HERITAGE CONCERT SERIES

Held at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, West Chester PA

 Celebrating iconic US music cities by featuring artists that have historical or current significance to music world-wide.

 

Tue Oct 31 - Galactic Empire!

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Galactic Empire performs classic pieces from the iconic soundtrack of the Star Wars films written by John Williams, reimagined as rock, performed by the famous film's villains!

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... a new heavy metal band was formed by some of the most infamous and feared villains in the galaxy. Introducing GALACTIC EMPIRE.

"These instruments are crude but should be adequate to shred some faces as we journey across the galaxy. We have been doubling our efforts to complete our debut full-length album in time for the Emperor's arrival. If you are not part of the Rebel Alliance or a traitor, prepare to succumb to the Dark Side at our show."

Thur Aug 24 - Dueling Pianos W/ Danny and Rachel!

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A Dueling Piano show combines high musicianship of two singing pianists with amazing interaction, comedy, and sing-alongs of classic songs.

Originating in 1933 in New Orleans LA, the dueling piano tradition began with two pianos facing one another and two pianists competing in the Ragtime style. Today, these musicians focus on a mix of popular songs, iconic artists, and hits from all eras. Join Danny O'Neill (West Chester PA) and Rachel Solomon (Nashville TN) as they perform your favorite sing-along hits at the Knauer Performing Arts Center!

Sun Aug 13 - Louis Prima & The Witnesses

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Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses (louisprimajr.com) are bringing Prima music into the 21st century. Not content to sit on the legacy they so passionately protect, LPJ and the band are taking a page from his father’s playbook, by wailing Prima Swing like it’s 2017.

If you’ve seen them in concert, you’ll know a bit about what to expect from the musical minds of the Witnesses. As energetic and over-the-top as their live shows, BLOW continues the ever-changing musical journey that Prima Sr. began in the 30s. Recorded at Capitol Records in Studio B, where Prima Sr. recorded his hits of the 50s and 60s, the seriousness of this music is masked only by the obvious fun that was had making it. It’s been 50 years since legendary Prima music shook the walls of Capitol. A new legend is being born, and it will BLOW you away!

Fri July 14 – Uptown! Celebrates SUN STUDIO (Memphis)

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-- Guest Speaker: PLES HAMPTON – lead engineer at Sun Studio speaks about Sun's impact on music.
-- Short Film: Making of “ONCE & DONE AT SUN” by Skyline LLC.
-- Concert: PASSIVE FOLK – The music of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and more!
-- Album Release: PASSIVE FOLK'S "ONCE & DONE AT SUN"

SOLD OUT! Thur June 22 - Dueling Pianos w/ Ingrid and Josh!

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A Dueling Piano show combines high musicianship of two singing pianists with amazing interaction, comedy, and sing-alongs of classic songs.

Originating in 1933 in New Orleans LA, the dueling piano tradition began with two pianos facing one another and two pianists competing in the Ragtime style. Today, these musicians focus on a mix of popular songs, iconic artists, and hits from all eras. Join Ingrid Rey (Orlando FL) and Josh Lavine (New York City) as they perform your favorite sing-along hits at the Knauer Performing Arts Center in West Chester PA

Sat June 24 – Bernard Purdie & Friends

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BERNARD PURDIE was born June 11, 1939 in Elkton, Maryland. Purdie moved to New York and played with Lonnie Youngblood before landing his first hit with King Curtis. This led to his engagement with Aretha Franklin in 1970. Purdie has been a regular guest in the studio with Steely Dan, Paul Butterfield, Larry Coryell, Miles Davis, Hall & Oates, Al Kooper, Herbie Mann, Todd Rundgren, Cat Stevens, Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, B.B. King, "Sweet" Lou Donaldson, Joe Cocker and Hank Crawford as well as regularly producing his own solo albums under his own name.

Bernard "Pretty" Purdie laid down the beat on over 3000 albums to date.