Hook Songwriter Series with Just Joe, Corey Paige and Mark Wahl on stage – Oswego County Today

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OSWEGO – Oswego Music Hall has The Hook Songwriter Series, directed by John McConnell and Cam Caruso, on Friday, February 18, Joe Altier (aka Just Joe), Corey Paige and Mark Wahl will share the stage starting at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.

3 songwriters. 1 step. 1 Love.

The call for Joe Altier (aka Just Joe) came when he took on lead vocals for area hard rock band Brand New Sin. Three albums later, they made headlines in the US and UK, were featured in the movie “School of Rock” and appeared on MTV and ESPN when famed WWE wrestler The Big Show tapped out Joe’s haunting vocals for his infamous entrance song “Crank It Up.”

With over 5,000 events held since 2008, Joe continues to perform solo, record, and collaborate with his band for sold-out shows across the state. Joe was even invited to audition for NBC’s “The Voice” after winning Central New York’s Best Male Vocalist for seven years in a row! For more information, visit: https://www.justjoe.com/.

Corey Paige is a SAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter from Syracuse, NY. His influences include Elliott Smith, Radiohead, Elvis Costello and Soul Coughing. After five studio albums and 15 years as the frontman of rock band Candid, he is currently working on new material for his first solo album.

For more information, visit: http://coreypaigemusic.com/.

Mark Wahl is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and luthier. Mark has been performing in the local acoustic music scene for decades and is known to many as Director of the Ontario Center for the Performing Arts (Oswego Music Hall); a 200-seat non-profit venue located on the shore of Lake Ontario promoting acoustic music.

A graduate of the State University of New York College at Oswego, Mark retired from design and general contracting to devote his full energy to music, Oswego Music Hall and his violin shop where he produces and repairs beautiful acoustic instruments.

Mark’s songs are often poignant vignettes with a powerful use of metaphors that include simple yet compelling melodies. Wahl’s 2018 album, “Circadia”, was nominated for a SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Awards) in the “Americana” category. Mark’s popular 2013 CD “Everything Returns” was recorded with his trio, Canvas Moon. For more information visit: https://www.markwahlguitars.com/.

For a complete performance schedule and ticket information, visit the website at https://www.oswegomusichall.org/ or pick up an event schedule in the lobby of the McCrobie Civic Center or stop by the River’s End bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.oswegomusichall.org/, at the door or at the River’s End Bookstore. Ticket prices for this event are $12. Students are $10. Children under 16 are half price and children under 5 are free.
The season continues on February 26 when Jamcrackers perform on the main stage. “If you’re of the opinion that songs shouldn’t just sound good, they should feel good, then you’ll love this harmonious trio. . . They sing about nature, strong women, healthy communities and peace, backing their rich vocal mix with hammered dulcimer, banjo and world-class guitar. –Sarah Craig, Executive Director of Caffe Lena. For more information, visit: http://www.jamcrackersmusic.com/.

The wheelchair-accessible site is located in the McCrobie Civic Center at 41 Lake Street in Oswego. It is adjacent to Breitbeck Park and overlooks Lake Ontario and Oswego Harbour. The atmosphere is intimate with candlelit tables surrounding a small stage. Due to COVID precautions, snacks and beverages will be limited, but available.

Oswego Music Hall has been a family-run non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers since its inception over 40 years ago. Volunteers can earn admission to shows through a variety of tasks – from managing the sound board to making popcorn. Students can also earn credit for community service. To volunteer, email the Volunteer Coordinator, Michael Moss, at [email protected]

With respect to safety protocols, Music Hall will adhere to CDC, state, and local guidelines. We will follow protocols adopted by CNY theaters which require proof of vaccination prior to admission to shows or a recent negative COVID test result. In addition, wearing a mask is compulsory except when seated. Unvaccinated children can attend but must wear a mask.

Find more information via the Oswego Music Hall Facebook page, www.oswegomusichall.org/ or by email [email protected]

The concerts are made possible in part by funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Governor and Legislature of New York. Other major supporters are the City of Oswego and the Shineman Foundation.

From left to right: Corey Paige, Just Joe and Mark Wahl. Photos provided by the artists.

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