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The Electric Company in Utica closing its doors after 10 years

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A popular establishment on Varick Street will be closing its doors next month.

According to a post on the establishment's Facebook Page, in 2002, Anthony Donaldson, Matt Mercer and Laura Ruberto opened The Electric Company for the reason of bringing independent, live music to the area.

"The scene was exploding, but there were no local bars to attract the acts," the announcement states. "We and our friends lived for live music and were traveling to Syracuse, Albany, New York - hundreds of miles - for shows."

Owners say that the opening The Electric Company seemed like a logical business decision based on the demand they saw in the area.

"But the personal appeal was just as strong - the prospect that we and our friends could enjoy all our favorite bands and be exposed to great new music in the comfort of our own venue seemed like a dream come true."

"It proved to be a rewarding move," they go on to say. "We have showcased some of the best national acts as well as provided a venue for local musicians to gain exposure. We enjoyed the shows, our friends enjoyed the shows and we made a lot of new friends along the way. Ten years later, it is with a heavy heart we announce our decision to close The Electric Company."

The owners are saying to never say never, and that while the economy and their audience has changed, that if the opportunity presents itself in the future and the timing is right again, "we will return, but for now this chapter is ending."

"But we don't plan on going out quietly. In the coming weeks look for a wide variety of bands from our early days to recent favorites, including Mecca Bodega, Conehead Buddha, Rhubarb, Belikos, Floodwood, 3 Inch Fury, Woodenspoon and Sassafrass Jenkins to name a few. We will wind it all up with an all-day customer appreciation party on Saturday, May 12 to thank our EC family for the love and support over the years. We couldn't have done this without you."

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