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Kevin Devine to Headline SOMA Arts Crawl

Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band will headline this year’s Arts Crawl, an annual mini music and arts festival that takes over north campus art buildings on April 11.

Frontman Kevin Devine has toured with bands such as Brand New and Manchester Orchestra, and is also a notable member of indie rock group Bad Books. Devine has released eight studio albums since 2002.

Devine was chosen for the headlining spot after being voted upon by members of SOMA, according to SOMA Vice President Tahmeed Islam.

“A preliminary list of bands is created through the input of the members and the executive board with consideration to the availability and price range of the band,” said Islam. “If a band is available and within our price range, we let our members vote and chose the band they would wish to see.”

Opening bands must go through an application process, and they are also chosen by SOMA members.

While most of SOMA’s funding needs were met by the club’s budget or UPAC funding, they turned to the popular website Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects, to help cover some of the costs. SOMA has already raised more than its $1,000 goal, which will be used to pay local acts and smaller bands.

Others acts include popular student artists Mute Cities and Keegan Tawa. Here’s the full list of musical acts:

Anthony D’Amico
Ben Lapidus 
Brown Rainbow 
Cold Foamers 
Ellen Siberian-Tiger
Keegan Tawa 
Middle of the Road
Mind Riot
Mute Cities 
Oddy Knocky
Open Wide
Roof Doctor 
Scully Bartlett 
Sharleen Chidiac 
Soda Bomb 
Ted Nguyent 
A Victim of Good Times 
Walking Distance

Arts Crawl is a free event that features bands, solo performers, dancers, kid-friendly activities, and student art displays.

“We give a place for people to come and express themselves to their friends and strangers alike, which is an opportunity that does not come too often in this town” said Islam. “Hopefully Arts Crawl can help people appreciate the art and culture we are capable of producing in and around State College.”

The festival will take place on April 11 from 5-11 p.m.

If you’re interested in checking out some of Devine’s music, here is the title track off Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band’s album “Bubblegum”:

Devine performing in indie rock band Bad Books:

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Sarah Caskie

Sarah is a senior majoring in Journalism. She can usually be found at Saint’s looking up cat videos, or writing about music and stuff. She can be reached on Twitter at @classycaskie or via email at [email protected]

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