Author: Kat Rodriguez
It’s hard to find a college band that doesn’t cover the same popular list of songs at bars. Sure it’s good to hear those crowd pleasers, but it’s also good to hear something original once and awhile.
That’s where Pantomime Dame comes in.
The sound of sweet acoustic guitar and a vibrant trumpet resound from the corner of Allen Street and College Avenue outside of The Corner Room. Seated on a park bench is AudioTrak., a prospective Penn State student and musician who has given the streets a soundtrack of a unique blend of traditional street performing and an utterly impressive beat box rhythm. Onward State sat down for a video interview with the one-man-band to get a feel for the musician who’s bringing an interesting artistic appeal to the streets of State College.
Three years ago, Students Organizing the Multiple Arts (SOMA) gathered a group of musicians to play on campus bus routes. Named after the Keyboard Cat viral video, The Keyboard Catas, however, jump on the Blue and White loops with guitars and drums to some play music. This year, they played “Jumper” by Third Eye Blind, “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, and “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Their goal is to get people to join in and hopefully spread some cheer to people’s bus rides.
Last night over 100 students filed into the HUB Auditorium to listen to LGBTA advocate Chaz Bono speak about his struggles growing up and “searching for a place where he could be himself.” Read more about the keynote presentation of Penn State’s Coming Out Week celebration after the jump.