American Idol star to perform at Blaine PAC

Published on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

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Blaine high school’s wind ensemble could get an unexpected boost in their fundraising efforts this year after they garnered a special performance by American Idol star Timothy Urban.

Urban, who was a top 10 finalist of contestants in season nine of the FOX reality singing competition, will perform at 7 p.m. January 4 at the Blaine performing arts center to help raise money for the band’s annual trip to Japan on January 25. The band has accepted their third invitation to perform as the International Student Band at the 2011 Funabashi Musical Festival in Tokyo.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for these musicians,” Urban said. “I am very excited to be a part of this endeavor. It’s going to be great performing near my family in Washington and helping out the community of Blaine.”

Urban will perform a duet with a Blaine high school female vocalist and be accompanied by the Blaine high school jazz band. He is a native of Duncanville, Texas, and the nephew of Vivian and Jim Bleecker, of Birch Bay.

He recently completed a 45-city concert tour this summer with the other Top 10 Idols, including a stop in Seattle August 20.  Influenced by artists such as One Republic, Cold Play, James Taylor, Jason Mraz and Keith Green, Urban recently released six original songs on i-Tunes. The benefit concert will feature some of his recent work like “P.S.” “Wheels Touch Down,” “Heart of Me,” and “I and You,” as well as an Idol favorite in  “Hallelujah,” which he performed a second time on the Ellen DeGeneres show after she rushed on stage to give him a hug after his performance.

Tickets are $20 and will go on sale from 8 a.m. to noon December 18 at the high school office. Seating is limited and remaining tickets will be available at Pacific Building Center in Blaine, Hugo Helmer Music in Burlington and various other locations. For more information, call 380-1634.