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Uptown musicians plan Eagles tribute concerts

PHOTO PROVIDED The Uptown Music Collective, above, will perform songs by the Eagles on Feb. 12 and 13.

The Uptown Music Collective will bring this year’s People’s Choice performance, The Long Run: Music of the Eagles, to the stage of the Community Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12 and 13.

According to a news release, this socially distant performance will have limited in-person tickets available for both nights, as well as tickets for a multi-camera, “up close and personal” live stream of the Saturday night performance, all of which are now on sale at the Community Arts Center box office.

This show is sponsored in part through a partnership with Hudock Capital Group. All CDC and state health recommendations and procedures will be adhered to for this event.

“The people’s choice performance has become an annual fundraising event for the Uptown Music Collective,” said Jared Mondell, assistant executive director of the Uptown Music Collective, according to the news release. “This year the Eagles were the community’s top choice after several rounds of voting in the Collective’s 2020 People’s Choice online voting event, winning out by a narrow margin over a virtual who’s who list of modern and classic rock or pop performers. Our students are extremely excited to bring this show to the CAC stage!”

This performance will feature the students of the Uptown Music Collective performing a variety of the Eagles’ most well-known songs, including “Hotel California,” “Already Gone,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Desperado,” “New Kid in Town,” “Heartache Tonight” and many more.

The Eagles were formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by early members Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner. Over the next 10 years the Eagles would shuffle around group members, including bringing in guitarists Don Felder, and Joe Walsh, release six No. 1 albums, win six Grammy awards, and score 18 top 40 hits, including six that went to No. 1. Although the Eagles broke up officially in 1980, the group continues to reunite and tour in various incarnations. In 1998 the Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Long Run will feature Collective students who have been diligently preparing for this event for over two months. Along with the music, there will be a professional grade light and sound show organized by the students themselves. As with all Uptown Music Collective performances, the students are not only the performers but also direct the show. There is also a group of younger students, called “Tech Monkeys” who will serve as stage technicians and spotlight operators. The cast for the show is drawn from the Uptown Music Collective’s much-heralded Special Performance Group 1.

This show is directed by Uptown Music Collective Seniors Andrew Head (Montoursville Area High School) and Maren Snow (Lewisburg Area High School). The show’s leadership committee consists of UMC students Leah Batman (Laurel Springs), Izzy Brumbaugh (Williamsport Area High School), Molly Chapman (Montoursville Area High School), Isabella Cole (Loyalsock Township High School), Dominic Fredin (Montoursville Area High School), Gabreon Godin (Williamsport Area High School), Emma Luke (Loyalsock Township High School), Cassidy Lutz (Loyalsock Township High School), Tyler Noaker, and Gavin Paulhamus (Hughesville High School).

“The Eagles have always had a big impact on me musically throughout my entire life,” said show director, Andrew Head, according to the news release. “Listening to them growing up really gave me a sense of comfort in music, and a sense of happiness. Being able to direct this show is a dream come true, and I am truly excited to be able to bring this amazing band’s music to life on the CAC’s stage!”

Additional partners and sponsors for this performance include Pennsylvania College of Technology, UPMC Susquehanna, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, Lycoming College, The Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Woodlands Bank and Marco Technologies. Media sponsors include 99.3 FM WZXR, and all of Backyard Broadcasting, Lamar Advertising, 92.1 WSQV, NorthCentralPa.com, The Graphic Hive, and Engage Media.

Tickets for the performance are $20 in advance and $25 on performance nights. Tickets for the Saturday night live stream are $15. Advance and streaming tickets are only available through the Community Arts Center (Box Office & Website). For details about the show visit uptownmusic.org or call 570-329-0888. Also, check out Collective’s official Facebook page, as well as other Collective social media outlets for teasers, previews, behind the scenes info, and more from the performance.

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