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‘My Hero Zero’ Takes The Stage At THON For Its Eleventh Year

My Hero Zero returned to THON yet again this year to electrify the (virtual) crowd with an energetic set to close out Saturday night.

For the eleventh year, My Hero Zero took the stage and played some classic songs and some original music for its virtual audience. The band is a State College favorite, has played in multiple bars around town, and is active in the community.

The band’s front man, Jason O, reminisced on THON 2020, saying that it was the band’s last time performing on a big stage, and how it felt great to be in that setting again.

The band opened up the night with Harry Style’s hit song “Watermelon Sugar” from 2019, and started the show with some energy.

Jason O then passed the mic to guest Karen Dixon, who sang “Valerie” by the late Amy Winehouse. Dixon, who provided background vocals, guitar and, keys throughout the band’s show, kept the energy flowing after the band’s first song.

The band followed up the Amy Winehouse song with a very folky version of “I Will Wait” by Mumford and Sons. A staple of the folk rock band, My Hero Zero played the tune with some flair. Jason O added at the end of the song that it was “good to see people dancing socially distanced.”

As the band continued with the night, they played numerous hits from different genres and with band members playing different instruments. When the band performed “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa, Dixon took the lead on vocals again, while Jason O took his talents to the keyboard. When the band performed Jason Mraz’s summer hit “I’m Yours”, he put down the guitar and picked up his ukelele, who he played for “someone you love.”

The band also played some other hit songs from the past, such as Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and some modern hits as well, such as “Circles” by Post Malone.

The band finished up the evening by talking about some of the challenges that were faced in 2020.

“We all know what kind of a year it’s been,” Jason O said. “This song goes out to everybody who’s still trying.”

The band then played “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers. My Hero Zero finished off the night with an original song that is coming out soon, according to the band.

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Charles Reinert

Charles Reinert is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. He's from Norristown, PA and enjoys a good slice of pepperoni pizza and a brisk fall afternoon. He can be found either yelling at the Eagles through the TV during football season or playing his guitar. If you have any questions for him or want to challenge him to a 1v1 on the basketball court, you can follow him on Twitter @charles_rein10 or email him at [email protected]

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