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Royals Rock The THON Stage In After Hours Performance

While most of you were asleep, the scene at THON continued to rock well into early Sunday morning thanks to Royals, a modern pop-funk band that provided the Bryce Jordan Center crowd with a wide variety of recent hits.

The New Jersey-based group, which is headlined by its lead singer, Rocco, made a grand entrance onto the THON stage at 3 a.m. in high fashion. Up front, Rocco sported a shimmering silver sport coat and crisp white sneakers, while his bandmates matched his energy with black colored sparkled jackets of their own.

To start the electric half-hour show, the band rocked to a synth-infused rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” to boost the vibes of the graveyard warriors. Instantly, Rocco raised the temperature across the arena, which paved way to becoming one of the most upbeat cover band showings of the weekend.

Smoothly, the ending stanza of Mars’ hit single morphed into Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger,” which received nothing but praise from the high-strung audience. Rocco nailed the high notes at a clip similar to Adam Levin and continued to captivate the attention of the entire venue during THON’s arguably toughest stretch.

Shortly after, Rocco turned to his bandmate on the keyboard, who queued “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon, which only heightened Royals’ up-beat showing. After a few runs at the chorus, Royals shifted its craft towards hip-hop by tackling “All I Do is Win” — a true Beaver Stadium staple.

When thousands of collective hands shot up during the tune’s most iconic lyric, Rocco mixed a genius mashup by combining Ludacris’ jam with “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” by Usher. The combination from two Atlanta-based legends isn’t one we necessarily knew we needed, but when it hit, the crowd instantly erupted into sheer chaos.

Following a few more fast-paced tunes including “Cake By the Ocean,” “Levitating,” and “We Found Love,” Royals decided to slow it down with one of Rocco’s “favorite songs,” “She Will Be Loved.”

With yet another Maroon 5 hit, hearts continued to beat fast, despite slower melodic sequences being serenaded across the dance floor. To end the rapid fire jam session, Royals capped it off with “Sorry” by Justin Bieber and “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. During his final song, Rocco encouraged dancers to push through, and to keep smiling through the physical turmoil.

Looking for more Royals content? Check out the group’s Instagram here.

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Connor Krause

Connor Krause is a senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania double majoring in journalism and business. He is a lifelong Penn State football and basketball fan and enjoys rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams. In his free time, Connor can be found playing golf or pick-up basketball. You can follow his Twitter and Instagram @ckrause_31.

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