Author Zack Rutstein

Penn State 5th-year Materials Science and Engineering student, Onward State Arts Editor, Musician

Entertainment
0 The Sing-Off Live Tour to Make BJC Stop

Contestants from NBC’s hit show The Sing-Off will perform at the BJC on February 28 as part of their inaugural Sing-Off Live Tour! The show features a cappella musicians performing unique renditions of today’s top hits. The live show will bring season 4 finalists as well as last year”s winner, the Pentatonix, to perform individual sets, group numbers, ultimate sing-offs, and a few new surprises.

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0 Mike Wallz on The Layover and Life After College

Penn State rapper Mike Wallz may be out of college, but he’s still making moves in the music industry. It’s been a year since we last caught up with Mike to check out his album The Free Life. He’s now working on another album, The Layover, which is set to release on November 11. We caught up with Mike Wallz to see what he’s been up to since moving on from Penn State.

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1 Music Monday: Penn State’s Summer Tunes

While most of us were busy working on classes and internships over the summer, some of Penn State’s hottest artists have been working on new material. Haven’t had time to keep up with your favorite Penn State musicians? Don’t worry, Onward State has you covered with our summer music recap.

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0 Bassnectar to Drop the Bass at BJC

Electronic music producer and DJ Bassnectar will make a stop in Happy Valley on October 10th as part of his Immersive Music Tour 2013. Known for his brand of bass-heavy EDM, Bassnectar has been creating genre-bending tracks since the late 1990’s, and has since released nine studio albums, 11 mixtapes, and dozens of singles and EPs.

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Downtown
1 Your Guide to Arts Fest 2013

For residents of State College, the annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts — better known as ArtsFest — is a yearly celebration of the creative spirit in Happy Valley and artists around the country. The 4-day event that will take over downtown State College in the next few days has been recognized as one of the best summer festivals in the country. For those who want to make the most of their Happy Valley visit, here’s a quick guide on what to check out over ArtsFest weekend.

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0 Penn State Celebrates America’s Birthday

The 4th of July is one of America’s most deeply held traditions. Every year, millions of patriotic Americans celebrate the founding of the greatest country on earth with summer barbecues and family gatherings. As one of this country’s most respected academic institutions, it is Penn State’s enduring duty to celebrate America’s birthday like nowhere else.

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0 Happy Together Tour Announces BJC Stop

Are you tired of this generation’s music? Does the sound of another radio-friendly Justin Bieber or Katy Perry song just make you want to punch someone in the face? Well, this might be the show for you. The Happy Together Tour 2013 is a celebration of the music of the 60’s, and it’s coming to the BJC on Sunday, July 28th.

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0 Get Your Arts Fix at Summer’s Best Music Fest

Summer in Happy Valley brings out the best local artists and entertainment from around Pennsylvania. Though we still have a few weeks until Arts Fest, you can still come to State College to see some of the area’s most talented artists and musicians. This Saturday, June 22nd kicks off Summer’s Best Music Fest 2013, the annual day long arts and music festival held in downtown State College.

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0 Where to See Your Summer Music Festivals

Summer is the time for music festivals. And while some of us have the opportunity to travel and experience the best music and arts festivals around, most of us won’t be able to make it out to Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo. But even if we can’t travel across the country, there are still some great summer music festivals in the Pennsylvania area to check out.

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Downtown
0 Webster’s Cafe Turns One Year Old

Downtown State College is all about local business. And one of our favorites, Webster’s Cafe, is celebrating its first anniversary this Saturday with a day of local art and music. The downtown bookstore/coffee shop will soon relaunch with a new and improved bookstore and new menu options.

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0 Get to Know the SOMA Arts Crawl

In a town dominated by athletics and academics, the arts culture of Penn State rarely sees the spotlight of public interest. Penn State’s Students Organizing the Multiple Arts hopes to bring arts to the forefront for one day a year. In collaboration with several arts organizations, SOMA’s Arts Crawl will take over North Campus tomorrow afternoon for a day-long celebration of arts and creativity in the State College community.

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0 WHY? to Headline SOMA Arts Crawl

Penn State’s Students Organizing the Multiple Arts hosts its annual Arts Crawl on Friday, April 5th. If you have never heard of this, it’s definitely something to check out. For one day, SOMA takes over North Campus to showcase the best in student arts and entertainment. This year’s Arts Crawl will be headlined by indie group WHY?

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0 Movin’ On: Meet the Battling Bands

Twelve artists will be given the opportunity to open for MGMT at this year’s Movin’ On Battle of the Bands. With genres ranging from classic rock to heavy metal to electro-house, this year’s lineup will bring some of central Pennsylvania’s best talent to Penn State for one night to battle it out. While some of these artists are household names in the Penn State music scene, others may be unknown to the majority of students. So here’s your chance to get a first look at this year’s lineup before they take the stage tomorrow at 9 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

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THON
0 Thoughts on THON Music

Being in the Bryce Jordan Center for days at a time is tiring. The one thing keeping everyone on their feet is the music, which has been blasting through the stadium sound system nonstop since THON started on Friday afternoon. Since it’s such an essential part of THON, I wanted to find out what people thought of the music played so far. So I walked around the packed BJC concourse and asked anyone who would talk to me about their thoughts on this year’s THON playlist.

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