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Utopia gets Main Street moving
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Utopia is known as a band that will make you get up and dance. Michael Bradford did just that Friday night at Main Street Live. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

The get-up-and-dance fun of Utopia took the Main Street Live stage Friday night. 

“It’s hot out here, so we’re going to ease into this,” said lead singer J.T. Northcutt.

The band performed “Let’s Groove Tonight,” “Good Times,” “Easy (Like Sunday Morning)” and an instrumental in honor of summer.

Rounding out the other band members are Brent “Doc” Woodard, Brian Justice, John Steverson, Will Butler III, Craig Bailey, and Evan Acklin. 

The calm ended with “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson. 

Before long, the crowd joined the party. Michael Bradford, who traveled from Winchester to see Utopia, was the first to get up and dance. 

“I love Utopia,” said Bradford. “I’d go to see them every week if I could. If they’re playing anywhere near me, I go. I guess that makes me a groupie.” 

Bob and Toni Schwer were next. 

“We enjoy dancing,” said Bob. “We did take a few dance classes.”

Declan Fisher, 8, was among the youngsters who felt the urge to dance. 

“My legs hurt,” said Declan, who then admitted he had fun. 

Also performed were “Let’s Get it Started in Here,” “Pretty Woman,” “Last Two Dollars,” and “Who’s Crying Now.”

Utopia specializes in legendary, old-school R&B dance music, modern hits, selected classics, rock, jazz and blues standards delivered with a dynamic sound.

However, Utopia does not perform bluegrass. The band tried, and it lasted approximately 20 seconds. The effort brought laughter from the audience. 

This Friday, July 16, Main Street Live will welcome Bueller with Amy Walsh to the summer concert series. The five-member band will take listeners back to the 1980s. More on that performance in the Wednesday edition of the Southern Standard.