Music scene: Week of May 7, 2010
Compiled by TAMMY GEMAEHLICH
Ragtime, flapper-era radio ditties and acoustic guitar performed by a master in a stage show that gravitates between vaudeville and performance art is what audiences can expect from Leon Redbone.
For more than 30 years, Redbone has performed in his “iconic guise of white fedora, jacket and sunglasses,” and has been thoroughly satirized — specifically, the “Leon Redbone Workout” Far Side cartoon.
His artist bio notes that Redbone made his network debut on “Saturday Night Live” in 1976 where he showcased his indelible version of “Walkin’ Stick.”
He has continued his love affair with tunes from the turn-of-the-century (20th), flapper-era radio ditties, Depression-spawned ragtime and World War II folk-jazz.
Redbone has more than 15 albums and provided the TV title tunes to “Mr. Belvedere” and “Harry and the Hendersons.” He had a guest role as a “quixotic guitar-wielding guardian to the character Corky on ABC’s critically acclaimed series ‘Life Goes On.’ “
On the big screen, he appeared as a wise, animated snowman opposite Will Ferrell in “Elf,” singing the movie’s theme song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” with Zooey Deschanel. Redbone has done beer jingles, too. Does “this Bud’s for you” sound familiar?
Redbone will perform with special guest The A-1 Man Sircus Sideshow in Grand Junction on Friday, May 7, at the Roper Music Ballroom, 130 N. Fifth St.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for general admission, and only 190 tickets will be sold. Tickets can be purchased at City Market stores in Grand Junction, Roper Music, Triple Play and Back Porch Music.
For more information, call 243-8497 or go to http://www.sandstoneconcerts.com.