Nearly 200 musicians played as part of Make Music Upper Perk (MMUP) on June 21st, 2015. Many of them can be heard performing at other times of the year, near and far – and some have cd’s and mp3’s that you can purchase to enjoy their music in the comfort of your own home.
Heal the Night will be performing at 6 p.m. tonight, Friday, December 4, 2015, as part of the Ugly Sweater Christmas Show at the Upper Perk Community Life Center, 104 Main Street, East Greenville. The band’s music can be found and purchased at iTunes.
This Saturday, December 5, 2015, Jessi Lee Ross will be playing her guitar and singing her trademark acoustic folk/experimental music at the 8th annual Indiemade Craft Market, in Allentown at the Starlite Ballroom, 1221 S. Front Street. The craft show takes place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., features 50 vendors and artists, an opportunity to try crafting yourself, and several musicians including Gesture Without Motion, The Emmaus Public Singing Society, and (as mentioned earlier) Jessi Ross. Jessi also has released several cd’s and digital albums, and is an accomplished abstract painter, whose works have been displayed at several galleries and at Java Good Day Cafe.
You can hear The Valley Choral Society at Christmas in the Valley – Saturday, December 5, 2015; 7 p.m. at the Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg. They will be one of several groups performing that night. There is no cost for admission, but food and monetary donations will be collected to support The Open Link. The following weekend, the Valley Choral Society presents their winter concert, An American Christmas; arrangements of American carols and original music by American composers, Saturday, December 12, 2015 – 7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 81 Main Street, Pennsburg, PA and Sunday, December 13, 2015 – 4:00 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 19 S. 5th Street, Perkasie, PA. Advance tickets may be ordered in advance (online or call 484-923-8301), or tickets may be bought at the door.
Join Tom, Betty and Nathan Druckenmiller with Norm Williams and Charles Kiernan for a trip back in time and up into the mountains for a Christmas show filled with wonderful seasonal music and stories about Christmas as it was. The show includes readings from Jean Ritchie, Sheila Kay Adams and others and music from Tommy Jarrell, Joe Newberry and other legendary old-time musicians. Slow down and enjoy an afternoon of Christmas traditions that will stir the soul.
Reservations are recommended for the show – Price: $15.50 / $10.50 with donation of new gloves or socks
The Druckenmillers also host First Tuesday of each month at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem; an open old-time jam from 7:00 pm -9:00 pm. Admission to First Tuesday is now FREE to all who wish to play or listen.
Twelve-year-old Maggie Friedman, who first sang in front of an audience at Make Music in 2014, sang in the Upper Perkiomen Middle School musical Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr last spring, and then went on to sing with the Philadelphia-based International Opera Theater in Italy during the month of August, 2015. You can read more about her (and her trip to Italy) in the Town and Country. Hopefully, she’ll be back on stage locally in the next school musical and at MMUP 2016.
Guitarist and singer Tom Cooney can often be found at local open mic’s and was recently heard in New Haven, Connecticut, playing with two lifelong friends and musicians – singer-songwriter and guitarist Tom Rotchford of Storrs, and multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter Lou Davis of Bridgeport (via upstate NY). In addition to playing covers, Tom also plays some of his own compositions.
Be sure and check back for more updates on our MMUP musicians “beyond June 21st,” in the new year ahead.