Mark your calendars now! The hot news is that tickets are on sale for one of the biggest concerts in Bradford County this fall, an Oct. 20 performance by Aaron Kelly and Flipside at the Troy High School Auditorium in Troy from 7 to 9 p.m. The First United Methodist Church of Troy will be hosting the event.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and can be purchased at several locations in the Troy area or online. Best get your tickets early. Kelly’s concerts sell out, as they did recently in Williamsport, Montoursville and Canton.
Aaron Kelly and the band Flipside will be performing a variety of hits and original music for all ages, with audience participation expected. The range of song possibilities is vast from this talented 25-year-old musician from Sonestown, Pa. who has graced the stages locally, nationally, and internationally since the age of nine, to the delight of students to seniors.
At age 11, Aaron first shined in the national spotlight on “America’s Most Talented Kids,” and from there auditioned for American Idol® in 2010. Still a kid himself then, he dazzled listeners while traveling with Idol’s Live Tour® after becoming the youngest contestant at age 17 to reach the top 5.
Kelly’s audiences have ranged from hundreds to millions, reaching local fairs, festivals and venues to shows in Canada, Norway, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. His musical reach crosses America and around the globe.
Aaron is a country boy at heart, and says Pennsylvania is home, though he was born in Sarasota, Fla. He’s booked with dates in Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.
Kelly incorporates worthy causes into his full list of commitments such as Relay for Life, Magical Memories for Children, or his local visit to meet with students at career day last April at Williamsport Area High School. His mission is to “Change lives, one song at a time,” and a look into his life, with fan responses from all ages, will prove he’s doing just that.
Kelly is a Troy Fair favorite, first seen at the 136th annual local fair, opening for the Grammy award-winning band Little Big Town. He has also performed with Loretta Lynn, Charlie Daniels, Billy Currington, Martina McBride, The Bee Gees, Montgomery Gentry, Phil Vassar, Sawyer Brown, The Marshall Tucker Band, and many more.
His TV show appearances include Good Morning America, The Ellen Show, and Access Hollywood. He’s also a talented songwriter; co-writing with Billy Braddock, James House, Debby Throckmorton, and many well known’s of Nashville.
From age nine to 25, Aaron Kelly’s career has made him a well-rounded person and musician.
“I owe a big thank you to all of my fans,” said Kelly, adding, “I’m so appreciative because literally, the fans are the reason I get to do this music life – the thing I love. I want to be flexible, growing, and learning new places, while meeting new people. This is what it’s all about. I play a variety of music so that I can connect with as many people as possible. I want everyone who comes to the show to have a good time.”
His country pop style, incorporating traditional country, classic rock, and original songs into the act make it easy to do so. Three singles have been released: “Coincidence”, “The Best Thing”, and a Christmas tune called “I Can’t Wait for Christmas” and can be easily found on YouTube for a listen anytime.
“Getting played on the radio is tough,” Aaron admits, “but we’re working at it every day. We’re out there doing the live shows, reaching our loyal audience and meeting new fans all the time.”
Aaron has recently been in Nashville, where he’s working on songwriting and recording a new project. “Downtime?” I ask. “My downtime is going home to South Williamsport, Pa. and still doing something with music,” Aaron adds, “I have to stay ahead in the music business, to keep current.”
In other words, the singer songwriter is most at home playing music, wherever he is. Not only does the band offer a wide range of music for all ages, the show is customized to fit the needs of the location and audience. Choices are Aaron with acoustic guitar or trio, which includes saxophone and percussion, and/or a full band.
Flipside, a constant presence in the Williamsport area music scene since 2009, will join Aaron for the upcoming Troy concert in October. Flipside’s music bank is rich, including jazz, classic rock, blues and gospel. Together, Aaron Kelly and Flipside create a personal experience for their audience through a wide range of music covering all genres and eras.
Local fans will long remember the sell out show at the Rialto in Canton in November 2017 that became a sing along with Aaron Kelly “rocking the house.” Kelly also talked about his past shows at the Troy Maple Fest and the Canton Fireman’s Festival, and he noted that he is always excited to come home to Canton and Troy.
Aaron has seen music change lives, stating, “Reaching people on personal levels, bringing them out of isolation, and becoming a light for dark negative places. Music is magical.”
He humbly added, “Most of the songs I write are based on personal experiences I’ve shared with people, or of my own. We can all relate to a song that changed us. Music is an outlet for people to connect with each other.”
At a young age, Aaron knew music was about changing lives – to include his own as he went through a big transition during the American Idol® experience in 2010. At age 16 he passed the audition to be part of the live show. He then remarked to the camera with a big smile, “I might be a role model for kids one day!”
Aaron puts this into his 25-year-old perspective today.
“I was terrified during that audition and throughout the show. Fear was part of the process. I had to grow through it to be able to live my musical dream life.”
He continued, “My mom supported me through that time, encouraging me. Now I’d like to be a voice to build kids up and do the same. I appreciate the value of that experience now that I’m older.”
He concluded, “What I want to say is this. You’re going to be scared and uncomfortable, when you reach for your goals, your greatness. It’s going to feel very uncomfortable, but just go for it. Don’t stop believing. Know that someone like me, a small town kid with a big dream, fought through the same challenges. I’m living the life I love and you can too. That’s what I share with kids. Whatever your dream is. You can live yours too!”
Remember, now’s the time to get your tickets for the upcoming sure to be a hit concert featuring Aaron Kelly and Flipside, 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Troy High School Auditorium, and hosted by the First UMC of Troy.
Come out for a night of smiles and family friendly fun and let your life be changed, one song at a time!
Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and available at the following locations: Ameriprise Financial, stop by or call (570) 297-4775 or (570) 297-2612; Eighmey Chevy Buick, stop by or call (570) 297-2148; E-Tech, stop by or call (570) 297-1300; or you can purchase tickets online at www.troytrinityparish.com.