This is the perfect all - family concert for Oswego's Warm-Up weekend. The band's website says "Throw out the rules when Billy Jonas hits the stage! It's a musical conversation . . . a sonic celebration . . . a splendiferous gathering of old and young, because at a Billy Jonas show, the ensemble is everyone."
Bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss' reaction? " . . . irresistible . . . my cheeks hurt from smiling!"
For more than two decades, Billy Jonas' creative and interactive performances have enchanted and inspired folks from all walks of life — touching hearts, souls, and minds world-wide. The band makes innovative use of "found objects." They engage their audiences and discover the music within common items . . . and within themselves. While the performance in Oswego will use conventional instruments -- guitar, bass, and marimba, it will mix them with homemade creations, such as bells, buckets, keys and body percussion. There's a big-tent festival quality to this band's shows, presented in audience-tailored ways to create connections, foster inspiration, and just to promote musical fun.
The Billy Jonas Band is led by guitarist / vocalist / industrial re-percussionist Billy Jonas, and features Ashley Farmer (vocals, percussion– in turns soulful, sensual and humorous); Sherman Hoover (vocals, bass, re-percussion; supported by his background in classical, jazz and progressive rock, Sherman adds funky harmonies to the mix); and Juan Holladay (vocals, marimba, re-percussion, adding a groovy and sweet tenor harmony). And not to be overlooked, the audience is listed with the performers, (vocals, percussion)– because everybody's in the band!
Billy Jonas' recordings and live concerts across the US and Canada have generated an enthusiastic following. His CD "What Kind of Cat are You?!" received multiple awards, including a First Place/Gold from AFIM (American Federation of Independent Musicians), and a Parent's Choice Gold. Jonas' videos have garnered critical acclaim, including Parents Choice Awards and a New York Times "Best" listing. In 2010 he was invited to present a concert at the White House.
For more information about the Billy Jonas & The Billy Jonas Band check out www.billyjonas.com/. Then consider joining the audience for a witty, fun performance at the Oswego Music Hall Sat., Feb. 7th at 7:00 p.m. The timing & location are perfect for an evening after Warm-Up Oswego's Fireworks show over the Lake Ontario. The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake Street, Oswego, in a space overlooking Lake Ontario that volunteers transform into an intimate atmosphere with candle-lit tables surrounding a small stage. Desserts, snacks, popcorn and beverages are available for purchase.
Ticket prices for this concert are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door. Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 are free. Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the river's end bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego. Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 pm, seating will be general admission. For information about money-saving Season Tickets or becoming a member or a volunteer, go to the website or contact Membership Secretary, Carol Forrest at 343-2988.
The Music Hall's next show will be the soulful singer/songwriter, Vance Gilbert, who has 10 CDs out. Opening for Gilbert will be Alison and Zoë Mullan-Stout, singing sisters from Ireland who now make Syracuse their home.
Another upcoming event is The Oswego Music Hall's Annual Meeting at 2:30 at Fallbrook 's Ski Lodge [Look for the red barn on west side of Thompson Rd. , 1.5 miles south of #104] on Sunday, Feb. 8th. The business meeting is followed at 3:30 by a potluck covered dish dinner with open jamming. Members and nonmembers are all welcome alike.
The Oswego Music Hall has been run entirely by volunteers from its beginning over 37 years ago. Volunteers can earn admission to shows through different tasks. Free Open Mic shows are held on Friday nights before all Sat. shows, making it a popular place for local and regional talent to be heard. Music Hall concerts are made possible in part with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For more information call 315-342-1733 or access the Music Hall website: http://oswegomusichall.org/