The City of Rome‘s annual free summer concert series on Griffo Green at City Hall begins its run Monday, July 8 with music from the combined forces of Baddogg and 24/7 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The long-running downtown series continues each Monday (weather depending) through Aug. 19.
Baddogg is a blues-based power rock quartet with a breadth of experience in the Central New York and national music scene. They cover such classic rock stalwarts as Steely Dan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Eric Clapton as well as a solid catalog of originals. Baddogg contemporaries, 24/7 will be bringing their brand of hard rock with them to the downtown stage as well.
The Swamp Drivers perform on July 15. This is a band with a truly unique approach. All of their instruments are homemade. Sometimes you’ll hear a drum set referred to as the “pots and pans.” Phil Diehl’s drums are made out of trash cans and guitarist Terry Johnson has a guitar made from a Rachael Ray frying pan. This truly unique band plays a Utica-style Southern Rock and has quite a loyal CNY following.
Dubonnet is another Central New York classic and modern rock staple. They visit Griffo Green on July 22 performing hits from Heart, P!nk, Melissa Etheridge, Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith. It’s suggested that attendees bring a lawn chair, but it probably won’t be needed.
The husband and wife duo of Andy and Tammy Box make up The Boxed Set. They will be performing on July 29. The couple brings with them a set of familiar songs ranging from Billy Joel to Fleetwood Mac and other classic rock and acoustic staples.
The Pine Ridge Mountain Band will bring their Southern Rock flavor to Downtown Rome on Aug. 5. The band features songs from ZZ Top, the Allman Brothers Band, Tom Petty, and modern rockers Blackberry Smoke in their repertoire. Not to be missed is Rome Mayor Jackie Izzo’s very own Chief-of-Staff, Larry Daniello on lead guitar. He’s one of the area’s premier guitarists.
Jazz, funk, and blues are all on the menu when the six-piece Fabulous Mojos take the stage. Lead vocalist Cathie Timian and her band bring their highly entertaining show to the City Hall green on Aug. 12. Attendees may also be asked to participate in the action as Timian tends to bring a collection of instruments and baubles to allow for audience participation in the show. Pack your dancing shoes for this one.
Caut!on closes out this year’s summer series on Aug. 19. The group, led by guitarist/vocalist Chad Plantz and lead guitarist Michael “The Wizard” Bell, are a rootsy rock band that goes deep into the catalogs of some of the best American songwriters. You can expect to hear classics from Warren Zevon, the Grateful Dead, and Bob Dylan. They’ve also been known to have a number of local musicians sit in with them over the years so it won’t be surprising to see a familiar face up there with Chad and The Wiz.