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Uptown: Downtown Student Concert Series Returns to House of Blues

Loyola press release - November 30, 2017

Loyola University New Orleans and the House of Blues New Orleans present the fifth installment of Uptown: Downtown, a student-run concert series at the historic French Quarter venue. The highly anticipated biannual event showcases Loyola student musicians and is open to the public.

Uptown: Downtown runs from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at House of Blues, located at 225 Decatur St. in New Orleans French Quarter. Doors open at 7 p.m., guests must be 18 or older. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at presents.loyno.edu, through Loyola's Box Office or the House of Blues Box Office.

Musicians performing in the student showcase are all Loyola students; the majority are students in the Popular and Commercial Music program in Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts, performing original and cover music in styles that range from pop to rock to hip-hop to punk to R'nB'.

“The Pop and Commercial Music program at Loyola New Orleans brings together incredibly talented and inspiring young singers, rappers, instrumentalists, songwriters, and producers from every genre and from all over the United States -- where they get to make music in all kinds of groups and bands, under the supervision of a world-class faculty, in one of the greatest cities on earth for live music,” said Dr. Eberhard “Lo” Faber, assistant professor of Music Industry Studies.

Students in Loyola's acclaimed Music Industry Studies, Jazz Studies and Music Therapy programs will also join the fun. Live Audio Production students will also show off their skills and gain valuable experience, running sound and lights under the guidance of the House of Blues Production crew, he said.

Uptown: Downtown is a student showcase from start to finish. The event is student-managed, student-marketed and student-operated, featuring over 90 student musicians in nine bands, sound and light operation by live audio production students, and promotion / ticketing managed by a student marketing team.

“The Pop program keeps growing with another great class of amazing singers and performers from all over the country. This year we’re excited about two amazing new ensemble instructors -- multitalented jazz pianist and singer Jenna McSwain, and NOLA vintage R'n'B sensation Mia Borders -- who are going to make this House of Blues show better than ever,” said Faber.

Performances will cover a range of genres ― hip-hop, R&B, rock, pop, and funk ― and include covers of familiar and well-loved songs, as well as student originals. The ensembles will be conducted by Lo Faber, Rich Collins, U-P Cooper, Mia Borders, Jenna McSwain, and Mark Carson, all active local musicians and teachers at Loyola.

The Popular and Commercial Music major, launched in August 2015, is a bachelor’s degree program which prepares aspiring musicians, singers, performers, directors, producers, and industry executives for entrepreneurial success in the creative professions. The program places primary emphasis on musical ability and live performance, and prospective students must audition for admission, be proficient on an instrument, and participate in a student ensemble. Within two years of launch, the program is so popular, it has doubled in size and is one of the top three majors selected by first-year students.

Uptown: Downtown is open to students from other universities and the public and has quickly become a new tradition at Loyola University New Orleans.