OSWEGO, NY – Building on the success of Oswego’s first 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” (two or three 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 PorchFest 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 an 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, an Oswego city resident and a community activist, 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 PorchFest activities,” he said.
Two of the PorchFest 2015 crowd favorites, The Shambles and Ronda Helene, will return for the first PorchFest Concert on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. 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 six-piece band from Binghamton, playing Celtic and American folk rock music in their own unique and high-energy way.
This band features 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 five.
She has a clear, strong, seasoned voice like the legendary women whose songs she sings.
Born in Upstate New York, she has been singing professionally for the past nine years after studying music and voice in college.
A divorced mother of three, a grandmother and most recently a cancer survivor, her personal experiences adds depth and emotion to her already seasoned style and delivery.
Oswego PorchFest Concert One will take place on November 21, beginning at 7 p.m. 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, West First Street 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 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.