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202206jan8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/J OscarEpisode #036 - "Hear in the Next New Year"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202213jan8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/J OscarEpisode #037 - "Bright Winter Blue"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

Past Shows

june 2020

202005junAll DayVirtual Festival 2020 - J Oscar & Octoberday(All Day: friday) View in my time

202006junAll DayVirtual Festival 2020 - J Oscar & Octoberday(All Day: saturday) View in my time

202021jun4:00 pm5:00 pmJOB on Sunday GoodTime Hour4:00 pm - 5:00 pm View in my time

august 2020

202021aug9:00 pmStory Telling Bonfire - J Oscar plays for Riverside Raconteurs9:00 pm View in my timeBlandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave NW

september 2020

202027sep6:00 pmCancelledSalt of the Earth - J Oscar & OctoberDayWith Special Guests - The Far Shore6:00 pm View in my timeSalt of the Earth, 114 East Main Street Fennville MI 49408

october 2020

202010oct7:30 pmPlay ⏯ Rewind ⏮ Forward ⏭Episode 01 - "Begin, Review, Continue"7:30 pm EDT View in my time

november 2020

202010nov7:00 pmPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭Episode 2 - "November, Pause" (Matinee @4:30 PM, Eve 7:00 PM EDT)7:00 pm EDT View in my time

december 2020

202010dec7:00 pmPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭Episode 03 - "The Day Before the Snow Fell" (MATINEE @1:00 PM, EVE 7:00 PM EDT)7:00 pm EDT View in my time

january 2021

202112jan7:00 pmPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭Ep.2021.01 - "Back to the Beginning" (MATINEE @4:00 PM, EVE 7:00 PM EDT)7:00 pm EDT View in my time

february 2021

202112feb4:00 pmPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭Ep.2021.02 - "Hearts - Assorted Flavors" (MATINEE @4:00 PM, EVE 7:00 PM EDT)4:00 pm EDT View in my time

202112feb7:00 pmPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭Ep.2021.02 - "Hearts - Assorted Flavors" (MATINEE @4:00 PM, EVE 7:00 PM EDT)7:00 pm EDT View in my time

march 2021

202112mar3:00 pmPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭ - Celtic TintEp.2021.03 - "Celtic Tint" (NEW TIMES - AFT @3:00 PM | EVE 7:30 PM EDT)3:00 pm EDT View in my time

202112mar7:30 pmPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭ - Celtic TintEp.2021.03 - "Celtic Tint" (NEW TIMES - AFT @3:00 PM | EVE 7:30 PM EDT)7:30 pm EDT View in my time

april 2021

202101apr7:30 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!One of the First 12 Episodes...7:30 pm EDT View in my time

202108apr(apr 8)8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!One of the First 12 Episodes...8:00 pm EDT View in my time

202112apr2:00 pmPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭ - Rain TeaEp.2021.04 - "Rain Tea" (NEW TIMES - AFT @2:00 PM EDT | EVE 8:00 PM EDT)2:00 pm EDT View in my time

202112apr8:00 pmPlay ⏯ REW ⏮ FWD ⏭ - Rain TeaEp.2021.04 - "Rain Tea" (NEW TIMES - AFT @2:00 PM EDT | EVE 8:00 PM EDT)8:00 pm EDT View in my time

202115apr8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!One of the First 12 Episodes...8:00 pm EDT View in my time

202122apr8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!One of the First 12 Episodes...8:00 pm EDT View in my time

202129apr8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!One of the First 12 Episodes...8:00 pm EDT View in my time

may 2021

202106may8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!One of the First 12 Episodes...8:00 pm EDT View in my time

202113may8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!One of the First 12 Episodes...8:00 pm EDT View in my time

202120may7:45 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!One of the First 12 Episodes...7:45 pm EDT View in my time

202127may7:45 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!One of the First 12 Episodes...7:45 pm EDT View in my time

june 2021

202103jun8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!One of the First 12 Episodes...8:00 pm EDT View in my time

202110jun8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!One of the First 12 Episodes...8:00 pm EDT View in my time

202117jun8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!One of the First 12 Episodes...8:00 pm EDT View in my time

july 2021

202115jul8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Episode #014 - "Outta My Chair, Somewhere"8:00 pm EDT View in my time

202122jul8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Episode #015 - "Collections and Things Recollected "8:00 pm EDT View in my time

202129jul8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Episode #016 - "Untitled"...or just "no title"?8:00 pm EDT View in my time

august 2021

202105aug8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Episode #017- "Feels Like Fire"8:00 pm EDT View in my time

202119aug8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J Oscar!Episode #018- "Wonder Where I'm Bound"8:00 pm EDT View in my time

202126aug8:00 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #019 - "Revisiting Recent Rewrites - PT 1"8:00 pm EDT View in my time

september 2021

202102sep8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #020 - "10 for 20" (Sep 02, 2021)8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202109sep8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #021 - "Revising Recent Rewrites, Pt.2"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202116sep8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #022 - "Coasting"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202123sep8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #023 - "Seasons Change"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202130sep8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #024 - "Some Distant Town"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

october 2021

202107oct8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #025 - "One More Year"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202114oct8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #026 - "Down in Our Hometown"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202121oct8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #027 - "Rehearsals for Retirement"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202128oct8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #026 - "The Waiting Garden"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

november 2021

202104nov8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #029 - "Take(n') It Easy"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202111nov8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #30 - "Revisiting Recent Revisions - Pt.3"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202118nov8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #31 - "Your Song - Pt.2"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202125novAll DayFreewheelin' w/ J OscarNO SHOW - On Holiday(All Day: thursday) EDT View in my time

december 2021

202102dec8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #32 - "Day Before The Snow Fell"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202109dec8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #33 - "A Winter's Tune v.2021"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202116dec8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #34 - "The Lost Art of Anticipation"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202123dec8:00 pm9:15 pmFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #35 - "You May Find Christmas"8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

202130dec8:00 pm9:15 pmCancelledFreewheelin' w/ J OscarEpisode #xxx - "See You - in 20-22"Don't want to repeat past echo issues. 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm EDT View in my time

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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