Free Bird Throwback!

On March 10th and 11th, 2023, the Uptown Music Collective & UPMC North Central PA presented Free Bird: A Tribute to Southern Rock at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport, PA. This performance, the third of the Collective’s 22-23 Performance Season, featured a wide range of classic and more modern southern rock style bands and artists, including Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws, Blackberry Smoke, .38 Special, The Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Black Crowes, ZZ Top, Molly Hatchet and more, all performed by some of the best young musicians in the area. This performance was additionally sponsored, in part, through partnerships with Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and Hudock Capital Group.
This #recap clip features Luke OBrien and the SPG1 crew opening up the second set of the show with the Skynyrd classic, #SaturdayNightSpecial! Were YOU one of the over 1500 people see this one in person? Let us know on our Facebook post!
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Thank you

We had over 1,500 friends and fans in the house last night!


This weekend the students of the Uptown Music Collective returned to their home on the Community Arts Center stage to present Free Bird: A Tribute to Southern Rock, the third show of their 2022-2023 performance season!! We had over 1500 fans and friends come out and rock with us over the two-night presentation…THANK YOU to everyone who purchased tickets and joined in the fun this weekend!! A production of this scale takes a lot of support and we would be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to thank everyone involved…
A major thanks to this year’s UMC partners including Presenting Partners, UPMC North Central PA and UPMC Health Plan as well as, Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Hudock Capital Group, Chartwell Hotels, KFC Williamsport, The Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, The Kiessling Group of Janney Montgomery Scott, Lycoming College, Woodland’s Bank, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, FASTSIGNS of Williamsport, Pennsylvania College of Technology, The Brickyard Restaurant and Ale House, The Stonehouse Wood Fired Pizza & Pasteria, The Hartman Group, and Beiter’s Home Center for making this amazing performance opportunity possible!
Thank you to our media sponsors including all of Backyard Broadcasting, Lamar Advertising, The Graphic Hive, Engage Media, 92.1 WSQV & Schlesinger Communications, and for giving us the media support to make a show like this happen!
Thank you to Jim Dougherty and everyone at the Community Arts Center and Pennsylvania College of Technology for their continuous and generous support of the Uptown Music Collective.
Shout out to the Community Arts Center Tech Crew including Fred Park, John “Bug” Coffelt, Ben Daneker, Jason Swope, Jordan Miller, Kevin Fry, and the rest of the CAC family. Special thanks to Carol Coffelt for coordinating all of our ticket sales!
Special thanks to Kendall Palmatier and David Montis for their video camera work and Bre Eisenhardt for photographing the shows!
Shout outs to Rod Bower and OM Sound & Production for handling our monitor needs, and Mick Johns & Harding Amplification for always hooking us up with some GREAT guitar amps! Special thanks to Matt Gartner for jamming on his harmonica and joining in on the fun! HUGE thank you to our Students & Parents for your unwavering commitment to the UMC!
Last but not least, THANK YOU to all of those who witnessed this epic show this weekend. We truly hope you all had a great time because we absolutely did!! Keep checking back for official show videos & photos. Check out the official set list below, showcased by the show’s directors, (L-R) Ben Feuerstein (Happy Birthday!), Connor Evans, and Duncan Larson! If you got a chance to check out the show, be sure to let us know which tunes were your favorites, and what YOU thought of the performance in the comments below!!
Next up, on April 15th at the CAC…we open up the night for UMC Alum, Morgan Myles!
And then we bring our 22-23 Performance Season to a close with our presentation of The Show Music Go On: The Music of Queen happening on April 28th & 29th at the CAC! Tickets are ON SALE NOW at

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set list:


Flirtin’ with Disaster
Mississippi Queen
Waitin’ for the Bus
Jesus Just Left Chicago
Caught Up In You
Waiting for the Thunder
She Talks To Angels
Jealous Again
Pride and Joy
Highway Song
Saturday Night Special
That Smell
Simple Man
Can’t You See
Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
Green Grass & High Tides
Statesboro Blues
Hold On Loosely
Sweet Home Alabama
Ramblin’ Man
Free Bird

Free Bird:

A Tribute To

Southern Rock

March 10th & 11th, 20237:30 pm

The Community Arts Center, Williamsport  Pa

Preview videos for Free Bird

The Uptown Music Collective & UPMC presents Free Bird: A Tribute to Southern Rock

Free Bird:

A Tribute to

Southern Rock

 March 10th & 11th – 7:30 PM  

Nothing soothes the soul more than rippin’ guitars and singing songs about the southland. In Free Bird: A Tribute to Southern Rock, the Uptown Music Collective will let its stable of exciting young guitar players off the chain to entertain you with some of the hottest guitar music, and some of the most popular songs in rock and roll history. Including music from Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws, The Allman Brothers, 38 Special, ZZ Top, Molly Hatchet, and more.

Note: Tickets for this performance will be “reserved seating”, no longer “general admission”. You will pick your seats on the CAC website when you order tickets!

Official press shot for
Free bird:

Thank You to our Following Performance Sponsors:
We would not be able to do this without you!

Hudock Capital Group LLC

Thank You to our Following Performance Sponsors:
We would not be able to do this without you!

Hudock Capital Group LLC

Tickets on sale!!!

In-Person Tickets

• $20 in Advance

• $25 at the Door