The Uptown Music Collective will present its annual free Summer Music Festival this year on Sunday at Williamsport’s Brandon Park Band Shell. The day’s festivities will begin at noon with clinics, children’s activities, food vendors and music performances, and will culminate at nightfall with a preview of the upcoming collaboration with the Milissa Augustine Dance & Fitness Academy titled “Hot Fun in the Summertime.”
The day’s music will feature performances from area bands and artists including Clouds Make Sounds, Kimberly Adair & Soulful, Maverick Vicars and Maitland, as well as the annual Collective Summer Student Recital in which Collective students are featured performing songs of their choosing in full-band arrangements. In addition to these performances, the day will also feature free clinics from area musicians and music professionals, including:
-- Sean Farley (owner/operator of Williamsport’s premier guitar shop, Guitarley’s)
-- Chris Bovard (guitarist of area blues band The Blind Chitlin Kahunas)
-- Steve Adams (pianist/organist of multiple bands including Jazzin’ and Adams, Stetz & Haynes)
-- Chalie Holmes (jazz bassist) & Jim Schade (jazz drummer)
Throughout the day there will be raffles and giveaways including gift certificates from the Uptown Music Collective and other local businesses. The grand prize, given away at the end of the day, will be a new electric guitar; ticket holders do not need to be present to win.
Free activities for kids will be offered by Collective students, parents, and volunteers, including outdoor games and bracelet making between 1-5 p.m. Food vendors, including Acme BBQ and the Hard Times Cart, will also be on hand. This is a family event designed to engage all ages of children and adults through a combination of exciting activities and high quality live music.
The day will also include a special sneak preview of the Collective’s upcoming collaboration with the Milissa Augustine Dance & Fitness Academy titled, “Hot Fun in the Summer Time.” The performance will take place on Aug. 16-17 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport. The show features “summertime tunes” by artists including Bob Marley, The Beach Boys, The Black Eyed Peas and Sly and The Family Stone. All songs will be accompanied by choreographed dance performed by the students from the Milissa Augustine Dance & Fitness Academy.