Thursday, June 26, 2014

Seven Days, Seven Bands-- Part 2, Tuesday: New Odyssey at Crystal Lake's Main Beach

Tuesday, June 24th.

After boating, we drove to Crystal lake, encountering the obsessive road construction in Johnsburg and Crystal Lake.  This is one major road construction season this summer around McHenry County.  Road flowers absolutely everywhere.  

We stopped at Riverside on the way.  This is located on the Fox River at Burton's Bridge and on the Chain Crawl so we needed to get a passport stamp anyway.  Thoroughly enjoyed their 50 cent tacos.

Drove Il-176 into Crystal Lake past that mess (now in its second year) at 176 and 31.  Parked and walked around the old downtown area and saved money because the Flag Store was closed.  Lots of interesting stores and went into one featuring stained glass.  The downtown is anchored by the Raue Center, a 1920s movie theater that holds all sorts of events.  Several years back, we saw Bob Newhart there.

We then drove south to Main Beach, parked at the Dole Mansion and walked over to the outdoor stage to see New Odyssey play.  The guitar player went to school with Liz in Chicago until 8th grade.  They put on one  unbelievable show as advertise themselves as "Three Guys, Thirty Instruments."  They play all 30 during the course of performing, including all 30 during a ten-minute  Beatles medley.

If you don't have a good time at one of their concerts, it is your own fault.  Judging from the comments around us, they made a LOT of new fans tonight.

Afterwards, we stopped at McDonald's for $1 sundaes, had fun with the road construction again around the 176-31 intersection and the construction mess in McHenry.

Two Bands Down, Five to Go.  --RoadDog

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