Monday marked the start of the Levitt AMP Utica Music Series in Kopernik Park.
The free concerts kicked off with indie rock bank Sub-Radio, with The Paul Case Band opening for them.
The concert series is now in its third year, and over the years it has helped to transform the Oneida Square section of Utica. Organizers for the event are hoping to build on the momentum they’ve garnered over the past two years, with the goal of creating a sense of community.
"The campaign for the last couple of years has been to come and discover a new downtown Utica,” said Michelle Truett. “We're giving people a reason to come, a reason to believe in Utica and reason to get a good vibe going and good excitement going in the city."
Utica is one of only 15 cities in the country that was awarded a grant to make the concerts possible. It’s similar to the old Utica Monday Nites, and the founder of that program is involved with Levitt Amp.
The concerts are from 6-9 p.m. June 25 through Aug. 27. They’re all family-friendly and free to attend. If it rains on the night of a concert, it will be held inside Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.
Here is the full schedule for this summer's Levitt AMP concert series:
Sub-Radio (Indie Rock)
Opener: The Paul Case Band
The Laurie Dapice Quintet (Straight ahead jazz)
Opener: “Doc” Woods Quintet
Sophistafunk (Funk Hip Hop)
Opener: Our Common Roots
Sultans of String (World Music)
Opener: Cincinnati Creek
John King Band (Country)
Opener: Blarney Rebel Band
Flo De Toloache (Female Mariachi Band)
Opener: Opus Black
Slambovian Circus of Dreams (Surreal Americana)
Opener: Joie Grimaldi
Galactic Cowboy Orchestra (Prog Rock)
Opener: Fritz’s Polka Band
Biscuit Miller and the Mix (Blues)
Opener: Nate Gross Blue Band
Opener: Realtime Dixieland Band