State College offers a wide variety of entertainment options, from 18 bars and clubs in the downtown area to a number of music and performance venues, including the Bryce Jordan Center and The State Theatre. Happy Valley has hosted such performing greats as Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Cirque du Soleil and Lewis Black. Student groups like SOMA and SPA also provide both national acts and student art and entertainment on campus and the community is home to an up-and-coming local music scene.
Three comedians made the Bryce Jordan Center roar with thunderous laughter and applause Monday night despite unfortunate weather conditions. “Saturday Night Live” regulars Vanessa Bayer and Kate McKinnon, along with MTV’s “Pranked” host and SNL writer Streeter Seidell, brought high energy and a little touch of the weekly sketch show to Happy Valley, and tailored their jokes to the Penn State student crowd.
State College has a growing scene for young DJs. But with only two true nightclubs, competition to earn a performance is steep. Despite these challenges, the DJs have formed a sort of brotherhood, collaborating and supporting each other through it all.
He’s performed for over 10,000 spectators at THON, is currently pursuing his master’s degree in theatre at Penn State, and now he’s releasing his very first music video: Cecil Blutcher is a man of many talents, and Happy Valley is simply his stage.