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Utopia highlights second week of Main Street Live
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Taking the stage for the second Main Street Live summer concert is a performance band. Utopia will begin entertaining at 7 p.m. Friday night.
Utopia specializes in classic rhythm and blues dance music, modern hits, selected oldies, jazz and blues standards delivered with a distinctive, dynamic sound. The band has been featured as the primary act at music festivals, Middle Tennessee area concerts, and is a returning hit at Main Street Live.
“We’re looking forward to it,” said J.T. Northcutt, band leader on vocals and trumpet. “We played at Main Street Live about five years ago. We had a good time then. It will be even better this time.”
In 2006, the band had a member become ill just prior to the performance. That was the one and only time in the 30-year history of the band that it has been short a member, says Northcutt.
Originally from McMinnville, Northcutt is planning a memorable show.
“It’s like a homecoming for me,” he said. “I still have relatives there who I never get to see because we tour so much. I’m really excited about coming home. We are going to have a good time and get everyone engaged in the music.”
Utopia has seven members — Doyle Pentecost on vocals and percussion, Seth Rooks on vocals and percussion, Brent Woodard on keyboards and vocals, Brian Justice on guitar, John Steverson on bass guitar, and Thomas Spann Jr., on drums, as well as Northcutt.
Among the extensive song list are “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett, “Get Ready” by The Temptations, “Papa was a Rolling Stone” by The Temptations, “Shout” by The Isley Brothers, “Dance to the Music” by Sly and the Family Stone, “Let’s Groove” by Earth Wind & Fire, “Caribbean Queen” by Billy Ocean, “Play that Funky Music” by Wild Cherry, “Kiss” by Prince,  and “Black Magic Woman” by Carlos Santana.
The Utopia creed: “What we project is more than sound. What you will hear is more than music. It is the expression of what our hearts and souls conceal. What we present is more than a show. The gift we give is the endowment of your spirit. We saturate your mind, and leave you high on the Utopia syndrome.”
Utopia is a kickoff event for Juneteenth that will be held Saturday. Juneteenth is scheduled from 12-5 p.m. at Rocket Park. There will be live music, food booths, activities and vendors. Rocket Park is located off Beersheba Highway on Cope Street.
During Main Street Live, there will be a variety of food and beverages available from food vendors. Parking and admission are free, so bring a chair and enjoy the music. Come early and stake out a good spot.
Utopia will take the stage and begin entertaining at 7 p.m. on the West Lawn of Security Federal downtown. Food and beverage vendors open at 6 p.m. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Smoking is not allowed in the crowd.
Main Street Live summer concert series is a production of Main Street McMinnville. The events are free to the public due to sponsorship by Dr Pepper, the Law Offices of Galligan and Newman, Security Federal Savings Bank, River Park Hospital, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, Ben Lomand, McMinnville Electric System, city of McMinnville, Peg Broadcasting and the Southern Standard, your source for local news.