Singer, songwriter Rocky Votolato to open Indie Series

Singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato. Acoustic troubadour Rocky Votolato of Seattle will open the Indie Series at SUNY Oswego in a concert Friday, Oct. 1, in Sheldon Hall ballroom. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. concert.

Votolato’s website calls him “a soft-spoken, very kind, very hard-working father of two, born in rural Texas and raised in the Pacific Northwest indie scene.” He formerly fronted acclaimed rock band Waxwing.

With his sandpaper-smooth voice and introspective lyrics, the former punk rocker now writes “graceful, understated, unpretentious songs, demonstrating that simplicity is still a viable option for accomplished songwriters,” according to his site.

Mandate of Heaven will open for Votolato. The indie rock band from Syracuse, fronted by Greg Pier, includes Flashing Astonisher veterans Bob Kane and Chuck Gwynn. Jason Randall, producer and manager of reggae’s John Brown’s Body, came aboard as second guitar in fall 2008. John Hanus plays lap, steel or other guitars.

Campus radio station WNYO and the college’s Artswego Performing Arts Series sponsor the Indie Series.

Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for seniors and for faculty and staff, and $5 for SUNY Oswego students. Tickets are available at 315-312-2141 or online at Parking is free in campus lots on evenings and weekends.

Tickets for the four-concert Indie Series are $40 for the general public, $35 for seniors and faculty and staff and $15 for students.

PHOTO CAPTION: Born in rural Texas and raised in the Pacific Northwest indie scene, acoustic troubadour Rocky Votolato will headline the next installment of SUNY Oswego’s Indie Series at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 in the college’s Sheldon Hall ballroom.

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(Posted: Sep 15, 2010)