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My Hero Zero Returns To THON For Another Energetic Performance

Perennial THON performers My Hero Zero took to the stage at the BJC for their yearly performance. The local bar band, led by front man Jason Olcese, kicked off the performance with a cover of “Shut Up and Dance.”

The five-member band continued to enthuse the crowd with throwbacks “Let’s Get It Started” and “Baby One More Time.” Having been at THON four times, they are never short on the delivery of the BJC’s favorite dance and sing along songs. 

Finding a place in their setlist for classic boy band songs such as “I Want it That Way” kept the BJC rocking even after the long first few hours.

Olcese rallied the crowd with a guitar solo rendition of “Love Yourself” before getting the arena to join in and sing along. The group followed that up with a 90’s hit from Blink-182. The group played through the set, mixing multiple genres, and creating a sound like no other.

Donovan O’Rourke, My Hero Zero’s newest member, showed off his skills during their rendition of “1000 Miles.” The band’s five-part harmony layered with the enthused dancers and the supporters in the stands voices only brought the arena together.

The band found the Penn State spirit in their music blasting “Seven Nation Army” and Blue Band classic “Let’s Go State.”

The set was coming to an explosive end with “Firework.” No matter the time, or the number of hours the dancers have been standing, My Hero Zero always lightens the mood and brings forth the excitement and enthusiasm these Penn Staters have for THON.

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Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly is a senior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tries to be a photographer sometimes despite one of his photos inspiring the name of his future sports bar, the Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.

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