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Music Hall Welcomes Aztec Two-Step

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OSWEGO, NY – The Ontario Center for Performing Arts continues its Spring 2008 Oswego Music Hall season with the legendary folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step, live at 8 p.m., May 31, in the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St.

Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together as the folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step.

Music Hall Welcomes Aztec Two-StepTheir first album on Elektra Records, and their subsequent albums for RCA Records, were staples of progressive FM and college radio and helped bring the music of the 1960s into the 1970s.

As their recording career continued, so did the critical acclaim.

In 1987, Living in America received the New York Music Award for Best Folk Album and was named in Billboard’s year-end critic’s poll.

Praised in major media outlets such as Rolling Stone, and having appeared on numerous TV and radio shows such as David Letterman, King Biscuit Flour Hour, and World Café Live, in 1999 Aztec Two-Step was the subject of a documentary that aired on PBS.

Of their 2005 release, Days of Horses, the Boston Globe said “fans of the duo’s harmony-driven tunes and easygoing acoustic guitar riffs will
recognize their James Taylor-meets-Simon & Garfunkel sound. What’s new is the mood. This album sits back on its haunches as Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman look back wistfully at American pop culture and their own ride through it.”

In 2007, when Forever Changing – The Golden Age of Elektra Records 1963-1973 was issued by Rhino Records, the 5-CD box set included “The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty (On The Road),” Aztec Two-Step’s ode to Jack Kerouac’s groundbreaking novel of the Beat Generation.

In a happy coincidence, 2007 was also the aforementioned 35th anniversary of the album Aztec Two-Step and the 50th anniversary of the publication of On The Road.

Headliners in their own right, Aztec Two-Step has also appeared in concert with such notable artists as Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, The Talking Heads, The Band, Jackson Browne, The Beach Boys, Arlo Guthrie, Randy Newman and many more.

Aztec Two-Step continues to impress audiences with intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar, and inspiring harmonies.

They are one of acoustic music’s most popular and enduring acts.

Admission to this show is payable at the door – $10 for Music Hall members and $14 for non-members.

Children under age 12 are half-price and under five are free.

Call 315-342-1733 for reservations, which are recommended and held until 7:50 the night of the show.

Please note that reservations can only be made for this show at this time.

Reservations for future shows will be accepted beginning two weeks prior to the show date.

Upcoming 2008 Oswego Music Hall shows:

June 7 – Dave Rowe Trio (authentic Maine music) www.daverowemusic.com

September 20 – Tanglefoot (hell-bent folk) www.tanglefootmusic.com

October 4 – Cheryl Wheeler (contemporary folk) www.cherylwheeler.com

November 1 – David Roth (songwriter extraordinaire) www.davidrothmusic.com

November 15 – Jim’s Big Ego (rocking intelligent folk) www.jimsbigego.com

The Music Hall is an all-volunteer, family-friendly venue featuring primarily folk and acoustic music.

The atmosphere is intimate with candle-lit tables surrounding a small stage.

Homemade desserts, popcorn and beverages are available for purchase.

Call 315-342-1733 for more information or to be placed on the Music Hall mailing list.

OCPA events are made possible in part with public funding from the New York State Council on the Arts.