OSWEGO COUNTY – Peter Mulvey with opening special guest J. Schmitt will appear on the main stage of Oswego Music Hall on Saturday January 15th.
Mulvey has been a songwriter, road dog, storyteller, and quasi-poet since before he can remember. Raised in the Catholic working class of northwest Milwaukee, he spent a semester in Ireland and immediately began cutting classes to play on Grafton Street in Dublin and hitchhike across the country, finding all the concerts he could. Returning to the United States, he spent a few years performing in the Midwest before moving to Boston, where he returned to the streets (this time on the subway) and cafes. Small shows led to bigger shows, which eventually led to regional, then national and international tours. The wheels haven’t stopped since.
Twenty records, an illustrated book, thousands of live performances, 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, appearances on NPR , an annual fall bike tour, festival host, host of his own boutique festival (the Lamplighter Sessions, in Boston and Wisconsin)… Mulvey never stops. He built his life’s work on collaboration and on an instinct for the eclectic and the vital. He integrates everything he encounters in his work: poetry, social justice, scientific culture and humanism deeply rooted in his art. Further information and videos are available at https://www.facebook.com/PeterMulveyMusic/, https://www.petermulvey.com/ or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–4Xq_qonGA .
“Part poet, part storyteller, part independent rocker, part folk singer, part mad scientist. Often referred to as “the Bob Dylan of central New York,” J. Schnitt has brought his vast arsenal of songs, his beaten guitar and his trusty suitcase drum to stages in the Northeastern United States and around the world ever since. 20 years. years now.
With over 22 albums, hundreds of songs written and thousands of performances, J. Schnitt has established himself as one of the leading singer-songwriters in the world of independent music today. It has won a variety of songwriting awards and accolades, including recognition from the International Songwriting Competition for “excellence in songwriting”, among others. With his bloated guitar, harmonicas, foot percussion and home-made suitcase drum, he typically gives more than 150 shows a year. He has appeared on stages as prestigious as the Nelson Odeon, Mercury Lounge, Club Passim, Shaffer Theater, Babeville and Westcott Theater to name a few. He has shared the stage with artists Yonder Mt. String Band, The Felice Brothers, Jackie Greene, Dan Bern, Martin Sexton, Ghosts of Paul Revere and Willie Nile, among others. Further information and videos are available at https://jschnitt.wixsite.com/jschnittmusic or https://www.facebook.com/jschnittmusic.
Shows start at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 7:00 p.m. for all National Stage concerts. For a full show schedule and ticket information, visit the website at https://www.oswegomusichall.org/ or stop by the River’s End Bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St. in Oswego.
National stage ticket prices range from $ 15 to $ 19 at the door. Students are $ 10. Children 16 and under are half price and children under five are free. Buy tickets for any concert, online or at the River’s End bookstore.
The season continues on January 29 with Driftwood on the main stage. Further information and videos are available at https://www.driftwoodtheband.com/. Open Mic Friday opens the weekend of January 28. The evening begins at 7:00 pm, followed by the artists who register that evening, starting at 6:30 pm Admission is by donation.
The wheelchair accessible site is located at the McCrobie Civic Center at 41 Lake Street in Oswego. It is adjacent to Breitbeck Park and overlooks Lake Ontario and Oswego Harbor. The atmosphere is intimate with candlelit tables surrounding a small stage. Due to COVID precautions, snacks and drinks will be limited, but available.
Oswego Music Hall is a family-run, non-profit organization that has been run entirely by volunteers since its inception over 40 years ago. Volunteers can be admitted to shows through a variety of tasks, from managing the soundboard to making popcorn. Students can also earn credits for community service. To volunteer, email Volunteer Coordinator Michael Moss at [email protected]
With respect to security protocols, the Music Hall will adhere to CDC, state and local guidelines. They will follow protocols adopted by CNY theaters, which require proof of vaccination before admission to shows or a recent negative COVID test result. In addition, wearing a mask is compulsory except in a seated position. Unvaccinated children can attend but must wear a mask.
The concerts are made possible in part through funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the New York Governor and Legislature. The other main supporters are the city of Oswego and the Shineman Foundation.
National Saturday shows
February 12 – Ruddy Well Band
April 9 – Opening of Cadleys / Mark Wahl
April 23 – Heather Pierson Trio
April 30 – Guest Curator’s Earth Day Event
May 21 – Finale – The Sea the Sea w / Emerging Artist Showcase