Oswego Music Hall presents another writer in its "The Hook Series

"The Hook Oct. 2019" From left to right: Taylor Ricks, Mark Wahl and Steve Watson

OSWEGO COUNTY-- Oswego Music Hall continues its 2019-20 The Hook Songwriter Series on Friday, Oct. 25. Steve Watson, Taylor Ricks and Mark Wahl will share the stage beginning at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Visitors can enjoy the performance of these artists at the all-volunteer family friendly Oswego Music Hall. The venue is located in the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego, adjacent to Breitbeck Park and overlooking Lake Ontario and the Oswego Harbor. The atmosphere is intimate with candle-lit tables surrounding a small stage. Light refreshments are available for purchase. 

Tickets und all his own. With thought provoking lyrics, haunting melodies and a percussive approach to his guitar playing, Steven delivers rootsy arrangements that are sure to entertain. Watson's former bands include: Watson Boys, Mac Brothers Band, Wheelwright, Dam Dog, Roosevelt Dean and Carolyn Kelly.

Originally from the Saratoga Springs region of New York, Taylor Ricks began attending classes at the State University at Oswego in 2007. Since graduating, he has been actively involved in the local and regional music scene as a multi-instrumentalist. Taylor has performed and recorded with several local artists such as Our Friends Band, Natural Medicine, Chris James & Mama G Band, John McConnell, Cam Caruso, and Gary Carpentier, among others.

Taylor's stylistic influences include folk, jazz, blues, samba and ragtime. His writing combines introspective themes with outward observations; engaging with the music as both an outlet for personal creativity, as well as a facilitator of social interaction.          

Mark Wahl is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and luthier. Mark has been performing around the local acoustic music scene for decades and is known by many as the director of the Ontario Center for Performing Arts (The Oswego Music Hall).

 A graduate of the State University of New York College at Oswego, Mark retired from the business of design and general contracting in order to direct his full energies toward music, the Oswego Music Hall and his luthierie shop where he produces and repairs fine acoustic instruments. Mark’s songs are often poignant vignettes with powerful use of metaphor that include simple, yet compelling, melodies.

Wahl's 2018 album, "Circadia" was a SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Awards) nominee in the "Americana" category. Mark’s popular 2013 CD, "Everything Returns" was recorded with his trio, Canvas Moon. For more information about Mark's Luthierie visit: markwahlguitars.com 

The season continues Nov. 2 with the Celtic sounds of the New McKrells & the Kinlough Academy. For a complete performance schedule and ticket  information, visit the website at https://www.oswegomusichall.org/ or pick up an event schedule from the lobby in the McCrobie Civic Center or stop in at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St. in Oswego.

The Music Hall is a non-profit organization that has been run entirely by volunteers from its inception in 1978. Volunteers can earn admission to shows through various tasks— from running the sound board to making popcorn. Students can also earn credit for community service. Find more information online at https://www.oswegomusichall.org/ or email OCPAoswego@gmail.com.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.oswegomusichall.org/  or at the door. Children under 16 are half—price and those under 5 are free.

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