Oswego's Tom Sharpe to Play Two Upcoming Local Shows
Mar 19, 2015 10:01PM
● By Steven Jack
Tom Sharpe of Oswego will perform two free shows at the downtown library Sunday. Photo courtesy of Tom Sharpe
Oswego’s own nationally touring multi-instrumentalist and composer Tom Sharpe will be spending a little more time closer to home.
Sharpe, who released his second studio album, Lifting the World: A Symphony, in December, recently announced his touring days on percussion with former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung are done. However, he still plans to tour with the widely popular instrumental group Mannheim Steamroller during their Christmas season shows from October through the holidays.
“I played for seven years with Dennis and coordinating both touring schedules was becoming a challenge. There were too many dates happening at the same time,” Sharpe said recently from his home in Oswego. “I feel like my new album deserves my attention, and it’s time to dedicate some time to my own work.”
Typically after an artist releases an album, a tour is arranged shortly thereafter to support it. However, because he was on tour with Mannheim Steamroller in December, Sharpe has had to put off his own live dates until now.
To that end, Sharpe has begun performing locally, and will play a show with his quartet Sunday, March 22 at the Des Plaines Public Library. Sharpe will get even more local with two planned Oswego performances in the next six weeks.
He’ll perform a charity concert Sunday, April 19, at Oswego Presbyterian Church to help fund the purchase of a new church organ. Sharpe also will perform at this year’s Wine on the Fox Festival from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2.
“I love the opportunity to be able play in town,” he said. “I love it here. I love having a nice quiet place to come home to. This is the first year in seven years where I’ve been able to commit to other concerts.”
Sharpe said his Wine on the Fox show will include his quartet of musicians, consisting of himself on piano and percussion, and electric cello, a fretless bass and an “amped-up bassoon.”
A full national tour is planned in support of Lifting the World this summer, Sharpe said.
“Writing this album has been a 10-year process,” he said. “I feel like I’ve explored these themes completely. Now it’s time to give it its due.”