The JoBros’ manager, Phil McIntyre, has blue and white running through his veins. McIntyre grew up in the area as a townie and eventually went on to attend Penn State. Understandably, the love for Penn State can potentially be traced back to this point.
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September 2, 2008: The “Burnin’ Up” Tour Comes To The Bryce Jordan Center
The Burnin’ Up Tour made a stop at the BJC back in 2008, which is the first known interaction the Jonas Brothers had with the area.
Courtesy of Bernie PuntAugust 15, 2010: Joe Celebrates His 21st At Champs
After a show in Hershey, Joe made the trip to State College to celebrate his 21st birthday at Champs North Atherton. While the Champs Downtown we all know and love today might not have yet existed, Joe still received the Penn State experience along with a deep love for the sports bar, at the urging of McIntyre.
February 17, 2017: DNCE Performs At THON And Champs
DNCE made an appearance at THON 2017 and set somewhat of a precedent for surprise performances. Following the THON show, the band headed to Champs for another surprise set.
January 2, 2017: Joe and Nick Attend the 2017 Rose Bowl
Joe and Nick were spotted on the sidelines of the 2017 Rose Bowl game when Penn State faced USC. Dressed in Penn State gear, the brothers were even showing their love and support for Penn State over the hometown Trojans. Unfortunately for the Nittany Lions, even with the JoBros in attendance, L.A. (, L.A. baby) wasn’t the city dreams are made of.
April 5, 2019: Jonas Brothers Perform At Champs
After dropping hints on Twitter, the Jonas Brothers and the “J-Sisters” landed in State College for another impromptu performance.
Like any normal visitors, they stopped at Beaver Stadium to snap a group picture and then headed over to Champs for surprise concert after powering the bar to a thrilling, overtime win against Harper’s of Michigan State. They even got a welcome from James Franklin, who gave them their own jerseys and invited them to the White Out.
Courtesy of James FranklinAugust 31, 2019: Joe Attends Penn State’s Home Opener, Brothers Visit Four Diamonds Teen
After another suggestive tweet, Joe cheered on the Nittany Lions from the sidelines against Idaho before a show in Hershey that same night.