Oswego Music Hall Welcomes Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway to Main Stage March 25th – Oswego County Today

Photo from the Harris and Greenway website.

OSWEGO COUNTY — Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway present the musical presentation “Deeper Than The Skin,” in song and story, on the Oswego Music Hall Main Stage, McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake Street, Oswego on Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 pm Before the concert, the audience is invited to a “Meet & Greet” reception at 6:30.

Poster courtesy of Oswego Music Hall.

Reggie and Greg have a unique story. Born three days apart, lineage flowing through the same portal of history, Richmond, Virginia, they are on a pilgrimage together – one that began three decades ago. The racial divisions that are the reality of America put them in two different worlds, but the amazing bonds of music, respect, admiration and a shared vision brought them together as friends and colleagues.

Reggie is director of music education for UUA’s Living Legacy Project, leading tours of the hallowed grounds of the civil rights South. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and has led hundreds of programs on race and social justice.

Greg, one-third of Brother Sun, was part of the planning committee (at Reggie’s request) for Marching in the Arc of Justice, a Unitarian Universalist conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma ballot measure. Together and individually, Reggie and Greg brought the Race question to audiences across North America.

“Deeper Than The Skin” is a singing and listening experience… an experience of connection so deep that it makes you laugh, smile, cry and rethink what you know about our history. It brings together a remarkable journey that began 30 years ago.

An experience that makes you laugh, smile, cry and rethink what you know about our history. “… a profoundly moving evening of profound sharing and stellar musicianship.” ~ Margie Rosenkrantz, Eight Steps. For more information, visit www.DeeperThanTheSkin.com or watch a video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=580A46iYqek.

Oswego has a history as a city of refuge for freedom seekers – when Oswego was a stop on the Underground Railroad and for Jewish refugees during World War II. In fact, Oswego has more famous UGRR sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places than any other county in the US. Oswego’s history extends beyond our borders into neighboring counties (and a neighboring state!) with roots in the South.

?Special guests Tim Hotchkiss, Ali Proud, Pastors Andrew and James Hinman, Ed Elsner, Dot Wilsey, Audrey Hurley and Kelly Jordahl representing Bristol Hill Church, Starr Clark Tin Shop Museum, Gerritt Smith Estate and gift, UGRR Consortium of New York and the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum.

Prior to the evening performance, concertgoers will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with our guests representing organizations dedicated to keeping our region’s history alive. They will be able to pick up brochures, information about future events and purchase items for sale that support their cause.

?Shows start at 7:30pm and doors open at 7:00am for all National Stage concerts. For a complete performance schedule and ticket information, visit the website at https://www.oswegomusichall.org/ or stop by River’s End Bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego.

The spring season continues with Jonathan Byrd on April 15 and the Burns Sisters on the 29. The season finale on May 13 will feature Annie Sumi and Travis Knapp.

National stage ticket prices range from $15 to $20 at the door. Children under 16 are half price, and under 5 are free. Buy tickets for any concert online or at the Riverside Bookstore.

The Oswego Music Hall venue is located in the McCrobie Civic Center, at 41 Lake Street in Oswego, and is wheelchair accessible. It is adjacent to Breitbeck Park and overlooks Lake Ontario and Oswego Harbor. The atmosphere is intimate with candlelit tables surrounding a small stage. Light refreshments will be available.

The Oswego Music Hall is a family-owned, non-profit organization that has been run entirely by volunteers since its inception over 40 years ago. Volunteers can earn access to shows by doing a variety of tasks, from running the soundboard to making popcorn. Students can also earn community service credit. To volunteer, email Volunteer Coordinator Michael Moss at [email protected].

Find more information online at 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 the support of the New York Governor and Legislature. Other major supporters include the City of Oswego and the Shineman Foundation.

2023 Music Hall Calendar 45th Season

Spring 2023

National stage

March 25 Deeper Than Skin with Greg Greenaway and Reggie Harris

April 15 Jonathan Bird

29 Burns Sisters Band

May 13 Season Finale featuring Annie Sumi and Travis Knapp

The Hook Songwriter Series.

April 21 Cam Caruso, Gary Carpentier and Tim Forbes

Open Mic Guest Hosts

March 24 Larry Kyle

April 14 Joe Henson

28 Steve Watson

Poster courtesy of Oswego Music Hall.

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