Where Have All the Local Musicians Gone?
Musician John McConnell has hosted Open Mic Night at Old City Hall bar in Oswego. Now, his Tuesday night events involve a live Facebook performance.

Where Have All the Local Musicians Gone?

Stayin’ alive? Musicians go on in the time of pandemic By Tim Nekritz nekritz@gmail.com ‘When music is your lifeblood and your livelihood, the show must go on. That’s what performers and the places that host them are learning, and adapting to.’ In normal times, Tuesday nights are a highlight for John McConnell and what has become a local musical family. For decades, Old City Hall (OCH) on Water Street in the Port City has held Open Mic Night, hosted for the past decade by the amiable McConnell and featuring musicians of all types, skill levels and walks of life. But the sudden shift caused by COVID-19 has disrupted life for every participant. “I’ve formed countless relationships at that gig and OCH will forever be one of my homes away from home,” McConnell said. “I miss performing in the space next to the wood stove and I miss listening to my friends and fellow open mikers perform there too.” But when music is your lifeblood and your livelihood, the show must go on. That’s what performers and the places that host them are learning and adapting to. Now McConnell’s Tuesday night involves a live Facebook performance with an opportunity for viewers

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