Calling all bands for Saranac Thursdays

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Sar2Every year summer is kicked off with Saranac Thursday with thousands of people gathering to hang out with friends, drink local brews, support the United Way and listen to some of the best music this area has to offer. Have you wanted to get on the stage and show off what you got? Well, now is your chance. The F.X. Matt Brewing Company is now accepting music press kits from area bands. Saranac Thursday will be celebrating its 18th year and will run every Thursday evening from May 19 to Sept. 1 at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company Tour Center Courtyard at Court and Varick Streets. The gates will open every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with live music from 6 -9 p.m.

The brewery is now accepting music demos and is limiting each group to one performance date. This will give new groups an opportunity to submit their work and enhance the music schedule. “Every year we have more and more groups wanting to perform on our concert stage,” said Fred Matt, President of Matt Brewing Company. “It is a great venue for local talent to perform in front of crowds of 1500 to 2000 people.”

Saranac Thursdays take place in the brewery’s outdoor beer garden and offers a variety of Saranac Beers, Saranac Soft Drinks and Utica Club. More than 1,000 volunteers, coordinated by United Way, donate their time working the weekly event. A portion of the proceeds benefit United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area. In the past 16 years, the F.X. Matt Brewing Company’s Saranac Thursdays have raised over $400,000 directly for the United Way.

Please contact Melissa Swald Camman, Tour Center Manager via email at for submission guidelines. Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 4th.


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