PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Garden State Radio Mildly Elevates Crowd Spirits

Garden State Radio, a Jersey band with a strong stage presence, took the Bryce Jordan Center like a tidal wave of high energy, a much needed breath of fresh air in the early Sunday hours.

The band dressed in all black and comprises female lead vocals, hard hitting drums, powerful guitar riffs, and a smooth, subtle bass.

According to their introduction, the members were “joined together by forces unknown,” but don’t be mistaken. The covers played were well known. Very well known.

Garden State Radio opened with Icona Pop’s “I Love It (I Don’t Care)” and initially gained the audience’s approval, despite the number of times the song was played this weekend. The band progressed through their set with “We Found Love” and “Counting Stars” that still weren’t enough to really motivate the dancers.

The most notable part of the performance was the five-song Michael Jackson montage that covered “Black or White,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” and “I Want You Back.” This originality in the set list was short-lived as they broke into more predictable covers of “Wake Me Up” and “Timber.” Garden State Radio did bring the crowd pulse back to life when they began playing Penn State favorites like “Shipping Up to Boston” and “Seven Nation Army.” Of course, I can’t leave out the epic lyrical genius of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.”

The final two songs of the set managed to rally the troops as dawn approached. The first was “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” by Fall Out Boy, which was a nice change of pace for the weary-looking THON goers. But by the time they finished an epic “Wrecking Ball” cover, the Bryce Jordan Center appeared to have mixed feelings about the eclectic song choices made by Garden State Radio. I suppose that’s the disadvantage of playing so late in the weekend.

About the Author

Leo Dillinger

Penn State Junior, Print Journalism Major, Minors in English and Sociology, Writer of Arts, Entertainment, News, Tomfoolery and Opinion.

Comments

Athletics

Reports: Tony Carr To Begin Professional Career In Italy

Tony Carr might have to wait a little longer than he had hoped to make his NBA debut.

Penn State Hockey’s Aarne Talvitie Showcases At Devils Development Camp

Penn State Hoops Releases 2018-19 Non-Conference Schedule

Forward Abdou Tsimbila Commits To Penn State Hoops

Penn State Volleyball Trio Representing U.S. At Pan-American Cup

Student Life

Penn State Student Dies Of Allergic Reaction To Peanuts

Max McGlinchey had just finished his freshman year studying finance.

Freshman 101: On-Campus Life

Student Farm To Commemorate Summer Solstice With Second Annual Celebration

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Indigo Closes, Future Plans For Nightclub Space Await

Indigo Nightclub announced that it would be closing following Arts Fest, but it doesn’t sound like the Hotel State College bar space would be empty for long

Playa Bowls To Open State College Location

Famous on the Jersey Shore for its brightly colored bowls and smoothies, Playa Bowls’ menu includes everything from açai and pitaya bowls to fresh juices.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Doggie’s Rathskeller And Garden Opens With Hopes Of Returning To Its Roots

The All-American Rathskeller is no more and Doggie’s Rathskeller and Garden is officially in business — opening with its “sneak peak” at the new bar Thursday afternoon in time for Arts Fest.

Send this to a friend