Downtown Getdown

Meet The Bands: Downtown Getdown Music Showcase

We loved The DEV and we love Tim Schram so of course we love whatever he does. His latest venture…

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We loved The DEV and we love Tim Schram so of course we love whatever he does. His latest venture is P2 Shows, a booking and promotion venture “occasionally bringing live music & events to Utica, NY.” We gave Tim & P2 the reigns in booking music for the 2nd Annual Downtown Getdown.

Tim has put together a great lineup for the Music Showcase this Saturday from 12-4pm in Franklin Square Alley!

12-12:45pm: Auld Lang Syne

Recent transplants to Utica, Auld Lang Syne has taken their music across the country, having opened for such acts as the Avett Brothers. With an ever changing line-up, Timothy and Kathy Dick create a unique vision of Americana music, both timeless and relevant, at the same time ethereal and gritty. Most recently joined by a staple to the Utica music scene, J. Schnitt on bass!

1-1:45pm: Our Common Roots

Unlike their name, the foundation of this band is born of an eclectic collection of very different voices. Each individual’s style has found its place in creating a truly unique, but somehow familiar sound, which throws neon psychedelic lights through the warm glow of a more classic folky style rock music. Much like the circus from which they draw inspiration for their first album, each member stars in their own act, with their own flare, all housed under the big top tent that is Our Common Roots.

2-2:45pm: Comfy

The musical project of Utica native Connor Benincasa, (now based in Philadelphia), Comfy brings an eclectic mix of jangly pop and angsty rock & roll. With an energetic live show & catchy hoooks, Comfy’s music has garnered the attention of national publications such as Rolling Stone magazine, who nominated their 2014 release “Pillowhugger” one of the top 10 cassette releases of the year.

Photo courtesy of Brimful Photography

3-3:45pm: the real burnouts

the real burnouts are a Utica staple as much as they are an enigma. Brain child of Paul Crowther and taking various forms over the years since 1997. Who’s to say what or who will appear when the real burnouts take the stage?

Music Downtown Getdown

Four hours and four great bands with strong ties to Utica. So stop down to Franklin Square Alley on Saturday from 12-4pm to check out the P2 Music Showcase. It’s just one part of a great event also including vendors, kids activities, snacks and sweet, a dunk tank and more.

And thank you to Tim and to all the bands who have donated their time to make the Downtown Getdown that much more awesome!

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Zagster and Utica Team Up for Getdown

Zagster, the City of Utica and Made In Utica have teamed up to provide easy access to bike sharing for this Saturday’s Downtown Getdown.

The Downtown Getdown is happening in three locations: Bagg’s Square, Downtown Utica and the Brewery District. Zagster and the City will be providing additional temporary stations just for Getdown users that are located convenient to the day’s activities.

You can pick up and return a bike from any location throughout the day! The stations include:

  • Regular Station on the Corner of Columbia and Genesee Streets
  • Temporary Station at 1st Street across from the train station and near parking for the Public Market
  • Temporary Station  on the corner of Court Street and Varick Street outside of the Brewery

Rides for members — who must be 18 or older — are $20 for an annual membership, $10 for a student membership and $2/hour for non-members. Just grab the app to get started. Want more information on Zagster in Utica, including FAQs and to find out how it works? Click here!

Thanks Arian Horbovetz for the pic of the Downtown Station!

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Who The F Is Gibbz & Why Is He Coming To Utica

You’ve probably heard, our Downtown Getdown is this weekend. We’ve got stuff going on all day, a sweet Alley Shop and…

You’ve probably heard, our Downtown Getdown is this weekend.

We’ve got stuff going on all day, a sweet Alley Shop and Music Showcase in Franklin Square from 12-4pm and tons more to see and do. We’re also throwing a Getdown w/ Gibbz Dance Party at the end of the night! With Thomas D opening, Mad Props photo booth set up, late night food from Nail Creek and the chance to party in the parking lot.

Gibbz Utica

Wait… this might be where you ask yourself, Who the F is Gibbz and Why Is He Coming to Utica?  Well, according to his bio…

GIBBZ is a renaissance man. After a childhood spent acting in C list horror movies and ballroom dancing, he received a “degree” from Berklee College of Music. There he focused on music production, aiding in his future full time position as an audio engineer. After 5 years on the road and in studios with international touring acts, he realized being an engineer is a thankless, miserable existence. Luckily, his path had led him to working for a crew that went onto form the Lowtemp record label, including Gramatik and Exmag. They convinced him that it’s OK to drink copious amounts of alcohol and make everyone within a 30 ft radius uncomfortable. Out of this drunken, obnoxious, offensive mess of a man, GIBBZ was born. GIBBZ can now be found singing and dancing to his own brand of electro pop, recently touring with the likes of Cherub, Ghost Beach and The Floozies.

As for why he’s coming to Utica…

I was introduced to Gibbz back in 2014 when he opened for Cherub at the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse.

Since then I have been a big fan of his music. It’s hard not to bop along to the beat or be in a good mood listening to Gibbz. His single Love Again was my #2 most-played song on Spotify last year, in between an embarrassing obsession with that Chainsmokers/Halsey banger and an old Garbage jam.

Gibbz Utica

And then, somewhere along the way, I discovered his social media accounts that are top-notch. His posts are full of not-at-all useful advice and Instagram stories of his kitties. And remember when faceswap on Snapchat was a really popular thing? Gibbz told his fans to send their best, and I did and well, I guess Gibbz really liked it….

#TGIF

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That’s when I was hooked.

One of his more recent posts was a Cut-and-Cover, where we can watch him cut his hair and cover MJ’s Rock with You.

So when it came time to plan the Downtown Getdown we knew we had to have him come up to Utica. We thankfully had amazing support this year that gave us the funds to make it happen. We know a lot of you don’t know him, but trust us. Gibbz is a good time.

Our Top 4 Miscellaneous Reasons for Digging Gibbz:

  1. He acted in Return to Sleepaway Camp, a horror flick with a 23% Rotten Tomatoes rating
  2. He’s bringing his full band to Utica to really jam
  3. He produced an album via kickstarter with the mission “Help me create and release my first full length album without the help of a greedy corporate fat-cat illuminati record label”
  4. He’s down with Chicken Riggies (provided to him at that Westcot show back in 2014)

So come down to Nail Creek on Saturday night and Getdown with Gibbz (and us).

It’s a party in the parking lot and it’s completely FREE.

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Thanks to those that made it possible to bring Gibbz to Utica –  AmeriCU Credit Union and Cornell Rust 2 Green and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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