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Jan 072013

The Uptown Music Collective has announced the start of its Annual Fundraising Campaign for the 2012-2013 school year. The campaign, which kicked off with the schools successful Jagged Little Pill: Two Decades of Women in Rock performance, two weeks ago at the Community Arts Center, goes into high gear this week with the mailing of its annual appeal letter. The campaign will run through early February.

“Like all nonprofits, we look to the community at this time of year to help us support the work we do with the youth of our area,” said UMC Executive Director Dave Brumbaugh. “Although we charge tuition, the revenue generated from our tuition based programs only covers 70% of our operational expenses, the rest must be raised through fundraising and the school’s renowned performance programs.”

The Uptown Music Collective, founded in April of 2000, became a nonprofit organization in 2004. Since that time the school has been recognized for its work and received support from many local and national organizations, such as; the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, the Williamsport-Lycoming Community Foundation, The Billtown Blues Association, the Hot Topic Foundation, Music2Life, The Blues Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and most recently The National Endowment for the Arts.

“Foundation grants and donations allow us to improve our programs, provide incredible experiences for our students and purchase state of the art equipment to facilitate our music education efforts. Unfortunately, it is hard to find support for the more mundane needs like administrative expenses, staffing and facility expenses,” said Brumbaugh.

“Donations of any size are appreciated,” said Tracey Tillet, the Uptown Music Collective’s Development Director and head of the school’s Annual Fundraising Campaign. “Fifty dollars pays to clean an ensemble room for a month or supports half of the monthly tuition of a needy student. Every dollar is appreciated and important and every donor matters!”

To offset expenses, the school runs many fundraising events and projects throughout the year, in addition its annual campaign. This year the school is selling the Uptown Music Collective a 2013 Full Color Calendar, featuring large scale performance photos, taken by area photographer Wayne Palmer, of students performing on the Community Arts Center stage.

The school is also selling a Compilation CD of alumni and current students produced by students Dylan Rockoff and Maverick Vicars, the CD features all original music including tracks from Morgan Myles, Akron Family, Seth Olinsky, Ben Geise (Glimdropper), Alex Callenberger (Clawfoot Slumber), Sean Farley and many more.

There are many ways to support our organization. The most direct way however is a generous gift via our annual fundraising campaign. For more information on the UMC Annual Campaign or to make a convenient online donation, visit  If you have questions about the campaign, please email Tracey at

Dec 072012
Residency Planned For New York City And Philadelphia In January

Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Matt Duke is set to release a new EP, Love On A Major Scale, on December 18, 2012, via Rock Ridge Music; this is his first release for the label (he was previously signed to Ryko).  Love On A Major Scale, co-produced by Jason Spiewak (Pat McGee, Ernie Halter, The Revere) and Dave Pittenger (Allison Weiss, Julia Price, Martin Rivas), is the follow-up to Duke’s critically acclaimed album, One Day Die.

Says Duke of the EP: “I have been really looking forward to recording another EP that takes me back to my roots as an acoustic songwriter.  No bells or whistles, just a simple reminder to myself and my fans of where I’ve come from as an artist and how it’s still very much a part of who I am. I hope everyone digs the record just as much as I enjoyed creating it!”

Says Rock Ridge Music president Jason Spiewak of Duke’s forthcoming release:  “Matt Duke is a pure talent, both in terms of his writing and his ability to convey raw emotion vocally.  This collection of songs marks an important sea change for Matt, and speaks to his growing ability to take risks and follow his own muse.”
Duke also plans to hunker down in two cities in January:  he’s planning a residency in both New York City (Rockwood Music Hall) and Philadelphia (Tin Angel) after the new year rings in (all dates listed below).  Duke is also confirmed to perform at Hotel Carolina: St. Pete Beach in Florida the weekend of February 1-2, 2013.  Most recently, Duke has toured with Tony Lucca and opened for Adele in Philadelphia, and he has shared stages with Rocco DeLucca, Sara Bareilles, Sister Hazel, Matthew Mayfield, and Charlotte Martin.
Ever since he began songwriting as a young teen, Duke found that no topic was too off limits, too taboo to explore, and he has welcomed each with an open mind  and open heart if only to relay each through his own unique voice.  From teen suicide and conversations of abortion on Winter Child (2006), to addiction and the impish supernatural on Kingdom Underground (2008), to Sex, God, and Rock and Roll (among other things) on One Day Die (2011), Duke personalizes every moment and channels that intensity not only through the songs themselves, but on stage as well – endearing his audiences with tremendous performances and an almost heart-breaking vulnerability. (The song “Love You Anymore” from One Day Die was added into active rotation at tastemaker Philadelphia radio station WXPN.)  He also recorded and toured as part of the T.F.D.I. trio (with Tony Lucca and Jay Nash), with the resulting album When I Stop Running (2011) showcasing their beautiful acoustic arrangements and lush vocal harmonies.
Songwriting, recording, and touring aside, Duke enjoys participating in the program Musicians on Call, which brings bands and songwriters to the bedsides of hospital patients in the Philadelphia area, as well as the relief program M.I.L.E. (Music Is Love Exchange), which brings service-based volunteering and the magic of the arts into communities both at home in the U.S. and abroad.
Matt Duke Residency Dates
1/3/2013          New York        NY       Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1
1/9/2013          Philadelphia     PA       Tin Angel
1/10/2013        New York        NY       Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1
1/16/2013        Philadelphia     PA       Tin Angel
1/17/2013        New York        NY       Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1
1/23/2013        Philadelphia     PA       Tin Angel
1/24/2013        New York        NY       Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1
1/30/2013        Philadelphia     PA       Tin Angel
1/31/2013        New York        NY       Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1
2/21/2013        New York        NY       Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
Dec 072012



The Pennsylvania Music Expo, hosted by the Keystone Record Collectors continues to be a treasure trove of CD’s, records, DVD’s and music memorabilia. The Sunday, December 9th show will have two bonus attractions. Show hours are 9 am – 3 pm.

Their business card read, “The Best Little Soul Band in the Land”. In the late 1960′s, York’s Soul Clinic lived up to that title, at least regionally. Half of the eight member mixed group will be in the house at the Pennsylvania Music Expo Sunday. “She’s So Sharp” (a funky cover version of Dyke and the Blazer’s tune) was released in 1968 on Baltimore’s, Bay Sound label. The side garnered local and regional radio air play and was a popular request at Central Pennsylvania teen dance clubs. The band just published a coffee table book that chronicles the history of their band and its members. That book along with many group members will be on hand between 10 am and 1 pm Sunday in the lower lobby just outside the main showroom floor.

During the recent wrath of Superstorm Sandy, many artists in the entertainment community were substantially affected – including Kenny Vance who was one of the many victims whose home burned to the ground in Breezy Point, Queens, NY. Vance lost many cherished mementos from his career as performer, songwriter and producer. In an effort to help Vance regain some of his prized recordings and memorabilia, the Keystone Record Collectors are conducting ‘Operation: Planotone’. At this Sunday’s Pennsylvania Music Expo, attendees are welcome to donate any records, CD’s, DVD’s, photographs, memorabilia, recollections, etc. from Kenny’s career with Jay and The Americans, The Planotones, and production ventures such as the movies ‘American Hot Wax,’ ‘Animal House,’ and ‘Looking For An Echo.’ The donation area will be at the club tables.

Admission is always free to the Pennsylvania Music Expo, held at the Continental Inn, 2285 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster. The Keystone Record Collectors, host of the show, is a non-profit club dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the hobby of music collecting. For more information about the Pennsylvania Music Expo or Keystone Record Collectors call the 24 hour voice line at: 717-898-1246, visit: or follow on Facebook (Keystone Record Collectors).