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No one knows where he came from or who he really is. Leon Redbone wears dark glasses and a Panama hat, and, despite that fact that he's achieved icon status, he maintains an air of mystery. (Some say Frank Zappa never really died ...) But when it comes to Leon Redbone's music, there's no mystery at all. He finds the thread that connects the various genres of 1920s and 1930s music: Fats Waller's jazz, the country music of Jimmie Rodgers, Dylanesque folk, blues, crooner pop, and the strange tail end of vaudeville minstrelsy heard in the music of the Georgia yodeler Emmett Miller, the originator of "Lovesick Blues." In the raspy but strangely intoxicating voice and the calmly bemused attitude of Leon Redbone, the music of the Victrola era becomes modern and timeless. Leon Redbone has been a very hot ticket in recent years at The Ark, and it's been a couple of years since we've gotten him back, so please plan ahead!
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  • General Admission: $25, Reserved: $32

When and Where

Off Campus Location - The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor, MI

May 2013


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