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Overheard: Joe Jonas And DNCE At Champs

After numerous Twitter rumors, Joe Jonas graced the Penn State community with a surprise performance at the BJC with his band DNCE. In similar fashion, Jonas decided to shock us yet again with a performance at the new Champs downtown.

Fortunately, the folks at home who couldn’t make it to his performance or were just having a drink (or ten) at Champs, had the opportunity to see DNCE perform in front of a packed bar. Unfortunately for many of us who heard the news at 9:00 p.m., we all rushed over there and didn’t get to see them perform until close to 11:30 p.m.

I was one of the many unfortunate souls who waited two and a half hours for Jonas to take the stage. As dreadfully sober as I was, the people around me were definitely not. With a phone battery at 10 p.m. (Thanks THON) and nothing else to keep me entertained, I listened in on a crowd full of Jonas brother fans until the performance.


Girl, clearly living the dream: I’ve been a fan of the Jonas brothers since I was 13! I’m living the childhood dream right now oh my god!


Very drunk girl: I’m so close to the stage! If Joe is within arms reach I might just faint…and pull him down with me.


Impatient girl shouting to one of the crew members: We literally just came from his performance at the BJC. When is he coming to perform?!


Crew member: *Points to his ears and mouths “I can’t hear you” and walks away*


Random guy to his friend: Honestly, I don’t even like the Jonas brothers. I’m just here to snapchat this so that all my girl friends can be jealous.


Girl who has her priorities in order: Honestly, I’d rather stay here and wait for Joe than wait to get into the BJC. At least I can get chicken fingers here while I wait.


Girl who loves the Phyrst: I’m honestly surprised he’s not performing at the Phyrst since he spent his 21st birthday there.

Friend: The Phyrst would be a thousand times more cramped that it is here. We’re literally pushed up against the stage right now.

Phyrst Lover: What do you think his first drink there was? A trashcan? I also heard that it was one of those blowjob shots.

Friend: Who cares, I just want to see him already so that I can go home, sleep, and sober up before I have to go back to the BJC.


Girl who was slowly losing her buzz: When is he getting on stage! I can’t even get another drink cause if I move I’ll lose my spot.


Girl next to me: If you take a picture of me with him I will pay you!

Sorry, I don’t have a wide enough lens


Guy who is pumped to see DNCE: Dude I can’t believe they’re coming to perform here at Champs. Toothbrush is one of my favorite songs.

Guy’s roommate: Yes. I know. You play it every time you shower and brush your teeth.


Girls judging the guys next to them: Those guys seem more excited to see them than we are.

Girl’s best friend: We also just saw them at the BJC so maybe that’s why. I hope they don’t play the same set they did.

Note: They did, they didn’t seem too upset since they were still singing along


Longtime Jonas brother fan: Oh my god! I haven’t seen them since they were in Hershey in 2010! I was fourteen then and seven years later I’m still fan girling over Joe.

Girl who has a clear favorite brother: I still like Nick better.

Girl who overheard them both talking: Honestly, I’m just glad it’s not Kevin.


Eventually, Joe and the rest of the DNCE crew took the stage at Champs and played a similar set as to one they played at the BJC with fan favorites Toothbrush, Cake By The Ocean, and Body Moves. They even got a bottle of Fireball to pour out for the crowd as shown below.


Even though the wait was a long one, it was well worth it for those that missed out on their stellar BJC performance. Until next time, Joe.

About the Author

Steffen Blanco

Steffen is a senior majoring in Criminology & Sociology and hails from East Stroudsburg, PA (Poconos). When he's not taking photos, you can find him at either the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, taking long walks with his Pokemon, or playing video games (League/Overwatch) Just follow him on Twitter/Instagram (@SteffenBlanco) or shoot an email to [email protected] if you have any questions.


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