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Live Music, Movies Returning To The State Theatre This Summer

It’s been 15 months since audiences got to enjoy live music inside The State Theatre, but that is soon about to change.

The downtown State College venue announced on Tuesday rescheduled dates this summer for a pair of shows that were postponed last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other rescheduled and new events will be announced soon.

Get the Led Out will perform at 8 p.m. on July 11 and Todd Snider will play at 8 p.m. on August 27.

Those who already purchased tickets do not need to do anything. According to the theater, print-at-home and e-ticket links will automatically update to reflect the new dates. Updated e-tickets will be sent to all patrons who previously held will-call or hardcopy tickets.

Tickets are available through The State Theatre website.

The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave., will reopen to the public on Friday with the start of the Summer Movie Series. It kicks off with a 7 p.m. screening of “Citizen Kane.” Other scheduled films this month are “Minari” on June 11 and “Judas and the Black Messiah” on June 19.

Limited concessions will be available, and patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

The theater will follow state and local COVID-19 safety guidance. On Monday, Pennsylvania lifted restrictions on event capacities and the statewide mask mandate will be fully lifted by June 28.

Dubbed “the American Led Zeppelin,” Get the Led Out is a Philadelphia-based group of six veteran musicians that captures the essence of the legendary classic rock band’s recorded music and delivering it live in concert.

The band has a strong focus on Zeppelin’s early years and also delivers deep cuts that were seldom or never performed live. GTLO also performs an acoustic set with songs like “Tangerine” and “Battle of Evermore.”

“No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants… a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity,” according to a press release.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Todd Snider is three decades and 18 albums into a career that has blended Americana, alt-country, and folk-rock with sharp and often funny storytelling.

His latest album “First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder,” which was released this spring, finds him bringing new influences into the fold with groovy funk layered alongside Snider’s acoustic guitar, sharp lyrics, and husky voice.

“After my last album, ‘Agnostic Hymns,’ I felt like I was out of ideas and I just didn’t know where to go next,” Snider said in a news release. “So I did a side project with the Hard Working Americans, and I learned a ton. I tried to study music by other people, and come to this record hoping that I’d have something new to say. I wanted to do what I was calling ‘funk in back and busking up front, with ‘White Album’-y shit scattered about.’ I had done a lot of listening to Parliament and James Brown and lots of reggae music, too.”

“It’s embarrassing to admit, but I’ve been trying to think of this sound all my life. This is the closest I’ve come to thinking, ‘Man, I don’t know that I’ve heard anything like this before.’”

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Geoff Rushton (StateCollege.com)

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.

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