Upcoming Shows - Arts & Entertainment in Central PA

Bryce Jordan CenterCentral PA offers world class entertainment for the whole family. From the Centre for Performing Arts to the Bryce Jordan Center and The State Theatre, Penn State and the surrounding area provides a plethora of shows to suit all tastes. Don't miss out on any of the top-notch shows coming to Central PA! Visit Penn State and see Brantley Gilbert, The Harlem Globetrotters, Rent, THON and much more - and make sure to book your lodging with plenty of time to spare!

Jazz in the Attic at the State TheatreJazz in the Attic: Billy Test

February 17, 2017 | 8:00 p.m. The State Theatre

Central Pennsylvania native Billy Test is a New York City based pianist, composer, arranger, and educator.  Since graduating from State High Billy Test has performed with dozens of internationally-known jazz musicians, including Dave Liebman, Joe Magnarelli, Rich Perry, Boris Kozlov, Joel Frahm, Tim Horner, Tony Moreno, Marc Mommas, Bill Goodwin, Steve LaSpina, Billy Drummond, Jerry Bergonzi, and Dennis Mackrel.

Test’s piano trio draws from the entire lineage of jazz, from swinging tradition to the avant-garde, with influences from 20th century classical music and beyond. Tonight’s performance in The Attic features Marty Kenney on bass and Curtis Nowosad on drums.  Marty Kenney hails from Alaska, and received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Colorado, and his master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music. Juno award nominee Curtis Nowosad is native of Winnipeg, Canada, and has performed with Kenny Barron, Dave Liebman, Candido Camero, Marc Cary, and Philip Harper. He is a regular performer on many high-profile stages such as Smalls, Smoke, Fat Cat, among others.



February 17-19, 2017 | 6:00 p.m.  Bryce Jordan Center

Mark your calendars! THON Weekend 2017 will be on February 17-19, 2017, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

To see the full calendar of events for 2017, click HERE.  


Geoff Tate, voice of Queensryche, The Whole Story "Ryche" Acoustic Tour

February 21, 2017 | 8:00 p.m.  The State Theatre

Multi-platinum selling, GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Geoff Tate will embark on a worldwide tour highlighting songs from all 17 albums he has done throughout his 35 year career.

Geoff is regarded as one of the most skilled vocalists in the rock genre with hundreds of modern, popular artists citing him as a major influence.

Geoff Tate will present his upcoming all acoustic show with himself, backed by a 7-piece acoustic band of musicians from the United States and Ireland and will feature three guitar players, mandolin, cello, saxophone, violin and multiple percussion instruments to produce a high energy acoustic version of some of the heavy metal genres most recognized songs that include Silent Lucidity, Jet City Woman, Empire, I Don’t Believe In Love and Eyes Of A Stranger.

Keepin' it Country - A Benefit Show for Hearts for the Homeless

February 25, 2017 | 8:00 p.m.  The State Theatre

Keepin’ It Country is an evening of rocking country music for an important local cause–Hearts for Homeless (h4hstatecollege.org). Based in State College, Hearts for Homeless provides supportive programs to the Homeless and those at risk of becoming Homeless. This inaugural concert will raise awareness of homelessness in Centre County, support the H4H organization, and entertain with a great lineup of local and regional artists and bands playing country covers.

The performers include:

Adam Yarger (Nashville recording artist, singer/songwriter, 2016 Grange Fair headliner)
Chrissy & the Heart Attacks (country artists and multi-genre entertainers)
David Zentner & the Nashville Music Company (country music recording artist)
Erin Condo & the Hoofties (Americana recording artist, songwriter)
Highway 65 with Keena (country recording artist, songwriter)
Joe Quick (country recording artist, songwriter)

The first two rows of seats will be removed for dancing.

Badfish at State TheatreBadfish; A Tribute to Sublime

February 27, 2017 | 8:00 p.m.  The State Theatre

We are excited to welcome back Badfish to State College this February! The phenomenon known as Sublime, arguably the most energetic, original and uniquely eclectic band to emerge from any scene, anywhere, ended with the untimely death of lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Brad Nowell in May of 1996. But encompassing the sense of place and purpose long associated with Sublime’s music, Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime continues to channel the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for some time.

What separates Badfish from other tribute bands is that they have replicated Sublime’s essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts. Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. They perform not as Sublime would have, or did, but as Badfish does.


En Garde Arts presents: Wilderness at the Eisenhower AuditoriumEn Garde Arts Presents: Wilderness

March 15, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.  Eisenhower Auditorium

This new work is a multimedia piece about people in their teens and twenties grappling with addiction, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. When communication with their families has reached an impasse, these young people are sent to wilderness therapy programs. With pathos, humor, and irony, WILDERNESS shares the stories of six families, along with their therapists, on journeys to recovery. Documentary interviews on screens and a beautiful folk score accompany the actor-musicians on stage.

Open Music Presents: Our Second Sense of Real, part 2

March 17, 2017 | 8:00 p.m.  The State Theatre

The Open Music Series has been presenting works from the more playful, provocative, and experimental side of the artistic universe since 2014. Growing out of a 100th birthday celebration for composer, writer and thinker John Cage, Open Music has since gathered together a band of fearless local musicians, and garnered a reputation for unique and thought-provoking performances.

Now in its third season, the Open Music Series is pleased to appear in the Attic at the State Theatre. Our Sense of the Real, Part II, is a collage of music, words, film, and performance assembled by Open Music’s founder and band member Kevin Sims. A 9-piece Open Music band plays, reads, sings, and screams its way through this second installment of a three part project that confronts the evaporations and consolidations of our public spaces.

She's Crazy: Mental Health & Other Myths

March 18, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.  The State Theatre

She’s Crazy: Mental Health and Other Myths will entertain you.  It will educate and inform you about mental health.  It will make you laugh.  It may make you cry.  It will motivate you to reach out to help…and reach out for help.  It will be a show and a message you won’t soon forget.

“A cabaret about mental health could be hokey. It could be insensitive. Or it could be raw, honest and brave. She’s Crazy (Mental Health and Other Myths), the latest creation from “Two Feisty Broads,” is one of the most moving things I’ve seen on stage this season.”

A Year with Frog and ToadA Year with Frog and Toad

March 19, 2017 | 2:00 p.m.  Eisenhower Auditorium

The musical A Year with Frog and Toad, based on characters and events in a series of popular children’s books by Arnold Lobel, earned three Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, during its run on Broadway. Now, the show that follows two friends—the cheerful Frog and the grumpy Toad—tours America in a charming production that entertains youngsters and appeals to their parents and grandparents.

“Anyone who cherishes musical theatre and can beg or borrow a child from 4 up might be well advised to make a beeline … in search of tickets for A Year with Frog and Toad,” writes a New York Times reviewer.

A jazzy score with a country-and-western thread and clever lyrics keep fingers snapping and toes tapping. Scenic designer Adrianne Lobel, the author’s daughter, developed the musical. Robert Reale composed the music, while Willie Reale wrote the book and lyrics.


Melvin Seals & JGB

March 19, 2017 | 8:00 p.m.  The State Theatre

Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer.  Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band.  Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”.  From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.


March 21, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.  Eisenhower Auditorium

PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats, and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” (NY1), it’s unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards, including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic to Do,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.” Join us for a magical, unforgettable new PIPPIN.


Rockin Road to Dublin

March 23, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.  Eisenhower Auditorium

Rockin’ Road to Dublin is the new sensation changing the Irish dance world. A fusion of rock and Irish, Rockin’ Road combines the best of both worlds to thrust Irish dance back into the spotlight. This stylish, can’t-miss spectacle is the perfect balance between concert and stage show.

“Rockin’ Road to Dublin is that all-important one-two punch of style and mastery … . The cast exudes a fabulous mix of charisma and personality,” writes a reviewer for Irish Dance Magazine. “However, the fun vibe is solidly backed by the highly original choreography and technical mastery of every performer on stage; world-class, although this crew is making it all look easy.”

RMS Productions LLC presents Rockin’ Road to Dublin. Tickets for Rockin’ Road to Dublin are nonrefundable and may not be exchanged for tickets to a Center for the Performing Arts presentation.

Parking in the Eisenhower Parking Deck is $5 per vehicle for this event. Patrons with Penn State faculty/staff parking permits will not be charged for parking.


Winter Jam at the BJCWinter Jam Tour Spectacular

March 24, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.  Bryce Jordan Center

We are excited to announce that Winter Jam 2017 is coming to the Bryce Jordan Center with incredible live concerts by Christian music’s top artists plus worship and ministry to encourage believers and share the Good News with those who have yet to trust Christ. The amazing part is there are no tickets required and a suggested donation of only $10 at the door! Add all of this together and Winter Jam is surely the ultimate Youth Group night out! 

2017 is loaded with the biggest lineup ever of Christian worship, pop, hip-hop and rock artists so there is something for everyone. In one big night, there will be live concerts by Crowder, Britt Nicole, Tenth Avenue North, Andy Mineo, Colton Dixon, Thousand Foot Krutch and hosts NewSong. Plus, the Pre-Jam Party will feature hot new acts OBB, Sarah Reeves and Steven Malcolm.


Florida Georgia LineFlorida Georgia Line

March 25, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.  Bryce Jordan Center

Three-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year, Florida Georgia Line, brings their "Dig Your Roots Tour" to the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday, March 25. Special guests include Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane. The tour builds on the duo's success of their Dig Your Roots album's lead single "H.O.L.Y.," which topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 18 weeks.


Start Making Sense: A Tribute to the Talking Heads

March 25, 2017 | 8:00 p.m.  The State Theatre

Start Making Sense are selling out rooms throughout the eastern half of the United States. This band is a huge hit as the Talking Heads are never on tour, and the band’s amazing dedication to the music and fun loving attitude has proven to be a favorite at clubs and festivals. 

If David Byrne is one of the geniuses of modern times, then Start Making Sense is a tribute to genius. The musicians in this 7-piece Talking Heads Tribute take pride in faithfully recreating the music of Talking Heads entire career, including songs Talking Heads never performed live! Together they bring much of the Heads unique live show to the stage, with front man Jon Braun as a spot-on David Byrne, some have said this is the closest thing you’ll get to seeing Talking Heads again. Prepare yourself for a rockin’, funkin’, danceable celebration of the new-wave art punk you loved from the 80′s!



March 29, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.  The State Theatre

Matisyahu first made a name for himself with his album ‘Live at Stubbs,’ and ‘Youth’ quickly followed. Both albums subsequently went Gold and ‘Youth’ was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. 2009′s ‘Light’ reached #1 on the Reggae Albums chart and stayed in the top spot for 34 weeks. His fourth studio album, ‘Spark Seeker,’ also debuted at #1 on the Reggae chart, marked his relocation from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and found him working with Dr. Luke protégé KoOoL Kojak.

‘Akeda’ (out June 3, 2014), Matisyahu’s fifth studio album, was recorded in Brooklyn’s Studio G and produced by Dub Trio’s Stu Brooks. The material for the album was written both in Matisyahu’s Los Angeles home and while on tour. Matisyahu states, “This record and period of my life deal with madness, listening for and following the inner intuitive voice, a small still sound. This record deals with love, with feelings of brokenness and humility, with humanity, struggle, and sacrifice.”


LunaFest at the State TheatreLunaFest

March 30, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.  The State Theatre

Centre County Women’s Resource Center presents LUNAFEST: traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This season, our program of nine films – filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor – will travel to over 175 cities and screen in front of 25,000 people. Each year, various organizations bring LUNAFESTs to their communities and raise funds for their local non-profits as well as our main beneficiary - Breast Cancer Fund.


Rock the 80's at The State TheatreRock the 80's

April 1, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.  The State Theatre

Back by popular demand – join us for a totally awesome evening of great 80’s music performed by ten local bands.  On Saturday, April 1st at 7pm The State Theatre presents “Rock the 80’s,” a benefit concert for the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund.  The Bob Perks Fund helps ease the financial burden of individuals and families in our community who are battling cancer by providing funding for basic necessities so their focus is on treatment and recovery.


Central PA Home & Garden Show

March 31 - April 2, 2017 |  Bryce Jordan Center

When we think SPRING, we think 2017 Central PA Home and Garden Show at the Bryce Jordan Center! This Show is the largest in Central Pennsylvania and hosts the area?s finest network of housing industry experts. Included in this packet you will find information and your registration contract for the Home and Garden Show to be held at the Bryce Jordan Center March 31stthrough April 2nd.

Show hours are Friday, March 31st from 3 pm to 8 pm, Saturday, April 1st, 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday, April 2nd from 10 am to 4 pm.



April 4, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.  Schwab Auditorium

A quartet from Kiev, Ukraine, DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected music at the intersection of folklore and theatre. Using folk music from various regions of Ukraine as a starting point, the band incorporates rhythms from around the planet to create a bright, fierce, and unforgettable sound. Accompanied by traditional Indian, Arabic, African, Russian, and Australian instruments, the band’s powerful and uncompromising vocal range produces a transnational sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

The self-professed “ethno-chaos” band, formed in 2004 by avant-garde theatre director Vladyslav Troitskyi, stages its concerts with robust visual elements. A breakout sensation at Australia’s WOMADelaide world music and dance festival in 2011, the band—Nina Garenetska, Marko Halanevych, Iryna Kovalenko, and Olena Tsibulska—has performed throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. The quartet’s name means “give/take” in old Ukrainian.



April 6, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.  Eisenhower Auditorium

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway—and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant twentieth anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.


Who's Bad at the State TheatreWho's Bad: A Michael Jackson Tribute

April 6, 2017 | 8:00 p.m. The State Theatre

Who’s Bad’s live performance is an unrivaled celebration of pop music’s one true King. Their power-packed performance of Michael Jackson’s expansive catalog has ignited crowds on every continent and can only be described as a jaw-dropping, musical must-see. As the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band, and the only one to predate his untimely passing, Who’s Bad has awed even the skeptics, selling out nearly 50 venues in the United Kingdom including London’s O2 in December of 2010, the venue where the King of Pop was slated to end his career with a 50-show “This Is It” concert series. Beyond this unparalleled achievement, Who’s Bad has checked some of the world’s most famous pavilions off their ‘to-do’ list, selling out their first tour of China with stops at Ningbo’s Grand Theatre and Hunan Grand Theatre in Chengsha. Never neglecting Michael’s U.S. fans, Who’s Bad has packed The House of Blues in Houston, Dallas, and New Orleans; rocked DC’s 930 Club and returned to their native Chapel Hill, NC boasting larger, more eagerly-awaited performances with every romp around the globe. Sold-out shows from Colorado’s Bluebird Theatre  and LA’s Gibson Amphitheatre and Romania’s Sala Palatalui to Teatro do Bourbon Country (Porto Alegre, Brazil) tell the story: no corner of the earth is safe from this infectious party production.


The Illusionists at the BJC April 11The Illusionists

April 11, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.  Bryce Jordan Center

This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.  THE ILLUSIONISTS – Live From Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.  This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.


Jessica Lang DanceJessica Lang Dance

April 12, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.  Eisenhower Auditorium

“A master of visual composition” (Dance Magazine), choreographer Jessica Lang transforms ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary works. Lang is the artistic director of Jessica Lang Dance, a New York City-based company formed in 2011 after the choreographer and former member of Twyla Tharp’s company, THARP!, received a 2010 Joyce Theater Artist Residency. The company has performed at festivals and venues across the United States, including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Chicago’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

The company’s Penn State program includes Thousand Yard Stare (2016), set to music by Ludwig van Beethoven; Tesseracts of Time (2015), performed to music by David Lang, Morton Feldman, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, and Arvo Pärt; The Calling (2006) danced to music by Trio Mediaeval; and a fourth work to be selected.

Thousand Yard Stare’s title “refers to the blank and bewildered gaze of a shell-shocked soldier, and the program noted that Lang interviewed battle veterans and investigated post-traumatic stress and its treatment as research,” the Los Angeles Times reviewer writes. “The piece begins as a continuous stream of crisply exacting formations. Lang’s outstanding nine dancers march slowly across the stage in profile, stop and lean backward, begin forward again, stopping in midstep with a lifted, flexed foot. It’s a zombie-like procession. They are knocked over, and reverberations of bombs catapult them into remarkable body-twisting leaps. The dancers crawl and clump together to form tunnels. There is fear, cowering, and compassion among comrades, an echo of the gentleness of Beethoven’s somber String Quartet No. 15.”


Get The Led Out

April 13, 2017 | 8:00 p.m. The State Theatre

From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.


Banff Mountain Film Festival

April 14 & 15, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. The State Theatre

From adrenaline-fueled action sports, to an exploration of wild landscapes and remote mountain cultures, films in this year’s tour are sure to captivate the explorer within you.

Join the Sierra Club Moshannon Group when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to State College at the State Theatre on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th, with different film selections each night. Doors open at 6 pm – Come early and visit with our local sponsors and community groups who will have displays and information available in the lobby. Prizes, including mountain gear, will be raffled off during intermission.



April 18, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.  Eisenhower Auditorium

Leapin’ lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE is a brand-new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”


Sesame Street at BJCSesame Street Live: Make a New Friend

April 18 & 19, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. & 10:00 a.m. Bryce Jordan Center

No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family!

Sarah JaroszAn Evening with Sarah Jarosz

April 19, 2017 | 8:00 p.m. The State Theatre

That evocative imagery is appropriate for Undercurrent, whose 11 original songs seem to reveal new lyrical depth and sonic nuance with every listen. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, a singularly expressive vocalist and a songwriter of rare insight, Sarah Jarosz has been described by The New York Times as “one of acoustic music’s most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success.”


The Price is Right Live!

April 25, 2017 | 8:00 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center

The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show from Plinko™, to Cliffhangers™, to The Big Wheel™, and even the fabulous Showcase.

Playing to near sold-out audiences for more than ten years, the Price Is Right Live! has given away more than 12 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.7 million tickets.

If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were actually in the audience watching it live.

More events to be announced.

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