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Oswego Music Hall has The Hook Songwriter Series, with John McConnell coordinating and emceeing on Friday, April 21. Cam Caruso, Tim Forbes and Gary Carpentier will share the stage beginning at 7:30 PM; doors opening at 7:00 PM.

3 Songwriters. 1 Stage. 1 Love.

The Hook Songwriter Series is a program that brings local and regional songwriters to the Music Hall stage. Each Hook show features three songwriters, who share stage-time equally throughout the course of the evening. It’s the perfect format for today’s short attention span!

Cam Caruso is a singer/songwriter from Oswego. He has been performing in the CNY area for nearly eight years. Cam has released several of his own albums and has also produced projects with fellow singer/songwriters in the area. His personal and collaborative projects have been nominated for four Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMY) including his EP, “Up Above & Down Below”, which won the SAMMY Award for Best Singer/Songwriter Recording in 2020. Most recently in 2023, Cam brought home another SAMMY Award with a win in the People's Choice category for Best Artist or Band. Cam is currently branching out to new venues, working on a couple of personal and collaborative recording projects, and continuing to develop his craft. For more information:

Tim Forbes is a self-taught singer/songwriter based out of Syracuse. He has been performing for over a decade at bars, restaurants, and other venues in the area. Recently, he has had the honor of playing several corporate events for organizations such as Oswego Health, David’s Refuge, Syracuse University Athletics, and the Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation. Tim released his first studio single in March of 2022 titled “Young & Dumb,” and plans to release more original projects in the coming years. For more information find Tim on social media.

Gary Carpentier is a singer/songwriter from Oswego, currently residing in Syracuse. He has been performing locally and nationally for the last ten years as a solo artist, opening for acts such as Ripe and Milky Chance. His EP titled “Lucid” won the SAMMY Award for Best RnB Album in 2020. Since then, Gary has put out numerous singles that have reached the national radio and streaming platforms. In his most recent musical venture, Gary is the front man for a newly formed, original band, The Shoals. For more information find Gary on social media.


For a complete performance schedule and ticket information, visit the website at or pick up an event schedule from the lobby in the McCrobie Civic Center or stop in at the river’s end bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at,  using cash or check at the door or at the river’s end bookstore. Tickets are $12, ages 7-16 half price, students w/ ID $10, and children under 6 are free.


Shows start at 7:30 PM and doors open at 7:00 for all National Stage concerts. For a complete performance schedule and ticket information, visit the website at or stop at the river’s end bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego. 


The Spring season continues with the Burns Sisters Band on April 29. The Season Finale on May 13 will feature Annie Sumi & Travis Knapp.

2023 Music Hall Calendar 45th Season

Winter/Spring 2023


Open Mic Guest Hosts

Feb.     24        Kathy Dillon & Bryan Dickenson

March 10        Mark Zane

            24        Larry Kyle

April    14        Joe Henson

            28        Steve Watson


National Stage

Feb.   25.        The McKrells                                                                                 

Mar.    11        Guy Davis

            25        Deeper Than Skin w/ Greg Greenway & Reggie Harris           

April    15        Jonathan Byrd                                             

            29        Burns Sisters Band                                    

May    13        Season Finale featuring Annie Sumi & Travis Knapp  


The Hook Songwriter Series

March 3         Dave Wolever, Ben Wayne, & Bryan Dickenson

April    21        Cam Caruso, Gary Carpentier, & Tim Forbes     

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