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Grammy Award Winning Brave Combo Plays Odeon Theater
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Posted June 23, 2010

Two time Grammy Award winning band BRAVE COMBO will perform for one night at the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas Saturday July 17. Tickets for the 7:00 PM performance are $15 per person. Advance reservations are highly recommended.

Brave Combo lives up to their name by using polka music as their jumping board, by crossing polka with jazz, rock, blues and more. They’ve won two Grammy Awards since their inception in Texas in 1979, and have been nominated for their work 7 times. They have played nearly every major music festival around the nation. Irreverent, entertaining and extremely talented they’ve even been animated for an appearance on The Simpsons. The band’s animated debut was brought about by show creator Matt Groening’s enduring love of their music. The band has recorded with the late Tiny Tim, and were the band Talking Head’s David Byrne chose for his wedding reception. From festivals and fairs of all varieties across the globe, rock clubs big and small, colleges, roadhouses, dances, cultural centers (including the annual Midsummer Night’s Swing at Lincoln Center in New York City) Brave Combo has charmed countless listeners and won avid devotees.

Brave Combo’s vivid music can be heard in the films David Byrne’s True Stories, Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions, Late Bloomers, Fools Rush In, Envy, The Academy award winning The Personals. Brave Combo provided the musical score for PBS’s first ever animated series, "As the Wrench Turns" which resulted in an "Annie" nomination from the International Animated Film Society. Their music has also been featured on ABC’s hit series "Ugly Betty", and Fox Television’s "Bakersfield P.D." They have also contributed original music for ESPN and The Big Ten network.xtremely talented."

Keyboardist, guitarist, accordionist, and singer Carl Finch founded the band in 1979, releasing their first records on the band’s own Four Dots Records. Alongside Finch for most of Brave Combo’s 30 years has been multi-instrumentalist Jeffrey Barnes, who joined in 1983. Barnes is known for his lively and imaginative stage wear, as well as playing an array of reeds and woodwinds, harmonica, pennywhistle, guitars, you name it, sometimes in multiple, simultaneous combinations. Rounding out the current line-up are trumpet player Danny O’Brien, drummer Arjuna Contreras and Little Jack Melody on bass guitar.

BRAVE COMBO...a band for all ages...They fill me with joy.

Make advance reservations for this fantastic show by sending your $15 per person donation to Concert, P.O. Box 1599 Mason, Texas 76856 July 15. Make checks payable to the Odeon Preservation Association. For more information or reservations please call Dennis or Kay Evans at 325 347 6781 or email at Also check the Odeon Theater website Reservations are not confirmed until they have been paid in advance. Concessions will also be open and you may bring your favorite beverage.

The Odeon Theater Concert Series is a fund raising event to renovate the oldest continually operated single screen movie theater in Texas and to make it into a multipurpose facility for movies and performing arts. The OPA is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Please join us for an exciting evening of musical entertainment.

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