An Evening With Tish Oney

…is usually the title of my solo touring show when I spend the evening alone on a stage behind a piano (most of the time) singing and playing. My upcoming concert on September 11 will be a bit different… instead of going solo I will be joined by four wonderful musicians–Dr. Gregg Akkerman at the piano, Adam Knight on guitar, Shannon Hoover on bass and Tony Christopher on drums. We have set out to give the University of South Carolina Upstate community a taste of my various touring shows–there will be selections from “Jazz Seasons,” my NYC cabaret show performed at both the Metropolitan Room (twice) and the Triad Theatre in Manhattan, “The Peggy Lee Project,” performed nationwide at performing arts centers, regional theatres, jazz festivals and university concert series, and “Sweet Youth,” my latest critically-acclaimed CD of originals and a few standards. We’ll be trying different permutations of the band which will be fun… I’ll be doing the solo thing and adding the rhythm section to that, tossing off an adorable bass/vocal duet, featuring different soloists on various tunes, trading with the group and doing both quartet and quintet arrangements. An eclectic evening, truly!

Tickets are $2 for students with ID, $5 for faculty and staff and $8 for the general public. These are hugely discounted from the normal price of tickets to my shows, so I highly encourage folks in the south to come, one and all! The performance will take place Tuesday, September 11 at 7:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center on the USC Upstate campus. For ticket information call the box office at 864-503-5695 Monday – Friday between 1 and 5 pm. We sincerely hope to see y’all there!


Traveling Considerations

I’m back on the road again this week and into my pre-performance routine. What is that? Packing, organizing, practicing, running errands, writing a blog, checking and double-checking to make sure I have my music, equipment, costumes, shoes, jewelry, stage makeup, CDs, CD table supplies, and just enough clothes to last until I return… Fitting it all into one carry-on and a personal item is then the real test… But I usually can do it! One very relevant piece of advice I once absorbed was “Only pack what you absolutely cannot live without… and then empty half your suitcase. Now you’re ready to go.” I have lived by that sage wisdom whenever I travel and miraculously it seems to work…

This week I’m looking forward to a relaxing time at Big Moose Lake in the Adirondack mountains of northern New York! This near-Canadian experience is always a refreshing retreat from the busier cities where I am fortunate to work. On the docket: music by G.F. Handel, Cesar Franck and a couple of my favorite African-American spirituals. I am excited to work with the wonderful organist/pianist Nic Steltzer on this project. Just being in that deep-woods atmosphere lends an air of restfulness to my singing, so the music becomes sheer contentment and gratitude. I am so fortunate that I can spend my week enjoying the great outdoors and still call it work! This isn’t work… this is pure joy. Join me if you can Sunday morning at Big Moose Chapel at the 9:30 or 11am services as we celebrate how music can draw us closer to God. Blessings to you all!


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