A Rising Star in Utica’s Music Scene
July 27th 2012 · 0 Comments
The City of Utica has long been the base for great arts, entertainment, food, and of course, Music. Every Thursday during the summer brings the tradition of live bands to Varick Street for the famous Saranac Thursday. The FX Matt Brewery has also hosted concerts by national recording artists such as Rusted Root, Counting Crows, and central New York’s own Moe.
Every fall, the city features the Utica Music and Arts Festival; a three-day event that brings great music from independent and local bands that’s breadth stretches to venues across the entire city. Live music of one form or another can be found in every corner of the city virtually every night. Popular cover bands like Gridley Paige, Showtime, and The Bomb, have been playing for decades and have garnered press coverage and cult followings.
If you are looking for great music and the accompanying great time, and would like to try something new, check out the band W.A.N.T.E.D. The 4-piece ensemble has been quietly playing shows for several years and has developed a steady and quickly growing following.
Renowned for their passionate and great live performances, W.A.N.T.E.D can usually be found playing on the outskirts of the city; Kratzky’s in Forestport, Nothing Fancy in Vernon, the beautiful White Lake Inn on Rt 28, and Booneville’s infamous “haunted” hotel, the historic Hulbert House (recently featured on the SyFy channel’s original show ‘Haunted Collector’) to name a few.
W.A.N.T.E.D’s style? Classic rock with country attitude. The band plays an assortment of classic hits, from rock legends like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bob Segar, to one hit wonders like the Georgia Satellites. W.A.N.T.E.D plays music the way it was meant to be played. Once the first chord is struck the dance floor is packed with fans of all ages, dancing, jumping, and singing along word for word with the popular songs.
The band members have fun on stage and will mingle with the crowd during breaks and after the show.
What sets this band apart from other cover bands is the quality of the music. The members of the band aren’t just playing songs; they are musicians who have perfected a craft. The members of W.A.N.T.E.D are lifelong musicians who take their art to the next level.
“I don’t understand how some musicians don’t practice between gigs.” Said bassist Jon Bolton. “That’s like a pro football team that just plays on Sunday. I think everyone has wanted to be in a band, but most don’t realize the effort that’s needed to be great. You have to put in the time rehearsing. That always comes at an opportunity cost.”
Check out the band W.A.N.T.E.D. on their Facebook page for info, photos, and schedule.
By Mark Ziobro