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5 Questions with Jason McIntyre, local musician and producer for the “Runnin’ Down A Dream” concert benefitting Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania and the State Theatre

by on December 23, 2013 3:05 PM

On January 25, the State Theatre and Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania are once again bringing their third annual benefit concert to Happy Valley. Local musicians will present “Runnin’ Down A Dream,” which celebrates the music of Tom Petty, at the State Theatre.

Local artist Jason McIntyre not only performs at the concert but also organizes the concert’s music lineup as well as the theme. He will be performing at the concert with Pure Cane Sugar. He recently shared with Town&Gown some of his thoughts on the concert.

T&G: How did you come up with the theme for this year’s concert?

McIntyre: This year’s theme was handled diplomatically and determined via a vote from the performers involved in the show. We proposed it to Easter Seals and the theater, and they gave us the green light. It didn’t take much arm-twisting from me, as Tom Petty is one of my favorite songwriters.

T&G: Have you organized the lineups and themes for all three annual concerts? If so, what has that experience been like?

McIntyre: This will be the third show that I’ve produced and help organize for Easter Seals and the State Theatre. It’s been a gratifying experience helping raise money and awareness for two worthwhile causes and creating a platform to showcase the great musical talent we have in the area.

T&G: Why do you believe this concert is such a great cause for the community to support?

McIntyre: If people could see the work that the folks at Easter Seals do for the children of our community they’d understand the importance of supporting this foundation and raising funds to help them continue fulfilling their mission.

T&G: What has the turnout for the concerts been like?

McIntyre: The show has sold out the last two years, and my expectations would be for that to happen again. The theater holds approximately 600 people, but we’ve added seats to try and accommodate as many people as possible. It’s hard to not be satisfied with a sold-out show!

T&G: What has it been like working with local musicians in the community?

McIntyre: The musicians and production team have been amazing through this process. It really takes a team effort to pull it off in that you are dealing with time constraints and technical changes on the stage the entire night. The audience probably doesn’t realize the organized chaos that ensues behind the curtains, but we collectively pull it off.




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