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02sep8:00 pm9:15 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #020 - "TBD"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT

09sep8:00 pm9:15 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #021 - "Revising Recent Rewrites, Pt.2"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT

16sep8:00 pm9:15 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #022 - "Coasting"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT

23sep8:00 pm9:15 pmFeaturedVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #023 - "Seasons Change"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT

30sep8:00 pm9:15 pmFeaturedVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #024 - "The Perfect Episode v1 - Everything Done Right"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT

Past Shows

june 2020

05junAll DayVirtual Festival 2020 - J Oscar & Octoberday(All Day: friday)

06junAll DayVirtual Festival 2020 - J Oscar & Octoberday(All Day: saturday)

21jun4:00 pm5:00 pmJOB on Sunday GoodTime Hour4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

august 2020

21aug9:00 pmFeaturedStory Telling Bonfire - J Oscar plays for Riverside Raconteurs9:00 pm

september 2020

27sep6:00 pmCancelledSalt of the Earth - J Oscar & OctoberDayWith Special Guests - The Far Shore6:00 pm

october 2020

10oct7:30 pmVirtual EventPlay ⏯ Rewind ⏮ Forward ⏭Episode 01 - "Begin, Review, Continue"7:30 pm EDT

november 2020

10nov7:00 pmFeaturedVirtual EventPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭Episode 2 - "November, Pause" (Matinee @4:30 PM, Eve 7:00 PM EDT)7:00 pm EDT

december 2020

10dec7:00 pmFeaturedVirtual EventPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭Episode 03 - "The Day Before the Snow Fell" (MATINEE @1:00 PM, EVE 7:00 PM EDT)7:00 pm EDT

january 2021

12jan7:00 pmFeaturedVirtual EventPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭Ep.2021.01 - "Back to the Beginning" (MATINEE @4:00 PM, EVE 7:00 PM EDT)7:00 pm EDT

february 2021

12feb4:00 pmFeaturedVirtual EventPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭Ep.2021.02 - "Hearts - Assorted Flavors" (MATINEE @4:00 PM, EVE 7:00 PM EDT)4:00 pm EDT

12feb7:00 pmFeaturedVirtual EventPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭Ep.2021.02 - "Hearts - Assorted Flavors" (MATINEE @4:00 PM, EVE 7:00 PM EDT)7:00 pm EDT

march 2021

12mar3:00 pmFeaturedVirtual EventPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭ - Celtic TintEp.2021.03 - "Celtic Tint" (NEW TIMES - AFT @3:00 PM | EVE 7:30 PM EDT)3:00 pm EDT

12mar7:30 pmFeaturedVirtual EventPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭ - Celtic TintEp.2021.03 - "Celtic Tint" (NEW TIMES - AFT @3:00 PM | EVE 7:30 PM EDT)7:30 pm EDT

april 2021

01apr7:30 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Takin' it as it comes, givin' it as it goes!7:30 pm EDT

08apr(apr 8)8:00 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Takin' it as it comes, givin' it as it goes!8:00 pm EDT

12apr2:00 pmFeaturedVirtual EventPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭ - Rain TeaEp.2021.04 - "Rain Tea" (NEW TIMES - AFT @2:00 PM EDT | EVE 8:00 PM EDT)2:00 pm EDT

12apr8:00 pmFeaturedVirtual EventPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭ - Rain TeaEp.2021.04 - "Rain Tea" (NEW TIMES - AFT @2:00 PM EDT | EVE 8:00 PM EDT)8:00 pm EDT

15apr8:00 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Takin' it as it comes, givin' it as it goes!8:00 pm EDT

22apr8:00 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Takin' it as it comes, givin' it as it goes!8:00 pm EDT

29apr8:00 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Takin' it as it comes, givin' it as it goes!8:00 pm EDT

may 2021

06may8:00 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Takin' it as it comes, givin' it as it goes!8:00 pm EDT

13may8:00 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Takin' it as it comes, givin' it as it goes!8:00 pm EDT

20may7:45 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Takin' it as it comes, givin' it as it goes!7:45 pm EDT

27may7:45 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Takin' it as it comes, givin' it as it goes!7:45 pm EDT

june 2021

03jun8:00 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Takin' it as it comes, givin' it as it goes!8:00 pm EDT

10jun8:00 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Takin' it as it comes, givin' it as it goes!8:00 pm EDT

17jun8:00 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Takin' it as it comes, givin' it as it goes!8:00 pm EDT

july 2021

15jul8:00 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Episode #014 - "Outta My Chair, Somewhere"8:00 pm EDT

22jul8:00 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Episode #015 - "Collections and Things Recollected (Pt. 1) "8:00 pm EDT

29jul8:00 pmFeaturedVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Episode #016 - "Untitled"...or just "no title"?8:00 pm EDT

august 2021

05aug8:00 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Episode #017- "Feels Like Fire"8:00 pm EDT

19aug8:00 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Episode #018- "Wonder Where I'm Bound"8:00 pm EDT

26aug8:00 pmVirtual EventFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #019 - "Revisiting Recent Rewrites - PT 1"8:00 pm EDT

Even Older Past Shows

J Oscar Bittinger

Date Venue City Country
12/15/19 The Listening Room at Studio Park Grand Rapids, MI United States
Age restrictions: All Ages 123 Ionia Ave SW

A Winter’s Tune REBOOTED!

The Concert of “NEW and Traditional Songs for the Winter Holiday Season ” returns in a new location – Studio Park’s LISTENING ROOM!

Tickets $12 – on sale NOW

Visit the A Winter’s Tune website 
Artists announced Thanksgiving week 2019

11/09/19 Grand River Folk Arts Society (GRAFS) Grand Rapids, MI United States
Admission : $15 General, $12 Seniors or Student w/ID, $10 members, $5 children under 12 WT Annex 1110 Wealthy St. SE

J Oscar & Ralston Bowles

In a“GRFAS Heritage Season” Concert

Friends and musical compatriots for over 30 years – Ralston & J Oscar will represent the tradition of original songs that go deep, yet bring uplift.

“In addition, as these two continue to push the envelope with their music, they are also tireless proponents of musical community building – which is at the core of why the Grand River Folk Arts Society was created and founded in 1975.”

J Oscar & Ralston will play tunes to set moods while singing stories of today, yesterday and tomorrow – a few you can sing along to. They will likely tell a few winding tales – expect a bit of verbal mischief and other good craic.

More information
10/23/19 The Listening Room at Studio Park Grand Rapids, MI United States
Age restrictions: All Ages 123 Ionia Ave SW

FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest) Preview/Showcase

The Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) is proud to present performers from previous showcases along with others who represent the broad variety of folk and roots musicians who will be gathering at the conference at Listening Room!

Admission is FREE, donations accepted at door (suggested $10) with all proceeds going to performers. Confirmed performers include:

SET 1: MC – J OSCAR BITTINGER – 1 song

  1. Michael Kelsey (Indiana)
  2. Ruth & Max Bloomquist (Michigan)
  3. Noah Derksen (Canada)
  4. Escaping Pavement (Michigan)

SET 2: MC – JOSH ROSE – 1 song

  1. Tret Fure (FARM Keynote Speaker)
  2. Hayes Griffin (Michigan)
  3. Cari Ray and the Shakey Legs
More information
10/05/19 SiTE:LAB Grand Rapids, MI United States
Admission : “Buy some beer or wine” 314 Straight Street

OPEN to the SKY @ SiTE:LAB

Part of Project [1] (the biennial reflection of ArtPRIZE) is a live performance event of

“MODERN MOOD AND GROOVE SONGS”

with visual accompaniment
curated by J Oscar Bittinger

FEATURED ARTISTS:

6:45 • J Oscar Bittinger (introduction & 2 songs)
7:00 • The Far Shore
8:00 • FADE (Marley Ferguson)
9:00 • Lady Ace Boogie

Doors at 6:30p – come in and get acquainted with SiTE:LAB’s “Critical Infrastructure” venue and installation. Two beer selections from Brewery Vivant (Br-ale & Farmhand) + 1 wine selection will be available at the cash bar (offsetting production costs)

Music at 6:45p

More information
04/26/19 Black River Tavern South Haven, MI United States
Admission : FREE! 403 Phoenix St
(269) 637-4837
Songwriter Showcase – Writers in the Round Andy Baker, Carrie McFerrin and J Oscar Bittinger Presented by Foundry Hall, building community through music.
04/13/19 Grand River Folk Arts Society (GRAFS) Grand Rapids, MI United States
Admission : $15 General, $12 Seniors or Student w/ID, $10 members, $5 children under 12 WT Annex 1110 Wealthy St. SE
“Local Concert Series” brought to you by the Grand River Folk Arts Society. The shows go from 7-9pm with a break in between act
10/23/18 One Trick Pony Grand Rapids, MI United States
Admission : FREE! Age restrictions: All Ages 136 E. Fulton
616-235-PONY (7669)
06/30/18 Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tearoom Ann Arbor, MI United States
114 S Main St
(734) 665-2757
With Ed Dupas
eddupas.com
06/29/18 Blue Owl Cafe Lansing, MI United States
1149 S Washington Ave
(517) 575-6836
With Ed Dupas
eddupas.com
12/03/17 Creston Brewery Grand Rapids, MI United States
Box office: (616) 805-4523 1504 Plainfield Ave NE
(616) 805-4523
“Creston Songteller Sessions: Round of Songs Vol 2” – Winter edition With Nicholas James Thomasma & 1 more TBA Playing winter and other songs!
09/30/17 Grand Haven Farmers Market Grand Haven, MI United States
Admission : FREE! (Buy veggies!) 301 N Harbor Dr
(616) 842-4910
Market Music – OctoberDay, featuring J Oscar Bittinger In likely their first (semi-)accoustic performance at the Grand Farmers Market (#MarketMusic) Hosted by Courtyard Concerts
05/21/17 Seven Steps Up Spring Lake, MI United States
Admission : $10 Box office: 616-678-3618 116 S Jackson St
616-678-3618
Pindrop “Best of Open Mic” @ Seven Steps Up J Oscar plays in a group show with Rachel Wright, Matt Plessner & Rachael White, Joel Comstock, Rick Triplett, Pieces of Work, and Rob Reid
03/17/17 Charlie’s Bar and Grill Grand Rapids, MI United States
Admission : Free 3519 Plainfield Ave NE
(616) 364-0567
Short Set for St Pats @ Charlie’s A short set of Irish-style songs while the fabulous Moonrays take a break. Sometime between 6:30-7:30
03/07/17 Seven Steps Up Spring Lake, MI United States
Box office: 616-678-3618 116 S Jackson St
616-678-3618
If you think it’s been a while since you’ve seen me playing anywhere (like most of 2016 and a fair amount of 2015 as well), you’d be right. Health issues that affected my voice – plus moving house – took me out of the game most of last year. I hope to change that in 2017. If you’re nearby, come out and see if I still have any of “it” – I’ll be interested to know, too 🙂
02/02/13 Richard App Gallery Grand Rapids, MI United States
Admission : $10 Age restrictions: All Ages 910 Cherry Street
616-458-4226
Related post.

OctoberDay

Date Venue City Country
03/15/20 Salt of the Earth Fennville, Michigan United States
Admission : $20 Age restrictions: All Ages Box office: (269) 561-7258 114 E Main St
wsg/The Far Shore An evening of folk-rock and Americana, with an eye to spring. TWO BANDS with related moods and grooves: • THE FAR SHORE (Rebecca Pfeiffer Wierks, Brant Satala) • J OSCAR & OCTOBERDAY (Mark Hugger, Chris Ranney, Brian Morrill, J Oscar) A bit of Celtic flavor brushed on for “the Irish season”…
06/08/19 Festival of the Arts Grand Rapids, Michigan United States
Downtown Grand Rapids
2019 is Festival 50
01/20/19 Salt of the Earth Fennville, Michigan United States
Admission : $15 Age restrictions: All Ages Box office: (269) 561-7258 – call for reservations 114 E Main St
10/01/17 Salt of the Earth Fennville, Michigan United States
Admission : $15 Age restrictions: All Ages Box office: (269) 561-7258 – call for reservations 114 E Main St

OctoberDay + Bello Spark

A “acoustic evening” splitting the bill with Bello Spark. Dinner is delightful, the music, exciteful!

Even Older Past Shows

J Oscar Bittinger

Date Venue City Country
12/15/19 The Listening Room at Studio Park Grand Rapids, MI United States
Age restrictions: All Ages 123 Ionia Ave SW

A Winter’s Tune REBOOTED!

The Concert of “NEW and Traditional Songs for the Winter Holiday Season ” returns in a new location – Studio Park’s LISTENING ROOM!

Tickets $12 – on sale NOW

Visit the A Winter’s Tune website 
Artists announced Thanksgiving week 2019

11/09/19 Grand River Folk Arts Society (GRAFS) Grand Rapids, MI United States
Admission : $15 General, $12 Seniors or Student w/ID, $10 members, $5 children under 12 WT Annex 1110 Wealthy St. SE

J Oscar & Ralston Bowles

In a“GRFAS Heritage Season” Concert

Friends and musical compatriots for over 30 years – Ralston & J Oscar will represent the tradition of original songs that go deep, yet bring uplift.

“In addition, as these two continue to push the envelope with their music, they are also tireless proponents of musical community building – which is at the core of why the Grand River Folk Arts Society was created and founded in 1975.”

J Oscar & Ralston will play tunes to set moods while singing stories of today, yesterday and tomorrow – a few you can sing along to. They will likely tell a few winding tales – expect a bit of verbal mischief and other good craic.

More information
10/23/19 The Listening Room at Studio Park Grand Rapids, MI United States
Age restrictions: All Ages 123 Ionia Ave SW

FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest) Preview/Showcase

The Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) is proud to present performers from previous showcases along with others who represent the broad variety of folk and roots musicians who will be gathering at the conference at Listening Room!

Admission is FREE, donations accepted at door (suggested $10) with all proceeds going to performers. Confirmed performers include:

SET 1: MC – J OSCAR BITTINGER – 1 song

  1. Michael Kelsey (Indiana)
  2. Ruth & Max Bloomquist (Michigan)
  3. Noah Derksen (Canada)
  4. Escaping Pavement (Michigan)

SET 2: MC – JOSH ROSE – 1 song

  1. Tret Fure (FARM Keynote Speaker)
  2. Hayes Griffin (Michigan)
  3. Cari Ray and the Shakey Legs
More information
10/05/19 SiTE:LAB Grand Rapids, MI United States
Admission : “Buy some beer or wine” 314 Straight Street

OPEN to the SKY @ SiTE:LAB

Part of Project [1] (the biennial reflection of ArtPRIZE) is a live performance event of

“MODERN MOOD AND GROOVE SONGS”

with visual accompaniment
curated by J Oscar Bittinger

FEATURED ARTISTS:

6:45 • J Oscar Bittinger (introduction & 2 songs)
7:00 • The Far Shore
8:00 • FADE (Marley Ferguson)
9:00 • Lady Ace Boogie

Doors at 6:30p – come in and get acquainted with SiTE:LAB’s “Critical Infrastructure” venue and installation. Two beer selections from Brewery Vivant (Br-ale & Farmhand) + 1 wine selection will be available at the cash bar (offsetting production costs)

Music at 6:45p

More information
04/26/19 Black River Tavern South Haven, MI United States
Admission : FREE! 403 Phoenix St
(269) 637-4837
Songwriter Showcase – Writers in the Round Andy Baker, Carrie McFerrin and J Oscar Bittinger Presented by Foundry Hall, building community through music.
04/13/19 Grand River Folk Arts Society (GRAFS) Grand Rapids, MI United States
Admission : $15 General, $12 Seniors or Student w/ID, $10 members, $5 children under 12 WT Annex 1110 Wealthy St. SE
“Local Concert Series” brought to you by the Grand River Folk Arts Society. The shows go from 7-9pm with a break in between act
10/23/18 One Trick Pony Grand Rapids, MI United States
Admission : FREE! Age restrictions: All Ages 136 E. Fulton
616-235-PONY (7669)
06/30/18 Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tearoom Ann Arbor, MI United States
114 S Main St
(734) 665-2757
With Ed Dupas
eddupas.com
06/29/18 Blue Owl Cafe Lansing, MI United States
1149 S Washington Ave
(517) 575-6836
With Ed Dupas
eddupas.com
12/03/17 Creston Brewery Grand Rapids, MI United States
Box office: (616) 805-4523 1504 Plainfield Ave NE
(616) 805-4523
“Creston Songteller Sessions: Round of Songs Vol 2” – Winter edition With Nicholas James Thomasma & 1 more TBA Playing winter and other songs!
09/30/17 Grand Haven Farmers Market Grand Haven, MI United States
Admission : FREE! (Buy veggies!) 301 N Harbor Dr
(616) 842-4910
Market Music – OctoberDay, featuring J Oscar Bittinger In likely their first (semi-)accoustic performance at the Grand Farmers Market (#MarketMusic) Hosted by Courtyard Concerts
05/21/17 Seven Steps Up Spring Lake, MI United States
Admission : $10 Box office: 616-678-3618 116 S Jackson St
616-678-3618
Pindrop “Best of Open Mic” @ Seven Steps Up J Oscar plays in a group show with Rachel Wright, Matt Plessner & Rachael White, Joel Comstock, Rick Triplett, Pieces of Work, and Rob Reid
03/17/17 Charlie’s Bar and Grill Grand Rapids, MI United States
Admission : Free 3519 Plainfield Ave NE
(616) 364-0567
Short Set for St Pats @ Charlie’s A short set of Irish-style songs while the fabulous Moonrays take a break. Sometime between 6:30-7:30
03/07/17 Seven Steps Up Spring Lake, MI United States
Box office: 616-678-3618 116 S Jackson St
616-678-3618
If you think it’s been a while since you’ve seen me playing anywhere (like most of 2016 and a fair amount of 2015 as well), you’d be right. Health issues that affected my voice – plus moving house – took me out of the game most of last year. I hope to change that in 2017. If you’re nearby, come out and see if I still have any of “it” – I’ll be interested to know, too 🙂
02/02/13 Richard App Gallery Grand Rapids, MI United States
Admission : $10 Age restrictions: All Ages 910 Cherry Street
616-458-4226
Related post.

OctoberDay

Date Venue City Country
03/15/20 Salt of the Earth Fennville, Michigan United States
Admission : $20 Age restrictions: All Ages Box office: (269) 561-7258 114 E Main St
wsg/The Far Shore An evening of folk-rock and Americana, with an eye to spring. TWO BANDS with related moods and grooves: • THE FAR SHORE (Rebecca Pfeiffer Wierks, Brant Satala) • J OSCAR & OCTOBERDAY (Mark Hugger, Chris Ranney, Brian Morrill, J Oscar) A bit of Celtic flavor brushed on for “the Irish season”…
06/08/19 Festival of the Arts Grand Rapids, Michigan United States
Downtown Grand Rapids
2019 is Festival 50
01/20/19 Salt of the Earth Fennville, Michigan United States
Admission : $15 Age restrictions: All Ages Box office: (269) 561-7258 – call for reservations 114 E Main St
10/01/17 Salt of the Earth Fennville, Michigan United States
Admission : $15 Age restrictions: All Ages Box office: (269) 561-7258 – call for reservations 114 E Main St

OctoberDay + Bello Spark

A “acoustic evening” splitting the bill with Bello Spark. Dinner is delightful, the music, exciteful!

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