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Leon Redbone/Calumet Theatre

Taking a trip back in time

April 19, 2012
By ZACH KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - A one-of-a-kind performer is coming to the Calumet Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Sunday as Leon Redbone brings his unique stylings to the Copper Country.

The blues/jazz/ragtime guitarist has released 15 albums since debuting in the 1970s, and has also voiced numerous commercials and appeared in the movie "Elf." All that adds up to a unique show, according to Calumet Theatre Artistic/Technical Director Davey Holmbo.

"Leon Redbone is a very unique and eclectic performer," Holmbo said. "Not only is he a very skilled guitarist, but he blends performance and comedy.

"He very much fits into the space of the Calumet Theatre."

Mixing Depression-era ragtime and World War II folk-jazz, according to a press release, Redbone will give theatre patrons a blast from the past. Redbone gained fame after being sought out at a folk festival by Bob Dylan, and he hit it big with a performance of "Walkin' Stick" on "Saturday Night Live." Since then, he has written songs for TV shows like "Mr. Belvedere" and "Harry and the Hendersons" and also appeared on "Life Goes On" as a guitar-wielding guardian.

"He has a deep, gravelly, recognizable voice," Holmbo said. "Once you hear his voice you instantly recognize it."

Redbone will also be accompanied by a pianist for his show, and will showcase his underrated guitar skills, according to Holmbo.

"His technique is pretty much exclusive to himself," Holmbo said. "Sometimes it's overlooked as to how great an instrumentalist he is. It's a very interesting way of playing."

Reserved seating for Redbone is $23 with a discount for theatre members. Tickets are available by phone or by visiting the Calumet Theatre Box Office. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and two-and-a-half hours before showtime. For more information, call the Calumet Theatre box office at 337-2610 or check the web page at



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