Staff Picks: Our 2019 THONcert Wishlist
Two years ago, Joe Jonas and his band DNCE graced the stage at THON 2017 with a surprise performance. For anyone who was fortunate enough to watch the boy band god strut his stuff up and down the stage, it became clear that the way THON is run might have been changed forever.
And thus, with Joe Jonas, the concept of the THONcert was born.
Last year, attendees got to see the indie pop band MisterWives rock the BJC with a few hit tunes. This year, several questions remain unanswered: Who will we see perform at THON? Will the Jonas Brothers team up for a surprise performance? Will there even be another concert?
Where is the JoePa statue?
All questions are fair in love and THON, and thankfully, some of our staffers took the time to weigh in with their opinions on who they would like to see at
Andy Mollenauer: Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi would be perfect for THON, especially since he’s already perfect all the time. Jokes aside, Bon Jovi’s got a heart for charity through his own foundation, and he’s already performed at the BJC, so is it really so far-fetched?
Perhaps the greatest lyricist to ever come through Penn State, Cinnamane blew the roof off the BJC in the wee hours of the morning at THON last year when he debuted “Team No Sleep (THON Song).” The FTK track made it onto his second full-length mixtape, Did You Mean Cinnamon?, which just dropped on SoundCloud and will be coming to Spotify and Apple Music in time for THON. Fresh off the mixtape and graduation from Penn State, the people (not just me) want to see Cinnamane once again bless the Four Diamonds stage on his comeback tour.
Derek Bannister: Maggie Rogers
I think Maggie Rogers would be a great artist for the THON festivities. Her combination of folky roots and electronic beats is hard not to like, and her lyrics are so pure and relatable that anyone can be behind the songs. Maggie Rogers has recently made appearances on the likes of SNL and The Ellen Show, and there’s a popular clip of her leaving Pharrell practically speechless after he listened to one of her demos. Rogers is popular enough — not to mention incredibly talented enough — to make a great THON show, and perhaps not quite well-known enough yet for a performance to seem unreasonable.
Emma Dieter: 21 Savage
Maybe his lyrics aren’t always the most appropriate, but he does a lot for the kids’ education! I mean, how many millionaires are out there donating thousands of dollars to teach underprivileged kids financial literacy? Not too many. And the fact that Mr. Savage is currently being detained by ICE for “allegedly” overstaying his visa only speaks to how incredible it would be if he dropped in for a surprise performance at THON.
I rest my case. #Free21Savage
Michael Tauriello: David Glen Eisley
David Glen Eisley, popularly known for making the song “Sweet Victory,” was robbed of having his song performed at the Super Bowl halftime show this year. So, what if THON brings him to Happy Valley to finally give us the halftime show we deserve?
Mikey Mandarino: Bruce Springsteen
I thought Penn State would bring The Boss to Happy Valley for THON last year, and I’m going to make the same prediction again this year. Springsteen is a noted Penn State stan and his music is generally wholesome and family-friendly. He’s performed at the Bryce Jordan Center in the past, so why not invite The Boss back to State College for such a wonderful event?
Elissa Hill: MKTO
Like Mikey, I’ve got to stick with my prediction from last year. MKTO is both upbeat and #FTK friendly, so let’s stick with a Classic and let this duo bring down the house at the BJC.
Gabriela Stevenson: Shawn Mendes
I listen to everyone from Elton John to SZA to Hozier, but hear me out: Shawn Mendes embodies THON. He is so unbelievably pure and so is his music, making him a kid-friendly choice. The guy’s had so many hits in the last couple of years that everyone at THON should know at least the chorus to one. The thought of seeing him perform “Lost in Japan” live from the BJC is enough to get me through midterms and beyond. Do it for the kids, sweet, sweet Shawn.
Ryan Haines: Logic
I want to see Logic perform at THON only to have his set canceled again so he can perform another surprise set at Champs Downtown.
Ryen Gailey: The Naked Brothers Band
Considering the last episode of their TV show ended in June 2009, THON 2019 would be the perfect opportunity for the Naked Brothers Band to reunite. Nat and Alex Wolff, since you don’t seem to be doing anything more important with your time, why not grace us deprived fans with your presence?
Bonus — Anthony Fiset:
Encore! Encore! Encore!
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