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Sonny Ochs Musical Experience
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Sonny Ochs

162 Rockaway Lane
Middleburgh, NY 12122
518.827.4953
sonnyo@midtel.net


Festivals

  • Old Songs
    • 1984-1991 - Hospitality Crew
    • 1985-1991 - Crew Chief
    • 1999-2003 - Medical Tent
    • 2006 - Stage Manager & Host of Phil Ochs Workshop
    • 2007 - Stage Manager Crew Chief
    • 2008 - 2012 Stage Manager
       
  • Philadelphia Folk Festival
    • Press Tent
    • 1997-2002 - Stage Manager
    • 1998, 2001, 2011- Workshop Leader -- Songs of Phil Ochs

     

  • Clearwater Revival
    • 1992-1997 - Food Ticket Sales
    • 1999-2007- Member Booking Committee
    • 1982-1987 - Sang with Sloop Singers
    • 2002-2009- Vendor Coordinator
    • 2010-2012 - Stage Manager Hudson Stage

     

  • Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
    • 1992-1998 - Showcase Chairperson
    • 1995-1999 - Crafts Coordinator
    • 1993-1999 - Workshop Stage Manager
    • 2002-2008 - Food Vendor Accounting

     

  • Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
    • 2000, 2001 - Emcee at the Wharf stage
    • 2003, 2004 - Emcee at Band Shell
    • 2006, 2007- Emcee at St. John's Church
    • 2006-2010 - Judge - Songwriters Contest
    • 2010-2012- Emcee

       

  • Boston Folk Festival
    • 2000-2002 - Emcee/Stage Manager  
    • 2004-2006 - Crew Chief for Performer Check-In
    • 2007, 2008 - Crew Chief for Media Projects

     

  • WUMB Music Fest
    • 2010, 2011 - Crew Chief for Media Projects


  • Ottawa Folk Festival
    • 2003 - 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 - Emcee/Stage Manager Afternoon Stage/Workshop Host 

      

  • Great Waters Festival
    • 2005, 2006 - Emcee Main Stage Friday night  

     

  • Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival
    • 2002, 2003 - Emcee, Sign Hanger, Kitchen Help,
      Leader of Phil Ochs Celebration,
      Vendor Set-Up

     

  • Country Roads Festival
    • 2001-2003 - Emcee, Office Worker, Vendor Set-Up

     

  • South Florida Folk Festival
    • Showcase Judge & Emcee  2003, 2004

     

  • Summerfest, New Bedford, MA
    • 2005-2007 - Performer Hospitality
    • 2008-2009 - Emcee
    • Custom House Stage Manager 2010

     

  • Concerts (All Benefits)

    • Producer & Organizer Phil Ochs Song Nights
      • 1984-Present Various venues all around northeast including Albany, NY, Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia plus others.
      • Midwest tour of 8 cities in 1996, 1999 &  2002
      • Northwest tour of 9 cities 2004
        • Venues include Bottom Line, The Birchmere, Freight & Salvage, Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, Village Gate, The Ark
    • Producer and Organizer of Tribute to Phil Ochs at Rock n Roll Hall of Fame 2000
      • Featuring Judy Collins, Judy Henske, The Limeliters, Dick Gaughan, Carolyn Hester, Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, Greg Greenway, Pat Humphries, Magpie, Kim & Reggie Harris, and Tom Prasada-Rao
    • Gates Hill Concert Series
      • 1987-2011. Three to five concerts each summer

       

    • Have also produced various benefit concerts for other organizations such as Habitat For Humanity and our local fire department  Now called Helping Hands Concert Series
    • Volunteer at WFMA Benefit Concert, Washington DC
      •  1998-2000 , 2004
  • Organizations

    • People's Music Network
      • member since 1982 (including one term on Steering Comm)
      • Member of organizing committee for winter gatherings in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Albany.
    • Hudson River Sloop Singers
      • member from 1982-1987.
      • Was an elected member of the first steering Committee. (with Steve Stanne!)
    • Northeast Regional Folk Alliance
      • 1994-2004 - Chairperson of Showcase Selection Committee
      • 1997-Present - Member of Steering Committee
      • 2003 Member Board of Directors
      • 2004 President of Board of Directors
      • 2007 - 2010 Judge - Formal Showcase
      • 2010, 2011  Creator and co-host of Wisdom of the Elders
      • 2011 - Judge Quad Showcases, Panelist
      • 2012 to Wisdom of the Elders
    • Southwest Folk Alliance
      • volunteer from 2000-2003, 2012.
      • Co-Emcee Formal Showcase and Panelist 2011.
    • International Folk Alliance
      • volunteer 2003-2005 (worked Registration Desk)
      • 2008, 2009 Panelist
    • Radio
      • WFMU, East Orange NJ -- April '82-December '87
        Show called Folk Music & Other Stuff - did interviews and aired songs
      • WRPI, Troy, NY -- August '93- 2011
        Two shows -- Face the Music (through 2007)  and Mostly Folk
      • I did interviews and play songs (cds, lps, tapes)
      •  WIOX, Roxbury, NY  Sept 2011 - present (Folk Music & Other
        Stuff)
      •  Sirius/XM Sept 2011 - present (Say It Now)
         

         

  • Miscellaneous

    • 2009 - Accepted Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Award for my brother, Phil
    • Producer - Phil Ochs Song Nights 1983-2012
    • Ran the open mike at Folk City, NYC from 1984-86 (included doing sound)
    • I have done guest lectures at various colleges on the topic of "Political Music of the '60's" (Still do it from time to time)
    • Have written several cd reviews for Folk Music Exchange
    • Judged Rose Garden Coffeehouse Songwriter Contest 2000, 2003, 2010

 



Sonny Ochs
162 Rockaway Lane
Middleburgh, NY 12122
sonnyo@midtel.net
Phone/fax 518.827.4953