Thank You!!!

The 11th Annual Bluesathon is officially in the books!

We raised over $3,000 in support of the Uptown Music Collective‘s free programs in just 24 hours! So many of you helped us make this awesome event happen and we are so very grateful!! Thank you to Bonnie Tallman and the Billtown Blues Association for once again sponsoring our special guest artist, Fruteland Jackson and thanks to Fruteland for being a part of this event!! 


Shout out to all of the local musicians and bands who took time out of their busy schedules to come a play throughout this event including The UMC’s River City Blues Band, 3rd Street Blues BandBecky BlueDoug McMinnStacia Abernatha MusicNoé SochaThe Dirty Mojo Blues Band & The Cadillac Cats

Thanks to the UMC Board of Directors who donated items for our raffle. Special shout out to UMC BOD Member, Crissy Matter McGinness for running point on the raffle as well as Karen Avery and Hunter Wentzler for helping run the raffle table throughout the day.
Thanks to Tony Ecker and The Brickyard Restaurant and Ale House crew for allowing us to take over #PineSquare on Friday night! 
THANK YOU to all the UMC Parents and the Collective Organization of Parents who made the students breakfast and made sure we had grub for this over 24hour undertaking. Thanks to all the UMC Students who got sponsored and jammed throughout the event. 
Shout out to the City of Williamsport Recreation Department for seamlessly running the #StrEATFoodFestival side by side with our event on Saturday at the #MidtownLanding!
As always, thank you to the UMC Media Sponsors including Lamar Advertising of WilliamsportWZXR FM and all of Backyard Broadcasting, The Graphic HiveEngage Media LLC,& NorthcentralPa…thank you all so much for helping to give us the ability to get the word out about this and all of our events.  

Finally, we would like to thank all of those that donated to this year’s Blues A Thon and everyone who came out and show us some love on Friday and Saturday. Your support is what keeps this organization going and we are eternally grateful!


Next up…July 21st…The Annual UMC Summer Music Fest at the Brandon Park Bandshell…Save The Date!! 






11th Annual Blues-A-Thon in Downtown Williamsport

Our 11th Annual Blues-A-Thon Event will take place on FRIDAY JUNE 7TH TO SATURDAY JUNE 8TH

The Uptown Music Collective’s 11th Annual Blues-A-Thon, sponsored in part by the Billtown Blues Association and The Brickyard Restaurant and Ale House, will begin on June 7th at 6pm on Pine Street during First Friday activities in Williamsport and wrap-up at 6 pm on June 8th.

The two-day event will feature award winning Bluesman, historian, and educator, Fruteland Jackson, UMC Students and Staff, as well as local Blues musicians, and friends of the UMC performing a variety of Blues styles.

New this year, the UMC will be joining forces with the City of Williamsport Recreation Department as they present their 3rd Annual StrEAT Food Festival on Saturday, June 8th during our Blues-A-Thon activities.

The StrEAT Food Festival celebrates the food truck phenomenon sweeping the nation and features the incredible talent of some of the region’s greatest food truck/trailer/cart chefs. The food trucks won’t start serving the public until 12pm on Saturday, but the UMC will be selling a limited number of “early bird” tickets.

Early Bird tickets allow you access to the festival an hour earlier (11am) as well as a $1 off coupon (good at any food vendor, which will also count as a vote for the “fan favorite” trophy), a t-shirt, and a souvenir cup. Proceeds from these ticket sales will go directly to the Collective. Please note that starting at noon the StrEAT Food Festival is free to the public, tickets are only needed for early access to the food trucks at 11am.

Get your early bird tickets here – – Make sure you select the “Blues-A-Thon Early Bird” ticket option when purchasing!

NOTE: Plan on bringing a chair while you enjoy the music on Saturday afternoon if you so desire. Also, there will be FREE PARKING in the 3rd Street Parking Deck across from the UMC all day Saturday.

Can’t make the event but still want to help the Collective make it’s $5,000 goal for this fundraising event?!

Donate via PayPal by clicking here

For UMC Students that are Participating:

Please click here for the 2019 Blues-A-Thon Packet. Please read & sign the materials!