The Walk In Art Center kicks off its 2022 Summer Concert Series with the Uptown Music Collective’s Pink Floyd Tribute on May 14, the first of five monthly concerts through September.
This outdoor “Rock the Block” concert will take place on the grounds of the Walk In Art Center and Evans Delivery in the courtyard of the former Walkin Shoe Factory at the corner of Parkway and West Columbia Streets in Schuylkill Haven. This is a “bring your own chair” event. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the concert starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $30 and include the concert and 2 pints of Yuengling (or soft drinks if you prefer). Food trucks will be on site and additional beer will be available for purchase at the Yuengling Beer Trailer.
The Uptown Music Collective is based in the Williamsport area and includes 20 or more of the area’s top musicians. The band “dives deep” into various artists or genres. Each year, UMC produces four large-scale shows that regularly sell out in north-central Pennsylvania, including the 2,000-seat Community Arts Center in Williamsport. They had just completed a show featuring the Beatles’ solo works.
This concert will feature Pink Floyd’s 1973 album “The Dark Side of the Moon” performed in its entirety as well as other hits and deep cuts from the band’s monumental career brought to life on stage.
UMC members don’t try to impersonate the bands whose music they play, but they dive into the bands’ style and music.
In May 2021, the band took their first hike in Schuylkill County for a tribute to Led Zeppelin. Spectators said they were blown away by the professionalism and talent.
“They were awesome! If you closed your eyes, you thought it was Led Zeppelin! It was so good,” says Susie Mishu. “We would definitely come back for them. Keep up the good work!
Molly Kantner Reed said: “They were absolutely amazing! Far beyond what I expected. My husband and I were completely blown away by their mastery of the songs, especially the instrumentation.
The concert is open to everyone. Wristbands will be required to purchase adult beverages and ID will be checked at the door.
There is parking in the additional parking lots at Evans Delivery and Walk In Art Center and in the municipal parking lot near Schuylkill Haven station.
Due to the success of last year’s concert and recommendations for expansion of the concert series from attendees, the Walk In Art Center will hold five concerts this summer. Executive Director Jacquie Engel lined up a mix of bands and genres to perform on WIAC’s outdoor stage.
On June 5, ’80s pop group Velveeta from State College will play “every song you’ve ever sung on the radio” — as they say. The M&J Big Band will be back for a concert on July 10, and heavy metal hair band LeadFoot will rock on August 27. The series concludes with a country line dance with Sunset Road on September 18. these four concerts will be available on May 15.
Visit walkinartcenter.org to purchase tickets or visit the WIAC event Facebook page at facebook.com/walkinartcenter. “Rock the Block” is sponsored by M&T Bank, the Zwerling Foundation, DGYuengling and the PA Council on the Arts.
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