Penn State Abington is frequently credited for its beautiful campus, culturally diverse student body, and overall friendly atmosphere. As a student, I can attest to all of this, but also something more than that; the presence of music on campus is astounding.
This was perfectly exhibited yesterday (February 25), when a singing flash mob broke out in Lares during common break.
Students who walked into the cafeteria may have noticed Lion Productions set up along the wall, a guarantee that something was going to happen. Once Jim Cannon started riffing the beginning of “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, it was made clear that nobody was expecting a flash mob. Lunch-time chatter died down and heads began swiveling, searching for the source of the music. Once the crowd located Jim, the swiveling commenced yet again, this time searching for voices of Jairus James and Tim Pugliese serenading the crowd. The pattern continued as more and more singers pitched in, switching songs with a style reminiscent of the “riff off” from Pitch Perfect.
Songs transitioned from “Superstition”, to a mash-up of “No Diggity”, “Thrift Shop”, and “Don’t”, into a grand ending with “Uptown Funk”.
The flash mob, organized by The Pride, served as an attention-grabbing display to promote for LEAP’s upcoming talent show, Lion Showcase. Lion Showcase will kick off Friday night, February 27, at 7:00 PM in Room 9 Sutherland. Some of the vocalists from the flash mob will be performing, as well as a handful of other captivating singing and dancing acts. Comedian Jessi Campbell will be hosting the event. Admission is free and refreshments are included! Make sure to come out and support the presence of musical talent on campus, and to enjoy a night of quality entertainment.
Check out a video of the flash mob:
Performers: Guitar (James Cannon), Vocal Percussion (Dave Lisowski), “Superstition” (Jairus James, Tim Pugliese), “No Diggity” (Nick Kunchandy), “Thrift Shop” (Mark Davis, Yuxiao Chen), Rap Verse (Josamar Saint-Gilles), “Don’t” (Osh Osiemi, Dan Gillis), “Uptown Funk” (Melissa Kelly, Ashley Quenzer, Jim Cannon).