Park City's historic Egyptian Theatre welcomes the Leon Redbone, Friday and Saturday, Oct.12 and 13, for two acoustic performances. The shows start at 8 p.m.
Redbone is a bit of a musical enigma. His personal history is rarely elaborated upon, leaving biographers and journalists flumoxed. His musical style is cautiously described with phrases such as Tin-Pan Alley, neo-vaudevillian, pre-war, and old timey, carrying deep influences of ragtime, folk, and blues, with a hearty mix of deadpan humor.
His love and preservation of the music of the early 20th century should be considered a gift to modern-music lovers, who otherwise might never experience something like a flapper-era radio ditty or a post-Depression-era ragtime swing.
With such an eclectic selection of music to perpetuate, it is a wonder that Leon Redbone has built legions of loyal fans throughout his 30-plus years and 15-album career.
Redbone's gravely low voice, adroit finger-picking on the acoustic guitar, absurd sense of humor, self-deprecation, and of course, the trademark dark glasses and white fedora feed his mystique and make for a unique evening of music and theatre.
His performances are low-key and intimate, a perfect complement to the Egyptian Theatre's small 300-seat house. Patrons should expect equal parts music, commentary, and comedy.
Tickets range from $30 to $60 and available by visiting www.parkcityshows.com .