The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 7, 2013

Uptown Music Collective to perform concert to benefit breast cancer research


WILLIAMSPORT — On Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. the Uptown Music Collective, in partnership with the Community Arts Center, will present a fundraising concert, “Saturday Night’s Alright: A Concert for the Cure,” in support of Avon’s Walk for Breast Cancer. The yearly event, held all across the country, helps to fuel breast cancer research and supports low-income and uninsured women get the care they desperately need.

The Uptown Music Collective’s goal is to raise money to send student Janaya Daniele to participate in the 24-mile walk in honor of her aunt who died of cancer last year.

The two-hour concert event will feature students from the nonprofit school of music, joined by the select Williamsport High School’s select vocal groups GQ and Les Chaunteuse in a celebration of the great music from the 1970s. The artists featured will include David Bowie, Elton John, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder and more.

“Each year our students choose a charity and put together a benefit concert to support it,” said Dave Brumbaugh, the school’s executive director. “Last year we put on the show ‘Hunger Strike,’ which raised more than $5,000 for the local Meals on Wheels program. This year Janaya Daniele, a senior at St. John Neumann Regional Academy, came up with the idea of supporting Avon’s Walk for Breast Cancer in honor of her aunt. The idea resonated with many of us; my mother is a 23-year survivor of breast cancer and a 30-year survivor of ovarian cancer. I don’t think there is anyone this cause doesn’t touch.”

“Saturday Night’s Alright” will feature performers between 9 and 18 years of age who have been preparing for this event. Along with the live 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, spot light operators and video operators.