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Odeon Theater Lineup for Fun & Funds
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 • Posted November 16, 2011

Johnny Nicholas, Slaid Cleaves, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Walt Wilkins, Marcia Ball, Kellye Gray...all scheduled for the Odeon Theater in Mason, Texas—Plus Texas treasure Jaston Williams of Greater Tuna fame will perform a one man show. To kick off the fall concert season and a major fund raising effort board members of the Odeon Preservation Association (OPA) have been busy putting together a stellar lineup for the season. The OPA is committed to bringing top entertainment to the community while trying to raise money for new equipment that will be required to show movies at the Odeon in the near future. Many members of the movie industry have announced that by mid 2013 movies will no longer be distributed on film but will only be available in a digital format. That format requires a proprietary digital projector to exhibit movies—a projector the Odeon theater does not have.The Odeon’s fall concert series was kicked off with great success by Hill Country favorite Johnny Nicholas. Fans from all over Texas were treated with some of Johnny’s old favorites and new tunes from his latest CD. A near sold out crowd walked away wanting more - -and left generous donations toward the OPA’s goal of $100,000 for the new projector and screen. In just five weeks the OPA has collected nearly 2/3 of the money needed for the new equipment. With an individual donation of $2500 plus nearly $300 in the donation bucket proceeds from Johnny’s concert brought the OPA one step closer to meeting its goal. The early success of the fund raising drive is indicative of the support by the community and is testament to the importance of the Odeon to Mason. Singer/songwriter Slaid Cleaves is next in the series and promises to be another great show. Cleaves, winner of the Austin Music Award for Best Song of the year for his song Horseshoe Lounge, is coming off his U.S. tour for the performance in Mason. Wayne Jaques, son of Don and the late Wanda Jaques, will be performing with Slaid during his Mason show. The OPA is now taking reservations for the November 19 show. Call Dennis or K Evans at 325 347 6781 for information. Reservations are $15 per person and should be made in advance. The OPA invites everyone to the Odeon for great entertainment and to support them in their drive to keep the lights burning in the old theater. The First Couple of Austin roots music, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis will bring their holiday show to Mason Friday December 2 before taking it to the Paramount Theater in Austin. Come enjoy holiday favorites as well as hits from their respective albums including songs from Robison’s most recent albums From the Top and His Greatest, and Willis’ Translated from Love. Plan on a wonderful holiday show for the whole family.January will bring a double treat. On the 21st of January one of the best singer/songwriters from Texas will perform at the Odeon. Walt Wilkins, a brilliant poet, a great picker, a fantastic singer and a wonderful person will bring The Mystiqueros to the Mason stage. Once you hear him you won’t want to miss a show. On January 28, Texas and National Treasure Jaston Williams will perform a one man show to benefit the Odeon Theater. From off-Broadway to the White House and from coast to coast Jaston Williams and Joe Sears have performed their two man show Greater Tuna to the acclaim of thousands. The plays are notable in that two men play the entire cast of over twenty eccentric characters of both genders and various ages. The Tuna plays are an affectionate comment on small-town Southern life and attitudes. Jaston believes in the OPA’S effort to save the small town theater and to promote the arts in Mason. He will come to Mason and do a 3-part event: VIP Dinner with Jaston, a one-man performance in the Mason High School auditorium as a general public gala, and a 4 hour workshop on acting, writing or on both.Marcia Ball will bring her “irresistible blend of rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana Swamp-rock and smoldering Texas blues” to the Odeon Saturday February 11. Four times nominated for a Grammy, Marcia was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 1990 and has also won “Best Blues Instrumentalist-Keyboards” five years, the last time being in 2009. Marcia was featured in Clint Eastwood’s movie Piano Blues and also on the PBS broadcast In Performance at the White House with B.B. King and Della Reese. Ball has earned a huge following all over the world and is stopping in Mason in the midst of an ongoing U.S. tour. Jazz returns to Mason March 17 when jazz vocalist Kellye Gray comes to the Odeon . The Texas Heritage Jazz inductee has performed in major venues such as the Lincoln Center in New York City the Cinegrill in Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel and the Les Caveaux de la Rochette in Paris France. She has opened for Ray Charles and sung at Dizzy Gillespie’s birthday party. Kellye sings with passion and style and is a class act. With this lineup the OPA offers something for, comedy and live theater. The OPA feels its goal of $100,000 is attainable by the 2013 deadline, especially with the support for the entertainment they have made available to Mason and the surrounding area. If you are interested in contributing or underwriting one of the performances you can call Dennis Evans at 325 347 6781or Thom Canfield at 325 347 5911. Or, just show your support by simply attending these great entertainment events.

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