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Fort Drum singer flooded with gigs after night he sang while at bar with friends

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WATERTOWN — Sgt. Jacob Ploch, a 25-year-old singer, songwriter and Fort Drum soldier, has been busy since the day he started to sing while hanging out with friends at a local bar. Mr. Ploch hadn’t done a gig since before the COVID-19 pandemic, but since he was at Spokes on Public Square in July, when the owner offered him a gig after he sang at the table where he was drinking beer with friends, he’s done around 25.

Bars and event centers began reaching out to him almost directly after the public took notice. He’s now playing every Thursday at Spokes through September. Old McDonald’s Farm reached out to him to play a few gigs, Hall Pass Tavern in Carthage gave him a shout to do a gig, and he took second place at the 10th Mountain’s Got Talent. He’s now at the point where he did eight gigs in 10 days, which has proven somewhat exhausting as he’s also an active duty medic.

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