The Hook features three local musicians— Gary Carpentier, Jessica Brown and Ryan Burdick— who will interact with the audience and each other as they present their original material and discuss the songwriting process.
Gary Carpentier, fresh off his debut on “The Voice,” is a 26 year old native of Oswego. He is a singer/songwriter with a touch of an old school crooner style. Carpentier has been playing locally in Central NY for the last 5 years as a solo musician and as part of the “McConnell, Caruso, and Carpentier” trio. Most notably, Carpentier made an appearance this past October, 2017 on the NBC’s Emmy winning reality TV series,“The Voice,” as a part of Team Adam Levine. Out of 90,000 people who auditioned, Carpentier was a part of the top 48 selected. Gary is currently recording an original EP. For more information, you can find him on the following: Facebook: @GaryCarpentier; Instagram: @garycarpentiermusic; Twitter: @garycarpentier and Email: [email protected]
Native to the Thousand Islands area, Jessica Brown moved to Syracuse in 2008 to attend OCC as a vocal major. There she joined a jazz improv class and began singing with a funk hip hop band. Constantly inspired by many different genres of music— from gospel to folk, reggae to hip hop, funk to soul, jazz and blues, grunge to afro beat— Brown believes it is crucial to have a broad range of influence as an artist. Her songwriting style is based on personal life experiences, social and political movements and spiritual themes. She is honest with her lyrics, emotional through her singing, and hopeful with her message. She is currently the lead singer for Syracuse-based, reggae soul band, “Root Shock,” with whom she tours the North East. Her greatest desire is to leave the audience feeling inspired, connected and hopeful. For additional information visit: www.rootshockmusic.com
Ryan Burdick is perhaps best known as vocalist, guitarist, and percussionist for the “Ruddy Well Band” which has produced three albums, and won two Syracuse Area Music Awards in 2013 for Best Americana Album and People’s Choice Award. Burdick’s roots are rural, performing as a child with his father in small towns near the source of the Genesee River in the Southern Tier and has carved his reputation in Central New York performing solo since 2005. His focus spans genres, but remains fixed on meaningful lyricism with earnest, universal themes. For additional information visit: ruddywellband.com
There will be two remaining shows in The Hook series, with the next one taking place on February 16. It will feature Cam Caruso, Corey Paige and Ghost Town Ramblers. Open Mic Fridays will resume on January 12 and continue every other weekend through the spring season. RPR will take the stage on Saturday, January 13, featuring the Canadian powerhouse band, RPR. National Stage shows will also continue every other weekend through May.
Shows start at 7:30 pm and doors open at 7:00. For a complete performance schedule and ticket information, visit the website at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or stop at the river’s end bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego.
You can enjoy performing artist at 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 for Hook events are $12 with children under 12 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.