Street musician bids farewell to Utica
UTICA — With his rainbow-strapped guitar and new saxophone, Rainbow Young greeted everyone outside of the door of The Hub Eatery to say goodbye and rip one last tune during his going away party on Thursday night.
Utica’s famous celebrity and street musician said he plans on leaving for New York City near the end of June after moving here from South Korea 45 years ago.
A group of people close to Rainbow coordinated with The Hub owner Frank Cotrupe to organize a send off party.
“It’s good to throw him a little farewell,” said Cotrupe.
“I feel like this is home to Rainbow and deep down somewhere inside of me I feel like he’s going to come back. I hope he has a little trip and learns something. If he finds whatever he’s looking for, good for him,” he added.
Music and food were available at the event and proceeds from the party were given to Rainbow for his journey.
“It’s definitely sad to see him go, but it’s bittersweet because I know he’s going to do what he says and spread happiness and kindness,” said Mitchell Duncan, a partygoer.
Rainbow has always been the life of the party in downtown Utica. Showing up to various bars, local events and wandering around Genesee St. with his guitar and other instruments.
The name itself is a reflection of his personality and the joy he tries to bring wherever he goes on his next musical quest.
Before leaving Rainbow had one thing to say:
“You bring those pictures next time you see me and I’ll autograph them. I’m going to be the next Jimmy Hendrix!”
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