Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Arizona Opry. 02-17-15


This is something that I would not ordinarily do but Suzanne and Roy got some tickets to The Arizona Opry and invited us to go with them.
It wasn’t as you might expect an “opera” or a country music show but a vintage rock and roll dinner show with music from the 50’s and early 60’s.

Around 10:00 we arrived at Suzanne and Roy’s place, got into their jeep and headed for Apache Junction where the Opry House is located. We were early so we hung around in the parking lot for a while.


Eventually they opened the doors and we all went in side.


There was assigned seating so we were able to sit with S&R.

The first thing I noticed was the walls of the building were decorated with portraits of entertainers and lots of old musical instruments.



The band stand also held probably a hundred instruments of all kinds.


As it turned out the entertainers could actually play all these instruments.

After everyone was seated they began serving the meal.
The meal consisted of pot roast, chicken, rice, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and a nice warm whole wheat roll, butter and a nice size piece of chocolate cake. They served all the coffee or Lemon aid you wanted. If you wanted beer or soft drinks that was extra.
The food was very good and quite enough.

After everyone was finished eating and the tables were cleared the entertainment started.

First they introduced the head of security a Barney Fife impersonator, who was also one of the vocalists.


He had a wide vocal range but mostly sang base. I suppose you could call him a “Basso Profundo”, his low notes could be felt in your chest.

The band was not very large, only 8 musicians, but they were extremely talented.


The guy in the red shirt was the leader and had been the lead singer for the “Tokens”.
He recorded “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” which he sang at this performance.

The guy that did the Barney Fife routine also did a couple of Elvis tunes among other stuff.


On one tune the leader played the largest Saxophone that I had ever seen.


All of the musicians were top notch and at the end of the two hour performance we all wanted more.

It was a great show and I would recommend it.
They also do some country music shows, Broadway show tunes, 70’s R&R shows and many more.

For more Information just Google Arizona Opry.

It was a great day and we really appreciate Suzanne and Roy inviting us.

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