Uptowne Buddhas story began about six years ago, when emcee Vance Coles and guitar player Sam Terkel were encouraged by a mutual friend to get together to write music. Throughout the years the project grew in content and membership, bringing together a diverse group of musicians from several areas of greater Cleveland. As Terkel relocated to Athens, Ohio for four years, the band remained active and came to know Athens as a second home.
The group has seen a few membership changes but remains true to its fundamental sound and continues to push boundaries. Since their inception, the band has played numerous headlining and support shows around Cleveland in venues such as the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, the Grog Shop, Mahalls, the Cleveland Agora, as well as at summer festivals around Ohio and in various venues throughout Athens, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, and more. Over the past several months, the band has been working in the studio to track 10 new original songs and is nearing the final stages of production for an expected Spring 2015 release.
This is a diverse group of musicians with an even more diverse set of musical influences that is bound to move you and thanks you in advance for all of your support!