Hello and thank you for your interest in playing at an Uptown Concerts presentation. Uptown Concerts books the concerts at Baldwin’s Station, The Cellar Stage at Faith Community UMC, and occasionally other places in Maryland. Uptown Concerts is not a venue, we currently run two concert series featuring folk, Celtic, acoustic singer/songwriters of note, in the folk style, traditional and some world music. We book national, international and local artists who perform in the styles named above.
One series is at Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville, MD. Shows are on Thursdays. I do not work for Baldwin’s nor do I get paid to present these concerts. Baldwin’s sells and retains all the proceeds from food and drink and ticket service charges; I receive the money from ticket sales minus the service charges. This series runs year round (twice a month avg). Baldwin’s is an old train station converted into an upscale restaurant around 25 years ago. In order to play Baldwins you must have a strong following in the Baltimore/Washington/Annapolis areas and bring in a paying audience with a ticket price no lower then $15.00. Room capacity is 70, and the stage is tiny, 8×8 square on an angle with the front point cut off like baseball home plate. We do not present openers at Baldwin’s Station.
The other is The Cellar Stage© series. Currently held in the basement of Faith Community United Methodist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. This series runs from mid Oct into mid May. These shows are on Fridays, twice a month (avg). Once again to be a featured performer you must be able to bring in a paying audience. We do have some opening spots at The Cellar Stage. No larger then a duo. Spots depend on the main act. Openers play for CD sales. We feed you dinner and can help to provide private housing. The venue holds 150.
I expect artists to have an active mailing list they attend to regularly and a proper web site with bio, video, & songs where a patron can hear you and that notifies your audience of your upcoming performance(s) and info on how to get tickets to said performance(s).
I may not be familiar with your/their music and an online video or song does not give me any idea of what you and your music is about. If you feel your music fits our format then to be considered for a spot with Uptown Concerts please submit a professionally recorded CD (no demos) to Uptown Concerts Inc., PO Box 1053, Randallstown, MD 21133. While we do local publicity, it is the artist that must have a following in the area that they can access and help in bringing an audience into the venues.
If you’d like your CD returned please include a stamped self addressed envelope.
Neither the Bluegrass or Blues audiences support our shows or venues.
Please browse the rest of our web site to see the type of music and artists we present.
PS: The name The Cellar Stage© is copyrighted and a trademark of Uptown Concerts Inc.