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Mike Powell, Charley Orlando, Chris Merkley to Visit Oswego Music Hall Sept 14

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Local luminaries Mike Powell, Charley Orlando and Chris Merkley open the 2018 Fall season of ‘The Hook” on the Oswego Music Hall stage Friday, Sept 14, 2018.

Join us as for an exciting evening of storytelling and song as they present their original material and discuss the songwriting process. The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake Street in Oswego. Show time is 7:30 pm; doors open at 7:00. Tickets are $12.

Mike Powell:

“One of the premier singer/songwriters in music today” - NYS Music

Mike Powell is a traveling storyteller and prolific writer who garnered international attention with his song “Twenty One Rounds” written as part of the Acoustic Guitar Project. When not performing with “The Black River Band” he has toured with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion and shared the stage with David Lindley, Martin Sexton, Shooter Jennings & many more. His sound is honest, songs are heartfelt and his shows are real.

He is also a craftsman that owns and operates the Rising Feather art studio in Cazenovia NY. You can learn more about Mike by visiting his website:

Charley Orlando:

After 17 albums, and over 3,000 shows in North America, 200 plus original songs, 28 GRAMMY Ballot Nominations and over 30 years in the music industry, Charley Orlando has settled into a multi faceted music career. Mainly playing solo shows that display his veteran songwriting style and unique rhythmic approach to the guitar while pushing himself to create on all levels. Currently Charley has 3 projects in rotation and all so very different. His solo career, RUHA which is an all original duo that mixes acoustic instrumentation and electronica using Albeton Live as a platform and Pearly Baker's Best which is an Authentic Grateful Dead Tribute band.

You can visit him on Facebook @

Chris Merkley:

Chris has performed over a thousand shows from the streets of Paris to venues throughout Europe and across the United States. He has released nine albums with a variety of groups which include songwriting duo Merkley & Morgan, acoustic American roots rock band The Crooners, and the swampy blues-rock trio of Digger Jones. In addition to an extensive career of recording and touring, Merkley has composed and produced an extensive catalog of original music for TV and has songs featured in several independent films. In 2008, he created a number of original compositions for HBO's critically acclaimed series, 'Generation Kill' and has since collaborated with Free Man Music and fellow Old Boy artists to compose custom original music for Cinemax, HBO Latino, and Max Latino. He is currently performing solo, as well as with Merkley & Morgan, The Crooners, and Digger Jones in the New York area.

Visit Chris on Facebook @

In addition to The Hook, the Oswego Music Hall offers Open Mic Fridays every other weekend through Dec. The first open mic of the fall season takes place Sept 21, and new for this season will include a songwriting contest. Headlining the National Stage for the second show of the Fall season are Stewart Fuchs and Sarah Carlise on Saturday Sept 22, with a Ukulee workshop also being offered by the duo on Sunday the 23. 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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