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Avalon, Jim Shaffer, and Todd Hobin with Doug Moncrief at Music Hall Feb 22

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Oswego Music Hall’s “The Hook” is proud to bring local luminaries Todd Hobin and bandmate Doug Moncrief to the Oswego Music Hall stage.

Joining them for this exciting evening of original music will be the acoustic duo Avalon and Jim Shaffer. The popular series continues to grow in attendance so make a point to get early tickets to reserve your spot in what promises to be a great show!

Avalon is an acoustic duo based in Oswego, NY and composed of singer-songwriters Michael Judge and Juliet Forshaw. They perform original music that blends folk, classical, and musical theater styles. Their performances feature a wide range of instruments, striking vocal harmonies, and the occasional prop. Their lyrics explore the highs and lows of life through myth and fable. Their debut CD, Avalon, was released in April 2017. Their second CD, My Evil Plan, is slated for release in Spring 2019. Their next performance will be at SUNY Oswego on April 14.

Jim Shaffer has been on the regional music scene for over 2 decades. His years of playing guitar for the band, Bad Habit of Sandy Creek have served him well as he utilizes his rhythmic guitar style to back his distinctive voice on both original and cover songs. .

Jim's first EP release, “Broken” was recorded at Subcat Studios in Syracuse, NY. Gabrielle Azi, editor of Songladder, had this to say about the title track: “Sometimes when it comes to music, simplicity is the best route to take as Jim Shaffer's “Broken” shows. Shaffer is somewhere between Johnny Cash and George Strait in this one. While the track may be titled “Broken” there is a warmness that permeates throughout that any sense of melancholy doesn't put a damper on the song itself. “Broken” is a beautiful track balancing the lines of rock and country for something truly wonderful.”

Jim is currently performing in an Acoustic Duo “On The Porch” with Singer Songwriter Meg Bolton

Todd Hobin is a singer/songwriter and founder of the legendary Todd Hobin Band, one of America's longest standing Rock bands. They’ve headlined thousands of shows and have toured with some of the greatest bands of their time from The Beach Boys and Kinks, to the Allman Brothers and Hall & Oates. Recognized in Europe by Hard Rock Magazine, "…first class songs that sound like the Eagles or CSN in a heavy rock style."

Their recently released double CD set, The Early Years is filled with Hobin classics: I Hate You, Keepin’ the Dream Alive, New York Country Song, and many more. Their latest album, It’s Not Over continues in the same tradition; critically acclaimed, rocking, thoughtful, and uncompromising.

Hobin is a gifted and prolific songwriter and composer. The follow up to his Wellness Suite of new age music is coming soon. His music scores can be heard in film, TV, and Audio Books. Credits include scores for King Kong and Shannon Hale’s Goose Girl. He directed and wrote the music for Fairest, a novel by Gail Carson Levine, author of Ella Enchanted. It was nominated for a prestigious AUDIE Award. As was his production of Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

Joining Todd will be fellow bandmate Doug Moncrief

Doug, an accomplished solo performer has played many Songwriter nights at the “Bluebird Cafe” in Nashville, numerous events closer to home and has performed solo in larger venues opening for Trisha Yearwood, Tracy Lawrence, Shenandoah, Kentucky Headhunters, Kevin Sharp, Buffalo Club and others. Having experienced the "vibe" of the Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville, he brought home and hosted "In the Round" style writers nights and has hosted and been involved with many songwriter workshops throughout the North East. He's written and co-written many, many album cuts and has written and co-written music for television, film, video and commercials.

The next Oswego Music Hall Open Mic takes place on Friday March 1st. Headlining the National Stage on March 2, will be Vance Gilbert with local favorite Mike Powell opening. All shows start at 7:30 pm and doors open at 7:00. 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.

You can enjoy performing artists at the family friendly Oswego Music Hall, located in the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake Street, Oswego, NY. The atmosphere is intimate with candle-lit tables surrounding a small stage. Light snacks, desserts and beverages are available for purchase. Ticket prices begin at $2 for Open Mics, $12 for Hook events and $16 for the national stage. Children under 12 are half price and under 5 free. Purchase tickets at any Hook or Saturday concert, on the web or at the river’s end bookstore.

The Music Hall is a non-profit organization that has been run entirely by volunteers from its inception 40 years ago. 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 or email: [email protected]

Concerts are made possible in part with funding by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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