Jim Nardi (right) has handed over ownership of Uptown Music to Paul Elliott (left).

Jim Nardi (right) has handed over ownership of Uptown Music to Paul Elliott (left).

Keizer’s Uptown Music will be saying goodbye to founder Jim Nardi at a special free event Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The 24th anniversary celebration and 3rd Wednesday Night Jam takes place at Uptown Music, located at 3827 River Road North.

Nardi opened Uptown Music in 1991 and sold the business to longtime employee Paul Elliott last March. While Elliott has been the owner for nearly a year, Nardi has stayed on and helped Elliott ease into the new role.

Nardi is leaving by the end of the month, so the staff decided to show its appreciation with a party for him and his wife, Sylvia.

There will be performances by Nardi, the regular 3rd Wednesday Night sign-ups and special guest Mayor Cathy Clark. There will also be cake served.

Those who can’t come are encouraged to leave a post for the Nardis on the Uptown Music Facebook page (www.facebook.com/uptownmusic).

For more information about Wednesday’s event, contact Elliott or Janis Elders at 503-393-4437.