New York-based hip hop from Miranda Writes continues free, family-friendly outdoor concerts on Monday, August 15 as the Levitt AMP Utica Music Series returns to Kopernik Park in downtown Utica.
“I would love for audiences to take any preconceptions they have about a hip hop concert and leave them at the door,” Writes encouraged. “I’m so excited to share the cultural and fun elements of hip hop with the Utica community, while diving into all the other genres. I also have a few special guests I plan to bring. This will be a show that I promise you won’t want to miss it!”
Writes is known for its modern yet basic sound, accompanied by strong lyrics and diverse beats. She throws in wicked puns, Caribbean rhythm and feel-good vibes alongside a classic, raw New York style. Despite not being signed to a major label, Writes’ 2018 single “Too Blessed” shot to No. 5 in the Digital DJ Pool – alongside hits from Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj and Ciara.
His music has always featured positive messages and a focus on his community. In Forbes magazine last January, Writes was celebrated as an ambassador for Burton Snowboards and the first biracial hip-hop artist to break into the snowboard market.
In 2018, Writes became the New York Ambassador for the Chill Foundation, which Burton Snowboards founders Jake Burton Carpenter and Donna Carpenter founded in 1995 and now works with approximately 3,000 children a year. Writes’ single “Be About It” features the youth of Chill NYC, with all proceeds going to the organization.
“I love the energy of connecting with people through music,” Writes said. “Music is a universal language. I love to make people smile and my only goal during concerts is to make sure the vibes are high.”
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The concert is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the first acts Nazzy and Leeky XIV. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs to concerts. The series will also offer artistic activities for young spectators and food trucks will be on site.
“I’ve never been to Utica but can’t wait to check it out,” Writes noted. “I feel like being in a new city is always an opportunity to experience the community around me. I look forward to exploring Utica and getting to know its great people. Hope to see you all in the living room !”
Kopernik Park is located at 317 Genesee Street at the corner of Eagle Street and Park Avenue near DeSales.
Mike Jaquays is the community news reporter for the Mid-York Weekly. Email him at[email protected].