Summer Music Fest

The Uptown Music Collective will present its annual free Summer Music Festival on Sunday at the Brandon Park Bandshell.

The day’s festivities will begin at noon with clinics, children’s activities, food vendors and music performances, and will culminate at nightfall with a preview of the upcoming collaboration with the Milissa Augustine Dance & Fitness Academy entitled “Hot Fun in the Summertime.”

The day’s music will feature performances from area bands and artists, including Clouds Make Sounds, Kimberly Adair and Soulful, Maverick Vicars and Maitland, as well as the annual Collective Summer Student Recital, in which Collective students are featured performing songs of their choosing in full-band arrangements. In addition to these performances, the day also will feature free clinics from area musicians and music professionals, including”

Sean Farley, owner-operator of Williamsport’s premier guitar shop, Guitarley’s.

Chris Bovard, guitarist of area blues band The Blind Chitlin Kahunas.

Steve Adams, pianist/organist of multiple bands including Jazzin’ and Adams, Stetz and Haynes.

Chalie Holmes, jazz bassist and Jim Schade, jazz drummer.

Throughout the day there will be raffles and giveaways, including gift certificates from the Uptown Music Collective and other local businesses.

The grand prize, given away at the end of the day, will be a brand new electric guitar, ticket holders do not need to be present to win.

Free activities for kids will be offered by Collective students, parents and volunteers, including outdoor games and bracelet making during the hours of 1 and 5 p.m. Food vendors, including Acme BBQ and the Hard Times Cart also will be on hand.

This is a family event designed to engage all ages of children and adults through a combination of exciting activities and high quality live music.

The Uptown Music Collective Summer Music Festival has become a summer tradition in the city and each year is one of the most anticipated music events of the summer.

The primary entertainment throughout the afternoon will be the school’s summer recital, presented by current UMC students in full-band configurations. Recitals feature the schools younger students.

The summer recital is a much anticipated performance event for the students of the Uptown Music Collective, many of whom have been preparing for months for this opportunity to perform to parents, friends, and the Williamsport community.

The day also will include a special sneak preview of the Collective’s upcoming collaboration with the Milissa Augustine Dance & Fitness Academy entitled, “Hot Fun in the Summer Time.”

The performance will be held Aug. 16 and 17 at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St. The show will feature “summertime tunes” by artist including Bob Marley, The Beach Boys, The Black Eyed Peas, Sly and The Family Stone.

All songs will be accompanied by choreographed dance performed by the students from the Milissa Augustine Dance & Fitness Academy.

For more information, contact Jared Mondell at the Collective at 329-0888 or visit www.uptownmu