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Tribute to Joan and Joni at Oswego Music Hall March 10

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Allison Shapira (left) and Kipyn Martin (right) Allison Shapira (left) and Kipyn Martin (right) Eric M. Hilton photo

Remember Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell? These legendary ladies of folk have laid down lasting legacies and two accomplished women in the DC area are a product of that influence.

Meet Joan & Joni, a duo dedicated to the works of Baez and Mitchell and comprising Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin. Catch them Saturday, March 10 at the Oswego Music Hall at 7:30. Tickets are $16 ($18 at the door).

Both Shapira and Martin are classically trained musicians who possess amazing vocals and a rich stage presence. Their “Joan & Joni” concert pays homage to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. Kipyn Martin is an award-winning Americana singer/songwriter whose roots sink into the banks of the Shenandoah River. Allison Shapira is a “recovering opera singer” who recently found her authentic voice as a folksinger and songwriter. In March 2016, Allison and Kipyn were each nominated by the Washington Area Music Association Awards (WAMMIES) for best contemporary folk vocalist and Kipyn was nominated for songwriter of the year.

Shapira said that she had always admired Baez, while Martin was a long-time Mitchell fan. Shapira said her favorite Baez song is “Diamonds and Rust,” which she praised for its “vivid imagery, its storytelling, and the raw emotion behind it.” Joan would take songs and interpret them in her own way,” Shapira said. “Her singing has so much power, so much authenticity. I appreciate how she uses a song to raise awareness.”

As for Mitchell, Shapira said that few songwriters have been able to take personal experiences and shape them into art that is so universally felt. In addition, Mitchell expanded the boundaries of song structure with jazz-like melodies and arrangements. “Kipyn does an amazing job interpreting Joni’s songs,” Shapira said. “Her version of ‘A Case of You’ is so real. You’re in the moment with her.”

To learn more about Joan & Joni and listen to a video clip, explore their website at: The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake Street, Oswego. The atmosphere is intimate with candle-lit tables surrounding a small stage. Desserts and beverages are available for purchase. Performances consist of three stages: The National Stage, Open Mic Fridays, and the Hook. All shows start at 7:30 pm and doors open at 7:00.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at http:// or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego; also at any Hook or Saturday concert. Children under 12 are half- price and those under 5 are free.

Next up is Mustard’s Retreat, performing Saturday, March 24, 2018. Admission to National Stage concerts is variable with $2 off for advance purchase.

Open Mic Fridays take place on the same weekend as National Stage concerts. Mark Zane will guest host the next Open Mic on March 9. All ages and abilities are welcome. Admission is $2.

The next in the Hook Songwriter series is on Friday, March 16. Sharing the stage will be singer-songwriters Mark Wahl, Colleen Kattau and Dave Wolever. The round robin setting allows the performers an opportunity to interact with the audience and each other and to discuss the songwriting process. Admission is $12.

For a complete performance schedule and ticket information, visit the website at http:// or stop at the river’s end bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego.

The Oswego Music Hall is a not-for-profit community arts organization, founded to provide a performance venue for the community and support for performing artists. It is run wholly by volunteers since 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 at http:// 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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