Chanting & Chocolate

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September 2019 - May 2020

You are invited to “Chanting and Chocolate in Chester County,” a program sponsored by the Lasko Family Foundation. Open to everyone, teens and up, there will be no religious teaching or prayer, simply old and new melodies. Facilitated by Rabbi Elyse Seidner-Joseph, people of all faiths or of no faith are welcome to experience the heart-opening potential of chanting. And then there’s the chocolate!

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Dueling Pianos

Show Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Tickets $17 advance $20 door

Thursday, Oct 24
Thursday, Nov 14
Thursday, Dec 12

Dueling Pianos at Uptown! features a new duo of talented and entertaining pianists every month. Audience driven, it's never the same show twice!

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Jazz Cocktail Hour presents

Funky Friday with Cedric Napoleon Quartet 

and Vocalist Suzanne Burgess

Friday, October 25, 2019 7:30pm
Running Time: approx 2HRS

Grammy nominated Bassist and one of the founding member of Jazz / R&B legends PIECES OF A DREAM, Cedric A. Napoleon first toured and recorded with the Manhattans and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and later toured exclusively with Grover Washington Jr.

Since that time, Napoleon has shared the stage with such notable figures as Phyllis Hyman, Angela Bofill, Patti Labelle, Jeffery Osborne, Stevie Wonder, Cuba Gooding Jr., Teddy Pendergrass, Dizzy Gillespie, and a host of others.

He launched his own solo career in 2013, and released his first solo album in 2016, Yesterday Today. 

"Soul is the feeling of the spirit and jazz is the access to it," explains Napoleon.

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Windish Music presents

Mason Porter at Uptown!

Saturday, October 26, 2019 7:30pm
Running Time: approx. 2HRS

"Bluegrass musicianship meets jam-band exploration, delivered with a self-confident Philly attitude." Joe Hudak, -Rolling Stone.

It's that raw energy that connects Mason Porter with their audience every time. They play a style of American music that's unique in many ways; traveling in the borderlands of folk-rock, bluegrass, jam and pop. The band has the ability to combine the earthy, Appalachian instruments with more urban appeal. With a dance-able vibe, an energetic live show and fresh approach to improvisation, Mason Porter and its growing community finds itself at home everywhere they go.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

Thursday, October 31, 2019 10:00pm
Running Time: 1 HR 40 MINS

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O'Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky."

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Uptown! presents

Joel Katz & The Dynamics

with Quiet Storm

Saturday, November 2, 2019 8:00pm

Joel Katz & The Dynamics bringing you a brand new show of 60's Pop/Soul with a full band and  opening with the dulcet, a cappella, harmonies of Quiet Storm!

Joel Katz is the voice of New Jersey Doo Wop music. For the past five decades he has been a major force in keeping 50’s and 60’s music alive. His tenor voice has fronted many groups including The Autumns, The Wizards, The Platinums, The Connotations, Twilight, and the elite Doo Wop group The Cliftonaires. He formed Joel and the Dymensions where he was joined by Johnny Maestro (The Crests and Brooklyn Bridge), Larry Chance (The Earls), and Bobby Jay (Larks and Teenagers.) Recently Joel has sung with The Brooklyn Bridge, The Five Discs, and The Impalas. He was background vocalist on the Aaron Neville album, My True Story, and Hooray for the Riff Raff album Navigator. Joel’s most recent effort is Joel Katz and the Dynamics. Backed By a live band, they will wow you with the harmonies of street corner classics of the 60’s.

Hear the music of the Brooklyn Bridge, The Rascals, the Union Gap, Smokey Robinson, and much more!

Quiet Storm will open with impeccable a cappella and perform hits from the 60's, including Etta James, Ray Charles, the Heartbeats, and the Temptations!

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Rotary District 7450 presents

Dare to Dream Fundraiser

Sunday, November 3, 2019 4:00pm

The Rotary District 7450 invites you to a special showing of "Dare to Dream, How Rotary Became the Heart and Soul of Polio Eradication."  This amazing documentary has played to standing ovations around the world.

Please be our special guest(s) as we show the movie and then discuss how polio eradication has become the single biggest public health success story in history.  

Your ticket price, matched 2-for-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provides vaccines to save 225 children!

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Friends of Jazz Concert featuring

WCU Criterions Jazz Ensemble & Special Guests

Friday, November 8, 2019  7:30pm
Running Time: 90 mins

Outstanding musicians from West Chester University’s prestigious Wells School of Music perform in the first concert collaboration between Windish Music & Productions and The Jazz Cocktail Hour at Uptown!

Join the WCU Criterions Jazz Ensemble for an exciting evening of big band and small ensembles!

Jazz legends John Swana and Grant Stewart, will be joining the West Chester University Criterions for this very special night.

Don’t miss out on this great night with West Chester University's premier big band.

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Uptown! presents

Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute

Saturday, November 9, 2019 7:00pm

Sail On plays all the Beach Boys’ classic hits, plus some treasures from band’s brilliant extended catalog, recreating the soundtrack to an Endless Summer completely live and in rich detail.

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Uptown! presents

Bet Williams Trio

with Kevin MacConnell - Upright Bass & Dave Biddison - Drums

Friday, November 15, 2019 7:30pm

Bet Williams is a fearless vocalist and dynamic performer whose four-octave-range voice has mesmerized audiences across America and Europe. Williams' music blends folk, rock and roots rhythms with intelligent lyrics and infectious hooks. With a gift for storytelling and spontaneous humor, her stage performances go from the profound and poetic to wild and spontaneous, at times bordering on performance art.

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Uptown! presents

Danny Beissel and Featherborn

Saturday, November 16, 2019 7:30pm
Running Time: 3 HRS

Featuring:
Conrad Korsch-Bass (Rod Stewart Band)
Leroy Romans-(The Wailers/Third World Band)

Hailed by critics and fans alike as one of the most versatile singers of his time, renowned vocalist Danny Beissel has spent his career sharing the stage with such legendary artists as Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers), James Burton (Elvis), Barry Goudreau and Fran Sheehan (formerly of Boston). Now, about to unveil his first solo effort early next year, the Philly native is headed back to his PA roots to perform a special, one-time show featuring brand new songs from his album Featherborn.


Described as “the culmination of [his] musical voyage,” this much-anticipated record was recorded at the iconic Black Bird Studio in Nashville, TN with esteemed engineer John McBride (Martina McBride) and producer/performer Scott Underwood (founder of Grammy Award winning rock band Train) and Charlie Colin (former bassist of Grammy Award winning rock band Train) joining the journey.

For an evening of first-class musicianship and stellar songwriting, get ready to take flight as Danny Beissel’s Featherborn touches down at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.

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JAZZ COCKTAIL HOUR presents

The Paul Giess Group

with vocalist V. Shayne Frederick

Thursday, November 21, 2019 6:30pm

Back by popular demand, vocalist V. Shayne Frederick and The Paul Giess Quintet combine forces to present an energetic, toe-tapping experience. 

Both regularly play in notable jazz venues in Philly and beyond. Trumpeter and band leader Paul Giess’s musical vocabulary includes the spiritual sounds of New Orleans Jazz. He brings the groove while Frederick can be counted on for his engaging tone and personality. Broad Street Review describes him as “one of the region’s busiest and best jazz singers.” His singular voice, with its dulcet texture and substantial range, has a classic appeal with a bright, innovative flair.

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Partner's In Outreach presents

7th Annual Laughs for Literacy

Friday, November 22, 2019 7pm

LAUGHS 4 LITERACY is a major fundraiser and FUN-raiser for Partners In Outreach! Join us for an evening of laughter and camaraderie as we raise funds for, and awareness of, the needs of our youth in Chester County and surrounding areas.

HOSTED BY KEVIN REILLY
FOOD BY JOHN SEROCK CATERING * OPEN BAR * LAUGHS * CASUAL ATTIRE * AUCTION * RAFFLE
3 NEW YORK HEADLINE COMEDIANS

Funds raised through Laughs 4 Literacy will support programs and help to expand their reach throughout Chester County.

Your generosity will provide clothing, books, and tutoring to so many in need in our own communities.

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The Brandywine Singers present

Handel's Messiah

Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 3pm & 7pm
Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 3pm

Running Time: approx. 2 HRS

Chester County's premier vocal arts ensemble, The Brandywine Singers, presents Handel's Messiah, reimagined and illuminated with a period string ensemble. Don't miss this graceful new interpretation of a holiday classic!

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Uptown! presents

PA Philharmonic Big Band

Friday, November 29, 2019 7:30pm

Celebrate the holiday season with friends and family and the Pennsylvania Philharmonic Big Band!

You’ll be dancing in your seat as select members of our orchestra and special guest artists serenade you with holiday favorites like “White Christmas”, “Sleigh Ride”, and swing era hits like “In the Mood”, “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing” and Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker.”

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Better Than Bacon
Gives Back Benefit

Saturday, November 30, 2019 7:30pm 
Main Stage Event

For the 3rd year in a row, Better Than Bacon Improv is proud to team up with Uptown! and Act in Faith for our post-Thanksgiving Bacon Gives Back fundraising show! Shake off the tryptophan coma and share some laughs for a good cause!

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Opera tutti! & WCU present

Amahl & the Night Visitors

by Gian Carlo Menotti

Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:00pm

Opera tutti! in cooperation with West Chester University Opera Department presents Amahl and The Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti

Co directed by Dr. Emily Bullock and Heidi Starr with musical direction by pianist Tim Crawford, set design by Brydon Lidle IV. Kick off the holiday season with us, by attending this engaging and inspiring mini-opera suitable for all ages and families!

Amahl and his mother are poor country shepherds who are surprised by a visit from the three kings on their way to Bethlehem. This story’s themes of love, forgiveness and the possibility of miracles will warm your hearts (and ears!) Students from West Chester University’s opera program along with some local West Chester favorites will sing this beautiful piece.

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The Bullies Christmas Carol & Holiday Cheer Concert

Friday, December 6, 2019 5:00pm
Saturday, December 7, 2019 1:00pm
Running Time: 90 mins

Terrible twins Ebbie and Neezer bully their classmates, steel toys from homeless children, and do everything they can to ruin the school's annual All-Inclusive, Non-Specific Holiday Celebration. But when three goofy ghosts show the siblings the past, present, and future consequences of their awful deeds, they take another look at their choices. 

Followed by our Holiday Cheer Concert which involves: The Broadway Kiddos, The Broadway Kids Cabaret, WCStudio Singers and Uptown Singers.

Join us for our family friendly show! On Friday night we will get you out in time to see the West Chester Holiday Parade!

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Puttin' On the Glitz 2019

New Year's Eve Gala

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 6:30pm

Join the Celebration to Support Uptown!

Welcome 2020 with Dinner, Dancing and Entertainment!

Starring:
The First Ladies of Rock & Soul
John Serock Catering
Auction, Raffle & glittering fun

Tickets:
Earlybird through October 31 - $125
October 31 - December 31 - $150

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Joe Conklin Comedy Show

Thursday, January 23, 2020 8:00 pm
Friday, January 24, 2020 9:00 pm

Joe Conklin is a Philadelphia radio personality, comedian and impressionist. He’s been heard on morning radio in Philadelphia radio since 1986. On 94.1 FM WIP’s morning show he’s known for his impressions of Donald Trump, Joel Embiid, Merrill Reese, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Ed Rendell, Barack Obama and many others.

Conklin is one of the most sought after corporate banquet entertainers in the area. His stand-up routine is legendary as he’s skewered some of the country’s top politicians, pro athletes, sports executives, and film stars, sometimes to their faces.

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Uptown presents

Bee Gees Gold

featuring John Acosta

Sunday, January 26, 2020 7:00pm

Join us as we welcome Bee Gees Gold to Uptown! John Acosta as Barry Gibb has performed in Bee Gees Tributes all over the world. His portrayal of lead singer Barry Gibb is with a zest for detail, like no other.

From the look to the falsetto you will close your eyes and say its Barry! John Acosta’s Bee Gees Gold tribute Is the ultimate salute, and experience of seeing the Bee Gees in their prime, LIVE ONCE AGAIN!

With the detailed vocal stylings of John Acosta (Barry) , Daryll Borges (Robin) , Jeff Celentano (Maurice) as the brothers Gibb.  Backed by a live band, the Vegas Bee Gees tribute recreates the look and sound of the Bee Gees from the 60's to the late 70's, with their unique falsettos that made them legends.

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Uptown! presents

The Linda Ronstadt Experience

Thursday, February 13, 2020  7:30pm

American Idol finalist Tristan McIntosh creates a stunning portrayal of Linda Ronstadt in the prime of her career. Supported by a superb backing band, Tristan’s formidable vocal talent and stage presence will transport you a time when Linda Ronstadt ruled the airwaves as one of the most popular female vocalists in music history.

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Uptown! presents

Kenny Rogerson Comedy

with opener Max Dolcelli

Friday, February 21, 2020 8:00pm
Running Time: 105 mins.

Fresh off his second nationwide “Rescue Me Comedy Tour” with Denis Leary, Kenny is a favorite in clubs, theaters and on the large and small screen. You may have seen him as “Kevin the Biker Fireman” on F/X’s hit show “Rescue Me” starring Denis Leary and as “Pat the Cop” on ABC’s “It’s All Relative” with Lenny Clarke. He has also made numerous other television appearances on such shows as NBC’s , “Late night with Conan O’Brien”, “The Late Show with David Letterman”, “Comics Come Home” for Comedy Central and Showtime’s “A Pair of Jokes” just to name a few. Rogerson has also appeared at The Chicago Comedy Festival and TBS’s The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.

MAX DOLCELLI has been in comedy for over 30 years, making people laugh in Las Vegas & Atlantic City, local comedy clubs, and major cruise lines. He has opened for many legendary entertainers including Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, and Ray Romano, along with several appearances on TV and morning talk shows. No matter the venue, “Max's animated onstage presence and sharp material get the audience on board for a wild ride.”

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Uptown! presents

TUSK

Saturday, March 7, 2020 8:00pm
Running Time: 100 mins

Tusk is the number one Tribute to Fleetwood Mac in the world, bar none. No fancy tricks, no gimmicks, just five musicians recreating the music of Fleetwood Mac to perfection with note for note renditions that no other Fleetwood Mac tribute on the touring scene today can come close to duplicating.

Tusk covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years. The five seasoned, well-respected musicians comprising Tusk have been making music together in various combinations and styles, in original outfits and in cover bands, for over twenty-five years. It seemed only fitting that they should come together to form the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, and pay homage to a group that dominated the charts during the band members’ formative years. Authentic-sounding and always respectful, Tusk leaves no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world’s best-loved, top-selling bands.

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