Daily Collegian (April 4, 2014)
Sounds event will “Rock Your Art Out.”
By Mark Marino | Collegian Staff Writer
A newly founded non-profit organization, Sounds, aims to get the youth and students involved in the artistic and musical side of the community.
Though the organization has put on smaller events and fundraisers since its concert at Webster’s Café in October, Sounds will host its second large event this weekend.
Sounds will be putting on “Rock Your Art Out” from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at the Fairmount Avenue Building Auditorium, 154 W. Nittany Ave., showcasing the local talent at a night of music and art.
“We want to give local musicians an opportunity to play and share their music and give people of all ages the opportunity to come and see it,” Sounds’ Executive Director, Misha Cleveland, said. “The main focus, of course, is on music, but we want to be able to include art of all kinds.”
Artists are still being given the opportunity to sell their art at the event with drop-off being between 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. the day of the event.
Artists get to keep 50 percent of the profits of their own art sales and submissions and will be accepted anytime within the drop-off period, Cleveland said.
There will be four local bands playing 30-minute sets as well as five local acts playing in between sets throughout the night, Cleveland said.
“I grew up in State College as a musician. When I was in high school, I played in a band, and when I was in it there was nowhere to go to play or see live music,” Matt Price, of local reggae/rock band Perkolators, said.
Sounds’ ultimate goal is to have a space where young people in State College can hang out, jam out and rock their art out in a substance-free environment.
“As a young musician, that’s something you need to be inspired,” Price said. “You need to cut your teeth playing shows. Having the ability to be 15 years old and be like, ‘Yeah dude, there’s this place we can go play’ is something this town desperately needs.”
Though not many college students are easily convinced to come to an alcohol-free event on the weekend, “the high school market will be really into this sort of thing,” Price said.
However, many college-aged bands won’t turn down an opportunity to play, including the local progressive/punk band Soviet Bibles.
Singer for the band Alex Wypijewski is not only playing the event, but also helped plan it.
“The band that I’m in got chosen, which was interesting at first because I want be leading and a part of it as well,” Wypijewski (senior-broadcast journalism) said. “To bring in a space where high school students can go and make their own music — I really am happy for that.”
The place Cleveland wants, Wypijewski said, is a hang-out spot for creating music. Open-mic nights and Saturday’s show will help people realize the effort.
“By allowing younger people in the community to have this opportunity, the music scene in State College as a whole will be rejuvenated with more…more originality,” Price said.
The full list of musical acts can be seen on the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/485602281565767/).