Student Programming Association presents alternative rock artist Grandson

November 12, 2019

The Penn State Student Programming Association (SPA) Concerts Committee is excited to announce a free concert by alternative rock artist Grandson. It will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Alumni Hall on the University Park campus.

Grandson is a Toronto-based musician who relocated to Los Angeles in 2013 to pursue his career. He cites artists and bands such as Led Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine and Nirvana as influences. Grandson’s songwriting tackles political and social issues ranging from social justice to financial inequalities.

In 2017, he signed to the Fueled By Ramen record label, alongside notable bands Panic! At the Disco, Paramore and Twenty One Pilots. In 2018, his most notable song, “Blood // Water” has amassed over 100 million streams on Spotify and appeared on the Billboard charts in United States and Canada respectively.

Since then, Grandson released a trilogy of extended plays titled "A Modern Tragedy." The third EP was released in September 2019, accompanied by lead singles “Rock Bottom” and “Oh No!!!”

Local alternative band Grapefruit Cannonball will open for Grandson. In early 2019, they performed for Penn State’s Movin’ On annual competition, Battle of the Bands.

The concert is free for all students with a valid Penn State University Park student photo ID and is funded by your student-initiated fee.

About SPA:

The Student Programming Association exists to serve the student body of Penn State by providing diverse activities, programming assistance and resources, which enhance a student’s overall co-curricular experience.

Members of the SPA pride themselves on recommending programs for the benefit of undergraduates, graduates, and returning students and secondarily for others in the University community. The Student Programming Association attempts to enhance the educational, social, cultural and recreational experiences at Penn State, promote outreach and collaboration of student organizations that will foster leadership and organizational development, recognize diverse backgrounds of students and strive to provide a slate of programming that reflects and celebrates our similarities and differences.

For more information about the events described above, contact the SPA Concerts Chair, Grace Puy at To learn more information about the Student Programming Association, visit or contact Trae Morgan-White, The Student Programming Association’s outreach marketing chair, at:

Last Updated November 18, 2019