Dec. 02--Leon Redbone, known for his laid-back singing style and tailored suit, fedora and shades, will perform during the annual Mount Dora Music Festival in February.
"An Evening with Leon Redbone" will feature a repertoire of tunes from the turn of the 20th century, flapper-era ditties, Depression-age ragtime and World War II folk jazz. Some of the songs will include "Up a Lazy River," "Polly Wolly Doodle" and "Marie."
The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker St.
Redbone first surfaced in 1970 as a one-man band playing idiosyncratic covers of old ragtime, blues and jazz standards in Toronto nightclubs. He became a familiar figure to television audiences in 1976 and '77, appearing on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
A diverse artist, Redbone has been making music professionally for decades -- and even branched out to the big screen, appearing in the 2003 Will Ferrell comedy "Elf." He played an animated snowman, and his song along with Zooey Deschanel, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," was the theme to the movie.
The growly voiced singer and acoustic guitarist popularized the beer jingle "This Bud's for You." He also made several other commercials including for Chevrolet.
Chad and Jeremy, the folk-pop duo of the mid-1960s British invasion, will headline the festival at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Mount Dora Community Building.
They had seven Top 40 hits between 1964 and 1966 in the U.S., best known for their romantic songs including "Yesterday's Gone," "A Summer Song," "Willow Weep for Me" and "If I Loved You."
General-admission tickets for either concert are $35 or $40 at the door, and reserved seating is $50. VIP tickets are $75, which includes reserved seating and a meet-and-greet reception with the musicians following the concerts.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
The four-day festival, which begins Feb. 20, showcases a variety of music at various Mount Dora venues.
For tickets or more information, call 352-385-1010 or visit mountdoramusicfest.com.
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