J Oscar Bittinger carries a beat guitar case full of stories. They’ve been collected in travel, borrowed from strangers, picked up off the floors of barrooms and bedrooms, fished from friends and made up from real life. The stories get woven into songs that take the shape of folk, rock, Irish and pop music. Sometimes they sound like poems, sometimes like fables, some may require a tissue and others might make you want to dance. Thoughtful or fun, they sound the best when you sing along.
He has toured the Midwest as a singer-songwriter and founded the 80-90’s Musician Magazine recognized pop-rock band Pillar of Fire. He’s also played more traditional folk styles with The Folk Bros (Bruce Zeeuw and Steve Aldrich), 10 years worth of “Celtic Roots, American Rhythms” with Oxter/Mahone, and combined traditional tunes, with beats and grooves and originals with celtic leanings in the singer-songwriter duo Dublin Station.

The only thing as good as the show? The drink you have after


A few short steps from the Listening Room is One Twenty Three—our neighborly New American Tavern, serving hearty dishes with modern flare.