Date:   1/28/2010

Leon Redbone - Jazz, Blues & Tin Pan Alley Classics

The legendary and iconic mystery man of music, Leon Redbone, will perform his jazz, blues and Tin Pan Alley classics on stage at the historic Thrasher Opera House in downtown Green Lake on Thursday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Redbone is a master guitarist, dry comedian and a warm and witty singer who recreates the classic jazz, blues and pop music of the ‘20s and ‘30s. His signature look is unmistakable — Panama hat, suit, smoked glasses and drooping mustache. Add the distinctive, gravelly, drawling vocals - and it may complete the picture, but the entertainer remains a true mystery, otherwise.

Redbone first came to fame three decades ago while appearing in clubs in Toronto, so was assumed to be Canadian, but he's also been described as an immigrant from Cyprus. That's just one of the many facts he won't confirm, including his real name, which is rumored to be Dickran Gobalian. He loves to muddy the water, once claiming to be the son of storied singer Jenny Lind — but she died in 1887. His appearances in a number of venues, including an iconic TV commercial for Budweiser and TV’s Saturday Night Live, really don't shed much light on Leon Redbone the man, either.

Whatever the facts might be, his unusual look, along with a repertoire that has always included many of the old classics, has made him a kind of cult hero. Songs such as "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Somebody Stole My Gal," and "I Ain't Got Nobody," have helped keep him popular, along with making a lot of new fans with his unforgettable duet with Zooey Deschanel on "Baby It's Cold Outside," from the soundtrack of the 2003 film Elf.

This special evening of music and mystery is sponsored in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin with additional support by Stahl Plumbing of Green Lake.

Tickets are $23 and available at Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Ripon Drug and Pick ‘n Save (Ripon); and Twister (Princeton); or by calling 920-294-4279. For more information or to order tickets online, visit www.thrasheroperahouse.com.

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