Dosey Doe - The Big Barn brings a trifecta of entertainment this week to The Woodlands
THE WOODLANDS, TX – On any given week, Dosey Doe - The Big Barn is a bustling beehive of entertaining activity. This week, however, the esteemed venue and Woodlands institution is bringing three amazing, wide-ranging acts in three days, a trifecta of stagecraft that is sure to resonate with any taste.
On Wednesday, the barn will host a unique musical experience with the appearance of OH, WHAT A NIGHT!, a musical tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. More than a tribute band, not quite a full-fledged musical, this production – written by George Solomon, directed by Michael Chapman, and choreographed by Paul Holmquist – presents the music and style of Valli and his band in style.
“What makes us different from a typical band – or even an established musical like ‘Jersey Boys’ – is that each of us takes turns singing lead vocals on songs,” said Solomon. “This way, the audience gets to know each one of us.”
Solomon praises the choreography skills of Holmquist, who is also in the show with him along with Joshua Woodie and James Bullard. This particular iteration of the show has seen all four men be friends for many years. Due to the popularity of the act, there are approximately 50 performers doing the show all over the world.
“Our audiences are fantastic; however, Texas audiences in particular are so welcoming,” said Solomon. “We love coming here. We love hearing from people of all ages who embrace our feel-good show with the humor, dancing, and costume changes.”
The next night, this Thursday, veteran British ‘70s rock band Wishbone Ash – known for its complex sounds featuring two lead guitars, a rarity in rock – is taking the stage with Phoenix Rising. We spoke with the sole remaining original member of the band, Andy Powell.
“Our fans in some places go back to the ‘70s, so we have those people that are long term fans come out to support us, and then there'll be the inquisitive ones that may be a bit younger and wondering what it is about the band, so we’re looking forward to introducing them to the really good guitar sound that we promote and that we play,” said Powell. “And yeah, maybe we’ll be looking to find some good Texas barbecue too.“
It’s this multigenerational fandom that Powell believes maintains the band’s popularity, along with the unique sound that Wishbone Ash presented over the years. “I believe we laid down good roots. We were very conscious of creating our own identity and our own sound. A band like Wishbone Ash was different from Jethro Tull, as was different from, say, Deep Purple or any other band from Britain at the time. You had to be your own stamp.”
Powell and his band aren’t content to stay resting on their laurels of so many decades ago; they have maintained a steady discography and touring schedule throughout the years from the 1970s through today.
On the third night of a hattrick of entertainment, comedian, musician, and raconteur Chad Prather is taking the stage on Friday to bring some sparks with his Texas-sized brand of conservative humor. Prather is known off the stage as an underdog who ran for Texas governor in the recent Republican primary elections.While he didn’t get the nomination, he did make some waves – and friends – with his thoughts on our local area.
“Montgomery County carries the rest of Texas,” he said in a recent interview. “It’s a beautiful place with great folks.”
This certainly isn’t Prather’s first rodeo locally; he has been welcomed before by engaged crowds at Dosey Doe and looks forward to his upcoming appearance.
Whether you’re into nostalgic Americana, timeless British rock, or homegrown Texas entertainment, all three are available for you this week, Wednesday through Friday, at Dosey Doe - The Big Barn. Get more information – and your tickets – at www.doseydoetickets.com/barn.