In that moment song + story was born, a series of regular concerts that would bring together a listening room-like atmosphere in Wallace Hall with a bill of artists ranging from green to acomplished touring acts.
Wallace Hall, named after the mural of Union war-hero General W.H.L. Wallace that adornes the downtown Ottawa building, is home to a community radio station ( WRWO 94.5 FM) and Here and Again Inc, a non-profit promoting the arts across the region. From the moment Wallace Hall first opened it's doors, Here and Again Inc. founder Katie Troccoli had been organizing events like monthly songwriter nights, where local performers could gather and share music with each other.
The song + story series was a natural progression from these early shows. This series not only gives aspiring performers a regular all-ages venue to perform at, it also gives the community and visitors alike an opportunity to catch rising performers in an intimate concert space. In short order, they partnered with Mario Data of Ladd Sound Productions, to provide impeccable audio at the Wallace Hall live events, and the talented videographer Eric Rejman of Oak Park, IL, so the acts that preformed at song + story could walk away with a polished video of their performance.
Wallace Hall/WRWO Studios
813 LaSalle Street - Rear Entrance
Ottawa, IL 61350