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Eric Schwartz to Perform at Oswego Music Hall Dec 2nd

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The Oswego Music Hall finishes up its Fall season with an evening of wit, music and whimsy on its National Stage on Saturday Dec 2, 2017 with Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer, satirist multi-instrumentalist and entertainer Eric Schwartz (aka Eric “Red” Schwartz.

Local Singer Songwriter John McConnell will open. The Stage is located at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake Street Oswego. The doors open at 7:00: for the 7:30 event. Advance sale tickets are $14 and available at the door for $16.

Eric tours the U.S. and Europe bringing his music to every audience he can find. He’s been playing music and comedy venues nationally for fifteen years (the Improv, The Bluebird, The Comedy Store, The Bottom Line…). He has composed for and performed in various Satiristas shows spearheaded by Paul Provenza, as well as “The Bad Boys of Comedy” with Bobby Slayton, Jim Norton et. al. His songs have been sung by Ronny Cox, Holly Near and Van Dyke Parks. Schwartz is possibly the only artist in the history of the world to get raves from Gloria Steinem and Hustler Magazine, Eric’s songs go from the political to the profane, and sometimes both . Eric’s latest CD release The Aristocrat, which Paul Zollo (Songwriters on Songwriting) calls “a comic treasure” and the U.K.’s Rock’n’Reel magazine calls “beautifully produced and perfectly executed,” contains “There’s a Picture…”, currently in rotation on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom show. Schwartz has also garnered radio play on stations as diverse as Howard Stern’s 100, Raw Dog Radio, the Ed Schultz Show and NPR’s All Things Considered. Schwartz’ latest release is The Better Man which Brian Keathley of KALX Berkeley calls “by far his best work yet. A great collection of tunes with humor, and social commentary – some of which is damn profound. Be listening for it this week and beyond on my radio shows!”

“Schwartz’s shows run the gamut from razor sharp political commentary to storytelling to improvisation to pure balladry.” —NERFA 2016, Formal Showcase

To learn more about Eric peruse his website:

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Watch he performs his ballad Sometime Love Is Not Enough :

Local favorite John McConnell will be the opener for the evening. John is a professional singer/songwriter with over 12 years of performing experience. McConnell’s finger style guitar technique and soulful voice combine to form a home grown sound that is at once original and distinct; blending elements of blues, jazz, soul, folk and beyond.

He performs regularly at established music venues, such as the Dinosaur BBQ, and his original material was nominated for a SAMMY Award (Syracuse Area Music Award) in 2011.John just released his latest cd-By Design. For more information visit:

You can enjoy the performances of Eric and John at the all-volunteer family friendly Oswego Music Hall. The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake Street, Oswego. The atmosphere is intimate with candle-lit tables surrounding a small stage. Desserts, snacks, popcorn and beverages are available for purchase.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego. Holders of tickets purchased before 1 pm on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 pm, seating will be general admission. Doors open at 6:45 pm and ticket prices for this event are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door. Children under 12 are half- price and those under 5 are free.

The final Open Mic of the season will take place on Friday Dec 1. The Ghost Town Ramblers featuring Kay Miracle and Lou Kaplan will host. Performers get a chance to showcase their talents on the National Stage with a world class sound system and the new, professional stage lighting. Signups start at 7:00, music at 7:30. Entry fee is $2.00 to cover BMI and ASCAP fees

The Music Hall has been run entirely by volunteers from its inception 40 years ago. Volunteers can earn admission to shows through different tasks. Music Hall 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. For more information e mail us at: [email protected] or access the Music Hall website:

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