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SOMA Meeting Discusses Future Entertainment Acts, Parking Lot Music Venues

SOMA was the organization responsible for last fall's Girl Talk concert, which was hot, sweaty, and freaking awesome.
SOMA was the organization responsible for last fall's Girl Talk concert, which was hot, sweaty, and freaking awesome.

Earlier this week, we went to the general meeting of SOMA (Students Organizing the Multiple Arts) and are pleased to report that they have many ideas for this semester.

There was a general discussion of possible bands that could be brought in, including some pretty progressive options (Pitchfork would approve), and rumors of big name artists attending this year’s homecoming. There was talk about comedy shows, and Arts Crawl is once again being planned for the spring semester. The most interesting discussion of the evening, though, was about possible venues.

Due to the underwhelming variety of venues around campus, SOMA president Danny Michaelson is thinking outside the box – rather, on top of it. One of his ideas for booking local bands is holding a concert on a parking deck, reasoning that, “We could just finance it. It’d be just like paying a venue.”

Though it might seem at first a bad idea, SOMA assures us that they would pursue that kind of venue through the appropriate channels– i.e., Penn State, State College, and other area businesses. It would be a tough sell but being able to rock out atop a parking deck on Pugh Street would definitely be worth the effort.

It might not be the Beatles’ final show on the rooftop, but it would surely be a good time above ground for those looking for one. If the idea becomes more than speculation and reaches fruition, count us in.

Editor’s Note: Our loyal readers and RSS followers might notice that this is the second instance of the SOMA post to be published. Originally, the post disclosed information that could do more harm to SOMA than it would do good for the rest of the Penn State community– i.e., it would put SOMA in a less than ideal legal, contractual, or negotiating situation. We appreciate SOMA’s patience in dealing with us and your understanding as we continually evolve in an effort to create our place in the Penn State public sphere.

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