Imagine on the same stage, at the same time, ready to perform, The Beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Prince, Phil Collins, Steely Dan, Chicago, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie and Jethro Tull.


It’s possible.
The ShapeShifters of Houston is one of Houston’s most unique, eclectic and talented group of performers. They’ll assemble on the newly renovated Charles Bender Performing Arts Center stage in Humble on Friday, July 28, 7 pm. Tickets are $15.
The ShapeShifters is a nine-piece rock/classic rock band that flawlessly recreates the sounds of many of America’s most iconic performers.
“You’ll get to experience a Steely Dan concern, a Chicago concern, even a Pink Floyd concert all in one night,” says Don Bauer, a graphics and sign maker guy by day but ShapeShifter manager at night. “We’ve got 485 followers on Facebook and a loyal fan base we’ve built up over the last 18 years. They make it as much fun for us as we make it fun for them. It’s all about the fans.”
Vincent Oddo, furniture sales guy by day but trumpet player and lead vocalist by night, created ShapeShifters in 1999. Oddo and his fellow performers have day jobs but at night, they transform themselves into full-fledged classic rock performers.
“One year we toured 45 weekends out of the year,” Bauer confesses, “so Vince and I decided – now that we’re older – that if it’s not fun, we don’t want to do it anymore. We do lots of private parties. Frankly, it’s not a job. It’s fun, our escape, and the fans who come out to Humble on July 28 will be able to escape with us into that crazy rock concert world.”
ShapeShifters has all the trappings that a classic rock fan would expect, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, flute, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, conga, bongo, timbales and percussion – and the talented group of guys to make the music authentic.
On July 28, when the ShapeShifters hit Humble, it’ll be tough to see Bauer because he’ll be playing percussion and singing background vocals way in the back of the stage.
“I’m not the ‘front and center’ guy,” he confesses, “I’m just a big fan who loves to recreate all those great 80’s songs we grew up with.”
Following the ShapeShifters’ performance on July 28, “the Bender” will take a brief August break followed by at least one distinctive and quality production each month beginning in September, says Jennifer Wooden, director of the Humble Civic Center and the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center.
The plan, Wooden says, is for the Bender to become a home for the performing arts that all of Lake Houston can enjoy. Here is the lineup for upcoming performances at “The Bender.”
Sept. 23 – The Axiom Quartet, four young musicians from Houston who “fuse” classical music with rock, electronic, indie, jazz and pop music.
Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4 – Shrek The Musical presented by the Christian Youth Theater of Houston, an affiliate of the largest youth theater program in the nation.  
Nov. 11 – A Night at the Symphony featuring the Symphony North of Houston, a community-based orchestra of teachers, homemakers, engineers, lawyers, bankers and many other professionals from the Houston area who play classical music.
Dec. 16- Houston Choral Showcase with the Houston Choral, an adult show choir featuring pop, rock, disco, jazz, show tunes and patriotic tunes.
The Charles Bender Performing arts Center is located at 611 Higgins near downtown Humble. For tickets or for more information about programs at the Performing Arts Center, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 281-446-4140.

 

 

 

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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.