The Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande will present the eccentric and mysterious Blues legend Leon Redbone on Friday, April 29, 2011 at 8:00pm.
Recognized for his trademark white Panama hat, dark sunglasses and bow tie, Leon Redbone is a legendary singer with undefinable style. At the core of his initial calling was the desire to simply honor songs from the past – a waltz with bygone days that established him as sole curator of the museum of 20th century music. Over the course of his 30+ year, 15+ album career, Redbone has continued his love affair with tunes from the turn-of-the-19th century, flapper-era radio ditties, Depression-spawned ragtime and World War II folk-jazz.
Redbone’s career first gained momentum in the early ’70s when Bob Dylan sought him out at the Mariposa Folk Festival. Most folks were introduced to the man during his network debut on Saturday Night Live in 1976, where he showcased his indelible version of “Walkin’ Stick.” Since then he’s played numerous talk shows, functioning as a favorite guest of Johnny Carson.The opportunities for this unlikely figure to impose himself on pop culture have been plentiful. Redbone appeared as a wise, animated snowman opposite Will Ferrell in the comedy Elf and his duet with star Zooey Deschanel on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” served as the picture’s theme song. Over the years, Redbone has also provided TV title tunes to Mr. Belvedere and Harry and the Hendersons, and had a memorable guest role on ABC’s critically acclaimed series Life Goes On.
Redbone also popularized the homespun beer jingle “This Bud’s for You” and was the “Getting to know you” voice on a series of Chevrolet advertisements. He even regularly appeared in the comic strip, The Far Side.
If there is one common element to Redbone’s diverse music it’s his mastery of his acoustic guitar. It is easy to get lost in his stage exploits (which often gravitate between vaudeville and performance art) and overlook what a truly fine player he is — fingerpicking with a ragtime bounce or jumping between chords with the grace of a hurdler.
Don’t miss the chance to see this legendary artist with a one-of-a-kind style at the Clark Center on April 29th!
Tickets for Leon Redbone are $30-$40 and are on sale now. Call (805) 489-9444 for tickets or come to the Clark Center Box Office at 487 Fair Oaks Avenue in Arroyo Grande.
For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit www.clarkcenter.org.
For more information on Leon Redbone, visit www.leonredbone.com.
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