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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket Visits the Colonial Theatre October 19th

On Saturday, October 19th, David Uosikkinen (famed drummer of The Hooters) brings his In the Pocket project to the Colonial Theatre. Press release below:

PHOENIXVILLE, PA - (September 20, 2013) - Fresh off their rockin' performance at the Philadelphia Folk Festival (where they were joined onstage by Todd Rundgren and closed Saturday's show), David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket returns to The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA (227 Bridge Street; 610-917-1228). On Saturday, October 19th In The Pocket will celebrate the release of their new single and video short, I Saw The Light, originally recorded by Todd Rundgren in 1972. Showtime is 8pm. Tickets are $19.50 - $34.50 and are available at thecolonialtheatre.com.

In The Pocket's live show is a rock n' roll revue with a revolving cast of Philadelphia's most celebrated musicians. I Saw The Light features Phoenixville's own Cliff Hillis on lead vocals and guitar, The Hooters' Fran Smith, Jr on bass; from Smash Palace Steve Butler on guitar and Wally Smith on keyboards; and of course The Hooters' David Uosikkinen on drums.

You can view the video teaser by Steve Acito of BlueWire Media here: http://songsinthepocket.org/songs/i-saw-the-light/. You can hear I Saw The Light here: https://soundcloud.com/songsinthepocket/i-saw-the-light. Fans can download I Saw The Light and all eights songs at songsinthepocket.org. MP3 and WAV files are available upon request.

"I Saw The Light is the second song I chose by Todd Rundgren (Open My Eyes was the first). For me, Todd is a Philadelphia icon and one of the most important musical forces to come out of Philly," explains drummer David Uosikkinen. "Cliff Hillis was the natural choice to cover this track. Cliff has molded himself as a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer, very much like Todd Rundgren. He has those same power-pop sensibilities that I loved in Todd's earlier work."

The show at the Colonial Theater will include players from all eight songs: All My Mondays, Open My Eyes, You Can't Sit Down, Soon You'll Be Gone, Change Reaction, Disco Inferno, I Ain't Searchin' and I Saw The Light.

In The Pocket at the Colonial Theatre features:
David Uosikkinen - The Hooters - drums
Graham Alexander - Singer-songwriter / lead role in Broadway production of Rain - vocals
Ben Arnold - Singer-songwriter - vocals
Richard Bush - The A's / The Peace Creeps - vocals
Steve Butler - Smash Palace - vocals, guitar
Tommy Conwell - Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers - vocals, guitar
Jay Davidson - Steve Winwood / Funk Brothers - sax
Greg Davis - Beru Revue - vocals, guitar
Jeffrey Gaines - Singer-songwriter - vocals
Cliff Hillis - Singer-songwriter / Ike - vocals, bass
John Lilley - The Hooters - guitar
Fran Smith, Jr - The Hooters - vocals, bass
Wally Smith - Smash Palace - keyboards

About the project:
David Uosikkinen's ambitious and always musically tasty In The Pocket, brings together all-star Philly musicians to cover classic Philadelphia tunes. Hooters' drummer, David Uosikkinen conceived In The Pocket to help keep Philadelphia’s pop-rock musical history alive. These are classic songs with deep Philly roots, that were either recorded in Philadelphia or written and performed by Philadelphians.

All In The Pocket songs are available for download at songsinthepocket.org. A video documentary by award winning producer/director Steve Acito of Bluewire Media is produced to accompany each song. Acito's long-form documentary of David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket was nominated for an Emmy award.

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