Leon Redbone at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts March 13


"Redbone's act is ... a distinctive, warmly welcome persona that stands out on the musical landscape." The Washington Post

RedboneHis trademark Panama hat and dark sunglasses accompany Leon Redbone to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts for a rare eclectic musical evening on Saturday, March 13 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $40, $35 and $30. This event is an Arts & Minds season presentation.

Redbone has been a fixture on the music scene since he was first seen in Toronto, Canada in the mid-70s. In 1976 he made his network debut on the then-fledgling TV show, "Saturday Night Live" where he showcased his indelible version of "Walkin' Stick." Over the course of his 30+-year, 15+-album career, the superstar-of-stage-and-screen-and-Madison-Avenue has continued his love affair with tunes from the turn-of-the-century (1900s), flapper-era radio ditties, Depression-spawned ragtime and World War II folk-jazz. In the hit comedy film "Elf," Redbone plays Leon the Snowman and sings the picture's theme song with star Zooey Deschanel, a duet of the seasonal standard "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

His fascinating and quirky persona intertwines with his mastery of the acoustic guitar to make his shows full of musical skill and comedy. He tends to downplay his gift as an artist, "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 of the past - a waltz with bygone days that established him as sole curator of the museum of 20th century music.

Today, he typically performs solo or duo with piano and Redbone's musical repertoire can hover between Dylan's "Living the Blues," Jelly Roll Morton's "I Hate a Man Like You," Eddy Arnold's "Bouquet of Roses" and the childhood folk favorite "Polly Wolly Doodle." Known more for covering other artists' songs, the musician admits he comes up with a few tunes of his own every decade, but counters with a grin, "I think that they're all mine to begin with."

Tickets are available online at fairfield.edu/quick or by calling the Box Office at (203) 254-4010. The toll free number is 1-877-ARTS-396. Special offers and discounts are available through the Quick Center's e-mail list. Join, by contacting boxoffice@quickcenter.com. And become a fan of the Quick Center for the Arts on Facebook! Keep up-to-date with the latest performance news, plus special offers and discounts! Find the Quick Center at www.facebook.com/FairfieldQuickCenter.

Directions: Fairfield University is located off I-95, exit 22 at 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on February 26, 2010

Vol. 42, No. 214