So, what did we do while we were in Branson. Mr. C had our week completely packed with fun shows to see. We started off with a Wednesday, October 31st, afternoon with Paul Harris and the Cleverlys at the White House Theatre. Unfortunately, the theatre was pretty dark and it was hard to get decent pictures.
He told some pretty funny stories that had us all in stitches and he also sang pretty well, LOL.
Then when they were ready to take an intermission, Paul Harris excitedly told the audience that we were so fortunate, we were in luck because the Cleverlys had just gotten back into town and they were going to join us for the second half. So, we settled back in our seats waiting for the Cleverlys:
Apparently, the drummer had a brand new outfit, possibly for Halloween, as it was October 31st, though, as he really took a lot of ribbing over his striped suit.
The base player was fantastic, he was a little bitty guy, but boy could he play and he pounded those strings for all he was worth and really got into it. When he came back for the second half, his 10 gallon? hat was a real hit as it kind of made up for his size, LOL. His little toddler son was in the audience dressed as a Pirate Sock Monkey. He was incredibly cute.
Yes, by now you've probably figured out that the lead Cleverly is also Paul Harris, but he really had us going for awhile, we just weren't real sure, his voice changed and everything.
We were not quite as thrilled with the second half of the performance, though, as the music was not familiar to us and it was so fast paced it was hard to figure out what they were even singing. We aren't yet "Senior Citizens" but if our ears couldn't keep up, I wonder how the rest of the audience (who were obviously quite a bit older than we were) were able to understand or keep up with it.
It was still a fun afternoon and well worth the laughs.
Thursday, November 1st, we went to the God and Theatre to see the Statler Brothers Revisited. The Statler Brothers and Oakridge Boys are 2 of my all time favorite groups and I love Barbershop music.
This was a very good show, but had a few not so great parts. The history of the Statler Brothers was fantastic, the MC job was great, and the music was good. I was a tiny bit disapointed in the voices. The older man, while he originally actually sang with both the Statlers and the Oakridge Boys is losing the fullness of his voice and he's obviously slowing down a bit. When the lead sang lead, he was great, but he often sang outside his range and got very nasally at that time, which is a personal pet peeve of mine.
After the intermission, when the group came back with a short segment from the Statler Brothers show paying tribute to Lester "Roadhog" Moran and his backup band, the Cadillac Cowboys, it was pure slap-stick funny.
All in all, it was a good show, just not quite as true to sound as many other tributes we've heard over the years.
Happy Halloween, even if I am several months late and lots of dollars short.
Hopefully I'll see you tomorrow. Smiles, Sue C