The California-born female four piece Dum Dum Girls will perform at 9 tonight at Chronic Town.
The lo-fi pop band from the west coast has created a splash in the indie scene over the last two years, releasing two full-length albums, two EPs and three singles. The band is now touring nationally after the 2012 release of its third EP, “End of Daze” according to the group’s website.
“Dum Dum Girls is probably the most important female artist right now as far as rock and roll goes,” said Jeff Van Fossan, the owner of Chronic Town and Roustabout! Productions. Van Fossan said that the show will not be a typical Penn State music event.
Van Fossan said there hasn’t been much of a rock and roll scene at Penn State and that concertgoers should expect a raw performance.
“They’re cut from the same cloth as Blondie and even Joan Jett,” Van Fossan said.
He said that fans should be excited to see such a big indie band at such an intimate venue.
Van Fossan said Chronic Town is one of the smallest, if not the smallest venue the band is playing at on its tour.
Dead Channel, a post-punk three piece from State College, has been chosen to open for Dum Dum Girls.
“It’s one of the biggest shows since I’ve gone here,” Kevin Clair, the bassist of Dead Channel, said.
The band sees the event as an opportunity for Penn State’s indie rock scene to flourish, he said.
“If a lot of people come out, we may get more shows like it,” Clair said.
The event will be co-sponsored by Penn State’s Students Organizing the Multiple Arts, a student-run organization that promotes the arts in State College.
“The members of our club were really excited about the show,” SOMA club member Sam Hopkinssaid.
Hopkins (senior-english) said that club members are especially looking forward to seeing Dum Dum Girls.
“They are really fun and upbeat,” Hopkins said.
Hopkins said she hopes that sponsoring events like this will show students how they can get involved with the arts on and off campus through SOMA.
“Our goal is to make the arts more accessible,” she said.
Although the show is not an average Penn State performance, Hopkins said she feels that everyone can take something from the concert.
“If you like music at all, it’s a show for you,” Hopkins said.