The very popular Levitt AMP Utica Music Series has forged a reputation, not only for the quality of the show (a priori) but also for the diversity of the acts.
This has never been more evident than in this year’s lineup.
“Our line-ups are always extremely diverse in every way we can portray them – male vs. female, gender, ethnicity, race, geography and so much more,” promises series coordinator Michelle Pruett. “We expose the community to a wide variety of music and artists for free.” Yes, you heard it right: the whole series is presented for free.
The concerts will be held at Kopernik Park in downtown Utica on Monday nights from 6-9 p.m. June 20-August 29.
On June 20, things will kick off with family pop, soul and rock ‘n’ roll band “The New Respects” from Nashville, featuring the Fitzgerald siblings – Darius and twins Zandy and Alexis and their cousin Jasmine Mullen. The opening of the show will be “Ladies of Soul and their Gentlemen”.
On June 27, Roberta Lea from Virginia showcases all forms of country music, following an opening set by local singer/songwriter J. Schnitt.
After a week off for the 4th of July, the July 11 show features genre-defying music from Brazilian twins Walter and Wagner Caldas, (oddly enough the second group of twins on this year’s list) better known as of “B2wins”. Hailing from the violent slums of Rio de Janeiro, this high-energy band continues to captivate audiences around the world with their unique sound and engaging live show that’s part rock concert, part jam session, part dance party, and part music. a house party. “Filled to the Brim” will open the show.
Brooklyn indie/alternative combo “Argonaut & Wasp” will be the featured artists on July 18, following an opening set of “The Rollin’ Rust.”
The New Orleans sounds of “Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble” will fill Kopernik Park on July 25, with an opening set featuring area favorites “Soundbarrier.”
The soulful melodies and funk-inspired beats of “Basl & the Supernaturals,” featuring first-generation Syrian-American Bassel Almadani, will be on display August 1, with “The Lower Tolpa” kicking off.
On August 16, charismatic Jamaican-born singer and songwriter Nee Nee Rushie takes the stage with his seven-piece New York band “The Big Takeover” after an opening set of Utica’s “Uncle Charlie and the Meatballs.” .
New York hip-hop artist Miranda Writes performs August 15 with two opening acts, “Nazzy” and “Leeky XIV.”
August 22 will bring Canadian guitar sensation Ariel Posen to Kopernik Park with support from opener Cait Devin.
The series concludes August 29 with salsa music from “Eh Shawnee,” featuring Dominican singer-songwriter Shawnee Taveras, who received the Premio Conga de la Salsa in the Dominican Republic for Best New Act. musical. . “Zz Trio” will open the show.