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Music Monday: Guest Matthew Mayer, The Pegula Music Man

For the first time ever, we’ve decided to bring in a guest to host our Music Monday column.

This week, Matthew Mayer put together our weekly playlist, which you can listen to below. Matt is best known for controlling the music in Pegula Ice Arena for the Penn State hockey games, but he also DJs the men’s basketball, field hockey, and baseball games. When he isn’t on campus pumping up the crowd, the senior has worked with the New York Mets and the ESPY awards. He’ll be bouncing back and forth between Pegula and the BJC this weekend — the THON 2015 dancer will be in attendance throughout the weekend to support his fellow dancers of Sigma Tau Gamma.

In honor of the last men’s hockey home games this weekend, we asked Matt to make our Music Monday playlist this week. Here’s what he had to say:

With the last Penn State men’s hockey home games coming this weekend, I figured it’s never too early to get the #TimberCount going along with some hockey jams from Jimi Hendrix, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, and the Foo Fighters.

What would an arena-rock Music Monday be without sing-alongs, right? Nothing like getting your week going with some Penn State classics like “Sweet Caroline,” “Zombie Nation,” “500 Miles,” & “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

I included a track that really means a lot to me: Bon Jovi’s “I Love This Town.” It’s a song that I play after every Penn State win. No matter who you talk to affiliated with Penn State, far and wide there is an enormous admiration for State College and the university, something that I think is symbolized in that song.

The rap songs are just some of the tracks (clean of course) that you will hear over at the BJC before a Penn State game, fitting “All I Do is Win” in there especially after Penn State Hoops took down No. 22 Indiana last weekend.

“Shut Up & Dance” & Timeflies’ “All the Way” are songs I almost exclusively relate with THON, as they were just two of the many jams that got me through dancing the entire 46 hours last year and can serve as help for this year’s crop of dancers.

At the bottom you’ll find a couple Matt Mayer favorites. Being from New York, I’m a huge Billy Joel guy and have always had a fond appreciation for John Mayer & the music of the Grateful Dead.

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