Uptown is "Edmonton's Hottest Dance Band". Formed in March, 2013, Uptown consists of professional musicians who collectively have played over 10000 shows across North America and Europe. Uptown is ready to inject high-energy dance and pop music into your event, party, wedding, or corporate function. Whether it is 70's disco and funk, or today's latest pop and dance hits, Uptown will not disappoint audiences in Edmonton and surrounding area.
Who are these talented musicians and singers? What kind of experience do they have on stage?
Ariana Whitlow, lead vocalist, completed 6 years aboard Royal Carribean cruises based in Miami, as a 6 night-a-week stage performer. She is also an actress, recently performing in “The Full Monty” by Two One Way Tickets to Broadway Productions. Ariana is influenced by the greats such as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and many other great soul performers.
Erika Noot, vocalist, is a 2006 graduate of the MacEwan Theatre Arts program. Her most recent theatre credit was her role as Mary Lane in the musical “Reefer Madness.” This production received 5 stars with the Edmonton Journal and was held over during the Edmonton Fringe Festival 2012. Erika also arranges her own concerts, cabarets, and coffee house performances; such as, “Dreaming Wide Awake,” and “House of Cabaret.” In 2011 Erika co-founded "Spotlight Studios" a company that trains aspiring singers to become versatile vocalists and performers. This past Christmas Erika performed with “The Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree” singing a duet and choreographing the Children's Choir number. In 2007, Erika was a lead vocalist for Royal Caribbean. Some of Erika's other theatre credits include; Carla Albanese in “Nine,” Roxy in “Chicago,” Lead Vocalist in “Edges: A Song Cycle,” and Grace Farell in “Annie.”
Thomas Muench is a professional drummer from Germany who has played in a broad variety of musical genres over the past 30 years.
Mike Lastiwka has performed in front of audiences of up to 4000 people as a member of the indie rock band “Cassidy” and various other projects including a Neil Diamond Tribute Band (hair and sequins included). He is an incredibly versatile guitarist, handling any style or genre. His playing is never over-powering, just the right touch of 6-string texture. Mike has also been known to pull out a concert accordion on stage…
Neil Birch is a funky slap-style bassist with over 20 years of experience playing rock, jazz and funk. He is an accomplished piano player and breathes versatility and a steady groove.
1. A vocalist(s)/guitarist/bassist/drummer band. Band attire is semi-formal apparel for male performers, black or other formal/performance wear for female performers.
2. The band generally plays three sets of music, for 50-60 minutes each and 15-30 minute breaks. This timing is flexible based on the needs of the occasion. Band repertoire is disco, funk, dance, and pop music.
3. Set-up of musical equipment: Setup can begin as early as 4 hours before the performance at the discretion of the Customer. All equipment will be set by thirty minutes before performance time.
4. Sound equipment: 4x powered speakers (2 for stage monitors), mixing console, powered sub woofer(s), microphones, cables, instruments and amplifiers.
5. Tear-down of musical equipment: All equipment will be cleared from the venue by one and a half hours after the performance.
6. The Customer has the opportunity to submit requests a minimum of six weeks before performance. These songs are not guaranteed to be performed but offer the chance for the Customer to customize the event.
7. A refund to the Customer if the Vendor fails to perform to the terms of this contract. If the band is a “no-show”, the Vendor will provide a full refund including the initial deposit.
1. A minimum performance area of 20 feet by 10 feet.
2. 2X 15 amp electrical outlets within 25 feet of the band.
3. Space for cases, gear, etc.
4. The band may require a meal.
5. Parking for 5 vehicles – at no additional cost.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. Any question is a good question!