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JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

JC Brooks on covering Wilco and loving theater

JC Brooks on covering Wilco and loving theater

As JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound took the stage for WTMD's First Thursday concert in Mount Vernon this past June, the rain came.

But instead of allowing the dark clouds to damper the mood, lead singer Jayson Brooks saw an opportunity to make an impression. The magnetic frontman worked every inch of the stage, encouraging the crowd to clap along as he cleanly hit falsetto notes.

When the rain stopped and a rainbow emerged, it almost felt as if Brooks had willed the clouds away.

"I try not to frame it in my mind as a challenge to win the crowd over," said Brooks, 32. "It's still about putting on the same show."

It's the same approach an actor...