Uptown Music Collective announces 2017-18 performance season

Another year has arrived at the Uptown Music Collective and with that another exciting performance season on the horizon. Over the years the school’s performance program has become the public face of the non-profit school of music. Clearly demonstrating the success of its high-quality music education programs, by providing the community professional level entertainment at an affordable ticket price.

The school and its students, who continue to excel generation after generation, pride themselves on making each performance season better than the last and this year is no exception.

The Collective’s season will kick off on Nov. 17 and 18 at the Community Arts Center with Women of Rock: The Music of Heart & Pat Benatar. When you think of women who really rock, the band Heart, and Pat Benatar are always near the top of any list. For the first show of the season, the school’s students will pay tribute to these powerful and creative musicians. The performance will feature the non-profit music school’s renowned stable of young female vocalists paying tribute to two legendary voices. Supported by an army of young musicians on guitar, keyboards, bass and drums.

On Jan. 13 for one night only, the students and alumni of the UMC will come together on the stage of the Community Arts Center and pay tribute to soulful sounds of Southern Rock with the performance Southbound: A Tribute to Southern Rock. This concert will feature the music of the Allman Brothers (with a special tribute to Greg Allman), alongside music from Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Little Feat and more. To make this concert all the more special all ticket sales, donations and the majority of the sponsorship dollars brought in will go directly to the Uptown Music Collective Scholarship Fund. This fund makes it possible for deserving students in need to get the music education that they deserve, but may not be able to afford.

In the early 1990’s a style of music from Seattle, Washington, they called “grunge” took over the airwaves, TV screens and CD players of a generation. The music was defined by passion, power and an earthy edge that had been missing from rock music for some time. In this “up close and personal” concert entitled UMC Unplugged: Generation Grunge, set in the intimate theater at the Community Theater League for four performances on March 8, 9 and 10, the members of the Uptown Music Collective’s Special Performance Group 1 will interpret this visceral, passionate music on mostly acoustic instruments. Featuring the music of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Alice in Chains and more.

Rounding out the Collective’s season will be Gimme Shelter: A Tribute to The Rolling Stones on April 27 and 28, at the Community Arts Center. Not many rock n’ roll bands stay together for a year, let along over 50 of them. This year the Rolling Stones celebrate 55 years of onstage swagger, number one hits, and powerful albums that have left an indelible mark on the fabric of rock and roll. This performance will undoubtedly be the crowning achievement of an amazing performance season when the students of the Collective rip into a concert featuring the greatest hits of one of the greatest rock n’ roll bands to ever walk the earth. Including songs like “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Start Me Up,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Wild Horses” and “Honky Tonk Women.”

The Collective is in the process of seeking sponsorships for this performance season from businesses, organizations or individuals in the community. Sponsorship dollars underwrite the cost of UMC performances; including theater rental, stage build outs, in-house technical and stage crew labor, costumes, equipment costs and more.

Allowing the show’s ticket sales to go directly to help fund the programs that teach these 10-18-year-old students the musical skills, confidence, and showmanship so clearly displayed on stage. If you have any interest in becoming a performance season sponsor, contact the Uptown Music Collective.

This year also marks the first year that tickets for the Collective’s Community Arts Center performances will be made available for purchase through the CAC’s website, as well as their brand new mobile app.

Advanced tickets for the 2017-2018 performance season are on sale now on the Community Arts Center website (www.caclive.com) and app as well as the Community Theatre League’s website (www.ctlshows.com).

For the complete list of ticket vendors, sponsors and other details about these shows visit uptownmusic.org or call 570-329-0888.

Also, visit the Collective’s official Facebook page, as well as other Collective social media outlets for teasers, previews, behind the scenes info and more throughout the 2017-2018 performance season.