A jewel of an old theater in a relatively hopping region, the Bardavon has little trouble drawing in eminent, hot and legendary performers. But when Bardavon does its own Benefit Gala, it typically steps up its already-top-shelf booking game to the level of the iconic: a Tony Bennett, for example; or this year, a Tom Jones. The Tom Jones. Sir Tom Jones.
A legendary performer well into the sixth decade of his hit-studded career, Jones effortlessly bridges camp and art because he probably doesn’t give a damn about either. He has sold more than 100 million records, scoring not just hits, but cultural landmarks with such tracks as “It’s Not Unusual,” “Delilah,” “What’s New, Pussycat?” and a cover of Prince’s “Kiss” that sent his already-established career hurtling into the pop stratosphere.
Tom Jones headlines the Bardavon Gala to help the venerable organization raise money for its many community programs on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are, of course, a bit on the posh side: $275 includes premier performance seating and admission to the post-show casino party at the Grand across the street; $225 includes preferred performance seating. Both tiers include tax-deductible contributions. Bardavon Gala tickets can be purchased in person at the Bardavon box office at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie, (845) 473-2072, the UPAC box office at 601 Broadway in Kingston, (845) 339-6088, or online at www.bardavon.org.