Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Done Right:
Uptown's Gift Guide

by Ryan Anderes

As Christmas approaches - just two weeks away - the shopping days become fewer and fewer. If you're anything like me, you get down to the last couple days; you have no idea what to get someone; and you just simply run out of time.

With Christmas falling on a Friday, we can help out any last-minute, weekday shoppers. Even those who are far away or out of state - even those who just "forget." No worries... we've got your back!

Shop and order your gift card online by Monday afternoon, December 21st, and we will make sure it gets in the mail same day. (While we make no US Postal Service guarantees, local mail should arrive just in time for Christmas Eve.)

For those less Internet savvy, we will have our front doors open daily at 8am through the holiday season. Stop in and pick up your gift card in person anytime. You've got until early afternoon on Christmas Eve.

Open Christmas Eve 11am - 2pm  |  CLOSED Christmas Day

This season, why not give the gift of a "nice night out." They order what they want, and you will have given them something thoughtful and hand-picked.

When buying restaurant gift cards, a couple things to think about:

  • After 30 years and brand new renovations, we are not going anywhere. Your purchase is secure here. 
  • We are still accepting gift cards from 1985. There is no expiration date.
  • No service fees for inactivity.
  • Order online at
  • We can send them directly to your recipients. Send us a list, and we will take care everything. You are done!
  • Nice package. No additional wrapping is needed.
  • Gift card values not used are carried forward for future use and can also be used towards tipping.

I wish I could get away with giving Uptown gift cards!  Maybe I can get away with gifting some concert tickets...

We had yet to formally announce it (until now), but we've got a 
dynamic list of newly booked shows for 2016. So for those of you not into the gift card idea, perhaps tickets to an upcoming show would make the perfect stocking stuffer?

Order these great Christmas gifts online, and surprise that special music fan in your life! We've got a long list to choose from that takes us well past the first quarter of the new year:

Sam Llanas  |  Saturday, December 26
This show will be sold out soon, so don't miss out! Sam Llanas (formerly of the BoDeans) is an iconic American singer, acoustic guitarist, and songwriter. Best known for his unique and distinctively soulful voice, it was Llanas who supplied the trademark vocal on Robbie Robertson’s “Somewhere Down the Crazy River.”

Andy Frasco  |  Friday, February 12
One of our most entertaining, fun-loving, enjoyable shows the Theater has ever entertained. This show will most definitely sell-out! Andy Frasco, a 23-year-old blues/jazz musician hailing from the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, is nothing short of an enigma. Influenced by Damien Rice, Sam Cooke, Professor Longhair, Van Morrison and Tom Waits, Frasco’s style is as uninhibited as those artists who inspire him. Let’s call it Party Blues.

Kim Richey  |  Friday, February 26
Two-time Grammy-nominated Kim is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings. Tender, poetic and aching with life’s truths, Kim’s songs transport you to her world: where words paint pictures, and melodies touch the soul. And then there’s her voice. Pure, arresting and honest, it makes you take notice; Kim has the kind of voice where if emotions were ribbons, they’d be streaming in rainbow colors from your iPod.

Chuck Prophet  |  Friday, March 25
Chuck Prophet shapes his restless career with inimitable subtle flair: a vivid parade of razor-edged one-liners camouflaged in a slack-jawed drawl, songs about heartbreak and everyman heroism, drenched in twisted lines of rude Telecaster. When the early stages of a financial melt-down coincided with a rare San Francisco heat wave in the summer of 2008 (with the window open wide and Dwight Twilley, Iggy, Thin Lizzy and the Knack blaring out the hi-fi), Prophet wrote a collection of political songs for non-political people. Later, in April 2009, he journeyed to Mexico City, where, in the clutches of a Swine Flu panic and earthquakes, he recorded ¡Let Freedom Ring!, his most incendiary record... every bit as urgent as the title demands

Ray Wylie Hubbard  |  Friday, April 8
Hubbard’s sound calls listeners into his circle of fire and keeps them there, ready to dance. His voice extends from a persona who sometimes seems lost in his own wilderness. A kaleidoscope of hot-blooded Country-Blues, bathed in mysticism, incantations and a deep faith from his 23-year road of sobriety. It has served to allow his musical wakefulness, as well as his eccentricities to roam free on record and live performances.

Griffin House  |  Wednesday, April 6 & Saturday, April 9

House began writing and recording and issued his first independent release, Upland, in 2003. His music attracted attention from Nettwerk, a Vancouver-based management company and record label, and House partnered with the label’s American branch to issue Lost & Found in 2004. In August 2004, on CBS Sunday Morning, music journalist Bill Flanagan (MTV/VH1) raved about Lost and Found, putting the newcomer on his short list of the best emerging songwriters in the U.S. “I bought House’s CD after a show in New York City,” said Flanagan, “and this never happens: I took it home and must have listened to it 20 times that weekend. I was knocked out.”

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