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Loyola University New Orleans and The House of Blues Present Uptown: Downtown

Loyola press release - April 26, 2017

Student showcase spotlights new Popular and Commercial Music Program, Music Industry Studies at Loyola

More than 100 college students from the Popular and Commercial Music program at Loyola University New Orleans will showcase their musical talents next week at House of Blues New Orleans. Loyola and House of Blues have partnered each semester since Fall 2015 to host Uptown: Downtown, a student-run concert series at the historic French Quarter venue. The highly anticipated biannual event is open to students from other universities and the public; is student-managed, student-marketed and student-operated, and has quickly become a new tradition at Loyola.

Uptown: Downtown runs 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at House of Blues, located at 225 Decatur St. in New Orleans French Quarter. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door and are now on sale in a limited capacity at LiveNation.com, HouseofBlues.com, and Ticketmaster. Venmo is accepted. Guests must be 18 or older.

Musicians performing in the student showcase are all Loyola students, and a vast majority are students in the brand-new Popular and Commercial Music program in Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts; others are students in the university’s acclaimed Music Industry Studies program. The Popular and Commercial Music major, launched in August 2015, is a bachelor’s degree program in Loyola’s acclaimed Film and Music Industry Studies department, which prepares aspiring musicians, singers, performers, directors, producers, crafts, and industry executives for entrepreneurial success in the creative professions.

Loyola’s new Popular and Commercial Music program places primary emphasis on musical ability and live performance. Students in the program are required to take courses in music industry studies, music technology, business and theory, as well as band/ensemble classes and private music lessons. The Popular and Commercial Music program demands that prospective students audition for admission, be proficient on an instrument, and participate in a student ensemble.

Uptown: Downtown this season will spotlight eight contemporary ensembles and one hip-hop ensemble from the university’s Popular and Commercial Music program. Each group will perform for about 25 minutes, rock-n-roll revue style with quick changeovers from one group to the next. All groups perform under the direction of Professor of Popular and Commercial Music Sandy Hinderlie, an accomplished jazz and blues pianist and producer, and Lo Faber, Ph. D., extraordinary professor of music industry studies at Loyola and founding member and front man for the New York-based jam rock band God Street Wine.

Performances will cover a range of genres ― rap, R&B, rock, pop, and funk ― and include covers of familiar and well-loved songs, as well as student originals.

“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,” Faber said.

Hinderlie said there is no finer place than New Orleans to study popular and commercial music. “The city is a recruiting tool,” Hinderlie said. “Loyola students have the opportunity to perform ―and perform frequently ― in New Orleans because we have such a vibrant live music scene and rich heritage.”