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Slaid Cleaves in Concert at the Odeon Theater
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011

Slaid Cleaves, winner of the New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival and lauded by the New York Times as “one of the finest songwriters from Texas,” will appear in concert at the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas Saturday November 19. Show time is 7:00 p.m. and reservations are $15 per person. Although Slaid Cleaves originally hails from Berwick, Maine, he follows in the tradition of exceptional Texas singer/songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Billy Joe Shaver, and Guy Clark. He is a roots musician who has stayed true to his roots. In 2000, Slaid wound up releasing “Horseshoe Lounge,” an ode to the 46-year-old beer joint down on South Lamar in Austin, Texas. That song, from his CD, "Broke Down" was a turning point in his career. It transformed Cleaves from an aimless Austin singer/songwriter, playing open mics and running sound at the legendary Cactus Cafe, to a chart-topping Americana performer. The title track, written with childhood pal Rod Picott, was named Best Song of the Year by the 2001 Austin Music Awards.Slaid continued to gain notice with his follow-up album, 2004’s Wishbones, appearing on the ESPN2 show Cold Pizza. Among his fans is the master of the macabre, Stephen King. After hearing Cleaves’s music on XM Radio, King approached him with a standing offer to pen his liner notes. Slaid took him up on it and King wrote of Cleaves “I’m glad I found Slaid Cleaves, because my life would have been poorer without him.” Come listen to Slaid and you’ll feel the same.Make advance reservations for the Slaid Cleave concert by sending your $15 per person donation to Concert, P.O. Box 1599 Mason, Texas 76856 by November 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 Concerts@TheOdeonTheater.com. 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 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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