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The Odeon Phenomenon
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 • Posted March 7, 2012

How do you all do it? That seems to be the most common question asked of the board of the Odeon Preservation Association...How do you get such great entertainment to come to the Odeon Theater in lil’ol Mason, Texas? In the beginning the board started out with a couple of connections, some top notch names and a lot of persistence to get folks like Joe Ely, Tish Hinojosa, Terri Hendrix, Liza Gilkyson, Teye & Viva El Flamenco and many other great names. The word is out now, about what a great venue the Odeon is, what a wonderful community Mason is and what a warm and responsive reception entertainers receive from everyone involved. Now, the entertainers often times call the Odeon to book a date. From polka to pop and jazz to rock Odeon music fans know that whatever comes to the theater is going to be a great experience. This season has certainly been a stellar lineup with Slaid Cleaves, Johnny Nicholas, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Walt Wilkins, Jaston Williams and Marcia Ball. This lineup and entertainers from past concert series has put Mason on the map for live music entertainment in the Hill Country. It is not unusual to have folks in the audience from Austin, San Antonio, DFW, Kerrville, San Angelo and even from out of state. And, these folks aren’t just passing thru...the Odeon is their destination. Of course the surrounding communities are coming too. As a matter of fact I’d venture to say that half of the audience is from outside of Mason County. The success of this season has been a part of the overall mission of the Odeon Preservation Association (O.P.A.) from the provide entertainment at the Odeon through the performing arts, to bring cultural enrichment to Mason and surrounding communities and to maintain a suitable facility for such purpose. The Odeon is and always will be a movie theater first. Current releases of movies are shown every week as they have been since the Odeon first opened in 1928. But it was the threat of losing the ability to continue showing movies that has made the success of the concert season so important. This season, with this lineup and a very successful fundraiser has enabled the Odeon to purchase the new equipment that will be required to show movies in the near future. The concert season is not over. Coming March 17, Kellye Gray will grace the stage with her renowned, brilliant use of voice as instrument. Gray was recognized as one of the Austin Chronicles favorite singers and jazz groups. A true jazz vocalist, Kellye was named a member of the Texas Jazz Heritage Society. Jazz at the Odeon with Kellye Gray is a show you don’t want to miss. Doors open at 6:30 for Kellye’s 7:00 performance. Reservations are $15 per person and must be paid in advance in order to secure your seat. The Odeon’s last concert was a complete sell-out. Make your reservations early. Call Dennis or K Evans at 325 347 6781 for reservations and information. Make your check out to O.P.A. and mail to CONCERTS P.O. BOX 1599 Mason, TX 76856.The support from the Odeon fan base, businesses, and folks in the community is what keeps the Odeon theater a vital part Mason. The Odeon Preservation Association board recognizes that without that support and the generous donations from individuals and business in the community and outside of Mason, the doors of the Odeon could not stay open. The board invites you to the Odeon to support your community, the arts and the Odeon theater.

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