Uptown Music Collective plans Led Zepplin tribute for spring show

In what is sure to be yet another crowd-pleasing show, the Uptown Music Collective, 848 W. Fourth St., will present “Hammer of the Gods: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin” at 7:30 p.m. April 22 and 23 at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.

Led Zeppelin was formed in 1968 and included Robert Plant on lead vocals, Jimmy Page on guitar, John Paul Jones on bass and keyboards and John Bonham on drums. Over the next 12 years, according to a press release from the Collective, “the band would release eight highly successful albums, launch a series of record-breaking tours, earn a reputation for excess and debauchery on the road and become an undeniable influence on the majority of rock bands who would follow in their wake.”

All songs will be performed by UMC’s elite Performance Group 1, which is made up of students from ages 11-18. Seniors AJ Robbins (Loyalsock Township High School) and Kendall Palmatier (Jersey Shore Area High School) will direct the show, along with student leaders Kira Crissinger (Milton), Harrison Peters (Loyalsock Township High School), Maggie Wingrove (WIlliamsport Area High School) and Shayne Williams (Williamsport Area High School).

“They will be joined on stage for six songs by the Lycoming College Community Orchestra. The orchestral scores for this show were prepared in a large part by the students themselves,” said Collective executive director Dave Brumbaugh. The concert line up is based on Led Zeppelin’s most popular album, “IV,” which will be “performed in its entirety,” Brumbaugh added.

In addition, the students will perform “classic songs from that album, including ‘Black Dog,’ ‘Battle of Evermore,’ ‘Rock and Roll’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ to name a few. There will also be a smattering of songs their early and later albums.”

“The students choose the songs,” Brumbaugh explained. “We begin the process in the summer before the season and it’s a long, involved process with lots of voting, discussion and more voting. Led Zeppelin was chosen as the spring show because the band is so iconic and our spring show is the biggest and most highly-produced of all of shows on the schedule.”

This final show is what Brumbaugh called “the pinnacle of (their) season,” but “this whole season has been a highlight. This is one of the best group of students ever, all of the themes this year worked really well, and we had some of the best audience turnouts in our history overall.”

Advance tickets are available at the Community Arts Center box office, local Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships and the Uptown Music Collective. For more information, visit www.up townmusic.org or call 570-329-0888.