‘Sex and the City’ actor John Corbett brings band to Cornell Oct. 16

MOUNT VERNON — The John Corbett Band, featuring the actor best known for “Sex and the City,” “Northern Exposure” and the film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” opens Cornell College’s Music Mondays concert series Oct. 16.

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. in King Chapel with opening act Jason McLain, followed by headliner Corbett at 7:30. Tickets are general admission and sold only at the door for $10 (adults) and $5 (students). A capacity crowd is expected; early arrival is recommended. Doors open at
6 p.m. On-campus parking will be open to the public in all faculty-staff parking lots.

Corbett released his self-titled debut album in April, but he’s hardly a newcomer to the country music scene. He was raised in Wheeling, W.Va., just five blocks from the Capitol Music Hall, home to the Wheeling Jamboree. Now known as Jamboree USA, it is second only to the Grand Ole Opry as the longest running live country music radio show.

Corbett played bass in a high school band and then took his guitar on to California in the mid-1980s, where he and current band member Tara Novick met and jammed together for fun while the actor starred in TV’s “Northern Exposure” as philosophical disc jockey Chris Stevens.

For a decade, Corbett owned a music club in Seattle, the Phoenix, where he hung out and supported touring and local acts. Back to Los Angeles in 2000, he reconnected with Novick. Four years later Corbett was an award presenter at a country music event in Nashville. Eventually he and Novick landed a recording session that would lead to the debut album.

The album features tracks such as “Good to Go” and “Bottle of Whiskey,” which blend concise, straightforward Nashville song craft with tight, combustive Southern rock arrangements that allow Corbett’s fiery band to stretch out.

Opening act Jason McLain is a piano-pounding singer-songwriter from the Twin Cities and a 1998 graduate of Cornell, where he formed his first band and where his father, Martin Hearne, is a professor of music. His debut solo album, released earlier this year, is “Drifting Through the Corners.”

The remaining concerts in the Music Mondays series, now in its ninth year, are Turtle Island String Quartet on Nov. 6, Mozart Piano Quartet on Feb. 19 and Auryn Quartet on March 12.