Church Basement Ladies headline Mitchell Area Concert Association showsThe shows kick off Oct. 5. All concerts are at the Corn Palace at 7:30 p.m.
By: Candy DenOuden, The Daily Republic
From comedy to country and everything between, there’s an array of entertainers lined up for the 2012-13 Mitchell Area Concert Association concert series.
Read on for summaries of the shows, which kick off next month. All concerts are at the Corn Palace at 7:30 p.m.
First on the list is New Odyssey, described simply as “3 guys, 30 instruments.” Gary Todd, Michael Jay and Gary Polkow combine singing, instrumentals and comedy in a family oriented show Oct. 5 at the Corn Palace. MACA Executive Secretary Jim Blades said what makes the show unique is the demonstration of instrumental ability from each of the musicians. “The show is going to be good music, but has the specialty of having 30 different instruments,” he said. “It’ll be a demonstration of flexibility as well as the great musical talent.”
Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping
It’s “A Second Helping” of the Church Basement Ladies on Feb. 12, a show about “life, death and new adventures in the world and in their lives.” Though second in the lineup, Blades said he thinks the church basement ladies show will bring in the biggest crowd. “People love to laugh, and they give a lot of laughs,” he said. According to promotional materials, the sequel is set in 1969 and focuses on the escapades of the women of the Lutheran church basement kitchen during everything from Missionary Night to Super Bowl Sunday. The musical comedy is inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, whose works include bestseller “Growing Up Lutheran.” Blades said the Mitchell show is the second of four versions of the popular plays. In addition to their Mitchell performance, the Church Basement Ladies will perform Feb. 5 in Yankton.
George Dyer Christmas
During the holidays, concert-goers can get a proper dose of Christmas music Dec. 10, when George Dyer performs. His concert also will feature his daughter and a trio of musicians. Dyer got his start in opera (he sings tenor), and has performed with the New York City Opera and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
His programs typically mix well-known opera numbers, Broadway songs and classic jazz/pop numbers such as “Volare” and “Mack The Knife,” made famous by crooners Dean Martin and Bobby Darin, respectively.
Take Me Home, John Denver
On May 7, Jim Curry will offer a full-length John Denver tribute concert.
Curry is a long-time musician and songwriter who, according to program materials, does not impersonate Denver; rather, he sings in tribute.
Denver, whose hits included “Rocky Mountain High,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” and “Country Roads,” died in 1997. Curry has said he believes Denver’s “positive messages of love, humanity and environmental awareness” are just as true now as they were when the songs were first released.
In addition to his Mitchell appearance, Curry will perform today in Yankton and April 18 in Pierre.
If fans can’t make any of the Mitchell show dates, MACA Chairwoman Bernie Brooks said eight additional shows can be seen in Huron, Yankton and Pierre.
The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Brass will be in Pierre Sept. 23 and Huron Sept. 24; Home Free Vocal Band will be in Pierre Oct. 22 and Yankton April 28; Siberian Virtuosi will be in Yankton Oct. 28; Two on Tapp will be in Pierre Nov. 4 and Huron Nov. 7; Thuringer Salon Quintet will be in Pierre Feb. 12; Abbey Road Band will be in Huron April 18; Celtic Fire will be in Yankton Feb. 16 and Huron Feb. 17; and Wilson and McKee will be in Pierre April 1.
The MACA is made up of 21 members and annually selects a concert series for Mitchell. Brooks said musical acts are selected from more than 50 choices presented by Allied Concert Services of Minneapolis. Season membership tickets are $50 for individuals, $20 for students and $100 for families. Contributing memberships range from $125 for a donor to $1,000 for a guarantor. “We couldn’t operate without those sponsors,” Blades said. Memberships and season tickets are available at each of the concerts, or by calling Blades at (605) 996-5081. Individual tickets may be purchased at the door the night of a concert. Blades said MACA memberships will provide admittance into the Huron, Yankton and Pierre shows, as well.