Sing along with Ron Hawking under the stars 365 Patio edition

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Join the legend Ron Hawking in singing along as he takes us down memory lane from the era of the Big Bands, The Rat Pack, Jersey Boys and more.

Ron will host this special night handing the Microphone over to the Boomers that lived and loved the songs of the times.

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Ron Hawking may be best known for his Frank Sinatra homage, "His Way: A Tribute to the Man and his Music," which played from 1998 to 2006 across the Chicago area and beyond. But Hawking started performing on local TV as a child.

Despite the usual ups and downs that accompany a career in show business, as well as one dramatic fight for his life, Hawking never has stopped swinging. So when the nonprofit Chicago Cabaret Professionals presents its annual gala at the Park West, "Celebrating a Century of Song: Saluting Frank, Billie and More Musical Masters," Hawking will pick up the microphone once again to take a richly deserved bow (the show will feature music from Hawking and more than a dozen CCP stars).

 

"It came out of left field, but I'm delighted to be recognized," says Hawking, still a bit surprised at the tribute. "I'm not a youngster."

No, the man has been singing and swinging all of his life, working Chicago showrooms in the 1970s while also toiling as a commercial voice-over artist. If you're old enough to remember Charlie the Tuna rhapsodizing on StarKist or a Nat King Cole sound-alike crooning for Hershey's, then you've heard Hawking's work.