Shake, Shake, Shake and Lowjack Bring Energy to THON
Though they brought two entirely different styles into the Bryce Jordan Center, cover bands Shake, Shake, Shake, and Lowjack each came to THON 2013 equipped with tons of energy for their respective half-hour sets.
With the exception of an awesome rendition of No Doubt’s “Just A Girl,” Shake, Shake, Shake’s (@Shake3xPSU) performance consisted solely of recent pop hits, but the four piece group brought new life to these repetitive pop tracks led by the powerful voice of singer Devon Macy and skillful playing of the band’s rhythm section.
The band, a staple of the local State College bar scene, tore through rocking versions of Nicki Minaj’s “Starships,” Owl City’s “Good Time,” and “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction with the large crowd singing and dancing along to every word. Macy commanded the large stage like a veteran as the band concluded their set with Katy Perry’s “Firework” with the packed BJC in the palm of their hands.
After a brief intermission, another veteran band of the State College bar scene, Lowjack, hit the stage. Led by frontman Jason Davoli, the band brought a nice change of pace with some violin-tinged country flavor. They kicked off their set with “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” before starting an arena-wide singalong with a melodious cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.”
With “Wagon Wheel” elevating the building’s energy, Lowjack continued along with The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” which was chock-full of crowd chanting reminiscent of a Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. The rest of the set was highlighted by covers of “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” (Dropkick Murphys), “Ants Marching,” (Dave Matthews Band), “Sweet Home Alabama,” (Lynyrd Skynyrd), before concluding with an awesome version of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” that had the arena dancing.
While both bands offered differing styles, they were both able to captivate both the THON dancers and those in the audience.