(Town of Nelson, NY – Dec. 2012) The Wiyos come to CNY and grace the Nelson Odeon stage for this not-to-be-missed performance that will include tastes of their newly released album featuring a re-imagining of the L. Frank Baum’s “Wizard of Oz” like you’ve never heard or experienced it before – as well as many other of their amazing melting pot of timeless styles of songs – in which will be sure to be an amazing night of music and performance.
This is The Wiyos second show at the Odeon, so expect an evening of music and theater.
The show will be held Dec. 9.
Formed in New York City during the summer of 2002, The Wiyos took their name from the toughest gang to prowl the streets of old New York (The Why’os, circa 1890). They have spent nine years touring extensively in the USA, Canada, France, The Netherlands and Great Britain. In 2009 The Wiyos were handpicked by Bob Dylan to tour for seven weeks as the opener of the Bob Dylan Show, with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp.
Their 2009 release, Broken Land Bell, sat in the top 20 of the AMA charts for 14 weeks. The Wiyos unique charisma transcends typical social boundaries. They appeal to everyone from young hipsters to seasoned music connoisseurs. They have emerged as a hallmark band in the resurgence of traditional American music over the past decade.
The Wiyos original compositions feel timeless. Much of their music is inspired by the early American musical idioms of the 1920s and ’30s, but the band has a reputation for gleefully subverting genre distinctions. They seamlessly fuse vintage sounds with the contemporary without sounding forced or affected.
Their more recent explorations blend human beat-box with classic swing and New Orleans style rhythms. The Wiyos’ live performances are riveting affairs that take audiences back to an era before TV and mass-media were the main sources of entertainment. With infectious exuberance and theatrical skill, they create a visual spectacle in the tradition of vaudeville-esque performers.
Their on-stage physical comedy recalls the silent films of Laurel & Hardy, Keaton and Chaplin. Their instrumental prowess blends numerous instruments into what is truly their own sound. This is a band that needs to be experienced more than just be heard.
The Nelson Odeon is located on Nelson Road just north of Route 20.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8.
For tickets, visit www.nelsonodeon.com.