Uptown Music Collective to present tribute to Led Zeppelin
The Uptown Music Collective is set to return to the Community Arts Center stage to present Good Times Bad Times: The Music of Led Zeppelin for three live performances on April 16 and 17.
“This high-energy tribute from the area’s premier school of music will feature talented young musicians between the ages of 12 and 18,” a news release from the UUptown Music Collective said. “UMC students will be performing powerful versions of classic Zeppelin songs like Kashmir, Whole Lotta Love, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Going to California, Over the Hills and Far Away, and more with all of the energy and passion that UMC students are known for.”
This show is sponsored in part through partnerships with Hudock Capital Group and Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. All CDC and state health recommendations and procedures will be adhered to for this event.
“Due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions we decided to add a Saturday matinee performance for this show,” said Jared Mondell, assistant executive director of the Uptown Music Collective, according to the news release. “We want to give people as many opportunities as possible to see this performance. We hope that the addition of the Saturday matinee and the continued offering of the Saturday night live stream will do just that!”
The English rock band Led Zeppelin was formed in London in 1968 and included members Robert Plant on lead vocals, Jimmy Page on guitar, John Paul Jones on bass and keyboard and John Bonham on drums. The group was known for its heavy, guitar-driven sound, which has and continues to influence generations of rockers all over the world. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, Led Zeppelin is considered to be one of the most innovative rock groups in history.
“If I had to pick one group that inspired me to become so entranced with music that I had to drop everything, pick up a guitar, and make playing it my life, it would be Led Zeppelin,” said Dave Brumbaugh, executive director of the Uptown Music Collective, according to the news release. “Their music is magic on so many levels, pulling today’s generation and all generations that have come since the ’70s into their musical vortex just as easily as it pulled me in 40 years ago. It’s one-part musical mastery, one-part songwriting genius and group chemistry, and two heaping parts pure rock and roll swagger.”
Good Times Bad Times 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 Izzy Brumbaugh (Williamsport Area High School) and Isabella Cole (Loyalsock Township High School). The show’s leadership committee consists of UMC students Leah Batman (Laurel Springs), Molly Chapman (Montoursville Area High School), Dominic Fredin (Montoursville Area High School), Gabreon Godin (WAHS), Andrew Head (Montoursville Area High School), Emma Luke (Loyalsock Township High School), Cassidy Lutz (Loyalsock Township High School), Tyler Noaker, Gavin Paulhamus (Hughesville Area High School), and Maren Snow (Lewisburg Area High School).
“Led Zeppelin has always been one of my favorite bands of all time,” said show director Isabella Cole, according to the news release. “I loved how different their music was from other bands, and I enjoyed listening to all of their songs. I was in a previous UMC Led Zeppelin show. I remember this made me appreciate the band even more than I already did. One of my memories of that show was thinking of how cool it would be if we did this for my senior