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The Daily Collegian: First Movin' In concert features T-Pain, Go Go Gadjet

Author Name: Varshini Chellapilla | The Daily Collegian  

Published On Sep 9th, 2018

John Stinely | The Daily Collegian

After 43 years as one of the largest annual student-run music festivals, Movin’ On came back to campus with a new persona: Movin’ In.

In a collaboration with Penn State Student Affairs, the Movin’ In concert marked the first time the organization held a concert in the fall semester rather than the spring. The inaugural concert, held at the HUB-Robeson Center, featured performances by rapper T-Pain and band Go Go Gadjet.

A cover band from Reading, PA, Go Go Gadjet balanced classic hits with new chart-toppers, and kept the crowd of students pumped up after the first three weeks of the new semester.

James Broderick thought that the new fall concert well represented the back-to-campus spirit, just as Movin’ On originally gave students a way to destress at the end of the semester.

“Movin’ On was definitely larger,” Broderick (senior-earth sciences) said. “[Movin’ On] felt more relaxed because people were trying to take a load off at the end of the semester, as opposed to Movin’ In, which had a lot more of that initial energy and excitement of the beginning of the semester. [Movin’ In] was definitely shorter, but it was pretty similar in most aspects.”

With smoke curling under the feet of the jumping crowd and glow sticks aligned with the hands waving in the air, the band ended their show with a mix of music, including the “Seven Nation Army” chant that Penn State fans have become known for.

The gap between the two performers instigated screams and chants that demanded to see T-Pain. Amid the noise, sounds of shattering glass from the speakers presented the singer. In his white jacket, he stood out against the colorful lights on stage as he performed hits like “Low,” “Might Be,” and “I’m ‘N Luv (Wit a Stripper).”

T-Pain, a singer, songwriter and rapper, has been making music since 2005. With a style he calls “Hard & B,” the artist had the crowd hanging on his every tune.

“T-Pain put on a great show," Julia Slaman (freshman-public relations) said. "Nine-year-old me was so excited. This is the kind of music I used to listen to."

In between songs, T-Pain stopped the show to address the “bottle throwing culture” in the crowd after something flew in his direction.

“I’m just trying to give you the best I can, but if y’all gonna throw s--- at me,” T-Pain told the crowd, “all I’m saying is, respect me when I’m up here.”

“I definitely think that people were drunk…so they were probably just chucking things around and being irresponsible,” Rebecca Grant (freshman-pre-med) said. “It was definitely disrespectful. I think if someone’s throwing something at you while you’re trying to perform, that’s kind of rude.”

“And he got right back on with the show, so I think it wasn’t too bad,” Johanna Fink (freshman-chemical engineering) added.

After Movin' On was cancelled in May due to weather, the threat of rain loomed over the concert but didn't deter the large crowd of students who showed up. A congratulatory welcome (back) to Penn State, Movin’ In appears to be an experience students want to keep around for a long time.

“I think this is a really good experience for a lot of Penn State kids to come together and just enjoy a Friday night,” Rahi Shah (junior-civil engineering) said.