noreaga, Lloyd Banks, just to name a few. But i definitely have some more shows locked in so this year definitely gonna be a fun one!

What accomplishments have you made with your music and are there any places you’ve been recognized of your music? Well for me being an underdog in Philly, I feel like i haven’t accomplished a lot but at the same time I feel like I accomplished more than a lot of artists where I’m from. I will admit that i am blessed to have fans that show so much support when they see my songs all over the internet, and other crazy places! It makes me feel that I’m doing something right because I’m getting emails and messages from people all over the world thanking me for picking up a mic (haaaa). It can get over whelming at times because I feel like my music isn’t where it is suppose to be yet, but I thank god I have great listeners that support my music!

Would you like to go major in the music industry, and what is to come for you this year? I would like to go major, but I like to feel comfortable, and I like to call my own shots, so I think I’m sticking with the Independent route. But just know that my label will soon be launching officially later this year “Team Absolute Music Group” and the first cd will be my new Mixtape “A’z Up Til My Day’z Up”. Shout out to Young Elz which is my partner, we are doing a lot of big things beyond music as well so be on the look out!

Things to come for your music? A’z Up Til My Day’z Up mixtape will be in stores this spring! We are working on our clothing line Team A Gear, and actually after “A’z Up Til My Day’z Up” drops I’m going to be focusing on my production. I will be producing a lot for other artists, so look out for that!

Movin' On – featuring Lupe Fiasco and O.A.R.



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Movin’ On Announces Top Three Headliners


The 2011 Movin’ On CORE Committee is pleased to announce the much anticipated headliners for this year’s spring music festival. After months of student survey campaigns, budget meetings and contract negotiations, the Executive Committee has verified the top three acts scheduled to perform at the April 29th concert.


The free festival will be headlined by the rock sensation O.A.R., with hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco and country group Little Big Town as openers. This is the first time Movin’ On has featured three different genres as headliners and the first festival to feature a country act.


The bands were selected based on results from the Google surveys provided by the CORE Committee, budget range, and band availability. The complete lineup will be determined concluding the Battle of the Bands competition for student acts, scheduled for this Saturday, March 19th at 9:00 pm in Alumni Hall.


This year’s Movin’ On music festival will be held on Friday, April 29th from 3:30pm at IM Field West by Beaver Stadium and is free admission for both Penn State students and the general public. More information regarding acts and activities will be released as the event approaches. The final itinerary for the day’s performances and events will be available at


Battle of the Bands Adds Four Student Acts To Movin’ On Lineup

The Movin’ On CORE Committee hosted their annual Battle of the Bands competition in Alumni Hall Saturday night for student bands. The bands competed for the opportunity to open for this year’s headliners at the Movin’ On festival.

The twelve bands selected by the CORE committee performed in front of over 600 students Saturday night to win the chance to open for headliners Little Big Town, Lupe Fiasco, and O.A.R. Among the twelve bands, four were selected by special guests judges to play at this year’s Movin’ On Festival, scheduled for Friday, April 29th.

The top four bands selected by judges were So Long, Pluto in fourth, Atlas Soundtrack in third, The Zak Sobel Band in second, and 5 Cherry Lewis in first.  The bands were judged based on originality, musicality, audience response, and overall stage presence. The judges for Battle were Blue Band Drum Major Ian Kenney, Glide Magazine music journalist Nick Gunther, B94.5 interns, and one student judge.

The set lineup for Movin’ On 2011 will open with So Long, Pluto, Atlas Soundtrack, The Zak Sobel Band, 5 Cherry Lewis, a fourth paid act still TBD, Little Big Town, Lupe Fiasco, and O.A.R. The fourth paid act will be determined over the next few days by the Movin’ On Executive Committee.


April 11, 2011

Movin’ On


So Long, Pluto no longer to play at Movin’ On


Due to prior commitments, the student band So Long, Pluto will no longer be performing at this year’s Movin’ On music festival. Initially selected to kickoff the concert at the March 19th Battle of the Bands, So Long, Pluto will be replaced with the 5th place act The Good News.


Mates of State to play at Movin’ On

The Movin’ On Board of Directors has announced the fourth paid act to play at next weekend’s Movin’ On music festival. Joining O.A.R., Lupe Fiasco, and Little Big Town will be Indie group Mates of State.



With The Good News filling in, the set line-up and tentative schedule for the April 29th music festival will be as follows:


3:30pm-4:00pm: The Good News

4:00pm-4:30pm: Atlas Soundtrack

4:30pm-5:00pm: Zak Sobel Band

5:00pm-5:30pm: 5 Cherry Lewis

5:30pm-6:15pm: Mates of State

6:15pm-7:30pm: Little Big Town

7:30pm- 8:00pm: DJ Supernova, presented by SPA

8:00pm- 9:00pm: Lupe Fiasco

9:00pm- 9:30pm: DJ Supernova, presented by SPA

9:30pm- 11:00pm: O.A.R.


More information regarding event details can be found at


The Good News







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O.A.R. first began to develop their unique sound in drummer Chris Culos’s basement while in high school in Rockville, Maryland.  The band released their first album, The Wanderer, prior to graduating and stayed together throughout college with all members attending The Ohio State University.  Recording two additional albums before leaving Columbus, the band began pursuing their musical dreams full time in the summer of 2001.  By the end of 2008, the band had released six studio albums and three live double disc CDs.


To date O.A.R. has sold more than 1.7 Million albums and 1.5 Million concert tickets, including two sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden.  With the release of their sixth studio album, All Sides, O.A.R. reached several career milestones.  The album was their highest debut to date, landing at #13 on the Billboard 200, and the album’s first single, “Shattered,” was the band’s first single to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and spent fifteen weeks on VH1’s Top 20 Countdown.  O.A.R. continues to tour throughout the country and they are currently in the studio working on their next studio release.


For more information about O.A.R., go to


Lupe Fiasco

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Movin’ On’s Promo Video for this year’s 2011 Penn State’s Annaul Music Festival




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