Friday, March 11, 2011

A Night at the Opry

My sisters have now gone home and we had a wonderful, fun-filled week together! One night we got tickets for the Arizona Opry. 

Although Jim and I have been coming to Arizona for six winters now, we have never gone to the Opry. I am so glad we went to the show this year AND it's a wonderful place to bring visitors. For $30/ticket, which includes tax and tip, you get dinner and a show. The dinner isn't bad; either you go on a roast chicken night or a beef night. The entertainment is SPECTACULAR!!

The dinner theater is located across from the Superstition Mountains.

The stage with all the musical instruments.

The show opened up with the fabulous and talented Music Director George Staerkel on keyboard.

His name may not ring a bell, but he was the lead singer for "The Tokens" from 1980-1985, who's big hit was "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".

Bill Wells is a gifted guitar player who strummed those strings so beautifully. It almost made me cry.

Then he came out in a change of clothes and a wig and did the "Evolution of Dance" and made me laugh!

If you have no clue what I am talking about, watch this video on "The Evolution of Dance." It is hysterical!

He also did an Elvis impersonation.

The Barleen twins, Brenda and Barbara.

Brenda (l) plays the drums, Barbara (r), plays the fiddle and keyboard.

Mark Lucas not only plays guitar and sings well, but he also is a GREAT comedian!

Steve Weitz has a voice as smooth as buttah! He certainly was a crooner! Then he came out dressed like Willie Nelson and sounded just like him. No, I take that back. He sounded BETTER than Willie. At least the last time I saw Willie in concert!

Band members:

George (far right) is so talented. At one point they played musical themes from TV shows. George picked up just about every instrument on stage and played it. Including these:

And all of these:

He even played this big honking horn, called the Alpine horn!

The Arizona Opry offers many different shows; a John Denver tribute, Old Time Rock and Roll Show, Country Jubilee, Gospel, four Variety shows, and many different holiday shows. Everyone that I know who has gone to the Opry has raved about it. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is in the area for a night of entertainment at a good price.


Valerie said...

Sounds like a good night's entertainment, Pat. Pity I live so far away.

Gail said...

What an amazing night!

Brian Miller said...

nice. sounds like a lot of going to see live music...

Lynda said...

I could tell what a great night it was just from your description. I'm expecting to hear great reviews about your talent show, too!
LOVED the two clips you included. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is always fun to listen to. The Evolution of Dance definitely puts a smile - - or a few - - on a person's face. You gave a good way to start the day for us.

Snowflake said...

Added to my bucket list!! Thanks for the great review and fabulous photos!

David Allen Waters said...

you always have the best times, thanx for letting me tag along ;)

Sunny said...

You guys have such fun times...would you like to adopt me? Haha!
Love the Evolution clip, really made me laugh!
Have a great weekend :)
☼ Sunny

Eva Gallant said...

Looks like a totally fabulous time!

Carletta said...

Thirty dollars for dinner and a movie - you can't beat that.
Sounds like you had a wonderful time.
'In the jungle the mighty jungle....' - I'll so be singing that all day. :)

Mama Zen said...

This sounds like a lot of fun!

Country Gal said...

Looks and sounds like a great time. The Tokens , The lion sleeps tonight OMG havent heard that for a long time. I have seen and heard of all you have here either in a show years ago here, or on line . Evolution of dance is a riot saw that ages ago on line. Great photos ! Have a good day.

becky said...

Looks like you had a good time, Pat! I'm off to catch up on the rest of your blog!


Glad you got to do this with your sisters. Nothing like spending time together.

Funny how when we're together we go back into our childhood roles.

I'm the baby and though I'm 65 they start treating me like I'm ten!

Loved the pics. Thanks for sharing.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

you always have so much fun! i feel like i'm traveling right along with you when i look at your pictures.

KaLynn ("MiMi") said...

Arizona is one place that I want to go to and just wander around! This looks like sooo much fun! Thanks for sharin with us!

Ruth said...

How'd you get such good photos!? Sounds like a perfect outing for visitors. Pretty soon you'll be visiting those musicians back stage. Maybe they'll even ask you to be their managers when they take the show on the road. :-)

Jientje said...

Sounds like a great show! Thanks for sharing that evolution of dance video, I enjoyed it!

Ed said...

Opry in Arizona?

Sounds like you guys were lost. Nashville is the other way.

Betty Manousos@ CUT AND DRY said...

Looks like you guys had much fun!

What an entertainment!

Love the picture, thank you for taking us along.

Have a great Tuesday!

B xx

Betty Manousos@ CUT AND DRY said...

Just stopping by to enjoy your wordless Wednesday.

B xx

labbie1 said...

Wow!!!! Looks like a great show!