Ten weeks of free, family-friendly outdoor concerts return this summer!

Today the Levitt AMP Utica Music Series announces its lineup of artists who will perform at Kopernik Park in Downtown Utica this summer. Concerts will take place on Monday nights starting at 5:30pm. June 19 – August 28 (no concert of the 3rd of July).

The 2023 season will feature headlining artists from Ireland, Wisconsin, Iowa, Toronto, Massachusetts, Connecticut and right here in New York State. The concerts also feature opening local and regional acts. The diverse lineup of high-caliber talent spans genres like gospel, pop, bluegress, rock, instrumental, blues, Irish rock, soul and more.


Concert schedule:

5:30pm: opening bands

6:30pm: youth intermission acts

7:00pm: headliner bands

(Note the start time is a half hour earlier than it has been in the past)

The series welcomes the most diverse audience in the city, in a family-friendly, non-alcoholic, joyful, welcoming environment. It is a space where social bonding can happen week to week and the community can share a common experience with free live music as the vehicle. The concerts help increase communal well-being and connectedness and add a quality of life enhancement that compliments the many economic development projects that are happening in Utica.

The series also serves as a creative training ground for youth with their Levitteen Internship Program and each week a youth performer is showcased at intermission, many times earning their first “paycheck” as an artist and getting a standing ovation from a crowd of hundreds.

The concerts are sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national funder of creative placemaking that empowers communities to inject new life into underused public spaces through free, outdoor concerts. The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties is a founding presenter for the seventh season of live concerts. Partners in the series include Rust 2 Green Utica, DeSales Center, the City of Utica and Munson. Utica Monday Nite is the fiscal sponsor for the series. Season sponsors include the CNY Arts, M&T Bank/Partners Trust Bank Charitable Fund, Bank of Utica, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Mastrovito Hyundai and The Fountainhead Group.

The public is invited to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs to the concerts. The series will also offer art activities for young concert-goers and food trucks/vendors will be on site.

Kopernik Park is located at 317 Genesee Street at the corner of Eagle Street and Park Avenue near DeSales. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Utica is one of 33 small to mid-sized towns and cities across America to win a Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Award of $30K in matching funds to present a free concert series at Kopernik Park. Utica has received multi-year funding to bring this popular free series back to the city for the 2023-2025 seasons.

About Utica Monday Nite (UMN)

Fresh off its 25th anniversary, UMN (Utica Monday Nite) For The Arts is the brainchild of founder Lynne Mishalanie, whose passion for shining a light on the brilliance of the community’s arts created an enduring legacy of economic benefit and civic pride. Continuing to provide the community with a broad spectrum of artistic experiences, its primary purpose is to act as advocates and activists in support of the arts, and in recognition of their valuable contributions to the region’s quality of life. The non-profit organization currently serves as fiscal sponsor for the Levitt AMP Utica Music Series. For more information, contact info@umn4arts.org

About Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a national funder of creative placemaking that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. In 2019, more than 550 free Levitt concerts will take place in 26 towns and cities, all featuring a rich array of music genres and high-caliber talent. Learn more at levitt.org.

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