Texas music legend Joe Ely played before a sold-out crowd at the Odeon Theater Saturday night. Performing in front of the new movie screen and on the newly extended stage, Ely performed what some said was “the best concert we’ve had” at the Odeon. People came from all points of the Hill Country and beyond including Austin, San Angelo, Kerrville, Brownwood, Eden, Houston, San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Round Rock, Johnson City, Marble Falls, Comfort, Lubbock, Midland and more.
Yes, Mason and the Odeon Theater was their destination. One happy fan said that “it was amazing in every way —great acoustics, intimate, comfortable and oh so Texas”. The enthusiasm of the crowd brought Joe back to the stage for two encores. But it wasn’t just the concert that visitors were excited about.
One wrote “I think I fell in love with Mason last night even though I have been there many times before over the past 30 years.” It seems Mason folks do what just comes natural because another wrote, “we met so many lovely folks. We spent an hour before the show at the wine bar and visited with locals who were totally entertaining and so sweet. Thanks for your kind hospitality.”
At Saturday’s concert OPA president Spider Johnson made a special presentation at intermission to Ely, a painting of Joe by noted Texas artist Jim Eppler that he painted in 1978. The OPA has produced limited edition giclee prints of the painting and plans on selling them to Joe Ely fans. All proceeds will go to the Health Alliance of Austin Musicians. Joe was obviously surprised and touched by the presentation.
With a great lineup for upcoming concerts, the Odeon Preservations Association (OPA) strives to bring a variety of entertainment to the community. But it seems our community goes far beyond the county line. An out-of-town visitor said “I love to see a small town theater do such a great job of getting folks out for good music, and I am intrigued even more over how the audience was such a mix from all over.”
Reservations for the upcoming Carolyn Wonderland concert are brisk, and another sell-out is expected. Music and Odeon fans should not hesitate to make reservations for the February 16th concert. Call Dennis or K Evans at 325 347 6781 for information and reservations. Advanced reservations are recommended and are not confirmed until payment is received.