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Oswego Music Hall to hold gala season finale with Jacob Johnson

The Oswego Music Hall’s gala season finale show will be held Saturday, June 1 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The year-end show will featurs performer, singer and songwriter Jacob Johnson, pictured, who is developing a loyal following for what he describes as “neo-acoustic folk/funk” music.
The Oswego Music Hall’s gala season finale show will be held Saturday, June 1 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The year-end show will featurs performer, singer and songwriter Jacob Johnson, pictured, who is developing a loyal following for what he describes as “neo-acoustic folk/funk” music.

The Oswego Music Hall’s gala season finale show will be held Saturday, June 1 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The year-end show will featurs performer, singer and songwriter Jacob Johnson, who is developing a loyal following for what he describes as “neo-acoustic folk/funk” music.

This five-hour extravaganza includes two sets from Johnson, an Emerging Artists Showcase that highlights area musicians, and a complimentary sunset reception on the deck featuring gourmet desserts.

Dinner is available for purchase. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available for sale.

Tickets are required for the dinner, but all performances and the sunset reception are free for Music Hall members. There is a fee for non-members. Tickets are available online or at River’s End Bookstore.

Johnson is coming to Oswego between gigs in Portland, Maine and Ocracoke, N.C. at the Ocrafolk Festival. He has shared stages with songwriters such as Edwin McCain and David Wilcox, and hangs out with guitarist such as Tommy Emmanuel and Tim Reynolds, who is the right-hand man to Dave Matthews.

The Emerging Artists session will include Cameron Caruso, Christopher Battles, Christine Tupe (and friends), Gary Carpentier, and Kholton Pascal.   These singers all hail from Oswego except Kholton, who’s from Syracuse and Auburn

Those seeking more information may call-342-1733.

We’re About 9 to perform at Oswego Music Hall

The Oswego Music Hall is bringing the edgy, genre-bending trio, We’re About 9, to its stage Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m.  With a sound that “colorfully blends acoustic guitar-backed harmonies with pop, blues, and coffeehouse rock, this trio from Baltimore delivers a positively enthralling performance,” according to Singer Magazine critic Robert Lindquist.

The show will be opened by another duo known for one of the most exciting sounds in today’s folk music scene: IlyAIMY (I love you And I Miss You).

Both groups have performed in venues up and down the eastern U.S.

The We’re About 9 trio — Katie Graybeal, Brian Gundersdorf, and Pat Klink — brings vocal harmonies and an outside-the-box songwriting approach to an upbeat, fun show.

The trio has been performing over 10 years ever since their open mic shows started flooding both floors of the coffee house in Ellicott City, Md.

We’re About 9 won the emerging artist showcase vote at the Falcon Ridge Folk festival in 2002. Within another two years, the band played the main stages at Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, Philadelphia Folk Fest, Clearwater Revival, Four Corners Folk Fest, Mountain Stage New Songs Fest, and many more.

In 2008, We’re About 9 released “Paperdust :: Stardust,” an album that shows off the duo (Katie and Brian) on some songs, the trio (Brian, Katie and Pat) on others, along with special guests.

Their second release, “Amalgam,” came out in 2010.

ilyAIMY (i love you And I Miss You) is a percussive acoustic rock duo hailing from Baltimore, Md. ilyAIMY mixes genres from rock to folk to soul to bluegrass and flavors as varied as jazz and hip hop.

Recently voted “Most-Wanted Artist” by the audiences at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, ilyAIMY combines award-winning songwriting, male/female harmonies, slap-style guitar work, ukulele, djembe and a curiously Muppet-like stage presence into an exquisite package.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the River’s End bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

The Music Hall’s next concert this season will be the Canadian acoustic pop star, Dala, April 6.

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Dana and Susan Robinson to perform at the Music Hall

The Oswego Music Hall will host Dana and Susan Robinson — and their blend of original songs of the American landscape and old time Appalachian mountain music — Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m.
The Oswego Music Hall will host Dana and Susan Robinson — and their blend of original songs of the American landscape and old time Appalachian mountain music — Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m.

The Oswego Music Hall will host Dana and Susan Robinson — and their blend of original songs of the American landscape and old time Appalachian mountain music — Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m.

With ties to both the Northwest and New England, the duo has hail from Asheville, N.C.

Their music has the sound and feel of bedrock America, with these two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience.

Their blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dana relocated to New England where he discovered both a thriving songwriters scene and the deep well of traditional mountain music. In the early 1980s, he settled in northern Vermont and built a house “off the grid” (no electricity and phone) on 30 acres near the Canadian border.

There he founded a popular bakery, café and folk music venue.

He launched into full-time touring after the release of his 1994 debut CD, “Elemental Lullabye” and after receiving a request to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Putumayo’s Shelter benefit project.

Sue grew up in a musical family in New England. She studied piano, oboe, and Scottish fiddle before meeting Dana in 2002. She was working in the environmental field in California when she met him at a house concert.

Upon moving to North Carolina a short time thereafter, she launched into studying with many of the great old time musicians in the Asheville area, and naturally adapted to the on-the-road lifestyle.

The music hall, also known as the Ontario Center for Performing Arts, is located in the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the River’s End bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

The music hall’s next concert this season will feature the trio We’re About 9, opened by the duo IlyAIMY, March 16.

April Verch Band

April Verch Band to perform in Oswego Jan. 19

April Verch Band
April Verch Band

The Oswego Music Hall is bringing the April Verch Band to our Central New York audience.

Verch is among the most in-demand performers in roots music today   The band consists of Verch at the helm and world-class musicians Hayes Griffin on guitar and Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo.

The band has toured across Canada, the United States, the U.K., Europe, Australia and China. Together, they have established a reputation as consummate performers with boundless energy on stage that inevitably brings audiences to their feet.

Verch was born to traditional music in Canada’s Ottawa Valley, surrounded by a fusion of Irish, Scottish, French, German, and Polish influences.

She was a local star at four, step dancing with her sister and winning contests. Later she became the first woman in history to win both of Canada’s most prestigious fiddle championships, the Grand Masters and Canadian Open; and when Canada hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, she was asked to represent her country’s music at the opening ceremonies.

The Oswego Music Hall, also known as the Ontario Center for Performing Arts, is located at McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the River’s End bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

The Music Hall’s next performance this season will be Cliff Eberhardt’s, opened by Louise Mosrie, Feb. 2.

Bluegrass band to perform at Oswego Music Hall Jan. 5

The Oswego Music Hall will present the high-powered blue-grass ensemble, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m.

This acoustic band plays the true, bluegrass stuff, according to reviewer Devon Leger.

“Alan Lomax famously called bluegrass ‘folk music on overdrive’ and after Frank Solivan’s performance, I’d have to whole-heartedly agree,” said Leger.

Hailing mostly from the D.C. area, Solivan plays mandolin, guitar and violin while the banjo is played by Mike Munford. Danny Booth provides the heartbeat on the stand up bass and Chris Luquette, from the Seattle music scene, plays the acoustic guitar, mandolin, drums, bass, electric guitar, banjo, and Greek bouzouki.

The all-volunteer, family-friendly Music Hall, also known as the Ontario Center for Performing Arts, is located in the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the River’s End bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

The Music Hall’s next concert will be the award-winning fiddler, April Verch, and her band Jan. 19.

Anthony Joseph Swingtet to jazz up Oswego Music Hall

Anthony Joseph Swingtet
The Oswego Music Hall is bringing the energetic Anthony Joseph Swingtet back to its stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The Oswego Music Hall is bringing the energetic Anthony Joseph Swingtet back to its stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The Anthony Joseph Swingtet has become popular in and around central New York, especially among jazz enthusiasts. The band performs music by some of the most famous jazz composers and performers, including George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, and Syracuse native Jimmy Van Heusen.

Usually performing as a small combo, the Anthony Joseph Swingtet provides something like a chamber music-like jazz setting.

The performance Nov. 3 will feature its primary quintet members: Anthony Joseph of Oswego, clarinet and vocals; Bill Palange of Oswego, trombone; Tom Bronzetti of Liverpool, guitar; Mike Solazzo of Syracuse, acoustic bass; and Karl Sterling of Syracuse, drums.

When the Anthony Joseph Swingtet released its CD in 2007, critic Mark Bialczak described their music as “lovingly performed…played with devotion;” the guitar and clarinet made “great teammates,” and the “swinging upright bass put a big bounce” into this recording.

Homemade desserts, popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the River’s End bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego.

The next concert in the season will feature the singer-songwriters Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group Nov. 17.

The Oswego Music Hall is bringing back the Delaney Brothers Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Founded in 1981, two-time SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) winners Delaney Brothers Band is one of central New York’s oldest bluegrass bands.

Delaney Brothers to perform at Oswego Music Hall Oct. 20

The Oswego Music Hall is bringing back the Delaney Brothers Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Founded in 1981, two-time SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) winners Delaney Brothers Band is one of central New York’s oldest bluegrass bands.

The Oswego Music Hall is bringing back the Delaney Brothers Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.

Founded in 1981, two-time SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) winners Delaney Brothers Band is one of central New York’s oldest bluegrass bands.

The band’s music is more than just bluegrass – it’s influenced by other acoustic traditions such as country, folk, gospel, and Celtic.

The band has also taken on added flavors with its newest band members. Joining founding band members Ray Delaney (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and John Delaney (mandolin, guitar, vocals) are Jonathan Delaney (upright bass, vocals) and Nick Piccininni (banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, vocals).

Born into a musical family, Ray and John began playing guitars in their teens. It was only after moving to Central New York and bumping into Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble radio program over the airwaves of WCNY in Syracuse, that Ray and his brother turned to bluegrass.

The band’s latest CD release entitled “Generations” reflects not only the passing of the musical torch from one generation to the next, but also the melding of the two generations found within the band itself.

The album’s tracklist exemplifies this with several songs written by their youngest member, banjo player Nick Piccininni, as well as traditional selections composed by bluegrass forefathers like the late Bill Monroe.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the River’s End bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego.

Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.

The next concert in will feature The Anthony Joseph Swingtet Nov. 3.

Seth Glier to perform at Oswego Music Hall

The Oswego Music Hall’s season finale with 2011 Grammy nominee Seth Glier, Emerging Artists Showcase, barbecue dinner and more will be held Saturday June 2

“With five hours of music and good food throughout the evening, this is a party you won’t want to miss,” said Music Hall’s Artistic Director Ellen Wahl.

Special guest for the Sunset Reception will be world class guitarist Loren Barrigar.

Artists performing in the Emerging Artist Showcase include Lacey Lee (harpist, songwriter), Kristin & David (mountain dulcimer, guitar), Mick Dooley  (song writer, ukulele, guitar), Greg Hoover & Harlee Station (harp, bass, guitar), and Jane Zell (guitarist, singer, songwriter).

When Glier was scheduled for the Finale, his new album, “The Next Big Thing,” had not yet been nominated for a Grammy Award. While Glier didn’t win that major music award this year, the nomination was exciting, and it documents how swiftly this 22-year-old musician from tiny Shelburne Falls, N.Y. has been making a name on the national music scene.

Glier abandoned his studies at the Berklee College of Music after a year because he “decided I should be playing for people not for grades.”

His 2009 debut on MPress Records, “The Trouble With People,” drew comparisons to a young Billy Joel, Elton John and Paul McCartney.

Featured in The Boston Globe for his “100% Fan-Funded Tour,” Glier is already a seasoned troubadour playing 250 shows per year.

He was raised on the music of Joni Mitchell, Martin Sexton and Jeff Buckley, but considers his brother to be his greatest influence. “My brother is autistic and non-verbal,” he said. “I learned to communicate with words better once I realized how to communicate to someone without them.”

This season finale is a family-friendly party from 4:30 until after sunset at the usual Music Hall venue (41 Lake St. Oswego).

Those seeking more information may call 342-1733 or access the Music Hall web site at www.oswegomusichall.org.

The 37th season for the Oswego Music Hall will start Sept. 22.