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Local Band Canary Reignites Crowd At THON 2022

Toward the end of Saturday’s 4 p.m. hour, local band Canary performed at THON for the first time ever. Perhaps fittingly, it was the Bryce Jordan Center’s first live performance in about four hours, so fans were eager for a show.

The quintet includes three Penn State students: Alex Mijangos on bass, Sam Horn on the keys, and Nick Perella on drums. Primarily playing indie pop and rock, the band can often be found playing in venues around State College.

Canary began its set with a cover of CeeLo Green’s “Forget You,” a hit that generated a lot of excitement from the BJC crowd. The band capitalized on the energy and immediately jumped into a cover of “Valerie” by the Zutons. “Valerie” experienced a huge resurgence in 2007 when it was covered by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson. Since then, it’s been a THON cover band favorite.

Up next was a cover of “Riptide” by Vance Joy. Following three energetic crowd favorites, Canary offered a change of pace with “Drops of Jupiter” by Train. Swaying phone flashlights filled both levels of the arena throughout the entire song.

Canary’s performance continued with the Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy,” picking up the energy once again. Sticking with the liveliness, Canary followed up with “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire, earning incredible audience participation.

“We’re about to get crazy,” said Zach Dennis, lead guitarist, before Canary aptly launched into “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. Later, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet continued the band’s hot streak.

Slightly changing gears, Canary launched into a rock version of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep,” unofficially joined by a large contingent of BJC vocalists. Canary kept the hits coming with “Ex’s & Oh’s” by Elle King.

ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” was Canary’s next choice. The BJC continued rolling with engagement. After a loud ovation, Canary transitioned into the final song of its set.

The band’s final choice? Penn State favorite “Shout” by the Isley Brothers. Thousands of Nittany Lions and THON supporters jumped up and down, throwing their hands up in unison as the song came to a climactic finish.

Judging by the audience’s reaction, we don’t think there would be many complaints if Canary’s first THON performance was not its last.

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Sam Fremin

Sam is a senior from Ashburn, Virginia, majoring in journalism and political science & minoring in German and creative writing. He is a Dallas Cowboys fan who relishes the misery of Eagles fans. All hate messages can be sent to [email protected] or @SamFremin on Twitter.

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