OSWEGO — The Oswego Music Hall’s gala finale show at the end of its annual season will be held May 20 and will feature the Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio.
The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for the finale, a unique, five-hour extravaganza. Local favorite Gary Carpentier will kick off the festivities at 5 p.m. The headliner, the Heather Pierson Trio, will take the stage at 7:15 p.m., followed by a dessert reception with music interlude. The evening will end with a sunset toast.
The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio burst onto the national folk scene in 2015 with their debut EP, “Still She Will Fly.”
The title track was the No. 2 single on the folk radio charts in 2015, and three other songs — “Ain’t Gotten Around,” “You Don’t Know Him The Way I Do” and “Make It Mine — were in 2015’s Top 100 Folk singles.
They are currently wrapping up work on their first full length record, “Singin’,” which is scheduled for June release.
Pierson — lead vocals, acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, piano — is an award winning singer/songwriter and performer, with eight previous solo recordings under her belt.
Filling out the trio is Davy Sturtevant and Shawn Nadeau.
Sturtevant — cornet, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, harmony vocals — is a veteran touring artist, producer, engineer, songwriter and performer.
Nadeau — bass, harmony vocals — brings a rock solid thump and nearly two decades of performing experience to the trio, informed by a wide spectrum of rhythmic and melodic sensibilities ranging from rockabilly to reggae to jazz.
A buffet will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with guests entertained by an emerging artists showcase that highlights a range of area musicians.
This year’s Emerging Artists’ Showcase includes Greg Rosplock, Mark Brady and Brandon Furber and youth performers Cait Devin and Sera Bullis.
Tickets for the buffet will be available at the door only. The buffet will include cuisine from Old City Hall, Franco’s Pizza and Ontario Orchard.
Tickets for the May 20 performances are free for members of the Oswego Music Hall. Non-member tickets are also available and can be purchased online at oswegomusichall.org and at river’s end bookstore in Oswego. Children 12 and younger are half price and those younger than 5 are free. Dinner tickets will be sold at the door. Water, soda, coffee and tea will be available for purchase.
The evening will end with a complimentary sunset reception on the deck with desserts and toasts honoring special guest Dick Reinert. Friends and musicians from years past including Scott Regan, Gene Tighe, Gary Meixner, Russ Tarby, Jim Sherpa and others will help celebrate his 80th birthday and kick off the Music Hall’s 40th season.
This season finale is a family-friendly jamboree from 5 p.m. until after sunset at the Oswego Music Hall, McCrobie Building, 41 Lake St., Oswego. The 40th season for the Oswego Music Hall will begin next fall on Sept. 9 featuring John Gorka with local artist Gina Holsopple opening.
Music Hall concerts are made possible in part with funding by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.