October 10th, 2012 Doors, 7pm. Where: PAC3 (Performing Arts Center at Third Street Center) 520 South Third Street Carbondale, CO. Cost: Advance Tickets: $20/30 Day of Show: $25/35 Buy Tickets at www.pac3carbondale.com or Dos Gringos in Carbondale About: Leon Redbone ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The careers of performers who reside in the limelight are usually short-lived and over-overexposed. So it’s refreshing to encounter Leon Redbone, who has for decades remained so musically resonant and personally elusive. Though his iconic guise of white fedora, jacket and sunglasses has been thoroughly satirized (anybody remember the “Leon Redbone workout” Far Side cartoon?), it’s easy to overlook what a genuinely gifted artist he remains – a role he inevitably tries to downplay. “In some ways I’ve always been complacent in my approach to music,” Redbone says. “So in some ways maybe I’m the pure definition of consistent.” 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, the bard has continued his love affair with tunes from the turn-of-the-century (as in the second-to-last century), flapper-era radio ditties, Depression-spawned ragtime and World War II folk-jazz. “I’m just an entertainer, and I use music as a medium for entertaining,” he says in his trademark rumbling voice. “But I’m not really an entertainer either, because to be an entertainer it implies you have a great desire to want to entertain.” Redbone’s career first gained momentum in the early ‘70’s when Bob Dylan sought him out at the Mariposa Folk Festival. In a Rolling Stone interview, Dylan mentioned that if he ever started a label, Redbone would be the first artist he wanted to record. 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.” In a year typified by amplified arena rock, Redbone’s intimate, low-key delivery proved to be a jolting antonym. Since then he’s played numerous talk shows, functioning as a favorite guest of Johnny Carson. The opportunities for this unlikel
An evening with Leon Redbone AT PAC3, Carbondale’s Only Performing Arts Center
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