Folk singer/songwriter Madeline and the eclectic stylings of Andy Cook and the Wander Loons will launch the new Indie Series at SUNY Oswego on Friday, Nov. 7.
Sponsored by Artswego and campus radio station WNYO 88.9 FM, the show will start at 7 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom. Tickets are $3.
Madeline started as a member of the Athens, Ga., indie music scene when she was 15 years old, including a stint fronting the regionally successful psychedelic pop band Sugar Shaker. Now in her early 20s, she has two full-length solo albums on independent labels: “Kissing and Dancing” on Plan-It-X records and “The Slow Bang” on Orange Twin.
“Madeline captures a ghostly southern Gothic atmosphere” on the latter album, National Public Radio’s “All Songs Considered” said in 2007. “As a solo artist, she has already written a body of incredible folk songs in the spirit of the Carter Family” but “her roots seem more aligned with the punk scene.”
For more information or samples of Madeline’s music, visit www.madelinesongs.com.
The opening act features Cook, a young singer/songwriter from Oberlin, Ohio, who also fronts the rock group Ghost Town Trio. The Wander Loons ensemble features banjo, acoustic guitar, an offbeat drum kit, kazoo and other random instruments.
Jasmyn Belcher, artistic director of the Indie Series, said the idea is to bring an alternative type of performer that appeals to campus and community members.
She recalled seeing Anais Mitchell, a singer/singwriter on Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe record label, perform at the Oswego Music Hall last year. Looking around, Belcher did not see many young people at a concert she thought many of them would have enjoyed.
“There is a big audience for that kind of show at the college, but I don’t think students even knew about it,” Belcher said. “I wanted to create something that would bring everyone together.”
Belcher and Kelly Olsen, 2006 SUNY Oswego graduates who worked together at WNYO and now at the college-based NPR affiliate WRVO, had connections on the do-it-yourself indie scene, where artists travel from town to town, play in basements and sleep in host houses. They received a grant through Artswego and started planning the new series.
“We were trying to get up-and-coming artists that may be better-known than those doing basement shows, but still are on independent labels, believe in doing it themselves and aren’t swayed by the mainstream,” Belcher said.
Belcher hopes the show will be “the first of many,” with two additional concerts in the series planned for the spring semester.