On Feb. 22 and 23, the Uptown Music Collective, in collaboration with the Community Theatre League, will present “UMC Unplugged” at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Theatre League, 100 W. Third St.
This performance marks the second collaboration with CTL after last year’s successful performance of “42nd and Broadway: A Contemporary Broadway Revue.” This year’s performance was inspired by the long-running television series, “MTV’s Unplugged,” and will pay tribute to performances such as Eric Clapton’s “Layla,” Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” and Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic.”
“Our first collaboration was a great success,” CTL’s Youth Program Coordinator Jacquie Engel said. “CTL’s intimate space really allows the audience to get up close and personal with the performers and that creates a new experience for everyone. We are so excited to do an ‘unplugged’ concert and think the Community Theatre is the perfect venue for this type of show.”
Beginning in 1989, “MTV’s Unplugged” features top artists performing their popular songs with only acoustic instruments. Folk and acoustic music’s increase in popularity fueled the series’ success and the show is still on air today and features bands and artists that are currently popular. The series established a number of new acts such as The Indigo Girls, R.E.M. and Sinead O’Connor and renewed interest in beloved artists like Paul Simon, The Grateful Dead, and Bob Dylan.
“We have been impressed with the wonderful concerts the UMC has presented at the CAC and thought they’d be a perfect fit in our space,” Engel said. “It gives the performers the opportunity to tailor their numbers for different settings, maybe to think outside the box a bit. The first collaboration was a Broadway-inspired concert and this unplugged presentation is another great fit for us.”
“I have always admired the work of the Community Theater League in our community, it is such an honor for us to perform in their theater,” UMC Executive Director Dave Brumbaugh said. “I have had the pleasure of performing there personally and the intimacy of the space, surrounded on three sides by the audience, makes for a very special experience. I am so happy that we have the opportunity to offer that experience to our students. Also performing all of this great music acoustically will make this concert a rare treat that those that love our performances shouldn’t miss.”
“This show is different from other Collective shows, especially due to the relaxed and intimate atmosphere,” AJ Robbins, 15, from Loyalsock High School, said.
“Normally we take a stage and try to rock out and put as much energy into the performance,” Levi Stover, 18, from South Williamsport High School said. “With all of the acoustic songs and the setting of the show, we can get a little more personal with the audience. This is the first kind of show we’ve done like this so it’s going to be an interesting experience watching it turn out. It’s going to be relaxing and a soothing time and I can’t wait for it.”
Tickets for this performance are $8 for students, $15 for adults or two for $25. Tickets are available through the Community Theatre League website, www.ctlnet.org, and box office.
For more information about UMC Unplugged, or the Uptown Music Collective, check out www.uptownmusic.org /mediaroom or call 329-0888.