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The Daily Collegian (October 25, 2013)

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Sounds to host night of music for community members

ssaA new organization in town seeks to encourage music and the arts through its first original music concert this weekend.

Webster’s Café, 133 E Beaver Ave., will be hosting the first ever Sounds event from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, in order to gain support for the Sounds organization.

Sounds is a new nonprofit organization that started in February and its ultimate goal is to create a safe, open-late and alcohol free café in State College for community members 14 and over, dedicated to music and the arts, Misha Cleveland, executive director of Sounds, said.

Sounds hopes to lease a space in the near future which will include house instruments that people can play on, pool tables, dart boards and live music nights featuring a variety of genres, Cleveland said.

The very first Sounds event on Saturday will be free admission and host four local bands playing all original music while eventgoers can play open mic jams in between sets. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the café.

Bands include indie cabaret-rock band, August Room, the high school “bounce rock” band, The Good Part, indie-folk singer songwriter, Lord Forrest, and headlining is the well known State College reggae/rock group, The Perkolators.

Matt Price, drummer for The Perkolators and music coordinator of the event, said he hopes Saturday’s show sparks public interest in Sounds.

“There’s not nearly enough original music in this town,” he said.

Price also said there are little to no venues in State College that tailor to underage kids, and the concept of creating a place that does is great.

“This venue could sprout a new culture in the music scene that’s different,” Price said.

Many venues in State College specifically want cover bands and some bars want nothing to do with original music, Price said.

“[There are] a lot a good musicians [in the community], but they’re replaying the worst stuff you can imagine,” Price said. “I don’t want to perpetuate that garbage.”

Cleveland said she wants a place that would attract all members of the community but in particular, college, high school and graduate students.

Michael Cooper, the 16-year-old lead guitarist and back-up vocalist of The Good Part, is a junior at State College Area High School and said the band was started four years ago.

“There aren’t a lot of places [in the area] to go and play music, and [Sounds] would create a much-needed atmosphere for that,” Cooper said.

The band’s music has rock, jazz and blues influences and placed third in the local 2013 New Year’s Eve Rockfest. The Good Part finds original material to be fun and cool to listen to, he said.

“We’re really excited [for Saturday’s show],” Cooper said.

The Youth Service Bureau will provide staff for the event to ensure a safe, exciting and substance free concert environment, according to the official event poster.

Sounds received funding for this event through the Ferguson Foundation and the State College Downtown Rotary Club, Cleveland said.