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Odeon Announces New Lineup
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 • Posted March 14, 2012

The Odeon Preservation Association in Mason isn’t missing a beat after a great fall line-up and is picking up with its concert season announcing the line up for spring and summer. This Saturday March 17 Texas jazz great Kellye Gray will make a stop in Mason while on her way to the west coast where she will perform and act as guest instructor at the Jazz School in Berkley. She regularly tours the U.S. and Europe, performing at festivals and concerts and nightclubs. Gray is a jazz singer with the ability to connect with generations raised on rock, big band, pop or funk. A true jazz vocalist, Kellye will be a crowd pleaser for all audiences. The doors open at 6:30 for a 7:00 performance. Reservations are $15 per person and should be made in advance by calling Dennis or K Evans at 325 347 6781.Texas singer/songwriter Jay Adams will take the stage April 7 bringing his gift of storytelling with a mixture of blues, rock and roll, country and folk. Adams was one of the hardest working acts on the American tour circuit in the late 1970s spending some 250 days a year on the road. For two years he was the opening act for ZZ Top and shared concert billing with The Allman Brothers, Joe Cocker, Jackson Browne, Marshall Tucker Band, Bonnie Raitt, the Kinks and many others. Adams walked away from the music business until 2007 when Monty Byrum of the California based country group Big House heard some of Jay’s songs and suggested that it was time for him to make another record. The album they made together, The Shoe Box, featured 10 new songs as well as three songs he wrote in the 1970s. Jay’s rendition of “John the Revelator spent a number of weeks at #3 on the Americana Music chart. The Shoe Box yielded 3 Top 10 singles on the Texas Music Chart.Darden Smith will return to Mason May 26 for an encore performance. His dozen critically acclaimed albums, recorded from New York to Nashville and London to Los Angeles, weave together rock, pop, country folk and Americana influences with the musical roots of his home state of Texas. Epic records signed Smith at the inaugural South by Southwest Festival in 1987 and Darden Smith (1988) produced two country chart hit singles, “Little Maggie” and “Day After Tomorrow.” His major label deal with Epic was transferred to the pop division of Columbia Records yielding Trouble No More in 1990 and featuring “Midnight Train” and “Frankie & Sue” which earned frequent airplay on Triple-A radio. Three years later, Smith released Little Victories which included theTop 10 pop hit single “Loving Arms.” With Marathon, his most recent release, Smith pushes into new territory, delivering a sweeping collection of songs that captures the stark panorama of the West.In June, newcomer Ruby Jane will bring her show to Mason. In 2005, Ruby Jane, at the age of 10, became the youngest invited fiddler in history to play the Grand Ole Opry, sharing the stage with Opry legend Mike Snider. Meanwhile awards continued to pour in, with Ruby ranking first nationally for kids under twelve in the National Beginners Fiddle Championship, Second Place on the mandolin in the National Beginner Country Musician Competition and crowned Mississippi State Fiddle Champion of 2005 for all age groups. Media outlets began to pick up on the Ruby Jane phenomenon and in 2006 a feature story aired on the CBS Evening News about the then 12-year-old fiddle prodigy. 17-year-old Ruby Jane is the real deal. She is a fiddler, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist bandleader showcasing her distinctive Americana mix of country, bluegrass, jazz and blues. Ruby is a top pick by any one’s standards. This is a ‘not to miss’ show.The spring and summer lineup includes something for everyone. The Odeon Preservation Association (OPA) continues to bring great entertainment to Mason while striving to make the Odeon theater a great venue. The Odeon Preservation Association (OPA) concerts are a continued effort to raise money for the Odeon theater to keep the doors open for movie entertainment as well as live music and theater. The OPA is a 501c3 non-profit organization. For more information check Concessions will be open and guest may bring their favorite beverage to go with the offerings.

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