Isaak to headline Songbook gala

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Actor and retro-rocker Chris Isaak will be the featured performer at “Songbook Celebration” Sept.15 at The Palladium. The annual gala supports the artistic and educational programs of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel and highlights the Center’s affiliation with the Great American Songbook Foundation.

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Five-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein, Songbook Foundation founder and artistic director at the Center, will lead tributes to this year’s Songbook Hall of Fame inductees: Academy Award-winning composer Jimmy Van Heusen, singer-actress Rosemary Clooney and cabaret and musical theater star Marilyn Maye. The celebration’s presenting sponsor is Krieg DeVault,

The theme “Swinging on a Star” fittingly is a tune written by Van Heusen and performed by Clooney. The event begins with the 5 p.m. First Merchants Bank Cocktail Reception and continues with an elegant dinner in the concert hall; live auction; program; and after-party. Tables seating 4 to 10 guests for the entire evening are available for purchase at SongbookGala@TheCenterPresents.org.

Tickets for the after-dinner portion are on sale at 10 a.m. at the Palladium Box Office, online at thecenterpresents.org or by phone at 317- 843-3800. Tickets include gallery or box seating for the 8:30 p.m. Songbook Hall of Fame induction ceremony, followed by Isaak’s headline performance as well as admission to the all-inclusive after-party, with dancing and complimentary drinks and desserts in three uniquely themed rooms from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Isaak has drawn comparisons to Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison with 1950s-influenced hits such as “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying.” He starred in the Showtime sitcom “The Chris Isaak Show” from 2001-04, a fictionalized look at his life as a professional musician.

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