Who: The Uptown Music Collective (a non-profit school of music)
What: Runnin’ Down A Dream: The Music of Tom Petty
Where: The Community Arts Center (220 West Fourth St. Williamsport, Pa 17701)
When: April 12th & 13th, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15.00 in advance & $20.00 at the door. Available at the Community Arts Center (Box Office, Website, & App), Alabaster Coffee, K&S Music, Buttorff’s Hardware, Rupert’s Specialty Meats, Way Cool Beans, Hoyer’s Photo and the Uptown Music Collective
On April 12th and 13th at 7:30 pm, the Uptown Music Collective will present its final major performance of the 2018-2019 season, a tribute to the late, great Tom Petty (1950-2017). The performance, called Runnin’ Down a Dream: The Music of Tom Petty, will take place at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport, and feature hits such as Mary Jane’s Last Dance, Free Fallin’, American Girl, I Won’t Back Down, Refugee, and many more, performed as only the students of the Uptown Music Collective can. This performance is sponsored in part by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.
Over the course of a 40-year career, Tom Petty sold over 80 million records worldwide. A prolific songwriter, Petty put out recordings under Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, as a solo artist, Mudcrutch, and as part of the supergroup The Travelling Wilburys, which featured fellow rock stars George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison.
He set a record for the most top 10 hits, scoring in the top 10 on the Mainstream Rock Songs charts 28 times, more than any other act. Of those 28 songs, 10 hit No. 1. In 2002, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He passed away October 2, 2017, a few days after returning from the Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour.
“Some people are singers, and embody everything that the word “singer” means,” said Dave Brumbaugh, executive director of the Collective. “Others like Tom Petty are really storytellers, who tell their stories in songs, weavings tales and entertaining us with their wit and wisdom. Every one of Petty’s songs told a story, and he would tell that story in a clever way that was compelling, not necessarily pretty, but in a way that needed to be listened to, and I think that’s why so many people loved him. His voice will be sorely missed.”
Runnin’ Down a Dream: The Music of Tom Petty will feature the high energy and musically gifted students from the Uptown Music Collective’s acclaimed Special Performance Group 1, which is the school’s premier performance group. Students in this group create, plan, direct, rehearse and carry out all of the Uptown Music Collective’s large scale performances. There is also a group of younger students, called “Tech Monkeys” who will serve as stage technicians and spotlight operators. The students have set a goal to get 1500 people to see the show over its two-night run.
This show is directed by Uptown Music Collective Seniors, Samantha Peters (Loyalsock Township H.S.) & Shayne Williams (WAHS), and sophomore, Isabella Cole (Loyalsock Township H.S.), along with a leadership committee that includes UMC students Leah Batman, Izzy Brumbaugh (WAHS), Alexis Carnevale (WAHS), Molly Chapman (Montoursville Area H.S.), Andrew Head (Montoursville Area H.S.), Cece Lutz (WAHS), Kenni Powell (Jersey Shore H.S.), Julia Sauers, and Eli Wilk (WAHS).
“All my life I’ve had a special place in my heart just for Tom Petty,” said one of the show’s directors, Samantha Peters. “Ever since I was born, my mom practically brainwashed me with him and Stevie Nicks so I am very familiar with the songs we’re doing. At the age of 8, I got the Greatest Hits album for Christmas. I played that CD over and over until it basically turned to dust. I miss him so much and I thank him for being a great part of my life for a very long time. Also, I am very honored to be able to direct this tribute to him because he has done so much for me in my life. He’s an inspiration behind my poems and song-writing and I can’t thank him enough for it. ”
Additional sponsors for this performance include Woodlands Bank, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Inflection Energy, KFC Williamsport, Newberry Estates, Jeff & Crissy McGinness, The Lockard Agency, and FASTSIGNS. Media sponsors include Lamar Advertising, NorthCentralPa.com, Moonlight Graphics, The Graphic Hive, Engage Media, 99.3 FM WZXR, and all of Backyard Broadcasting.
Tickets for the performance are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 on performance nights. Advance tickets are available at the Community Arts Center (Box Office, Website, & App), Alabaster Coffee, K&S Music, Buttorff’s Hardware, Rupert’s Specialty Meats, Way Cool Beans, Hoyer’s Photo, and the Uptown Music Collective. For the complete list of ticket vendors, sponsors, and other 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.