The 2012-13 season of the Crookston Civic Music League Entertainment Series kicks off Saturday with New Odyssey – three guys, 30 instruments – performing at 7:30 p.m. in the Crookston High School Auditorium. Admission is by season ticket only, which will be available for sale in the high school lobby prior to the performance on Saturday. Contact Elaine Metzger at 281-2681 or Alvern Wentzel at 281-7873 for more information. For transportation, call T.H.E. Bus at 281-0700.
Gags, gusto and far more than simple guitar riffs mark New Odyssey's unique stage show. Three guys wield 30 instruments and combine their individual virtuosity to form a raucous production featuring comedy, skits and audience participation. Once it gets going, the performers start putting on costumes and getting people onstage.
Gary Todd, Michael Jay and Gary Polkow, the men behind New Odyssey, are a power-packed team with eclectic backgrounds ranging in areas like musical theater, acrobatic tumbling and even synthesizer production. Tubas, banjos and drums are just a few of the instruments the trio wields. They play a lot of oldies that people know, and the show is family friendly and very energetic.
The comedic stunts take their performances far beyond the basics of a traditional concert, and the music-oriented skits add a dose of zaniness. During one act, one of the men dresses up as Elvis.
Audience members can join in on the antics and get a chance to perform along with the music, honking horns or donning silly costumes.
New Odyssey will simply amaze you. Classic rock, country, novelty and specialty arrangements are the calling card of the MUST SEE concert. This is the most unique act on the circuit and a fun show for the whole family.