Nanaimo blues singer Dave Gogo is one of the performers donating their time at the Queen’s annual Salvation Army benefit.

Nanaimo blues singer Dave Gogo is one of the performers donating their time at the Queen’s annual Salvation Army benefit.

Benefit helps Salvation Army

Nanaimo musicians raise money for the Salvation Army

John Forrest’s rock band will make its debut the same night Nanaimo musicians raise money for the Salvation Army.

The Queen’s annual Salvation Army Benefit features Forrest’s band the Deadly Nite Shades, plus performances by The Kiltlifters, Iris, Johnny Inappropriate and David Gogo. The night wraps up with a jam among the musicians at 1 a.m.

“I’m a big supporter of their cause,” Forrest said, of the Salvation Army, which provides services, such as meals and shelter, to society’s most disadvantaged citizens.

It will cost the audiences a minimum $5 donation, or the equivalent in non-perishable food, to see Forrest and his band play original music.

Forrest played with bands and ensembles all over the city and province, relinquishing his duties as bass player with the Vancouver Island Symphony due to health issues. His new band pursues his goal of rock ‘n’ roll.

“This will be sort of like my comeback,” Forrest said.

Gogo, a stalwart at the 25th annual event, released his latest album, Soul Bender, earlier this year and has been touring across the globe since then.

The Kiltlifters have been playing their funky ska sound for more than a decade, while Iris and Johnny Inappropriate are fixtures at the Queen’s and other live music venues around the city.

The musicians plan a jam session at 1 a.m. to finish off the night.

The benefit is set for Wednesday (Dec. 14), from 7 p.m. until closing. The Chinese kitchen at the Queen’s will be hosting a free buffet from 7-10 p.m.

For more information, please call 250-754-6751.

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