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By Karen Hepp, Anchor/Reporter
April 10, 2014
CAMDEN, N.J. – Lights, cameras, and a real director.
They’re filming a music video in Camden on their “Goodness Project.”
There is a lot to sing and dance about in Camden and they want everybody to know about the good hard working folks that are making people happy.
The kids were inspired by Pharrel’s hit song “Happy.”
The kids are on point. Smiling, shaking, and moving and grooving. They are showing off the goodness the volunteers and Camden County’s pride has brought to them.
Director of Settlement Music Camden, Valerie Clayton, explains, “they’re filming all over Camden, with real crews from Drexel and a real big time Emmy nominated movie director, Steve Acito.
Acito says, “we are working for free and the crew is working for free.”
11th grader Amadi Merill says good people have changed her life.
Merill explains, “as a kid I was given a violin. If this wasn’t here I wouldn’t really been able to do it. They give a lot of scholarships to kids that can’t afford music lessons.”
“Our goal is for it to go viral. We are going to release it on Good Friday in the morning with the help of fox. We just hope everyone spreads the words about the goodness in Camden and all the great charities you can get attached to and do more to help,” says Ronald McDonald Representative, Lauren White.
By Julia Terruso, For the Philadelphia Inquirer
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Happy videos. Everyone’s doing them. Car dealerships. Colleges. Now Camden.
On Thursday morning, outside an abandoned building on Federal Street, Nohemi Soria, of the Camden Children’s Garden, danced in a bright peach shirt, flower crown in her hair, toward a camera-man panning with her as she strutted to Pharrell’s hit song.
Some cars slowed, passersby stopped. It’s not every day a mini-film crew descends on the city.
The clip will be one of many upbeat scenes featuring Camden and the nonprofit organizations that serve it, in a music video released April 18 on the website goodnessproject.org. You’ll see chefs dancing in the cafeteria at Cathedral Kitchen, Cramer Hill Little Leaguers breaking it down on the field and ballerinas from Settlement Music School, among others.
By DENNY DYROFF, For the Journal Register News Service
Monday, January 7, 2013
If David Uosikkinen told you the name of his current music project in one of his native languages, he would say “Taskussa”. You’d be able to understand the musician with Finnish-American roots better if he used English rather than Finnish and simply said “In the Pocket.”
On Jan. 11, Uosikkinen will bring In the Pocket to Phoenixville for a show at the Colonial Theatre to celebrate the release of the group’s new single “I Ain’t Searchin” — a song that was originally recorded by one of Philly’s seminal rock bands the American Dream in 1970.
“That song has always been one of my all-time favorite songs that came out of Philadelphia and the American Dream is one of my all-time favorite bands,” said Uosikkinen during a phone interview last week. “The song is a real gem.”
Uosikkinen is a member of one of Philadelphia’s all-time favorite bands — the Hooters. For his In the Pocket project — both live and in the studio — Uosikkinen uses a revolving lineup of Philadelphia’s most celebrated musicians to perform covers of tunes from Philly’s rich rock music history.
“When I produce any song for In the Pocket, I grab a cool group of guys and do sessions,” said Uosikkinen. “I do it old school with everybody playing together. And, all the sessions are saved on video. I use ProTools to record the music. I use the console and then run it through tape. It just gives it that nice hug.”
All of the In the Pocket songs are available for download at songsinthepocket.org. A video documentary by award winning producer/director Steve Acito of Bluewire Media accompanies each single. Acito’s long-form documentary was recently nominated for an Emmy award. A portion of the proceeds benefits Settlement Music School.
The show at the Colonial Theater features band members from all seven songs – “All My Mondays”, “Open My Eyes”, “You Can’t Sit Down”, “Soon You’ll Be Gone”, “Change Reaction”, “Disco Inferno” and “I Ain’t Searchin’.”
In The Pocket’s core lineup includes Graham Alexander (Paul McCartney in Broadway production of “Rain”), Ben Arnold, Richard Bush (The A’s, The Peace Creeps), Steve Butler (Smash Palace) and Tommy Conwell (Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers).
The cast also features Greg Davis (Beru Revue), Cliff Hillis (Ike), Charlie and Richie Ingui (Soul Survivors), TJ Tindall (Bonnie Raitt Band) and Hooters band members Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman, John Lilley, Fran Smith Jr. and Uosikkinen.
“There are about 20 of us on stage,” said Uosikkinen. “It’s grown into a little orchestra. Right now, we have a set list of 24 songs. We do songs by Eric Bazilian, Tommy Conwell, the A’s and the Nazz.”
David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket will perform on Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre (227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 610-917-1228, www.thecolonialtheatre.com). Tickets are $19.50, $24.50 and $30.
Originally posted: March 9th, 2015
David Uosikkinen of the Hooters and his band, In The Pocket return to the Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday, March 28th to celebrate the release of their new song, Punk Rock Girl.
Originally recorded by The Dead Milkmen in 1988, ITP’s version features Richard Bush (The A’s) on lead vocals, Tommy Conwell (The Young Rumblers) on guitar, Pete Donnelly (Figgs/NRBQ/Shelby Lynne) on bass, William Wittman (Cyndi Lauper) on guitar, Rob Hyman (The Hooters) on melodica, Eric Bazilian (The Hooters) on hurdy-gurdy, and of course David Uosikkinen (The Hooters) on drums.