UNCLE to bring One Tree Hill star to Playhouse

A free concert hosted by UNCLE will be held for students at the Backdoor Playhouse Nov. 20 as actor and singer Tyler Hilton comes to Tech.

UNCLE (Underrepresented New and Creative Live Experiences) is mostly known for their open mic nights, but they are taking it up a notch this time.

“Hilton will be playing a 75-minute set and we’re very excited to be bringing someone like him in who is pretty well-known,” said Maria Davis, president of UNCLE

The doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the concert will start at 8 p.m. Like other mic nights, there will be refreshments served at the concert.

Hilton is widely known as the musician Chris Keller in the WB’s teen Drama, “One Tree Hill.” Hilton has been a musician most of his life, so the character of Chris Keller was not out of the ordinary for him.

Hilton sings and plays a rock and roll style in “One Tree Hill,” and though much of his music does consist of pop mixed with the Americana sound, his new album, “Indian Summer,” is more of a country sound and will hits stores Nov. 18.

Hilton also starred in the 2005 movie, “Walk the Line,” as Elvis Presley and sang a few cover songs for the Grammy-Award winning soundtrack. He also played in “Charlie Bartlett” in 2007 with Robert Downey Jr. and just began starring with Halle Berry in the new TV show, “Extant.”

There are currently three members in UNCLE including President Maria Davis, Vice President Stuart Neal, both of Byrdstown, Tenn. and Andy Smith, English professor and faculty adviser of UNCLE.

A local artist and former Tech student, Austin Lee, will open the show before Hilton takes the stage

“It’s going to be really good because it will be a more personal setting there in the Playhouse,” said Neal.