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Upcoming Events

Winter/Spring 2023

Winter/Spring Season Pass $150--Buy here
Doors open at 7:00 pm; show at 7:30 pm

The Hook Songwriter Series

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Featuring Mike Place, Caitie Dawson, and Erik Mosher

February 3rd   $12 Adults,  $10 Students
$6 ages 7-17 (free, ages 6 and under)
Tickets available below, in person at river'send bookstore (cash or check) or at the door of the event (cash or check).

Follow the links or additional information about the performers:

Facebook event Link: fb.me/e/3jre5OrlH?mibextid=RQdjqZ 

Mike Place: facebook.com/mikeplacemusic and facebook.com/offthereservationCNY

3 Songwriters. 1 Stage.
1 Love

National Stage 

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Sawyer Fredericks

February 11th $16-$19

Americana singer-songwriter, Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family farm in Central New York State, cut his teeth at the age of 13, playing local farmers markets, open mics, and iconic New York venues like Caffe Lena.  With his deep, beyond-his-years original lyrics and melodies, raw, soulful vocals, and powerful live performances, Sawyer was scouted by casting directors at 15, and quickly won over broad audiences with his genuine delivery and unique arrangements of classic songs, going on to win season 8 of NBC's ‘The Voice.’

 

“Hide Your Ghost, fully written and produced by Fredericks stays true to Fredericks’s honest and elegantly stripped down style, a self-described “free range folk”, incorporating elements of blues, roots rock, and jazz with live instrumental arrangements throughout.”

~ Chris Griffy, No Depression

 https://www.sawyerfredericks.com/

Video https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTiJ9_7zDriDpNx-l531dLg

https://youtu.be/UPYkt2a857k

National Stage 

The McKrells

February 25th $16 - $19
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“Perhaps it's the culture-spanning comfort of their tunes or the world class instrumentation of this 6-piece band. Whatever the source, the McKrells deliver a unique musical vocabulary. Bluegrass lent them the tools: guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass, folk music and the original songs of Kevin McKrell are the heart and soul that wields those tools.  Add to that mix world music percussion giving the McKrells “a sound as brisk as wild ponies in a roundup and as tight as thread on a spool.” writes Bluegrass Unlimited. Kevin McKrell's vocals wrap around the band with a "madman's fervor and a lover's tenderness," and his original songs  “of John Prine-like insight and effortless musicality" make for a sound that sets them apart from other folk and bluegrass bands touring the country. "Traditional suits-and-ties bluegrass The McKrells are not...Yes, it's Grass, mostly, but there's a lilt to the tunes, a bouncing drive to the melodies, and here and there a touch of melancholy that seems to go hand in hand with the Celtic folk persona," reports Bluegrass Now. With their unearthly combination of emotive vocals, razor sharp harmonies and fiery pickin'...hot acoustic music was invented for bands like The McKrells. 

 

“Kevin McKrell entertained in wry blarney, sang Ould Sod sentiment in “Dublin Town” and “Home in Donegal” and, most impressively, crooned his original songs of John Prine-like insight and effortless musicality.” ~The Daily Gazette

Info:  https://themckrells.com

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6fSgyyQbOo

National Stage 

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Guy Davis 

with Larry Kyle opening

March 11th $17-$20

“Truth be told, there just aren’t many who can deliver Americana in as interesting and entertaining a manner – or give acoustic traditional blues such a contemporary sound – as Grammy nominated Davis, and it sure is a lot of fun hearing him explore the different sides of the genre here on Kokomo Kidd.” ~The Blues PowR Blog

Info: http://guydavis.com

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUor5JPlZto 

National Stage 

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Deeper Than The Skin
featuring Reggie Harris & Greg Greenway

Meet & Greet Reception 6:30

March 25th $16 - $19

 

“Deeper Than the Skin” is an experience of singing and listening... of experiencing a connection so deep that it makes you laugh, smile, cry and reconsider what you know about our history. It brings together a remarkable journey that started 30 years ago.

Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway are two friends... one Black, one White... one from the North; one from the South. Musicians, storytellers, students of history and world travelers, born 3 days apart. Two separate narratives forged into one powerful friendship aimed at finding common ground and helping others to do the same.

Oswego has a history of being a sanctuary city for Freedom Seekers— when Oswego was a stop on the Underground Railroad and for Jewish refugees during WWII. In fact, Oswego has more known UGRR sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places than any other county in the U.S. Oswego’s story extends beyond our borders into neighboring counties (and a neighboring country!) with roots spawned in the South.

Meet & Greet Reception @ 6:30
Special Guests Tim Hotchkiss, Allie Proud, Pastor James Hinman,
Ed Elsner, Audrey Hurley, and Kelly Jordal who represent the Bristol Hill Church, Starr Clark Tin Shop Museum, Gerritt Smith Estate and gift, the UGRR Consortium of NYS and the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum.

Prior to the evening’s performance concert goers will have an opportunity to meet and mingle with our guests representing organizations dedicated to keeping the history of our region alive. They will be able to take with them brochures, information on future events, and purchase items for sale which support their cause. 

Info:  www.DeeperThanTheSkin.com

Video: https://deeperthantheskin.com/videos/

             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=580A46iYqek

National Stage 

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Jonathan Byrd

April 15th $15-$18

Jonathan Byrd is a preacher’s kid, Gulf War veteran, and award-winning songwriter with a near-cult following. A Jonathan Byrd show will take audiences on a journey from hell-raising sing-alongs to heart-wrenching ballads and back across the backroads of his native North Carolina. "...one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years." -- Chicago Tribune. 

Info: https://www.jonathanbyrd.com/ 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9YN6TwRpAA

National Stage 

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Burns Sisters Band

April 29th $16 - $19

With seamless melodies and amazing vocals the Burns Sisters have shared the stage with many great folk legends, including Arlo Guthie, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Willie Nelson and even the Boston Pops.  They have played venues from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Old Opry, and from hills of Northern Thailand to the hills of Clare Ireland.  The 6-member band is:  Marie & Annie Burns, Doug Robinson, London McDaniel, Harry Aceto, David Borisoff.

Info:  www.theburnssisters.com/

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkD6WyToak8&t=12s

National Stage 

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Season Finale featuring Annie Sumi & Travis Knapp

May 13th
Free for members; $15 non-members

Travis Knapp & Annie Sumi blend their artistic sensibilities into an engaging and dynamic folk experience. Weaving together sounds of acoustic guitar, banjo, piano, and lush vocal harmonies, this duo invites the audience to sing and experience the connection that music inspires. 

Annie Sumi is an ethereal-folk artist with a unique ability to capture the subtleties of nature and spin them into melodies. Her latest release "Solastalgia" explores the feeling of homesickness in our environment, in our relationships, and in ourselves.

website:  anniesumi.com

IG: @universeofannie

FB: facebook.com/anniesumimusic

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87kcqqNJZh0&t=65s

Travis Knapp carries his banjo around the country and the world, gathering people's voices in rowdy singalongs and heartfelt sincerity.  He is currently working on his 5th studio album, a folk EP with a string quartet.

website:  travisknapp.com

IG: @travisknappmusic

FB: facebook.com/travisknappmusic

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPr1xk_hLes&t=123s

NEW:   Oswego Music Hall Guest Curator Program:
The Ontario Center for Performing Arts (aka Oswego Music Hall) offers its resources and expertise to facilitate programs produced and curated by others outside of its own calendar.  Although we facilitate, endorse, and promote these events, they are otherwise independent of OCPA,  and admission to Guest Curator events is not included in Music Hall season passes.

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