Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival Presents - A Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas

Fri, 12/07/2018

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival Presents - A Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas

Friday, December 7.  Doors open at 6PM; Show starts at 8PM.  At the Nexus at First (450 Okanagan Avenue E, Salmon Arm)

The Christmas season is right around the corner, and with that come all sorts of wonderful cultural experiences.

Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES and the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society will be contributing to the flurries of song and merriment with an evening of great music at Nexus At First on Friday, December 7.

Concert tickets available for purchase here.

Hotel accommodations sponsored by Prestige Harbourfront Resort.

A Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas as presented by Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Blues Band embraces the sounds of swing, R&B, and blues, while covering favourites from the twenties right through to the seventies.

Big Hank Leonhardt, the voice that sits on top of the cookin' Uncle Wiggly's ensemble is proud that A Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas is, "one of the most unique Christmas roots music shows on the road."

Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Blues Band has been touring the show for a few years now and requests for repeat and return performances are the norm.

Salmon Arm is just one stop in the interior as the band will have also laid down their musical Christmas cheer with dates all over Alberta prior to returning to B.C. for the last leg of this year's tour.

"It was seven years ago we started putting the idea together," says Big Hank.

"I researched the songs for months and was amazed at how many great Blues Christmas Songs there are. We do songs by B.B. King, Albert King and Freddie King. There are some Louis Jordan tunes, and songs from Big Joe Turner, Etta James, Eric Clapton, Denise LaSalle, Koko Taylor, Asleep at the Wheel, Room Full of Blues, and Charles Brown. Plus we have three or four original tunes."

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"A Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas has proven to be a winner. The show has enjoyed a number of sellouts, and often the response is a standing ovation. Folks repeatedly say how great it is to hear a Christmas Show that is not all the same old same old Christmas staples. We have grown to 14 shows this season in Alberta, the Shuswap and Okanagan, Vancouver and Vancouver Island. It is a 7-piece band and we have added Jack Lavin, one of the founders of Powder Blues to the group," added the singer and songwriter who enjoyed success with Uncle Wiggly's back in the eighties when the group was signed to RCA and sold over 25,000 copies of their debut disc.