Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Band and guests are paying tribute to Christmas blues classics during a concert at Malaspina Theatre Saturday (Dec. 5).

Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Band and guests are paying tribute to Christmas blues classics during a concert at Malaspina Theatre Saturday (Dec. 5).

Blues band fires up holiday classics for fundraising concert

NANAIMO - Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Band performs at the Malaspina Theatre Saturday (Dec. 5).

Musicians will burn up the stage during Uncle Wiggly’s Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas.

The concert, which features Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Band and guests, is a fundraiser for the Nanaimo Blues Society. Money raised from the concert helps the society host its annual Summertime Blues Festival. During the event donations of non-parishable food items will also be accepted for the Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes Food Bank.

“It’s a unique experience,” said Gerold Haukenfrers, president of the Nanaimo Blues Society.

The band will be playing Christmas songs from the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. These aren’t carols, but songs crafted by blues greats, such as Eric Clapton, Charles Brown, Big Joe Turner, Loius Jordan and others to celebrate the holiday season.

“These are non-traditional and really, really good,” said Haukenfrers.

The show will be at Malaspina Theatre and the blues society president said Nanaimo is “blessed” to have the venue, a small, engaging, intimate space.

David Vest performs as a special guest for the concert. He is a Maple Blues Award winner and a boogie-woogie piano player.

Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band performs at Malaspina Theatre Saturday (Dec. 5) at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 250-754-8550 or www.porttheatre.com.

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