Free outdoor concerts start tonight at Handshake.City

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UTICA — Free outdoor concerts are coming to Utica on Thursday nights in June as Bagg’s Square Association presents Performers in the Park at Handshake.City.

The weekly series will feature music, art demonstrations, spoken word, outdoor activities, food trucks and locally-made goods for sale, 6-8 p.m. every Thursday from June 3 to July 1.

Kicking off the series tonight is blues, rock and jam group Uncle Charlie and the Meatballs with mural creation by Tony Thompson.

June 10 features Handsome Bob, a new band to the Utica music scene playing rock, pop and punk tunes.

June 17 brings electronic instrumental musician Zalatan to the stage and spoken word by Téa Parker. Progressive rock group Copper Vein Clones plays on June 24. Closing out the series on July 1 is an American Car Show with music by singer/songwriter J. Schnitt.

The Performers in the Park series is made possible by the Bagg’s Square Association, a non-profit organization of businesses and community members dedicated to generating and sustaining new life and activity in the Bagg’s Square neighborhood.

The events will take place at Handshake.City in the heart of Bagg’s Square at 26 Whitesboro St. in Utica near Union Station.

Handshake.City is a collaboration of green space, art gallery, urban marketplace and event venue from community group Made In Utica. It offers a family and pet friendly outdoor experience.

To learn more or to get involved, go online to www.handshake.city.

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