Upcoming Events

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.

Fall 2022

Guest Curator Series

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Jazz by the Lake Series

"A Night of Vocal Delights"

Saturday, November 26th  $15-$18
FREE for Season Pass Holders (make-up concert)

A night of vocal Jazz features a house band of Joe Cortini on drums, upright bassist Brian Miller, saxophonist Dunham Hall, and guitarist Drew Serafini. The event showcases vocalists Aaron Ruiz, Vanessa Vacanti, and stars Miss Nancy Kelly.

 

Nancy was twice named "Best Female Jazz Vocalist" in Downbeat's Reader Polls. She has six nationally and internationally acclaimed CD's and continues to demonstrate why the jazz world refers to her as "The Real Deal". In 2019, she was honored with The Jazz Educator of the Year!

Curator: Dave Kaspar

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Winter Solstice Mini-fest with
Low Lily and special guest Matt Flinner

December 3rd $16-$19

Award-winning American roots band Low Lily teams up with Grammy nominated bluegrass mandolinist Matt Flinner! This collaboration celebrates the Winter Solstice with energetic bluegrass instrumentals alongside impeccably arranged songs. Between them, the musicians play mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and banjo, and sing in three and four part vocal harmonies.

 

Info:  https://www.lowlily.com/

 

Video:

https://www.lowlily.com/videos-music/

https://www.mattflinner.com/media/

 

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Winter/Spring 2023

Winter/Spring Season Pass $150--Buy here

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Peter Mulvey

January 14th $15-$18

Twenty records, one illustrated book, a TEDx talk, a decades-long association with the National Youth Science Camp, opening for luminaries such as Ani DiFranco, Emmylou Harris, and Chuck Prophet, guest-hosting Mountain Stage, appearances on NPR, an annual tour by bicycle, emceeing festivals, hosting his own boutique festival in Boston and Wisconsin…Mulvey never stops. 

Info:  www.petermulvey.com

 

Video:   https://www.youtube.com/user/petermulvey43/videos

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The Brothers Blue

with Mark Wahl opening

January 28th $15-$18

"A Finger Lakes born trio of song writers that flirt with Bluegrass, Celtic, and swampy Cajun country sounds as they weave three-part harmonies over a tapestry of fiddle, banjo, and guitar virtuosity. Featured as emerging artists both by the Greyfox Bluegrass Festival and the Golden Link Folk Singing Society, their performance is well-rounded and polished like river rocks, always reflective of the hills and lakes of their homeland. The Brothers Blue create a hybrid of cajun, bluegrass, and Irish music that [is] not only original but powerful in its energy…" ~Laura DaPolito, nippertown.com   "Three down-to-earth dudes who play some sweet folk." ~Dan Gross, Rochester Indie Musician Spotlight 

Matthew Sperber – guitar, bass                        

Benny Haravitch – banjo, bass, guitar      

Charlie Coughlin – fiddle, mandolin 

Info: https://thebrothersblue.com/

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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

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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

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Guy Davis 

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

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Deeper Than The Skin with 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’s an invitation to open your

heart and mind to a story of shared humanity that resonates with your own.

“… a profoundly moving evening of deep sharing, stellar musicianship and storytelling; as craft, the evening was remarkable.”  ~Margie Rosenkranz, Eight Step, Schenectady

Info:  www.DeeperThanTheSkin.com

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

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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/ 

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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/

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Season Finale featuring Annie Sumi & Travis Knapp

May 13th
Free for members; $ 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

 

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

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