Country Roads

Country Roads kicks off SPARC season on Friday, Nov. 9

Residents of N’West Iowa are plenty familiar with country roads.

On Friday, Nov. 9 they can take a bit of a different one when they arrive at the Spencer Community Theatre for the first concert of the Spencer Performing Arts Coalition’s 2018-19 season.

“This year is our most ambitious season yet,” said Rolf Mosbo, SPARC volunteer and talent coordinator. “The first show is the John Denver tribute and people seem to be pretty excited about that.”

Country Roads: A John Denver Tribute will take the stage next Friday night at 7:30 p.m. with a social hour beforehand beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 apiece and can be purchased through the Spencer Community Theatre box office.

“We always do one show per year that doubles the ticket price to $30 because we include a happy hour with hors d’oeuvres and beverages of all kinds,” Mosbo said. “People will be in the right mood when it’s time for some John Denver music.”

Country Roads is headlined by Dennis Curley, whose love of John Denver music propels the group.

He’s backed by a six-piece band and will feature many of the late musician’s beloved hits including “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

Curley mixes in personal anecdotes and fond memories of Denver’s music and invites the audience to do the same.

Altogether it will make for a fantastic start to the SPARC season.

The second show will take place Jan. 27 and is the eighth annual Spencer Alumni show.

“It appeared to me that with a town this size and a school this big with a strong theater program and good music program there ought to be a lot of people graduating that have kept performing arts in their life,” Mosbo said.

This year the event will feature Devin Van Holsteijn and The Dandelion Stompers. Their music is described as New Orleans Jazz and should be another fun concert for the series.

Next up on April 6 is the one-man show, An Evening with Mark Twain, by Michael Mauldin.

“This is a guy who’ve been impersonating Mark Twain for 30-40 years and is an absolute pro at it,” Mosbo said. “The nice thing about having it at the theater is we can dip into a collection of period furniture and put on a really nice-looking 1890s type of setting.”

Rounding out the series will be the Brazilian 2wins, a musical duo based out of Des Moines.

Their concert will take place Thursday, June 6 and will be high-energy affair.

“We heard about them from people who had been to a wedding and thought they were so much fun and we were able to get them booked,” Mosbo said.

Typically there are four shows to the season, but this year will be a little different.

“We got one kicker. We have an extra show,” Mosbo said. “It will be something everyone can enjoy. We’re really excited about it.”

That extra event will be the authentic Irish musical group Danú coming to Spencer on Feb. 28 for the first date on their U.S. tour.

Truly an ambitious and tremendous season is on the way from SPARC. Be sure to reserve your seats early.