The Ottumwa Courier

March 29, 2013

New Odyssey appearing in Centerville April 11


Ottumwa Courier

CENTERVILLE — Gags, gusto and far more than simple guitar riffs mark New Odyssey’s unique stage show — which comes to Centerville at 7:30 p.m. April 11 at the Simon Estes Auditorium under the auspices of the Centerville Concert Association.

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, they start putting on costumes and getting people on stage. Gary, Michael and Gary — the men behind New Odyssey — are a power-packed team with eclectic backgrounds, ranging from musical theatre to 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 it’s 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.

Audience members can join in on the antics and get a chance to perform along with the music, honking horns or donning silly costumes.

Admission is by season membership or $15 at the door.