Electronica dominates inaugural State Fest

Moon Hooch loops the sounds of two saxophones and a drummer to create a full-sounding DJ set.
Moon Hooch loops the sounds of two saxophones and a drummer to create a full-sounding DJ set. Photo provided

It turns out that loud, live entertainment is good for cats and dogs.

State Fest, a new music festival sponsored by Levels Nightclub, will host a selection of artists and bands that cover a variety of musical genres. Donations will be accepted and proceeds will benefit Centre County PAWS and other animal shelters throughout the county.

Some of the performers attending the festival include Papadosio, Tyler Sherritt and Huey Mack. With artists representing progressive rock to electronic dance music, the event aims to appeal to people with a wide range of musical tastes. One of the bands, Moon Hooch, even describes its songs as cave music, or “organic house music.”

Performer: Moon Hooch

Latest Album: “Moon Hooch”

Genre: Cave music

Fun fact: When Mike Wilbur, Wenzl McGowen and James Muschler first started performing together, they didn’t have a name for their band. On a whim, Wilbur announced it was Moon Juice, but the band changed it to Moon Hooch after finding that several other bands were already using it.

Performer: Papadosio

Latest album: “TETIOS”

Genre: Progressive rock/electronica

Fun fact: The band’s most recent album, “TETIOS,” is an acronym for “To End the Illusion of Separation.” “TETIOS” is a double album that marks a noticeable change in sound from the band’s previous record, “Observations.” According to Papadosio, “The album is a call for people of all stripes to reject artificial barriers of wealth, class and creed and come together under the flag of humanity.” Papadosio will open for Lotus at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September.

Performer: Tyler Sherritt

Latest album: “Survive”

Genre: Electronic dance music

Fun fact: For several years, Tyler Sherritt has been an up-and-coming name in the EDM scene. His initial success exploded after the release of his hit song “Survive.” Sherritt collaborated with DJ Carl Nunes on the song and it has seen huge success around the world, especially in Nunes’ home country of Guatemala. For four months after the song’s release, it held the No. 1 spot on the Top 20 charts for every major radio station in that country.