Looking for something to do in Midland/Odessa as the winter months grind towards a close? A surprisingly varied series of music events may furnish you with just the kind of evening out that can freshen your perspective on life.
A series of weekly concerts sponsored by the Odessa Council on Arts and Humanities gives area music lovers the opportunity to hear some eclectic artists. Co-sponsored by Odessa College, this eight-program series began in January, with Lon Clark’s Moonlight Serenade Band. That first concert evening set the pace for the next few programs, and these small, lively concerts have begun to draw a devoted crowd who are warmly appreciative of the chance to hear great performances.
Three more concerts remain in the series, which is a winter-season counterpart to the Hot Summer Nights outdoor concerts hosted in Noel Park Plaza, the small downtown park and sculpture garden that lies adjacent to the Ector County Library. Titled Winter Rhythms, the series has featured country, classical, and swing jazz music. The final three concerts will take patrons on an international journey. First up on Feb. 25th is Alberto Madrid & Sadora, performing an international playlist that takes listeners all over the world, to Spain and beyond. March 4, Bard’s Crossing will bring to listeners music from Scotland and Ireland, celebrating the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day. The final concert in the series features two performers who have made names for themselves on the Cowboy Poetry Gathering circuit–Glenn Moreland and Washtub Jerry. If you’ve never seen these two perform, you’re in for a treat. Washtub Jerry performs with a string bass he’s put together with (what else?) a washtub, and if you’ve never seen such a thing, you’ll be amazed at the mellow sound that home-rigged instrument can produce.
Tickets to the venues can be purchased at the Deaderick Hall Auditorium, the site of all three upcoming concerts, for $10 (adults). Notice that if you arrive in a group of 8 or more, a discounted price of $8 is available, and high school/college/university students with school ID are admitted for just $5. Concerts begin at 7 p.m., making the Thursday evening programs a reasonable activity on a weekday work night.
One aspect of these concerts that patrons really appreciate is the small, intimate venue setting. Deaderick Hall Auditorium seats only 400 persons, so audience members are close to the performers and able to feel a sense of connection to the musicians.
For more information, call the Odessa Council on Arts and Humanities at 432.337.1492, or co-sponsoring Odessa College at 432.335.6582.