City of Rome Announces Summer Concert Series

School’s out and summer is in full effect. With summer, comes live concert series throughout New York. Rome’s Griffo Green at City Hall will play host to the city’s annual summer concert series. Each Monday evening, beginning July 9, many of Rome’s most talented musicians will be showcased on the green outside of Rome’s City Hall. All shows are free and run from 6-8 p.m.

The series kicks off July 9 with a double shot of rock. Baddogg and 24/7 team up for opening night on the green. Both bands feature members with long pedigrees in the Central New York music scene. Baddogg began as a blues-based three piece and have evolved to include classic rock as well. Bassist Billy Carman performs in both bands. Carman has performed with a plethora of other CNY artists over the years as well as a stint in the band Boston. To say Carman is prolific would be an understatement.

Local blues legend, Midnite Mike Grimaldi and his band, the Bent Blinds take the stage on July 16. Grimaldi has played with some of the legends of the blues, including B.B. King, James Cotton and Joe Bonamassa. Grimaldi is a proud hometown musician with a pure passion for performing. Listen to some of the band’s work on Soundcloud below.

Husband and wife duo, Tammy and Andy Box, performing as the Boxed Set, bring a taste of ’70s rock to Griffo Green on July 23. The Boxed Set performs classics from Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac and other classic ’70s artists.

The Loco Brothers bring a fresh take on classic rock to the green July 30.

When it comes to covering deep tracks, Caut!on is your band. Chad Plantz and Mike “The Wizard” Bell form the core of this outfit. The lineup is rounded out by bassist Billy Carman and drummer John Dugan. Arkansas native, Bell plays a mean slide guitar and Plantz can belt out classics from Warren Zevon, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews like no other.

Mike “The Wizard” Bell of Caut!on

For your ’60s and ’70s hits, look no further than Vinyl 45 on Aug. 13. Long time CNY band, Dubonnet will finish off the series on Aug.20.


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