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Go Go Gadjet Blows The Roof Off THON 2016

Every year Go Go Gadjet performs an unforgettable show in the closing hours of THON, and 2016 was no different. Sandwiched by Family Hour and the dancers sitting, the band has a tough job to do. But if anyone can further pump up a crowd that has been on its feet for 45 hours, it’s Go Go Gadjet.

The “entertainment machine” started with a bass-friendly rendition of Avicii’s “Levels” as the lights dimmed and colored spotlights flew around the floor and stands. After that were more remixes of recent pop hits, ranging from LMFAO to the Black Eyed Peas.

“Penn State how are you doin’ out there, how you doin’ out there?” the lead singer yelled before breaking into “Seven Nation Army” and “Let’s Get It Started” at the same time. If you thought those songs would work well together, then thank you, Go Go Gadjet band member, for reading this.

After that came Outkast’s “Roses.” Quick transitions from hit to hit kept THON more than awake. The lead singers declared they were bringing sexy back, and you have to think Justin Timberlake himself would be jealous when they rocked out to “SexyBack.” The crowd starting clapping to the beat when they broke into “Don’t You Worry Child” originally by Swedish House Mafia.

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When the singer trotted to the front of the stage and calmly said “Let’s jump together” as the beat dropped, the entire BJC shook as thousands of Penn Staters showed they were still awake.

“So great to be back for a ninth year, thanks for having us,” they announced before breaking into a college-crowd favorite, “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots. Two lead singers splitting time between singing and rapping kept thing interesting. After formally requesting for the Nittany Lion to join them on stage, they said, “You are literally affecting lives. Penn State is changing lives and people’s lives will never be the same.”

For a short time, that Lion King/dubstep remix played, but you had to know what was coming next.

After the energy hit a new peak, the beat for Soulja Boy’s “Crank That” dropped as they sang the words to Destiny Child’s “Say My Name.” Soon after came one of the most popular songs of THON 2016, “Hotline Bling.” A synth-heavy set continued as they said “I don’t think I’ve seen us at full jump yet.” The Lion got things started with a backflip until the music came to a sudden stop. An EDM version of “Wonderwall” kicked in before Kanye’s “Gold Digger.” The BJC listened to their instructions and got down, alright.

They announced they had time for one more song, and with the diverse set they’d played to that point, anything could’ve come next. “WE’RE SO CLOSE TO FINISHING THIS AMAZING EVENT! LET’S FINISH STRONG!” they screamed over Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness.” One last rap preceded “Uptown Funk,” which closed the show.

Go Go Gadjet did it again in the last hour of THON. Dancers, sit down!

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Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.


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