State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Eric Poluhovich

Contest: Free Tickets for Miss Lauryn Hill

UPDATE: We were recently informed by the sponsor that the tickets will no longer be VIP. They will be in the lower level, however, and we are told that they are still very good seats.

State In The Real and The Lion 90.7fm are working together with the Bryce Jordan Center to give away free lower level tickets to Lauryn Hill’s show on May 4th. We’re running a contests for A FREE PAIR OF TICKETS for the show.

Here’s all you have to do:
1. Follow State In The Real on Twitter
2. Send us a tweet at @StateInTheReal telling us your favorite Lauryn Hill song and use the hash tag #LaurynHillattheBJC
3. We’ll randomly pick one winner on our radio show on Monday, April 28th, from 4-5pm on The Lion 90.7fm., and you’ll get two free tickets to see Miss Lauryn Hill at the BJC on May 4th.

Just remember that if your tweets are protected, we may not be able to see your tweets. Send us a screen cap of your tweet to let us know that you entered.

Tune in to The Lion here!

Contest: Free VIP for Bill Maher at the BJC

UPDATE: We were recently informed by the sponsor that the tickets will no longer be VIP. They will be in the lower level, however, and we are told that they are still very good seats.

State In The Real and The Lion 90.7fm are working together with the Bryce Jordan Center to give away free lower level tickets to Bill Maher’s show on May 3rd. We’re running a contests for A FREE PAIR OF TICKETS for the show.

The BJC and the Lion 90.7fm is running and ad for the Bill Maher show, but part of the advertisement was deemed “inappropriate” by some of the promoters. Below, we have a copy of the recording that’s running, with 5 seconds of dead air that needs to be filled. Write a line or two to fill the dead air in the ad below, and send it in a message on our Facebook page. No need to record anything- just send us your idea. We’ll pick the one we think is best, and the winner will be announced on our radio show on Monday, April 28th from 4-5pm on The Lion 90.7fm! All you have to do is write a line or two, and you could be the winner of a pair of tickets to see Bill Maher on May 3rd!

Interested in Joining State In The Real? Find Out How!

Hey everyone! Are you interested in joining the State In The Real team? As we approach the end of the semester and prepare for the fall, we are looking for new talent to bring our team above and beyond! There are a number of openings, and we are looking for hard-working, dedicated students who love music and have an interest in the local music scene.

Specifically, we are looking for journalism majors (writers and editors), marketing majors, PR majors, photographers and videographers to be a part of our team next year! If you’re interested in being a part of State In The Real, please contact us here. You can also find us on Facebook, and on Twitter at @StateInTheReal. Even if you don’t fit into one of the above categories, message us anyway and tell us why you would be right for us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Lauryn Hill to Perform at the BJC on May 4th

Lauryn Hill is set to perform at the Bryce Jordan Center on May 4th at 7:30pm! Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, March 21 at 10am at the Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre, Altoona Campus Ticket Outlet, online at, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Reserved theatre seating is $47.50 for the public and $9.50 for University Park students.

Lauryn Hill has been labeled the mother of hip-hop invention with her 1998 solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The Fugees’ most vocal member not only established herself as creative force on her own, but also broke new ground by successfully integrating rap, soul, reggae, and R&B into her own sound.

Raised in South Orange, NJ, Hill spent her youth listening her parents’ multi-genre, multi-generational record collection. She began singing at an early age, and was soon snagging minor roles on television (As the World Turns) and in film (Sister Act II: Back in the Habit). Her on-again, off-again stint in the Fugees began at the age of 13, but was often interrupted by both the acting gigs and her enrollment at Columbia University. After developing a following in the tri-state area, the group’s first release — the much-hyped but uneven Blunted on Reality – did not do well nationally, almost causing a breakup. But with the multi-platinum The Score, the Fugees (and especially the camera-friendly Hill) achieved international success.

Hill wrote, arranged, or produced just about every track on Miseducation, which is steeped in her old-school background, both musically (the Motown-esque sing-along of “Doo Wop (That Thing)”) and lyrically (the nostalgic “Every Ghetto, Every City”). As Miseducation began a long reign on the charts through most of the fall and winter of 1998, Hill became a national media icon, as magazines ranging from Time to Esquire to Teen People vied to put her on the cover. By the end of the year, as the album topped virtually every major music critic’s best-of list, she was being credited for helping fully assimilate hip-hop into mainstream music. The momentum finally culminated at the February 1999 Grammy awards, during which Hill took home five trophies from her 11 nominations, including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Album; the most ever for a woman. Shortly after, she launched a highly praised national tour with Atlanta rappers, Outkast.

She continued shaping her solo career; the double-disc MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 appeared in spring 2002, before she disappeared, by her own choice, from the spotlight. Hill will be appearing this summer at Bonnaroo, Electric Forest Festival, and FloydFest, but her rare live appearance at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center this May 4th will be a pleasant surprise for her fans in the Northeast.

THON Dancer Interview: Dan Fratoni

We got a chance to talk to Dan Fratoni, a senior management and PR major, who is dancing in THON. Dan frequently pulls all-nighters, and seemed to have no problems staying awake or keeping his energy up.

How is THON so far?
It’s been a blast. It’s crazy. I can [tell what time it is], because of the roles I’ve held with THON in the past so I can gauge the timeline. But I’m feeling fine. It’s totally about eating and stretching and drinking 24/7. I don’t think I’ve put down a bottle of water the entire time. But it’s fun! I still feel like I have the same amount of energy since when I walked in. Almost there- I feel like [the rest] should be interesting. I can do it.

How did you feel when you found out you were dancing?
I was stoked when I found out I was dancing. It was so cool, only because my THON experience previously to dancing my senior year was being a morale committee member as a freshman, public relations captain as a sophomore, then an entertainment captain as a junior. And it was neat because I got to see different aspects. When I was a freshman, you catered to the dancers. And then when I was a sophomore you got to see that outside perspective of THON and what goes into broadcasting that image of what we do. And then entertainment was neat because that tied back into the fact of, “okay what do we need to have here to make these dancers keep going?” And it’s cool that I get to go out doing that. And that’s what I really like about it, which is neat.
It’s awesome because I had no clue what THON was coming into Penn State, and when I first came into the BJC as a moraler it was so cool. And I never had anyone in my family touched by cancer or anything along those lines. But seeing all of those families, it was just one of those things where it was like, “Wow, I can dance to give back,” because in college you do those things that are ‘selfish to get you somewhere in life’ but this keeps you grounded and reminds you to actually live life and that there’s other things out there. It was a wave of emotions, but it was so cool to be selected to dance.

What does the logo or motto mean to you?
I’ll go with the logo. I like the concept of the hot air balloon, only because to me, personally, I think that signifies onwards and upwards. Obviously it means “redefine the possibilities,” but it’s one of those things where the sky is the limit. We’re all here for that reason of hoping that one day there’s a cure.

What role do you think music plays in THON?
Music is huge. Music’s one of those things that you remember a moment or an instant from the second that you hear a song, and it’s captures those memories. And it’s all about the upbeat music to keep the dancers going, to keep the atmosphere in this place what it is. Without it, a huge dynamic of THON would be missing.

What’s your favorite part of the line dance?
The whole Miley Cyrus section is funny as anything. I love it. Doing the Miley face and came in like a wrecking ball. But hey, that was 2013, right?

You kind of answered this before, but why do you THON?
It’s more so for the fact that it’s a chance to give back in the midst of what you’re trying to advance yourself in life as a college student. For me, it was something that made me there’s a lot more out there to life, and after just getting involved in an extracurricular activity as a morale and not knowing what I was going into, I saw that there’s families of people that really do go through things. Although I haven’t had to go through that in my life, other people shouldn’t have to. It was just for the sense of giving back.

Dan with his moraler Madison