Peace Feather has been a mainstay in the State College music scene for years. The band will give back to the community with a concert to benefit Penn State’s Students Organizing Multiple Arts’ April event.
“I’d say (SOMA focuses) more on music, but through the Arts Crawl they get tons of artists to put their stuff up on campus,” said Peace Feather member Adam Bugaj. “Along with that, they get about 25 bands and make a whole big day of it. They focus on both (music and art) because they go so well together.”
Peace Feather will be joined by local acts Jacob, Ex-People and The Warmingtons. In lieu of traditional tickets, attendees are encouraged to make a $3 to $5 donation.
“You’re going to see four local bands who are all really excited to play,” Bugaj said. “It’s going to be all original music. It’s not going to be super loud. You won’t have to deal with people being wildly drunk or yelling for cover songs. It will be different than your usual Friday night.”
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SOMA is a student-run organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the art community in State College. While the Arts Crawl aims to get students interested in the local arts scene, it doesn’t require the exclusivity of being a Penn State student.
“They’re open to non-student groups,” Bugaj said. “They try to keep it local without excluding people.”
“They gave us a gig about three years ago,” he added. “I started keeping up with them after that. They do shows at the HUB, basement parties, stuff at Webster’s. They’re pretty busy kids.”
Joining Bugaj in Peace Feather are Ben Wentz, Ray Cromie and Bugaj’s brother, Thom Bugaj.
“We switched it around,” Bugaj said. “Instead of being really loud and heavy psychedelic, we’re more an electronic/synthesizer type band. It’s still pretty trippy though. It’s not too many songs as much as soundscapes. We still try to write a few tunes to get people paying attention.”