Catching up with ALO Before “Rock the Vote”

Penn State’s “Rock The Vote” concert is right around the corner, featuring Jack Johnson, along with alternative/blues artist G. Love and “pop n roll” band ALO. We already interviewed G. Love, and Jack Johnson is busy doing cool stuff in Hawaii, but ALO was kind enough to answer a few questions for us earlier this week.

Though the California based ALO isn’t a household name like Jack Johnson, their unique sound is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Signed to Jack Johnson’s label, according to their website, “There has always been a division between our fans that get to know us through our live shows vs. the fans that get to know us through our albums.”

If you have never listened to ALO before, take the time to type the band name into Pandora and get your groove on before Wednesday.

We were fortunate enough to ask ALO a few questions before their upcoming performance on Wednesday, and here is what they had to say:

Onward State: Why is Rock The Vote an important cause to you?

ALO: Music is inspiring.  When one is inspired they are likely to go out and make something happen. Voting is a great way to make things happen!!

OS: What are you looking forward to most about performing at Penn State?

ALO: Well, we never played Penn State before, so I’m excited to play for some new people. We always have a great time doing shows with Jack Johnson, and G. Love… I’m sure this will be no exception.

OS: What songs should students expect to hear from you?

ALO: We have a new album out, so we’re excited to play the new music, but of course we’ll play some of the old favorites as well.

OS: What has been your favorite performance?

ALO: That’s a hard one… one of my favorite performances was when we played in Brazil.  Such an enthusiastic crowd. They got rhythm!!

OS: What is your favorite part about performing at events like this?

ALO: I like the idea of a show not just being about the music. It’s more meaningful when a show carries the weight of a cause. This is a great cause… the youth vote is more important now than ever.

OS: Is there anything in particular that you would like to say to Penn State students?

ALO: It is your duty as an American to get out and vote!!

OS: Finally, in Onward State tradition, if you were a kind of dinosaur, what kind of dinosaur would you be?


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Mara is a senior majoring in public relations with a minor in business. She is from Cranberry Twp., PA and enjoys blogging, cats, tweeting, and not wanting to graduate.


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