IMAC TO PRESENT A CONCERT WITH ENTERTAINER & MUSICIAN
Saturday, July 26th, 2008 at 8PM
Tickets: $40.00 Full Price / $30.00 IMAC Members
This show has been POSTPONED to a later date to be announced.
Patrons with tickets- please call the box office immediately for more details. Box office # (631) 549-ARTS (2787)
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On Saturday, July 26th, 2008 at 8PM, the Inter-Media Art Center (also known as “IMAC”) in Huntington, Long Island will present an evening with entertainer and musician Leon Redbone.
The careers of performers who reside in the limelight are usually short-lived and 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.
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, 11- album career, the bard has continued his love affair with tunes from the turn-of-the-century, flapper-era radio ditties, Depression-spawned ragtime and World-War II folk jazz. Redbone’s career first gained momentum in the early ‘70s when Bob Dylan sought him out at the Mariposa Folk Festival. Most folks were introduced to him during his network debut on Saturday Night Live in 1976, where he showcased his indelible version of ‘Walkin’ Stick’. The opportunities for this unlikely figure to impose himself on pop culture have been plentiful. He appeared as a wise, animated snowman opposite Wil Ferrell in the $173 million-grossing comedy Elf. He provided TV title tune to Mr. Belvedere and Harry and the Hendersons.
If there is one common element to Redbone’s diverse music, it’s his mastery of his acoustic guitar. It is easy to get lost in his stage exploits (which gravitate between vaudeville and performance art) and overlook what a truly fine player he is- finger picking with a ragtime bounce or jumping between chords with the grave of a hurdler.
Tickets for this performance are $40.00 ($30.00 for IMAC Members). For tickets or further information on this performance, or on other IMAC programs, call IMAC's 24-hour Arts-Line at (631) 549-ARTS. Tickets can also be purchased at the theater from noon to 6PM, Tuesday through Friday, 2PM to 6PM on Saturdays and after 2PM on the day of the performances. For further information, call IMAC's business office at (631) 549-9666.
The Inter-Media Art Center, Inc. is a non-profit Media and Performing Arts Center whose programs and services are supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (a state agency), Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs, the Town of Huntington, NYS Senator Carl Marcellino, by a grant from The Harmon Foundation, as well as by the Members of IMAC. IMAC also gratefully acknowledges support from Korg USA, The Emily T. Allen & Linda P. Allen and F. Towne Allen Charitable Gift Fund at The Boston Foundation, The D’Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts, JBL Pro, AutoOne Insurance, The Lowerre Family Trust, Branch Financial Services and Olivia and Harlan Fischer.