Your Guide to Movin’ On 2014
It’s that time of year again. All of the seniors are crying, weather is finally nice-ish, and Penn State is ready for the biggest outdoor musical event of the year.
Despite the surprise announcement yesterday that headliner A$AP Rocky will be replaced by Pittsburgh-native Wiz Khalifa, the opening acts will remain the same. Known for hits like “Black and Yellow” and “Young, Wild & Free,” the rapper is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Unlike Wiz, most of the opening acts are relatively new to the music scene. Check out some of their tunes before the big day tomorrow.
This student band recently won their opening spot after coming in first place at the Battle of the Bands. The indie folk group has gained quite a following since their formation earlier this year, playing at gigs at popular spots in town like Café 210, and even THON 2014.
This Denver based hip-hop group should get the crowd going with their unique sound. The band has released three full length albums and three EP’s since 2008, and will will be a part of the Vans Warped Tour 2014 this summer. Since signing with Hopeless Records in 2012, they have toured with bands such as OneRepublic and Rise Against. Their song “Warning (feat. Patricia Lynn)” has been quickly climbing the charts.
Since getting scouted on Myspace, 21-year-old Ferreira has gained success in both music and modeling. Her synthpop beats and interesting looks have made her the queen of social media sites like Tumblr. She recently toured with Miley Cyrus on the 2014 Bangerz Tour.
One of the better known opening acts, Blacc has risen in popularity since his song “Wake Me Up,” shot up the charts. He recently performed the song, which was co-written with Swedish DJ Avicii, at Coachella. Despite his recent recognition, Blacc actually released his first EP in 2003.
Fitz and the Tantrums
Founded in 2009, this indie pop group has been taking the alternative music scene by storm. They were featured in Rolling Stone as a “band to watch” and have played several music festivals, such as SXSW in Texas. Members of the band describe their sound as ”soul-influenced indie pop.”
The performances will kick-off tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at the Park Avenue Intramural Fields near the Law Building, instead of it’s usual spot near the Bryce Jordan Center. Here’s the map:
The night’s headliner, Wiz Khalifa, will take the stage for the final performance at 9 p.m. The event is free for students and non-students.