Taking the stage for the fifth Main Street Live summer concert is a popular 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 where the band is a crowd favorite.
“The crowd in McMinnville is always good to perform for,” said band leader J.T. Northcutt. “We always have fun. It’s like a homecoming for me. I’m originally from McMinnville. 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 — Brian Justice on guitar, Brent “Doc” Woodard on keyboards and vocals, John Steverson on bass guitar, Craig Bailey on drums, Doyle Pentecost on vocals and percussion, Daryl Wray on vocals and percussion, and Northcutt on vocals and trumpet.
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.”
American Legion will be accepting non-perishable food for the Warren County Emergency Food Bank during this year’s Main Street Live events. Donations can be placed in marked boxes located next to the stage.
Because Main Street Live is a family oriented event, alcoholic beverages are prohibited and smoking is not allowed in the crowd. All animals need to be leashed and owners must clean up after their pets.
Utopia will take the stage and begin entertaining at 7 p.m. on the West Lawn of Security Federal. There will be a variety of food and beverages available from vendors beginning at 6 p.m. Parking and admission are free. Bring a chair and enjoy the music.
Main Street Live summer concert series is a production of Main Street McMinnville. Events are free due to sponsorship by Dr Pepper Bottling Company, 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, Tennessee Arts Commission, Peg Broadcasting and the Southern Standard, your source for local news.