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Oswego PorchFest 2016 Benefit Concert on November 21st

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Building on the success of Oswego’s 1st PorchFest the organizers have developed an Oswego PorchFest  Concert Series called; “Paying It Forward”  which will feature some of the talent who performed at Oswego PorchFest 2015.

The “Oswego PorchFest Concert Series” (2 or 3 a year) will provide “paid” gigs for the performers plus additional exposure in a larger venue (The American Foundry) with the proceeds going to “Oswego PorchFest 2016” via “The Oswego Renaissance Association”. The Concert Series will also keep the idea of Oswego’s PorchFest in the public eye and awareness.

Oswego’s 1st PorchFest 2015, this past September 21, 2015, saw an estimated 800 people turn out for 24 performances on 15 different host porches in Oswego’s Historic Franklin Park and Montcalm Park Neighborhoods. Community responses were overwhelmingly positive.

“Oswego PorchFest” was brought to life by local, life-long resident Gerri Millar and through a “Oswego Renaissance Association Pride Grant” which provided seed money to underwrite the initial costs. The Concert Series should provide additional funds that can be used to continue this new “Oswego PorchFest” tradition and provide a few basic upgrades.

Steven Phillips, a member of the original Oswego PorchFest Committee, also Oswego City Resident and a Community Activists will take the lead on the Concert Series. “We are thrilled to provide a “paid” gig in a great venue that will promote the performers, Oswego PorchFest 2016 and The Oswego Renaissance Association while providing additional funds to underwrite future Oswego PorchFests Activities.”

PorchFestConcertPoster edited 12 of the PorchFest 2015 Crowd Favorites; “The Shambles” and “Ronda Helene”, will return for the 1st PorchFest Concert on Nov 21, 7PM at the American Foundry.

“The Shambles” is what you get when you mix an electrician, a railroad supervisor, a manager, a social worker, a lawyer and a linguistic/music student. If it sounds like a shambles, it is! “The Shambles” is a 6 piece band from Binghamton, playing Celtic and American folk rock music in their own unique and high energy way. This 6 piece band featuring multiple guitars, tin whistle, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, keyboard, melodica, harmonica, percussion and even bagpipes. Think Dropkick Murphy meets Johnny Cash meets Floggin Molley meets the Beatles meets Christina Aguilera. It’s hard to explain but so much fun to listen and dance to.

“Ronda Helene” recently returned from a National Patsy Cline Completion in Westchester, Va where she was ranked in the top 5; Ronda has a clear, strong, seasoned voice like the legendary women whose songs she sings.

Born in Upstate New York, Ronda has been singing professionally for the past 9 years after studying music and voice in college. A divorced Mother of 3, a Grandmother and most recently a cancer survivor, Ronda’s personal experiences adds depth and emotion to her already seasoned style and delivery.

Oswego PorchFest Concert One will take place on Saturday November 21, 2015 beginning at 7PM in The American Foundry. Advanced sale tickets are $15 and can be purchased online from “Brown Paper Bag Tickets” (www.brownpaperbag.com) or locally from “Taste the World Specialty Foods and Coffee” located in the Canal Commons on W 1st St in Oswego. Tickets the day of the Concert will be $20. The $15 Advanced Sale and $20 Day of are General Admission with limited seating available. There will also be a small limited number of “Reserved Seating” available at $25. Reserved Seating is only available from “Taste the World Specialty Foods & Coffee”.

For additional information contact “Oswego PorchFest” via their website; www.OswegoPorchFest.com .

For more insight into “The Shambles” and/or “Ronda Helene” , check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheShamblesCeltic and www.facebook.com/RondaHelene.

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