The Bob Perks Fund Presents

Rock The 80’s

The Bob Perks Fund Presents

Rock The 80’s

We welcome you to join us for “Rock the 80’s,” a benefit concert for the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund at The State Theatre. Enjoy a spectacular evening of music while raising funds to support local cancer patients who receive financial support from the Bob Perks Fund. When local cancer patients face tough decisions on whether to feed their families, heat their homes or pay for medical expenses, the Bob Perks Fund steps in to help pay for basic necessities so cancer patients can worry less and focus on their treatment and recovery.

The Totally Rad Reception at the Kish Expect More Store – Allen Street, offers complimentary beer, wine and an array of appetizers. The event is scheduled from 5pm to 6:30 pm and guests must be age 21 to attend. Reception tickets are limited.

Join us for a totally awesome evening of great 80’s music performed by sensational local bands. On Saturday, February 11th at 7 pm, 80’s attire encouraged!

Artist Line Up


Anchor&Arrow is the musical collaboration of husband and wife, Matt Dashem and Jennifer Henry-Dashem. Their unique sound is an upbeat mix of soul, funk, rock, and jazz: a culmination of many years of their individual musical styles and experience. The pair has been deemed Happy Valley’s FUNked-Up duo: A two person band with a whole lotta sound!  Jenn’s moving voice fused with Matt’s seasoned guitar can be enjoyed by music lovers of all kinds, but especially those fond of having a good time. Jenn and Matt combine their decades of experience and styles into this wildly fun project. They never take themselves too seriously, while packing high energy and a banging good time into their live performances.

The duo is known for putting their own twists on familiar tunes; blending styles and swapping genres with ease and originality. While they cover feel good music from the ‘70s to modern day songs that make you wanna move, their first love is creating their own music.  Anchor&Arrow’s all-original EP, Jumble, can be streamed on Spotify and most other streaming platforms. Each Anchor&Arrow performance is tailored to venue and audience while always welcoming space for the unexpected.

Anchor&Arrow appears regularly in Central Pennsylvania and surrounding areas at the American Ale House & Grill, J.L. Farm & Cidery, Shy Bear Brewing, Otto’s Pub and Brewery, Broken Axe Brew House, A’s Pub, Café 210 West, Doggie’s Pub and more.

The Corner Brothers

The Corner Brothers, Matt and Tyler Greer, are Penn State alumni whose career in music began right here in downtown State College!  For more than a decade, the Corner Brothers have been entertaining audiences in Centre County and beyond, playing all genres of music while engaging their audiences with their own special brand of comedy.  You will find the Corner Brothers performing live Thursday and Friday evenings in downtown State College.  Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Instagram!


CRUSH plays dance music from the 80s to today.  They will perform their set in honor of the memory of their drummer, Travis Kramer.

J.R. Mangan Band

JR Mangan has been part of the State College music scene since 1985, Playing in bands such as Space Goop, Stoyln Hours, and JR & Sharon. His unique style and undeniable charisma guarantee a fun show. With the addition of talented vocalist Veronica Auger, this latest iteration of JR’s band is firing on all cylinders!

JR Mangan, Mark Toci, John Lynch, Jason Ebersole, Veronica Auger

Miss Melanie

Based in State College, PA, mISS mELANIE wants to make you move! The tunes are specially chosen, cultivated, and stylized to connect with the audience for a fully enjoyable and righteous experience. Miss Melanie’s vocals range from a powerful soulful blast to a gentle precision, while Chris Coyne plays with slick percussion through varying styles and genres. Jeff Beck lays down one hell of a groove on bass. Brian Cleary provides ample soul and movement through not only his intense guitar grooves but also top notch vocals. This band is a must-see musical experience! 

Spider Kelly
The Extractors

Dr. McRosenmiller and The Extractors, better known as “The Extractors”, formed in 2022 as the result of a serendipitous collaboration between friends and fellow musicians. The focus is on classics, to be sure, but The Extractors like to bring out the occasional deep track as well. Made up of veteran musicians from the State College scene – Michael Cullin, guitar and vocals; David McKee, drums and vocals; Steve Fishbaine, keyboards and vocals; James Miller, guitar and vocals; and Eric Rosengrant, bass and vocals – The Extractors are just getting started. They hope you see a lot more of them in the future!!

The Long Afternoon

Reclusive Pennsylvania-based indie rock pioneers The Long Afternoon formed in Pittsburgh in 1985 and consolidated in State College in 1987. The organization has pursued a strategy of deliberate obscurity, opting not to participate in conventional rock and roll career-building activities and eschewing traditional notions of success entirely, leaving their ultimate ambitions and intent unknown to any but the group’s inner circle.

High-profile opening slots for indie-rock luminaries like Dinosaur Jr. yielded a deal in 1987 with Bulging Eye, then the Flaming Lips’ management company. A self-titled EP was recorded and a national tour planned, but acrimony led to the suspension of all organizational initiatives, and the 1987 EP remains unreleased.

The Long Afternoon later embarked on a new series of initiatives. The organization’s first album, “The Luxury Problem,” came out in 2006 to enthusiastic reviews in The Big Takeover and, ironically enough for an organization whose personnel no longer indulge, High Times. Their second album, 2009’s Signifying Nothing, was named one of the 10 best indie albums of the year by A Future in Noise.

The group’s third album, 2011’s An Index of Maladjustments, added additional guitar muscle and also contained “The Chameleonaires,” a single that, while typically ambiguous and open to multiple interpretations, was nonetheless adopted as an anthem of sorts by Occupy Wall Street protestors. The Long Afternoon neither encouraged nor discouraged this use of their statement.  The organization’s fourth album, the eerily prescient Regression, was released in August 2016, steeped in themes of thoughtless automata, top-down control, conspiratorial hallucination, and corrupt denial of reality.

The Long Afternoon continues to issue recorded statements and proffer live demonstrations as situations demand. They are deeply grateful for the opportunity to spend part of their lives creating music, and twice as grateful to those who listen to the music they create.

Eston Martz, Jeff Edmunds, Greg Elliott, J.P. Mulley

Bob Perks Fund Strategic Partners:

Coaches Vs. Cancer
Mount Nittany Health
Spitzer Subaru of DuBois
UPMC Altoona
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Bob Perks Fund Special Events Partners:

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Saturday, Feb 11th, 2023


7:00 pm


Reserved - $40 (includes fee); Tickets & Totally RAD Reception Package - $60.00 (includes fee)


The Friedman Auditorium
130 W. College Ave. State College, PA
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