Vocalist Big Hank Lionhart leads the R&B Kingpins.  (Photo by Lani Sanders)

Vocalist Big Hank Lionhart leads the R&B Kingpins. (Photo by Lani Sanders)

Have a Blues Christmas in Crofton Saturday

Big Hank and the R&B Kingpins perform a holiday show with a twist

Getting a case of the blues at Christmastime can be a good thing.

That’s certainly true of Big Hank’s Tribute to the Blues Songs of Christmas, featuring Victoria’s R&B Kingpins, at the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at eventbrite or $20 at the door.

Blues, R&B and swing Christmas tunes from the 1920s through the ’60s by the likes of BB King, Louis Jordan, Eric Clapton, Big Joe Turner, Charles Brown and more will be featured in the most unique Christmas music show you’ll ever see.

Former Edmonton resident Big Hank Lionhart, a previous RCA recording artist and member of the Victoria Music Hall of Fame, has been singing the blues professionally since 1974.

For the past eight years, Hank and his band have been performing a collection of traditional Blues Christmas tunes.

“Obviously it’s not the standard collection of carols, rather it’s a tribute that gives you a look into the souls of the fabulous music legends sharing their Christmas blues,” noted Lionhart.

Big Hank and the R&B Kingpins plan to fill everyone’s ears and lift their spirits with the glorious gift of Christmas blues.

It includes a brand new line-up of fresh songs, with a few penned by Lionhart and his band members, and a whole lot of good cheer for the holiday season show.

“This is an all-ages program guaranteed to please even the Grinches in your family,” promises vocalist Lionhart.

The rest of the band includes: Jack Lavin (bass); Steve Cross (guitar); Ross Hall (drums); Steve Ranta (keys) and Paul Wainwright (sax).

 

Band members get the blues at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock. (Photo submitted)

Band members get the blues at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock. (Photo submitted)